Monday, January 5, 2015

Resolution Cross Cup Singlespeed / State SSCX Championship

The Singlespeed Podium at the Resolution Cross Cup was full of beards! Not pictured is the fact that I won the State Cyclocross jersey for SS.

Craig Etheridge got a 10" gap on the first lap and it stayed there for the rest of the race. It was cold (30* F) and tacky and a super fun course on a SS. I even did the UCI race later on my SS although the during the road start it was not so good. Craig ran a 39x18 and I ran a 40x17 for the race.

TT bike and Di2 Customizing

I received 'a bike' for 'someone' and I knew I could get a bit more speed out of it.

It is going to be a training-possibly-racing bike and I set out to fix it up. I knew I wanted to keep the components as original as possible to keep with current sponsors. I had to be "visually" modified as little as possible to make it look normal to the untrained eye.

Before:
 Rat's Nest

 Not Aero.




After:

New Front View.
Garmin is rotated on purpose to not add frontal area. I would like a mount where it tends laterally from underneath the bar so the Garmin would be in the same place but without the tilting of the screen.  New K-Edge TT mount (not pictured) places the Garmin lower and level, inline with stem. One problem, ONCE IT'S BOLTED ON YOU CANNOT INSTALL THE GARMIN!!! Seriously K-Edge?? Anywhere along this straight aerobar with the smallest Garmin (500) it will not fit. I have to unbolt the mount, install the Garmin on the mount, then bolt the mount to the bars. Looks this POS is for race day only!
Top View of stem
Electronic wire enters back of top cap. Rear brake housing is hidden from wind by the basebar.
 Underneath View of stem
Cables enter stem between faceplate and stem body. Best I could do to hide them other than drilling the center out of the base bar and some other hole-making.
 Rider's POV

 Housing exits at back of bar, as does shifter wire
 Top cap off, wire enters through slot in top cap, goes around bolt, and enters stem cavity in slot
 Closeup of stem slot. This stem uses a 'shim' from a 1 1/8" steerer to the larger stem diameter. The shim has a slit the full length to allow for compression. I had to align this with the small notch I made in the stem.
 The B Junction box had to be accessible for the mechanic to adjust shifting, but it needed to be hidden from the wind. The placement is also beneficial for routing wires. Routing to the RD, FD, and Battery can now be external in a pinch. Remove the 3mm bolts and the box is fully exposed. The driveled bolt also holds down the SRM magnet.
 The Box is wedged in place with the BB 'cover' on a small lip, all held down by the 'cover' bolts.  From here, all the wires are routed around the BB to the necessary connections.  The indicator light is visible from the driveled which makes it easy for the mechanic to work on in the stand.
Top View. The basebar only gets grip tape, it's about speed, not comfort. Extensions are only taped for where the hands need to be.



 Getting the damn wire through the inside of the bars:

 Surgery. Super secret tip. A plastic straw just fits over the E-Tube wires and allows them to slide through holes that are not smooth nor very big.
 Here is using the straw or wire as a guide. You can tape the straw in a taper, around the rubber wire, just down from the plug. The thicker plug can't pull through the taped, tapered section and now the straw or wire can be pulled on to get through internal sections.
Bicycle Surgery Tools: Straw, Tape, Awl, Spoke, Cable.



What is not seen currently:
There is one internal junction box in the stem and one in the left extension. With all the shifters (4 wires) plus the wire coming from the BB area, that makes 5 wires. That's why there is a second JC41 box because each one connects only 4 wires at a time. The 5 port B box could not be inside the stem because I wanted it exposed for battery check and adjustment features. I've heard you can run two B boxes so I could have used a dummy 5 port in the stem for the 5 connections and then the one under the BB for adjustments.