Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quiring Pictures

Quiring Steel Singlespeed For Sale



I can't believe I have to do this, but I do.

I am selling my custom Quiring steel 29er single speed MTB. It is about 4 years old. The tubes are a mix of True Temper OX Platinum and Columbus Nivacrom. The geometry is very similar to a Niner medium hardtail. It has paragon sliding dropouts. The right-hand slider has a derailleur hanger, and the frame has cable stops if you want to set the bike up with gears. The paint shows some wear and scuffing, and there are a couple of small chips in the paint on the downtube and toptube. There are no dings or dents. I've treated the frame with T-9 every year, and the bottom bracket shell still shines like new without any rust or blemishes.

The headset is a Chris King. It is the same age as the frame and is working just like new.

The Niner carbon fork is new, as are the Thomson X2 stem and Masterpiece seatpost and the Easton Monkeylite Carbon Handlebar. These parts were just installed with less than 5 hours of use.

The crank is a well-used White Industries ENO crank with a hard-to-find Boone Ti chain ring in 34t. The bottom bracket is a Phil Wood with ti axel with less than 500 miles on it.

The wheelset is Industry 9 Ultralight SS. This is one of the early models, and it has seen some miles. The rear hub was rebuilt less than 500 miles ago, and the entire front wheel was rebuilt (hub serviced and new rim installed) last season. The rims are a bit scratched and the rear decal shows a good bit of wear, but both wheels are straight and true. Please note that King cogs do not fit well on this wheelset; I use Surly cogs without trouble. Fresh Mariposa red rim tape is installed, but I am currently running tubes.

I have a bunch of different tires that you can choose from. Let me know what you like and if I have them on hand I will mount them up. Currently has a Specialized Resolution 2.3 front and a Michelin AT XC on the rear. The Michelin has less than 100 miles on it, the Specialized less than 500.

If you don't want the Niner carbon fork, I can replace it with an older RockShox Reba 29er 80mm suspension fork or a Salsa rigid steel fork and we can talk about adjusting the price accordingly.

Why am I selling this bike? I have another one just like it made of titanium. I needed two bikes when I was doing 24 hour solo racing. I don't see myself doing that type of racing anymore, and I can't justify keeping two top-of-the-line race bikes in the stable.

Frame: Quiring Custom Frame, Paragon Sliding Dropouts, cable stops and right-hand dropout with derailleur hanger for conversion to gears.
Effective TT: 23.75
Seat tube, Center to top: 17.5"
Head Tube Angle: 72 degrees
Seat Tube angle 73 degrees
Chainstays: 17.5"
Fork: Niner Carbon (new)
Headset: Chris King
Stem: Thompson X2 (new)
Seatpost: Thompson Masterpiece (new)
Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite SL (new)
Seat: Fisik Poggio
Crank: White Industries ENO
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood Ti
Chain ring: Boone Ti 34t
Cog: Surly 18t
Wheelset: Industry 9 Ultralight SS
Tires: Specialized Resolution Pro 2.3 front, Michelin XC AT 2.0 Rear
Hayes Stroker Carbon, 160mm front and rear.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kona Picture

Bike for Sale

2008 Kona Hei-Hei 29er, 18"


$850 OBO


I've ridden it for two years. I has maybe 2500 miles on it; it was the #3 bike in my stable. I has normal signs of use for that number of miles. The bike still works great; cable and housing were changes this spring; fork and shock were rebuilt last year.


I'm getting a long-travel bike so this one has to go! Below are the specs from Kona, with the few changes I made noted with an asterisk. Specifically, I put on a Chris King headset and a hand-built rear wheel from Mike Curiak.


