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The 40km Project – Part I

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series The 40km Project
Time Machine Frame

Time Machine Frame - ready to be built up!

So, as we all know, all hack cyclists like me need a worthy goal every season.  This year, my goal is to finish a 40km Time Trial in under an hour.  For those a bit weak on their math, that means I hope to average 40km/hr for an hour-long ride.  My current personal best (and only officially timed) 40km TT was on July 5, 2009, where I finished in 1:04:08 for an average speed of 37.42 km/hr.

Of course one bonus of this type of project is that it eases the guilt of buying a new bike!  I’ve decided to build up a time trial bike on the cheap.  No, it’s not necessary, but hey, it’s kind of fun!

We’ll start with the frame.  It’s an Eclipse “Time Machine”  full aluminum frame.  I found it for sale in a classified ad, where someone had won it as a prize.  Since it was brand new, I was able to go to Pecco’s (the shop that sells Eclipse) and get a full bike fit and exchange my buy for the proper size.  While there, I picked up a headset as the second piece of the puzzle.  I’ll keep you posted as the build progresses–hopefully before the season starts for real!

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Time April 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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Pingback from DARREN COPE » 2010 – A Year In Review
Time January 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

[…] fantastic most of the year, and being highly motivated, I was unable to meet the goal of “The 40km Project“.  This is definitely one of my regrets for the year…so close, yet so far.  2011 will […]

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