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Salsa Delgado, Delgado Disc, Delgado Disc Race 8 year review

I purchased and used two examples of each of the Salsa Delgado 700C/29ers rims: the typical rim brake CX version still sold, the retired Disc and retired Disc Race. The Disc versions were sold off or retired years ago. The rim brake versions are still going strong, even with the cracks next to the eyelets.

Delgado CX

Salsa Delgado CX rim showing cracks after 5+ years

Many people seem to trash the reputation of these rims on-line, but just like everything on-line, the crabby people are the most visible. All six of these rims have failed, however, I am satisfied with them. They all lasted a long time, did not cost much, and performed as expected.

First the Disc 29er ones. I bought them built with XT disc hubs for like $125 around 2006. The rims developed an annoying rattle. Salsa recalled them and I got brand new rims and Salsa covered the labor and new spokes to rebuild them. I then ran those rims for years until I gave them away to Mt. Rainer Bike Co-Op

The Disc Race 29ers were built up by a skillful builder with XTR disc hubs. They were great! Light and caused me no troubles until, my lame ass technique taco’ed the front in the 2009 SM100. It may have happened with any wheel, but probably not with a heavier & tougher rim. The rear then broke at the weld about a month later, regardless, I got three years out of those racey rims. Totally ok with me.

Lastly the two CX versions. They have been beat and beat on a series of CX and commuter bikes. The front one’s brake track is so worn that I need to retire it. The rear (pictured) developed the cracks between the eyelets. This is reported by many, but after 8 years and how it was used it is totally ok with me.

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Bike, Bike Racing


2014 MoCo Epic Map

This is the MoCo Epic map showing all the courses. It does not show the location of the aid stations, start finish, etc. Those were not needed for this version for the folks assembling the documents. I am making other versions with the aid stations locations, direction arrows and a separate map for each course.

MoCoEpic 2014

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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Bike, MoCo Epic


2014 MoCo Epic Maps are coming

The new maps for the 2014 MoCo Epic are currently being proofed. They should be available from the organization shortly.

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps


Open Street Map, Garmin Units and Ride with GPS

Ride with GPS is offering map updates for Garmin units for $25. That is much cheaper than Garmin charges, however, the map data is using Open Street Maps (OSM) data which you can download to Garmin units for free. This website offers info on how to do download OSM data and put it on your GPS unit. At home, I have links to a very concise webpage with very easy to follow directions. I will update this posting with that info soon. Thew data on my Garmin Oregon 300 (from about 2005) works fine with it and can even follow the roads and trails for driving/riding directions.

Garmin Oregon Stlyed

Garmin Oregon





Shenandoah 100 SM100 2014 Course – No Changes

Shenandoah Mountain Touring is holding the 19th annual Shenandoah 100 Sunday August 31 on Labor Day weekend. There are no planned course changes for 2014 since the 2013 event. None. Not one. sm100Links to the profile and maps:

I plan to work on the on-line version a bit more. I also will make a few changes to the print versions as well. A lot of new data is available that will make them look better.

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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Bike, Bike Racing, Shenandoah 100


Wilderness 101 W101 2014 Course – No Changes

w101The Shenandoah Mountain Touring is holding the 17th annual Wilderness 101 this Sat July 26.  There are no planned course changes for 2014 since the 2013 event. None. Not one. There were major changes last year around aid station #3 and #5. The maps showing those changes are:

I made a new series of six maps that cover the entire course. These maps are set up to print at either typical letter size or tabloid (17″ by 11″). There are multiple minor improvements plus I added an underlying elevation model based hill-shade to highlight the terrain:


2014 Stoopid 50

The 2014 Stoopid 50 is Sunday June 15. The race is run by Shenandoah Mountain Touring LLC. The course is changing just a little. First there will be minor changes near the finish due to a much needed re-route of Chute Trail after Three Bridges. Second a proposal has been made to change the location of the aid stations to minimize impact on traffic. Lastly there may be changes in the Coopers Gap area to avoid trails susceptible to damage in wet conditions.

AND, now as of May 20th, Dutch Alvin Trail will be included in the race if it is dry. The maps have been updated to show that.

2014 Stoopid 50 Map for Dry Conditions

2014 Stoopid 50 Map for Wet Conditions