Friday, December 31, 2010

My last night in Millbrae!

I was driving Brian's Acura TL home to Alberts, and saw this blind couple crossing the street. It really made me think, but Im not sure what was going through my mind, it was just really inspirational. Brian said "true love." Good stuff, good night.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Grades just got posted, my first 4.0 in college! :)
YUP. feeling good.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New old bikes

First is a sweet 03' Giant OCR1 that i got for $175, full shimano 105 triple components. Qyel rode it for a 30 mile ride and liked it. Really good condition for its age, all i did was swap the threaded stem for a threadless one. Not much work needed

Second is a tiny 48cm 1990 Cannondale 3.0 SR300. 60 buckos (check out the weirdly low top tube near the stem). I need to replace all the cables/housing as they are rusty as fack and change out the dry rotted tires. Maybe the rusty chain and freewheel too haha.. (not the og saddle, i swapped out the large gel one) This one will be my winter project.

Third is a beat down Bianchi Alfana i got for cheap. It's a SS conversion and has a flip flop rear wheel. Its huuuge but I bought this mainly to sell to a friend that may want a commuter. Not too bad condition except the nasty rusted chain. I do wish it had the components on it still thought :(

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Finals are coming up next week. weird thing is I just had exams in all my classes about 2 weeks ago. Oh man, this is gonna stressful. I also have a sprint triathlon in the middle of my finals, what the..
Introducing my new road bike :) She's a Cannondale 2009 Caad9-5! Took from November 13-30
So new Caad9-5's run about 1200+tax but that's with 105 components, and no carbon!
I built one up part by part, for the same price has Dura Ace (except a 105 front derailleur) and everything besides the frame is carbon. including the wheelset. Sweet.
I also got Gore Ride On Professional cables all through out (unexposed sexyness)

I know. Frickin expensive right? I hope it'll be worth it.
so I tried to ride it at around 8pm but it was to frikkin cold. (low of 40F today) I want to ride so bad tho ugh.

Peep the pictures:

Frameset: Caad9 52cm $250
Brakeset: Shimano 7700 w/ carbon pads $20
Shift Levers: Shimano RD-7800 $175
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 $0
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-7700 $10
Crankset: FSA K-Force 53/39 $25
Pedals: Shimano PD-540 $0
Bottom Bracket: Fetish $0
Cassette: SRAM $0
Chain: Shimano Ultegra $0
Seatpost: Felt 1.1 $20
Saddle: Fizik Arione Tri 2 Carbon Braided $60
Handlebar: Easton Ec90 $35
Handlebar Stem: System Six 100m $35
Headset Cane Creek IS2 $0
Wheelset: Mercury 39mm Carbon $400
Cables: Gore Ride On Professional $200
Bar Tape: Profile Design $0

Total: $1230 ouch.
*$0 items came with something else

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bought Tats another bike today after I sold his first two haha..
It's a 1989 Cannondale ST400 (upgrade from his 1987 ST400)

Frame: Aluminum Size small
Color: Mystic Blue
Fork: Tange mangaloy
Wheels: Mistral M13 27"
Fr Der: Suntour XCM
Rr Der. Suntour blaze 6 spd

Pictures up after I clean it up.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cervelo P2K

Here she is, finished building her up last night, just needs bar tape and a tuneup. I was able to keep the cost pretty low thanks to some great deals at the bike swap and craigslist

$250 Cervelo p2k Frameset
-Frame 51cm
-Wolf fork
-FSA Headset

$55 Dura-Ace Components
-7700 Front Der.
-7700 Rear Der.
-7700 Crankset 56/42
-CN7801 Chain

$50 Time trial bar
-Vision Alloy base bar
-Profile Design T2+ aerobar
-Profile Design QSC brake levers
-10 spd shifters
-Fetish Cycles Carbon stem

$150 Wheelset
-Carbon Fetish Cycles rear
-Sram Pg 1070 Cassette
-Trispoke Clincher front

$60 Fizik Tri2 Arione Carbon Braided

$20 Conti/Maxxis tires+tubes

$5 Profile Design water bottle
$590 Total Cost

Monday, November 15, 2010

Big Test in 10 hours!