Frame size


Frame tubing

Kona Race Light Scandium Butted, 3.5" Travel  


RockShox Reba SL 2.9 100mm*

Rear Shock

Fox Float RP2


Chris King*


Race Face Deus XC X-Type 




Race Face Deus XC X-Type 




Shimano HG73 


Shimano LX (11-32, 9spd) 


Shimano XT  


Shimano XT Shadow 


Shimano XT  


FSA XC-282A OS  


FSA OS 150LX  


Kona Race Light   


Hayes Stroker Carbon Hydraulic V6 

Brake Levers

Hayes Stroker Carbon Hydraulic 

Front hub

Shimano Disc M525 

Rear hub

Hope Pro II*


DT Stainless 14g  


Maxxis Ignitor 29 x 2.1


Bontrager Mustang Rear*, Sun EQ 2.3 Frontr


Selle Italia Flight


FSA FR270  

Seat clamp

Kona QR 


Ball Burnished/White 


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back on the bike, and in the gym, and on the mat...

Yesterday was a good day. It started with a yoga class at River City Bikes. Nothing like 75 minutes of stretching and strengthening to get the day started right! I can really feel the difference that yoga has made in my cycling; my core is stronger than ever, even if my legs and lungs have some catching up to do. Yoga will be my secret weapon this season. Thanks to Ellee for getting me started and keeping me going!

I set out for what I thought would be a nice 3-hour ride in the afternoon. It turned into a 5-hour ride. The one big climb on the course was gravel. Well, it should have been gravel, but recent rains made it more like mud. Thick, sticky mud. It was a long slog up that hill, and it turned into kind of a long slog along the ridge line as well. Good training, but it did mean I coasted in slightly after dark.

A few quick bites of food, and it was off to the climbing gym! I started climb outside this summer and really enjoyed it. Climbing indoors isn't quite as much fun; I don't like following the established routes. But it is good cross-training, and I look forward to doing some more challenging climbs outside in 2010. So it was 2 hours in the gym, climbing and hanging out with friends.

Training starts in earnest next week. My post card didn't get to Iowa in time, so I don't know if I will get to race TransIowa this year. If not, I might look for some other long distance event to fill that hole.

Friday, November 20, 2009

And so it begins...

I sent in a postcard to register for Trans Iowa. Assuming I get in, that means a winter of training. At least I won't be training alone; Ellee wants to ride along and plans to contest the Dirty Kanza, another race to which I hope to pay a return visit.

The white singlespeed cross bike was sold, and a nice Surly Long Haul Trucker took its place. I am using it for commuting, but also hope to do some touring with it as well. I have less than 100 miles on it so far, but it seems like a solid bike. Heavy, but solid.

I plan to use this space as I have in the past; stories about training and racing. Now that some races are on the schedule, there should be more bits and pieces to share. If that sort of thing interests you, stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mexico Riding Pictures

Just a few shots of riding in Mexico. Note the jank bikes. Note the maintainance being done on jank bikes. Notice Joe and Ellee still out riding (and enjoying) bikes!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Greetings from Mexico!

I am taking some time off the bike.

For the next little while, I will be traveling around Mexico with my girlfriend Ellee. While we might get to ride bikes one in a while, I won't be training on the bike in any way while I am here. This will be the longest I have spent not training in years. Part of me is sad, because there are lots of places down here that would be great on the MTB. On the other hand, lots of old injuries are healing and I expect to get back to the states in a very well-rested condition.

I have sketched out a race schedule and a training plan for 2010. I'd like to revisit some old spots (TI, DK) and enjoy some new challenges as well (Tahoe, Big Bear) but nothing is really set in stone yet.

So, expect to see very little in the way of updates here over the next couple of months. When I ride, I'll post something up. Otherwise, my focus will be on other things. If you want to know how my non-riding life is fairing, check out Facebook. I'm at least updating status every couple of days.

Take care,


Monday, August 17, 2009

Cross Bike Pics and Specs, 54cm, $1500/obo

Frame: Raleigh Rainier, aluminum, horizontal dropouts, 54cm TT
Fork: Easton EC90x, carbon
Wheels: Used 2004 Mavic Ksyrium, round and true
Tires: Used Specialized Armadillo
Crank: Used Shimano XT, 44t single chainring
Cog: Chris King steel 15t
Post: FSA Alloy, white
Bars: FSA Alloy, white, ergowing
Stem: Kore, White
Seat: Shimano Pro, white/black