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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Happy Anniversary to MoC

Not really. That's not till late August. The big 25.

But MHW presented me with my anniversary present last night. Well, MHW didn't exactly present me with the gift. She sent me to buy it since it is impossible to buy a really good bike for someone else.

Why so early? A couple of reasons. I was planning to hand down my beloved Trek 1500 to OOS before he takes HHW and our grandson and absconds to Israel in September (When you pound into your children the importance of Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael and they end up taking you seriously, there is not much you can say other than Tzeitzchem L'shalom). Their lift leaves in July so the bike needs to go. Second, since I will be doing most of my training in the spring and summer, waiting until the end of August to get a new bike makes no sense.

Highlights: Dura Ace components, titanium frame (thanks to Psycle Steve), nice light weight, real nice fit.

Downside: I no longer have any excuses for being slow. And, if the Alyn Challenge Ride ends up being more than I can chew, it's on me, not my bike. Also, I'm taking a huge chance on a compact double crank (50-34) rather than a triple (53-39-30). The salesman convinced me that with a 12-25 cassette, the compact will be virtually equivalent to the triple. I told him that if I'm struggling climbing the hills of the Negev I will be cursing him all the way up.

Anyway, thanks to my beloved MHW for the bike but especially for the 24.85 years. I don't know what you could possibly have been thinking in April of 1981 when you said yes.

(If you need Rashi or Tosafos for parts of this post you can send me an email.)



  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger daat y said…


  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    daat y

    Here we go. Double and Triple refer to the crank gears in the front of the bike (where your pedals are attached). Double means there are two crank gears, triple means there are three.

    The numbers mean the number of "teeth" on each gear. On crank gears, the more teeth, the bigger, or harder, the gear. The third gear, the "granny gear", is usually very small, about 30 teeth, and makes climbing hills easier. So, a standard triple might be 53-39-30. A standard double might be 53-39. A standard double is good if you are an animal or you don't expect to climb much.

    A 'compact double', what I bought, is a compromise. The bigger gear is smaller than a standard (50 teeth rather than 53) and the smaller gear is smaller than a standard second gear but bigger than a granny gear (34 rather than 39 or 30).

    Of course, the crank gears work with the rear cassette. The rear cassette consists of the gears that are connected to the rear wheel. They work in the opposite way from the front gears, meaning that the bigger the rear gear, the easier. In most performance bikes you will have 9 or 10 gears. (My new bike has 10, my Trek has 9).

    Rear gears are described by the number of teeth on the smallest gear (the hardest) and the number of teeth on the biggest gear (the easiest). In my case, it is a 12-25.

    So, combining my crank gears and my rear cassette, my easiest gear will be 34 in the front and 25 in the back. My hardest gear will be 50 in the front and 12 in the back.

    Now, my concern about the lack of a granny gear is this. When climbing the nasty hills of Israel, instead of having an easiest gear of 30-25, I will have an easiest gear of 34-25.

    Is that clear?

    Finally, the bike frame is made of titanium, strong and relatively light metal. I had been strongly thinking about Carbon Fiber, which is lighter, but based on advice from Psycle Steve and others, decided to go for the stronger if heavier titanium.

    The weight is very important, especially when you are as light as I am. To illustrate: If you weigh 200 pounds, and your bike weighs 20 pounds (220) and you upgrade to a bike that weighs 16 pounds, the difference is minimal (216 v. 220). If you weigh 132 and you lose 4 pounds of bike the difference is relativey more important (148 v. 152). Shlepping as little weight as possible is most important when you are climbing. (Bottom line, it's better to lose ten pounds of fat for free than to lose 4 pounds of bike for an extra $2,000.)

  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger daat y said…

    It is all clear now.What happened to a plain two-wheeler?-)
    Thanks for the time and info.-behatzlacha.

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger PsychoToddler said…

    I think my Schwin has some gears or sompin.

    Mazel tov on the bike. Just don't ride it in Satmerville.


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