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The Road Bike 2.0


2011 Trek Madone 4.5 – pretty much all that’s left of the original build.

See the original bike before I went upgrade-crazy.


  • Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 50/34 w/ 11-28 cassette
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
  • Wheels: Velocity Deep-V w/ Ultegra hubs. 32 spokes.
  • Tires: Continental GP 4000S 700x25
  • Pedals: Speedplay Zero Chrome-Moly
  • Saddle: ISM Adamo Prologue
  • Rack: Bontrager BackRack Lightweight


  • Computer: Garmin Edge 800
  • Heart-rate Monitor: Mio Alpha watch-based HRM w/ ANT+
  • Power Meter: Stages Power
  • Trainer: Cycleops PowerBeam Pro
  • Software: Strava, TrainerRoad, Cycleops VirtualTraining


  • Helmet: Giro Aeon
  • Optics: Oakley Radarlock XL w/ Red Iridium and G40 lenses
  • Jersey: various, mostly from Voler and Suarez
  • Shorts: Hincapie Sportswear bibs
  • Shoes: Pearl Izumi select

Random Stuff

  • Topeak Mondopack XL
  • Timbuktu Bento Box
  • Topeak JoBlow Pro floor pump
  • Lezyne Pressure Drive CFH hand pump w/ CO2 inflator


I really dig the Cybex 700-series indoor bike. Only talks to a Polar computer, though, not my Garmin.


Long day on the bike, but only hit a couple of hills that made me want to cry. Test drove a new Trek Domane 6.2 and took a look at a beautiful Madone 7.7. Light as a feather.

Also bought and installed some new Speedplay Zero pedals, which so far I really like. Much easier on my knees, although I need to tune the float a bit: it’s almost too much at this point. Feels like I’m iceskating on the pedals.


Not a bad ride, other than the crash in the middle. When dodging around a speed bump, it is a good idea to make sure there isn’t a 1/2″ concrete lip near the curb. Owww.


Slow, slow, slow. Left knee feels off, but HR and cadence were mostly where I wanted. Bunch of rattling from the pannier, so I may go back to the backpack.


Trying a new route, didn’t care for it. Some fairly rough pavement in Sunnyvale east of Lawrence Expresssway, and too many stoplights for my taste. A couple of nice open sprints, though the nasty headwind made it hard to enjoy them.

The Road Bike

2011 Trek Madone 4.5

My baby. Bought it as a motivational tool when my old bike was stolen in May (“hey, you have this really nice, expensive road bike now. Get out and start riding it!”) So far, it’s working.

Components:  all Shimano 105 except the brakes, which I just upgraded from Tektro R540 to SRAM Red. The Tektro brakes are not impressive, and are usually the one main weak area called out in reviews of this bike. I was originally going to just upgrade them to 105′s or maybe Ultegra, but Summit gave me a good enough deal on the SRAM that I went for it.

Tires:  started out with Bontrager R1 700×23′s, which are decent race-ish road tires. After a nasty double puncture that damaged the sidewalls, I upgraded to R3′s which were very nice to ride (120 vs. 60 TPI). Unfortunately, when you’re my size you get a pretty large number of pinch flats on skinny tires, even running at or slightly above the top recommended tire pressure. The R3′s were fun to ride, but less so when you end up on the side of the road changing a flat every other ride. After talking to my LBS, I’m currently riding a RXL All-Weather Hard-Case in the back, with a Race Lite Hard-Case in the front, both in 700×25. I can definitely tell a difference in the weight and rolling resistance, but (hopefully) this will be a more durable combination until I can get to a reasonable weight and go back to the R3′s.

Pedals:  Shimano 105 SPD-SL. I’ve gone through a fair number of pedals looking for the right ones. Started with generic platform pedals, then tried the SPD dual-use ones (platform on one side, SPD on the other). Finally settled on these, although I’m still getting them dialed in. Can’t consistently clip in from a dead stop just yet. At some point I may take a look at something like the Crank Bros or Speedplay pedals, but I’m pretty happy with the SPD-SL system so far.

Computer:  Garmin Edge 500.  This thing is great. It can use GPS for speed/distance, but also talks to the DuoTrap speed/cadence sensor built into my frame for better accuracy. Also talks to my heart rate monitor so I can see how hard I’m working. At the end of the day, I plug it into my Mac and upload the data to Strava to see how awesome I was (sarcasm).

Random Stuff

  • Bontrager BackRack Lightweight rear rack. Sits on the skewer and attaches to the rear brake bridge. It may be insane to put a rack on a carbon road bike, but it beats carrying my laptop on my back in the mornings, plus it detaches with one screw. I take it off for “real” rides on the weekends.
  • * no-name seat pack with the bike shop logo (it was on sale) * Axiom PowerBag2 head tube bag * two bottle cages with Clean bottles (which rock)

    Loving this bike so far. Lance would turn up his nose at it, but I ain’t exactly going to be riding in Le Tour any time soon. It’s light enough for me, and it’s fun to ride. That’s enough for now.

    I’ll probably eventually upgrade some more components (probably the wheels first, then the derailleurs/shifters), but at this point it’s much, much easier (and cheaper) to remove weight from me than the bike, and the 105 setup is definitely working well enough.

    Lambo With Bike Rack

    That’s a $200,000 Lamborghini Gallardo with a bike rack. Nice bike, too!

    Hi There!

    I decided to start this new blog to document my ongoing efforts to get from “Big Bike Guy” to just “Bike Guy”. See that black box over on the right? That’s my daily weigh-in on my Withings internet-enabled scale. There’s also a link to “The Bad News“, which is a graph of my weight and BMI over time.

    I’m a geek, both professionally and personally, so I love collecting data like this and using it to track progress and motivate myself. I also use Strava for tracking my rides. More on my gear in a future post.

    As you can plainly see from the numbers, I have a long way to go. I’ve read enough “success stories” on the web to know that cycling is a good way to get in shape, even for hefty old guys like me. This blog will help motivate me by showing my successes and failures in public.