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Litespeed M1 aka “road rage”

12 Oct

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I originally got this frame for a fixed / singlespeed project I had with custom laced Zipp 404 carbon tubular wheels. I then had a vision of a fast roadie with only 6 gears like a sports car and a paddle shifter to control.

I scored a set of wheels from Real Designs which is a partner with Litespeed (providing them with their carbon forks, wheels) and then went to work on a custom 6speed gear setup using a Shimano Dura Ace 9 speed cassette.  I used a SRAM Force rear derailleur which is designed for 10 speed but I modded using longer stop screws to work for 6 gears and not running the chain off the freewheel over shifting. Up front is a SRAM Force carbon crank with a single 48 tooth chainring, gearing is two gears for climbing, three for flat and one for downhill.

My next favorite part is the use of a SRAM time trial bar end shifter (shown on the end of the handlebars on the right sid) to control the shifting, acting like a paddle shifter on a sports car. The bike is built reliable with carbon clincher tires for easy changes and weights in at 16 pounds. It spins up quick and shifts on a dime.

Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.

Day 1 West Coast Tour

1 Aug

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Just a quick run of what we did before my phone dies… We got underway from my place in Long Beach CA at 6am and by 1pm ish we arrived at Pt. Magu state park CA ( just past Malibu ) to camp for the night . Total for this leg 70 miles.  Fried Seafood was eaten ! 

Final gear check

31 Jul

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ready, we hope…

Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.

More then just a bicycle ride

15 Jul

The biggest change in my life was going into the service and joining the United States Coast Guard. While I have been riding bicycles my entire life, the CG actually brought my cycling to a whole new level. Sure I could have lived anywhere with any job and kept riding, but it feels more satisfying to be able to ride for something more that has helped me ultimately get where I am at today, also providing me with more opportunity to expand my cycling hobby.  The CG put so much time and effort into me, I will represent it even in my cycling life.

Long story short, My brother and I have wanted to do a bike tour, an issue was me being able to take enough time off to do one. Here is where the big THANK YOU’s come in… I spoke with my supervisors and had my tour plan passed up my chain of command and was greatly excited to see how much support I got back from everyone. Timing seemed to work good and was given the green light.

With this command support I wanted to represent my unit on this ride and being in a unit that promotes health and fitness, this tour fits right in. It was also hyped up to a few CG PA’s to get a story and a few photos, so I can get this bike tour featured in the Coast Guard Magazine. ( ill do autographs later)

Thank You MSST LA/LB 91103  and everyone involved or helping me with this personal goal.

enjoy the epic photos

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Mikey’s Salsa ride!

11 Jul

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Salsa Cycles

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Hola folks!

11 Jul

Just throwing up a first post to let everyone know that this is where Mikey, myself, and perhaps even others of the Walker clan will be blogging about our various bike adventures over the years… Enjoy!

Rays Moustache Ride

11 Jul

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Check it out, my new Moustache Cycles touring rig… courtesy of Richard!