Racing is hard on equipment, and eventually everything breaks. But some things start to go out way before their time.
Like my shoes:
I need to get at least two seasons out of a pair of shoes. I bought these last July, and they're already starting to come apart. I do have a ton miles on them, but carbon fiber clicky-buckle shoes are way to expensive to throw away every 6 months.
So I've gotta fix them. I tried stitching them back together, but I couldn't get the needle in (partly because the leather is hard, and partly because I'm a crappy seamstress.)
Then I tried silicone sealant:
Meant for cars, not shoes. Big fail. I did succeed in covering my fingers in black shit.
The only other glue I had sitting around was good old Elmer's Wood Glue:
Wood is porous, fabric is porous, therefore wood glue must work on fabric. At least I hope it does. It seems like it's holding, and if I smother the seams in the silicone they should be good for another couple of months.
Next season is coming up fast, and I might be riding a new frame. The new frame will be almost twice the weight of my old frame. And that's all I'm gonna say at the moment.
But to make room for the new, I've gotta sell some stuff:
Surly Cross Check
Specalized S-Works Helmet