A Couple of Bike Things

Stopped off at Discount Steel to buy some 3″ square tubing with which to build my own welding stand. It’ll be what I’m learning to TIG weld on, too, incidentally. Once it’s done, it gets powder-coated (red or black), and I’ll set it up down in the basement. It’ll be awhile before I’m building at home — probably not until after the wedding, I suspect — but over the next few months, I’ll be pulling in more and more bits of hardware. The building table is probably the next big item after that.

I started my off-season training program last night — after the steel place, I hit up the gym. And was quickly reminded of how much I despise training at this time of year because it feels like I’m not really accomplishing anything. Last night called for 45 minutes of “E2” — endurance work in zones 1 and 2, for those of you not using Joe Friel’s system. I noodled along and for the first 15 minutes or so, I was really frustrated. So I put on some really angry music and visualized racing ‘cross and that mostly removed my thought process from the situation. Occasionally, I’d have a moment or two of wanting to let the frustration boil over into working harder than I should, but I opted to trust the training program and finished up.

Also had weights on the agenda last night, too. This was not as frustrating, and I did a balance of full-body work. It’s early in the season, so I’m in the “stability” phase of trying to build fine muscle structure and get the body used to shoving weights around again. Low weights, high reps. The only thing that really killed me was the lunges — the legs are pretty damn tired, and last night I was having a difficult time with the stairs. Clearly, I overdid it a bit.

Today’s a lot easier a day — an E1 recovery ride for an hour. High near 50° today, so I may bundle up and do it out on the pavement while Kate’s off shopping for wedding dresses with her mom.

Tomorrow’s a day off from training (I’m at 8.5 hours a week for the first 8 weeks of this) more framebuilding class with Paul, which should be a lot of fun. I get to talk over my blueprints with him, among other things, and explain why I put a 73.5° head tube angle on a ‘cross bike.

2 thoughts on “A Couple of Bike Things

  1. Welding is one of the things that the wife and I both want to learn. Most of her projects are multimedia, so would benefit from metal fabrication ability, and most of mine are, well, probably better off with a milling machine and a lathe, but welding is so useful for around-the-house projects that I feel like I shouldn’t not learn it.

    Tell me, where did you get started doing your research, and what made you choose TIG welding over MIG or some other sort?

  2. @Mightywombat
    Actually, the focus of the class isn’t TIG welding. The focus is primarily on fillet brazing — the proper way to make a steel bike frame. 🙂

    TIG welding is just something we’re covering as a one-day thing.

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