But I cant sleep oh no.
I'm too excited to build two new bikes up.
There's the Cervelo P2k which I mentioned before and a Cannondale Caad9. Thanks to the awesome Tucson Bike swap this weekend I picked up the caad9 frame and enough parts to build the two up. The 2 hour drive there and 2 hour drive back was well worth it. Got some good ass deals and knocked off pretty much everything on my to buy list. also got rid of most of my money :( oh well. Pictures up tomorrow hopefully. PEACE

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Desert Grande Triathlon

Heres a recap:
Slept yesterday at 11:30pm. Got up at 4:30am and drove to casa grande, got there at 6:00, took a 30 minute nap. Headed to the Swimming pool at 7:30 and waited a good 1 hour until I started (I lined up second to last). The swimming section was shady. I easily swam the first 100 meters but then I found it difficult to float and breathe, and my new goggles sucked, water kept coming in. I was forced to swim about 25m, stop and re-adjust them. Luckily, most of the pool was only 3 1/2 feet so I was able to walk when needed. I slowly climbed out of the pool, and I mean slowly.. sliding onto my knees and crawling for a second. I have to say that I hate water and that was the longest 15 minutes of my life. I was able to jog to the transition area and got on my bike gear. I almost tore my shirt while putting it on because of my wet sticky back, haha. I jumped on my bike and tried to "smash" the whole 10 miles. I did pretty well and was able to pass a good 50ish people during that time. and I also almost got hit by a douchebag suv.. douchebag. I wish I had a bike computer so I would have known how long I had been riding because I felt like I could have pushed a little more during the end. Anyways, the bike part was extremely fun yet I did not go anywhere near as fast as I thought (15ish mph avg). Then came the 3rd and final leg, running. As I took of my cycling shoes my left calf cramped up! I was able to start walking then jogging but about 200 meters in my both calfs(calves?) started to cramp up and I was forced to walk a bit. As soon as that went away I had a nice leisurely jog for 2 miles. Then both of my quads cramped up and gave out on me right before the water people (i know.. I forgot to eat my bananas) I walked for another minute until this guy passed me who seemed to have a good pace. I ended up following him all the way through the finish line. theres some sweet pictures of my pain ridden face. I almost collapsed at the end and while I was receiving my shirt & medal all my muscles cramped up yet again. Thats what I get for not training enough, eh. Great experience though and I'm looking to do another sprint in decemeber. bye.

#964 IRV VILLACORTA Swim- 14:19 Bike- 40:04 Run- 29:52 Total: 1:24:15

Friday, November 5, 2010


-In two days I will be embarking on a new chapter of my life, my first sprint triathlon.
-Its the easy version of what crazy people do.
-400m swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run.
-I'm not scared of the biking or running but I was never a water person. In fact I only practiced swimming for 6 days for this tri. and I am terrified.
-I actually only learned how to swim properly yesterday with the help of amazing swimmer Jeff Curry. -But I figure I can do I length of 50m, then rest, then go again..
Erggh. I wish I had more time to train.

and on a side note: I really should stop buying bicycle stuff...but its so fun.

Got this, sold it. IRO Mark V

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kestrel & Trek*2

Finally some non-cannondale bikes! Copped em both on Saturday. (i realized the best deals goup thu/fri night btw) Full photshoot and specs up tomorrow.

First one up is a 1988 Trek 2300, not the nicest looking but it has full Shimano 600. It's going to be my dad's new bike (I'm selling his old one)

Next was my Find of the Year #2: is 2000 Kestrel KM40 Airfoil (or Ironman 500)
Got the bike w/ the SPINERGY's for $350.. WHAT!? good ass deal, too bad it kinda doesn't fit me. FULL DURA ACE components too.

