Since 2010, I have been pedaling with a "midfoot" position, that is, the pedal axle is underneath the center of my arch. I began doing this because of a calf overtraining issue, but now it has become habit. Last year I heard of an "innovative" platform pedal, and, wondering what it could be, checked out their website. I became more skeptical as I read, all they did was make the pedal wider.... that is, until I read why it was wider. The pedal is wider because it is designed to be placed midfoot, exactly how I had been riding. With a normal pedal midfoot, the pedal body is narrower than the arch. But with the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedal, the platform is wide enough for the arch to be supported at both ends, just like an arch bridge's foundations. This results in a more comfortable pedal to stand on. Pedaling midfoot reduces stress on the calf muscles. The calf contributes almost no power to the pedal stroke, so this actually saves energy. The pedals work great and integrated flawlessly into how I ride.
Our child would throw rocks in the creek all day long.....
Meanwhile I tried to climb Dunsinane Mountain, which is completely trail less and seldom climbed... I got to the North Ridge, and didn't like the look of the loose rock scrambling ahead so turned back.
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Vassago Fisticuff, Generation 2, 54 cm.
Used, with the paint rubbed off from frame bag straps. This cyclocross inspired steel frame can do it all - road, gravel, touring, commuting, light singletrack.... disc or v brakes, singlespeed or geared, drop bars or flat bars.... take your pick, then set it up a different way. I've ridden the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Fisticuff frames many miles, and the Gen 2 fixed everything that I didn't like about the Gen 1. I put frame saver inside it at some point too.
The frame is in good useable condition, I just no longer have need of it.
Ultralight Frame bag for Fisticuff 54 cm
This frame bag is custom sewn for the Vassago Fisticuff 54 cm, but will also fit many similar sized cyclocross or road frames.
It weights a scant 4.5 ounces or so and is made from cuben fiber, for the ultimate in strength at low weight. It features a #8 YKK water resistant zipper, and reflective tape and bright orange color for commuter bike visibility. It secures to the frame with 1.5 mm cord (included) to save weight over using velcro, and experiment with the method. Each side of the bag has a small hole where the crank arms rubbed the bag (only when large hard sided objects where in the bag). More careful bag packing will prevent the problem from continuing. I can patch the holes before shipping. The zipper is in great shape.
Regular price new on this would be $150. Get it now for $75 including shipping to the 48 states.
29 inch Front Wheel - DT 350 / Velocity P35
This front wheel is great for rough 29" mountain bike riding, and fits either a large volume 29er or 29+ tire very well. It is laced 32 hole, 3 cross with 14 gauge spokes, tensioned, stress relieved, and trued. I built it up to try 29+ on the front of my mountain bike, but having since acquired a dedicated 29+ machine, this is no longer necessary. The wheel has only a few hundred miles on it.
DT 350 front hub - 9 mm quick release, 100 mm spacing, centerlock, but comes with a 6 bolt adapter, and Avid 160 mm rotor.
Velocity P35 rim, sparkle silver
Wheelsmith 14 gauge spokes and brass nipples, oiled before installation
Rare 29er V brake 240s wheelset!
There where only a handful of these rear hubs made by DT Swiss. It is a non-disc 240s rear hub with singlespeed cassette, 135mm quick release. Mike Curiak laced them up with butted spokes to Stans 355 29er rims, I got the wheelset used.
The unique wheelset is very light but ready for rough endurance riding, touring, commuting, or bikepacking on or off road.
The rear hub makes for a very strong wheel build because the non-disc and singlespeed cassette means the flange spacing is as wide as possible, giving the rear rim the best support from the spokes. This means a light weight rim will be stronger.
The front hub is a standard 240s non-disc hub.
Run it singlespeed, or with a few cogs from a cassette - I used 5 cogs from an 8 speed cassette.
Comes with Schwalbe Marathon Racer 35 mm tires and tubes, probably 90% tire life left.
Get this rare workhorse for about the cost of the rear hub - $325.
Manitou Tower Pro 29 80 mm
For those of us that still like 1-1/8" steerer tubes and 100 mm quick release front hubs, this is a great light weight suspension fork.
The uppers squeak a little when standing up pedaling, Manitou says this isn't a safety issue.
The fork is in good working order and doesn't leak oil or air, but may be due for a rebuild.
The fork has the regular exterior wear and tear from riding on dirt for a few years.
This fork can fit a Surly Knard 29 x 3.00, when on a Velocity P35 rim. There's not much clearance but it rides very smooth.
WTB Silverado and Chromag Trailmaster Titanium bike saddles
I tried each of these seats for just a few hundred miles of commuting and they just don't work for me.
WTB Silverado - $45
Chromag Trailmaster Titanium/leather - $100