Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Pugs II Lots of interesting ideas out there for the Pugs. I still like the idea of a 9-speed wheel in back, and a reserve single speed wheel on the front in case something goes wrong with the shifting. Although pw's Nexus idea is a close second. I'll have to research that one some more. Cellerat brought up some good questions on gear. I liked how the pogies worked last year, but I'll be experimenting with some other gloves to see if I can drop a little weight. As for the Lake boots I used last year. They worked fine up to about -5 degees. I want to try out a light pair of winter boots with a pair of Power Grips pedals. I also like the thermos idea from Curiak's Moots rig. Freezing water was a big problem last year at the Arrowhead. I could put some soup in one of them. Mmmm. There might be some fabricating going on this winter. Keep the great suggestions coming. Is anyone else seriously considering doing the Arrowhead race this year? It is a lot of fun.

11 comments:

brian said...

I haven't see a pair of Power Grips in like 8 years.

I like how the Thermos fork mounts make the fork look like it has rocket packs.

"To Infinity...and Beyond!"

Brooks Leedahl said...

you SOOOOO want some power grips.
talk to aaron benson. he has some laying around somewhere.

Cellarrat said...

It depents on alot of factors... Manly money and how cheap can I get my but out there for...

May have a line on an 20" on one fame and I'd set it up with some alex dx32 rims 40mm and some 2.5 nano raptors, power grips all the way with full on snow boots I think.

What did you use for out side for cothing. Thanks for answering my questions...

pw said...

You might like the power-grips, but you will definitely want to make sure the upper of your boot is stiff enough so the grip feels okay when you twist your heel out to lock in. Team BB probably remembers when Kirby and I rode them; in fact I might be mistaken, but maybe Lane had a pair on his Trek 10 years or so ago.

Simmons said...

For clothing I dressed in this order - Try not to picture me naked :) Salsa fleece lined arm and leg warmers, Santini bib shorts, Patagonia mid-weight base layer(tops and bottoms), thin liner socks, mid-weight smart wool socks, expedition weight smart wool socks, nike thermal hooded jersey, Patagonia windproof pants and jacket, camelbak, Craft Rider Rain jacket, Patagonia R1 balaclava, helmet, Lake winter boots with chemical foot warmers, Salomon cross country ski boot covers, regular long finger cycling gloves inside Cabela's ATV pogies. That was what I wore to start out in the -20 temps.

Layering is definitely the key. As I warmed up I would unzip or remove different layers. Layers that have zippers are really helpful. I tried a pair of Smith goggles, but they just fogged up. So, I went without for most of the time. That really dried out my eyes, and I felt it the next day. Not fun. One of the guys in Grand Forks has a pair of goggles with a fan in them to help with the fogging. I might try a pair of those this year. That's all I can think of for now. What else?

brian said...

I can't help but picture you naked.

I'm sorry.

trent said...

I've seen you naked and I picture it daily. It really gets me through the rough spots!

Simmons said...

Glad I could help you through the rough times guys. How's your back Trent? Are you up for a Maplelag tour if it's not too wet next Wednesday?

Simmons said...

Here's a great link to a discussion on MTBR about Mike Curiak's "Snoots" bike.

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=180382

Trent said...

I don't think I can get out of work early enough to make it during daylight hours, but perhaps the weekend following if the weather holds...

Simmons said...

Sounds good. Maybe on the following Sunday morning.