One more! for lauren but I might re-sell it (i'm poor). 1988 Trek 1200 with Shimano 600

Saturday, September 11, 2010

2000 Cannondale Multisport 2000 Caad4

I must really like cannondales, or others hate them and keep selling them to me!

First the bad:
-whoever owned this before me (triathlete) didn't take very good care of the bike, lots of scratches on the parts and frame and an aerobar pad is missing
-front derailleurs/shifters doesn't work so it's stuck on the 53 chainring.
-wheels are not very true, lots of wobble and brake rub + -rear brake gets kinda of stuck..

And now the good:
-it was only 85 bucks!
-i think this bike actually fits me (kinda)
-it looks beautiful and it has ultegra components

So yeah, it was a hell of a deal so I couldn't really pass it up.. AND since I got it for so cheap I can afford a legit tune up for the bike. Also qyel dented my CAAD8frame which i just frickin got 4 days ago =(

Year: 2000
Frame: CAAD4 6061 T6 Aluminum
Fork: ACD Aero Carbon Fiber Composite
Wheels, Hubs, Spokes: Spinergy Spox, Spinergy Spox, PBO carbon spokes
Tires: Michelin Ironman 650c
Pedals: Speedplay
Crank: Shimano Ultegra, 39/53 teeth
Chain: SRAM PC-89R, 1/2 x 3/32"
Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 12 - 23 teeth
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-6500
Front/Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Shifters/Brakelevers: Shimano Ultegra STI Dual
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra Dual Pivot brakes
Handlebars: Syntace Stratos 400
Stem: CODA Front Loader aluminum
Headset: 1" threadless Cane Creek C2
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo Saddle Super*
Seat Post Cannondale C2 Carbon-wrapped
Color: Big Island Fade
Size: 52cm

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Damn it's so smooooth

Shifts flawlessly, all the things i've heard about Shimano 105 components are true! A nice smooth up and down 9 miler for my first ride! It really does destroy climbs. On the downside I kind of tried too hard at the end and almost passed out when i got back home :D

Also, today I went to the ASU cycling and triathlon club meeting. Cool peopl.. sweet deals.. I think i'm gonna join!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2007 Cannondale CAAD8 Optimo 1

Sold the '85 SR500 and got a more modern Cannondale today. The owner rode it only 200 miles and won an uphill race with it, and theres only two scratches on the entire bike so it was definitely taken care of. It came with 99% stock parts, everything except the carbon seat post. This is my first roadie with index shifters!!! I was also scared that the 54cm size was too big for me but luckily this model runs a bit small. Currently rockin the clip/straps until i can save up for some legit cycling shoes. I'll be keeping this bike for a while, i promise!

2007 Cannondale CAAD8 Optimo 1
Frame: CAAD8 Optimo
Fork: Slice Ultra
Wheels, Hubs, Spokes: Shimano WH-R550
Tires: Maxxis Fuse foldable 700 x 23c
Pedals: Shimano PD-A520
Crank: TruVatiV Elita 2.2, 39/53
Chain: Shimano 105 10-speed
Rear Cogs Shimano 105: 12-25
Bottom Bracket: TruVatiV Giga X Pipe
Front/Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano 105
Brakes: Cannondale C2
Handlebars: Cannondale C3 31.8 mm
Stem: Cannondale C4
Headset: FSA Alloy integated
Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza
Seat Post: Alloy
Color: Jet Black
Size: 54cm

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lauren's Airwalk Fixed Photshoot!

Turbo Saddle White
Pake Crank Pink
Wellgo Track Pedals Pink + Soma Quad Gate toeclips + black leather straps *NEW*
Soma 456 Track Drops *NEW + white track grips *NEW*
Monkeylectric light *NEW*
Fatlace + Hawaii Sticker *NEW*