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A few shots from Styker LA's fixed gear stage race at the Rose Bowl a couple weeks ago — the Fortune 700.

I did the Team Time Trial portion with Hern and we got the fastest time in that stage but I had to leave after that. Hern won the overall. Definitely had fun while I was there. I hear Stryker LA might be planning another one for October.

See more photos at Royal Black.

My Bikes Are Now On Pedal Room

Last week, for some unknown reason, my Velospace account was deleted or banned or whatever. I had been on Velospace for years and when I e-mailed one of the admins about it, he couldn’t figure out how or why my account was deleted. There was no backup to be able to restore so I just said fuck it and moved on… to Pedal Room!

I joined Pedal Room when it first launched last year but never did anything with it until now. Seems to be a pretty cool site with lots of nice bikes being added. It’s just bikes for now, no forums or anything else yet. Pretty simple and easy to use. So if you join up, find my profile here. I’ll be adding more of my bikes over the next few days.

Tags: pr0n, my bikes,

The Masi 3Volumetrica - All Built Up

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So I’ve finally got my Masi 3V all built up and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited about it! I’ve already ridden the bike a few times up at Encino Velodrome and but this past weekend I raced it around the planks at LA Velodrome. Super-stiff! Super-fast! Fits me so much better than my previous bike. I find that I’m working much less to keep a good speed up which is the whole point, right?

The Masi 3V design is pretty much the first frame to use oversized tubing and internal lugs. It was developed by Alberto Masi in the early 80’s and he still swears by this construction method to this day (but under a different name). I’m not saying this bike is completely flawless or anything (it’s kinda heavy) but it’s a great example of a timeless and innovative design.

Check out a few articles about the Volumetrica at Bob Hovey’s Masi site.

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I wanted to do this frame justice by giving it a contemporary build but keeping a classic feel. I think I may have succeeded but I would love to hear your feedback so leave me a comment if you got something to say. Here’s the deetz:

FRAME: Masi 3Volumetrica Pista frame made for Montgomery/Subaru — circa 1990. Serial number is EB3 (EB = Eddie Borysewicz).

DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo Record Pista bottom bracket, crankset and chainring. Izumi V Super Toughness chain. Dura Ace track cog. Dura Ace (old-style) track pedals.

WHEELS: Cane Creek Sprint 85’s with ceramic bearings. Vittoria Pista EVO-CL tires.

FLIGHT DECK: Cinelli XA stem with Cinelli 67 Pista bar. Cloth tape. Chris King GripNut headset.

THRONE: Selle Italia Flite saddle with Thomson Elite seatpost.

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Huuuge thanks to Aram and Larry at Predator Cycling for the fitting and helping me set it up!

All photos taken by Pat Benson. Stay tuned for some more shots coming soon…
Wrapped and shellac’ed!

Now my cloth tape will last for decades.

Want to do it?  Here’s a video tutorial from Bike Villa.
Wrapped and shellac’ed!

Now my cloth tape will last for decades.

Want to do it?  Here’s a video tutorial from Bike Villa.

Wrapped and shellac’ed!

Now my cloth tape will last for decades.

Want to do it? Here’s a video tutorial from Bike Villa.

Tags: my bikes, gear, masi,
Got fitted today at Predator Cycling.  Aram Goganian does great work and comes highly recommended.  If you ever want to get fitted, go see him.  Seriously…  I wouldn’t send you anywhere else.
Happy Memorial Day!
Got fitted today at Predator Cycling.  Aram Goganian does great work and comes highly recommended.  If you ever want to get fitted, go see him.  Seriously…  I wouldn’t send you anywhere else.
Happy Memorial Day!

Got fitted today at Predator Cycling.  Aram Goganian does great work and comes highly recommended.  If you ever want to get fitted, go see him.  Seriously…  I wouldn’t send you anywhere else.

Happy Memorial Day!


