SS upgrades

The SS learning process continues.  Thanks to Dave Nice's advise (SID isn't squishy enough or rigid - ditch) I put a Reba U-turn on it.  At about 105 MM it handles great, and along with a stiff gate setting it has no out of the saddle bob.  Noice.

And then there's the Power Tap.  Oh yea, baby, full on data collection mode.

So what would happen if instead of sinking time and energy into drinking and tatoo acquisition a guy was to look into the demands of single speeding and how to improve those aspects of fitness?

You'd come up with charts like this...for starters.  Welcome to quadrant analysis.


More details here but you'll have to join the club to see them.  The club is free tho with many benefits.  One of them is you can download a copy of an excel spreadsheet used to make this QA analysis.

Published Wednesday, November 14, 2007 2:18 PM by Dave


# @ Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:25 PM

the engineer dork in me wonders what all those dots and lines mean.

the cyclist that I am says "whhuuut? huh?"


# @ Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:38 PM

will share mine from this weekend when I get teh srm hooked up on the 1fg.

btw, what is that big white box on the dos niner in your photos???



# @ Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:59 PM

Greg - BWB is a cpu for a tacx basic trainer.


# @ Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:14 PM

Very foggy ideas about that graph, now get that stupid big ring off there!

M thinks that if you're going to get a tat, you should at least be able to spell it.


# @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:08 AM

I was waiting to see how long it would take for one of the singlespeed crew to mention the extra chainrings on the front. Ha!

dave byers

# @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:27 AM

You are a computer riding android. DOES NOT COMPUTE!

Matt McFee

# @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 12:33 PM

You should post that graph on the MTBR SS forums and watch all the flames rise up like cheat grass on fire. I can see it now....

"You don't know what SSing is all about, it is about the soul, about the freedom of the mind, and breaking the chains of technology that the MAN has brought down upon us!"


When you get more data, I'd be curious to know your conclusions. I am convinced that under certain situations I am a much better rider on the SS. For example, Gooseberry Mesa. With the gears I tend to spin to much, and I stall out on the obstacles. On the SS I simply power over them. Same with a short XC style event. I am faster on the SS because I have to be, or else I am hiking the bike.

But mainly I SS to STICK IT TO THE MAN and his forsaken DE-RAILER!

Adam L.

# @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:38 PM

Adam, yer cracking me up man. That there is pulling a Dicky and leaving your best material in my comments section! Thanks, appreciate it.


# @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:30 PM

you get that thing all good and dialed in and maybe next time i'm down that way for a ride you'll be able to keep up with me :)

you heading out for another exploratory ride this weekend? i hope so. getting use to coming home from work each monday and reading your updates on what you're finding out there. you still leaning toward october st.g to esc.?

Geoff Roes

# @ Friday, November 16, 2007 8:06 AM

Hahaha, it's the bashring from hell...slicing logs in half without impunity!



# @ Friday, November 16, 2007 8:39 AM

"You should post that graph on the MTBR SS forums and watch all the flames rise up like cheat grass on fire. I can see it now.... "

What! And all along I thought that FixieDave, myself and some others had been severely flaming/ridiculing Dave right here on his own blog about those damn charts. Now in addition to squiggly lines, he's added colored DOTS, like a would-be Claude Monet or Australian aboriginal artist!

So obviously some of us have not been trying hard enough to discourage Dave from using PTs, spreadsheets and the like.




# @ Friday, November 16, 2007 2:59 PM

I'm envisioning a tattoo on your upper arm - using the data points from some truly great ride, positioned so when you flex your bicep, the squiggly lines go up and down...

best of both worlds???

p.s. This is M


# @ Tuesday, November 20, 2007 7:29 AM

i like your pretty drawring.