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Road proper. Soma Smoothie 54

Road proper.

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Home sweet.

Home sweet.

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Smoothie got licked.

Smoothie got licked.

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Shop day? Lookin wet.

Shop day?  Lookin wet.

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Just found a few four leaf clovers sitting on my kitchen counter?

Just found a few four leaf clovers sitting on my kitchen counter?

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For all the beauty that can be found on a ride you have to see some bad too. Hard to believe the worst section of the Crabtree creek trail is in the Low rent Lassiter Mill area. Sarc

For all the beauty that can be found on a ride you have to see some bad too.  Hard to believe the worst section of the Crabtree creek trail is in the Low rent Lassiter Mill area.  Sarc

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Just a little out of place.

Just a little out of place.

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Dorothea Dix building where President Reagan's attempted assassin was held.

Dorothea Dix building where President Reagan's attempted assassin was held.

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FSA Energy Hollow Forged All Purpose Aluminum Crankset

Around here we run FSA Energy hollow forged aluminum cranks on everything.  Stiff and light, they don’t fail.  I have the 130 BCD 68/73 version on my Soma Smoothie.  This is to accommodate 53/39 rings.

 

Connor has the 110 BCD version on his Formula BMX bike.   MegaExo bottom bracket takes a beating and keeps going. 

 

I run the exact same crank on my cyclocross bike with Race Face Narrow Wide 38 or 40T single chain ring, 1×10.  The cranks are notorious for the graphics rubbing off so once they get too bad I remove the left over paint from the anodized aluminum using fingernail polish remover, leaving them glossy black. 

 

Overall I think not much beyond an unlimited budget build would keep me from choosing Energy’s, the Swiss Army knives of the crankarm world.   Let’s face it Gossamers are not bad stock cranks if they were just a bit stiffer and lighter.  The Energys answer these faults and can now be found on a lot of Ultegra level stock builds.  I prefer them for non proprietary chainring choices, standard BCD’s.  Every bit as stiff as Ultegra and many carbon cranks,  the can often be found on eBay for as little as $75.  The BB30s are just a little more.  Installed correctly they provide no excuses.  

 

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Where I leaned the Smoothie to take a leak.

Where I leaned the Smoothie to take a leak.

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