Tags: my bikes, masi,
Wednesday night sessions at Encino Velodrome are heating up!  Literally…  for the first time this year, I didn’t have to wear my jacket for most of the session (just for warm-up).

A lot of big guns showed up last night including Trek/Livestrong U23 rider Justin Williams,  the LA alleycat king Lil’ Hern and State Champ Tony Zaldua (picture, chasing me down in the Keirin).  There was also a bunch of relatively new kids and it was fun teaching them different races and tactics.

Before the session, I cleaned up my drivetrain and swapped all the parts from my Denti to my new Masi 3Volumetrica frame so that I could give her a spin.  Feels awesome!  The frame is so stiff and you really feel it in the power transfer.  Also, it fits me a lot better than the Denti.  The difference was immediately noticeable when, during warm-up, I was able to sustain 27 mph and wondering why it feels like I’m not working.

There’s the Masi 3V all built up in the picture above during our second Keirin race.  The shot was taken a half-lap before I snapped my chain.  I was able to stay upright and ride it out but that was the end of my night.  Maybe I fucked up a link somehow when I installed the chain but I was thinking that it should probably be replaced anyway.

Well, I’ll be back in no time.  Planning to get a fit done at Predator Cycling this weekend and build her up with the parts that I really want to get on there.  Stay tuned for more photos and history about the bike.

Thanks to Devon for the photos!
Wednesday night sessions at Encino Velodrome are heating up!  Literally…  for the first time this year, I didn’t have to wear my jacket for most of the session (just for warm-up).

A lot of big guns showed up last night including Trek/Livestrong U23 rider Justin Williams,  the LA alleycat king Lil’ Hern and State Champ Tony Zaldua (picture, chasing me down in the Keirin).  There was also a bunch of relatively new kids and it was fun teaching them different races and tactics.

Before the session, I cleaned up my drivetrain and swapped all the parts from my Denti to my new Masi 3Volumetrica frame so that I could give her a spin.  Feels awesome!  The frame is so stiff and you really feel it in the power transfer.  Also, it fits me a lot better than the Denti.  The difference was immediately noticeable when, during warm-up, I was able to sustain 27 mph and wondering why it feels like I’m not working.

There’s the Masi 3V all built up in the picture above during our second Keirin race.  The shot was taken a half-lap before I snapped my chain.  I was able to stay upright and ride it out but that was the end of my night.  Maybe I fucked up a link somehow when I installed the chain but I was thinking that it should probably be replaced anyway.

Well, I’ll be back in no time.  Planning to get a fit done at Predator Cycling this weekend and build her up with the parts that I really want to get on there.  Stay tuned for more photos and history about the bike.

Thanks to Devon for the photos!

Wednesday night sessions at Encino Velodrome are heating up! Literally… for the first time this year, I didn’t have to wear my jacket for most of the session (just for warm-up).

A lot of big guns showed up last night including Trek/Livestrong U23 rider Justin Williams, the LA alleycat king Lil’ Hern and State Champ Tony Zaldua (picture, chasing me down in the Keirin). There was also a bunch of relatively new kids and it was fun teaching them different races and tactics.

Before the session, I cleaned up my drivetrain and swapped all the parts from my Denti to my new Masi 3Volumetrica frame so that I could give her a spin. Feels awesome! The frame is so stiff and you really feel it in the power transfer. Also, it fits me a lot better than the Denti. The difference was immediately noticeable when, during warm-up, I was able to sustain 27 mph and wondering why it feels like I’m not working.

There’s the Masi 3V all built up in the picture above during our second Keirin race. The shot was taken a half-lap before I snapped my chain. I was able to stay upright and ride it out but that was the end of my night. Maybe I fucked up a link somehow when I installed the chain but I was thinking that it should probably be replaced anyway.

Well, I’ll be back in no time. Planning to get a fit done at Predator Cycling this weekend and build her up with the parts that I really want to get on there. Stay tuned for more photos and history about the bike.

Thanks to Devon for the photos!


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