Kevin Baldauf

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“If you run like a gazelle but think like a cinder block, you are doomed. It is a thinking sport.” – Gary Dolgin on the sport of Orienteering

Kevin Baldauf

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Headed back to Indy for the weekend!

Sitting on the plane right now and we are about to take off. A short stop in Atlanta and then on to Indy. See all of you rootstockers when I get there!
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Road trippin it

The final phase of my planet adventure race training has officially begun: sleep deprivation! I am leaving LA as I type this and will arrive in Indy on Tuesday evening. Looking forward to seeing all of you Rootstockers This weekend.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

San gorgonio mountain

I hiked up the 11,499 ft san gorgonio mountain today. Total elevation gain 5,000 ft plus. My acclimatization should definitely pay off at pa os next weekend;) though my knees are hoping for some rest b4 then.

Ps check on facebook later for Pics.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mammoth mountain 11,503 feet

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One last snowboarding trip

Riding in the gondola to the top of mammoth the days first run!
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Mi Bicicleta Nuevo

So the UPS man delivered my Shimano Ultegra caliper brakes on Friday as promised. I installed them and set the cables pretty quickly and then went on to adjusting the derailleurs.

As I worked on the Dual Control shifter for the rear cassette I realized that when I released the lever the cable did not move from cog to cog. I came to the realization after messing with it for nearly an hour that it must have been damaged before my friend gave it to me.

What I haven't mentioned up to this point is the reason why my friend gave me the Shimano 105 group. His bike was actually totalled when a careless motorists side-swiped him and destroyed his Bianchi frame. He gave the frame to me and said I could take whatever parts off it I wanted. So it seams that perhaps the control shifters were damaged in that accident. Anyway, I had had enough disappointment for the day so I closed up shop.

So on Sunday after a day away from the build and looking online for good deals on 9 speed control shifters I decided to make the bike an 8 speed instead of 9 speed and use parts I already had. So in the end I used Shimano Sora control shifters and 8 speed cassette from my dead KHS in lieu of the 105 components I got from my friend. While not a huge deal it was a disappointment because the 105 group is two steps up from Sora in Shimano's food chain.

I christened her first ride by heading up the coast thru Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, around Marina Del Rey, thru Venice and finally Santa Monica riding under the famous Ferris wheel. Turning around in Santa Monica it is a pretty quick ride home with the wind at my back.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recession Bike Building

So due to some unfortunate circumstances and a failed attempt at delicate seat tube surgery my KHS steel frame is no longer with us ...(technically you can still see her in the bottom corner of the picture but it is safe to say she is dead). After a few months without riding on the road I bit the bullet and decided to build a replacement. Bit by bit over the past few years I have grown my bicycle repair and maintenance knowledge to the point where I am now comfortable building a bike from a bare frame (and then actually riding it down the mountains here out West). The fact that I am currently not working and cash is hard to come by has made it an interesting process so far. However the time I have spent finding good deals and assembling the bike has provided me with some much needed time away from the job search.
Last Thursday I came across a frame on for $79.00 and a wheelset for $119.00 and tentatively placed each in my online shopping cart and then after a few hours of debating with myself I clicked buy.
Luckily I didn't have much time for buyers remorse to set in as the parts arrived by noon on Friday (Pricepoint is located about 5 miles from Redondo Beach so most times when I order something it will arrive the next day). As soon as the UPS man delivered the boxes I unwrapped them with a frenzy rivaled only by kid on Christmas morning. However, my delight was soon hampered because at some point the frame had been dropped and the rear dropout was bent. As I mentioned earlier the warehouse for pricepoint is a short drive away so I set off to get a replacement. Within the hour I was back home and proceeding with assembling what parts I had so far.
There is no way I could afford to buy all the miscellaneous parts needed to build this bike had a friend of mine not already given me an entire Shimano 105 groupo minus the caliper brakes plus the carbon fork salvaged from the aforementioned KHS. As of today I am waiting for the brakes to show up via UPS on Friday and then she should be ready her first ride. I will update tomorrow with the progress photos.