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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


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






SM100 Profile!

I made a few edits to the  2013 SM100 profile on Sunday Aug 25th. Just improving the readability of the text and a few other minor things. The elevation units are a bit weird since the profile was generated in meters. The DEM I have is in meters and I do not feel like getting a new one nor converting the one I have to feet. Below are links to PNG files of the profiles. The first one is huge, 46″ wide. The second one is resized and simplified to be just 10 inches wide. Perfect for printing out and putting on your bike.

Profile 2013 H 46 Inches

Profile 2013 H 46 Inches

Profile 2013 H 10 Inches

Profile 2013 H 10 Inches


2013 W101 Course Maps

For 2013, the W101 course had to be modified because of the closure of the Rails-to-Trails tunnel after aid station #5. These three maps show the two locations the course changed and then the overall course.

2013 W101 Course Poe Paddy

2013 W101 Greenwood Furn

2013 W101 Full Course Map

I did not generate a new profile, yet. The one below from 2011 is going to be a bit different. An extra descent and climb in the middle and the last climb and descent will be missing. Of course, there will be a new river crossing this year near the end.

Thumbnail of the 2011 W101 profile


Link to profile:


SM 100 On Line Map

This was done very quickly over coffee this morning. I’ll be making a better one plus uploading normal static maps this weekend.