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ErgVideo ride with EnduranceWerx

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 12:02am by Andy Shen

Team BH-Garneau and I received an invitation from Chad Butts of to try out a Computrainer ErgVideo ride session, a prospect slightly less exciting to me than 'tabasco enema'. I was alone in my dread, however, and before I knew it 5 enthusiastic teammates and I were locking our bikes into Butts' array of Computrainers.

An ErgVideo is a trainer session synched to helmet cam footage of a race. The intensity of the ride corresponds to the action in the race, and is expressed in % of threshold. Each rider's threshold power and weight is inputted, so everyone's riding at the same relative intensity. After a fairly sedentary week, I lowballed my threshold just to survive the 90 minute session. After a few minutes of warmup and calibration we were off.

Things began pleasantly enough. Computrainers spin much better than regular trainers, so they simulate road feel almost as well as rollers. The first forty minutes went by smoothly, though one is quickly reminded that torque x speed = power. Each time I saw a power spike coming I'd spin up to 140 rpm so I could get through each plateau without having to mash my legs off. Once the shit hit the fan, however, the accumulated fatigue killed my cadence and I found myself pedaling at 40 rpm, 30, 20, and soon enough, 0. There's simply no hiding once you bog down. I spent the rest of the ride bargaining with myself ("five more minutes") and standing every time the resistance went up.

Despite the pain and humiliation I enjoyed the session immensely. Savvy riding and self delusion might get you through a winter of group rides, but an occasional reality check is good for the soul as well. And while there was no crowing, I have to believe an unspoken pecking order was established, which can only help the team on the road. All in all it was a great team building exercise, one I might commemorate with a baggy t-shirt which I will wear on Wednesday nights.

You can read about Chad Butts' credentials here. Contact him to book a group session. He shares space with our pal Mark Purdy. Here's more gratuitous shots of their space.

Here's Purdy's side of the space. He offers bike parking, and will pick up and drop off your bike for repairs.

This bike look familiar?

Tool heaven.

This is the rental work center. You get to use all the tools and you can ask Purdy questions if you're stumped.

Keep your wife happy. Use Purdy's degreaser tank instead of the kitchen sink.

Multiple torque wrenches available.

Supplies galore.



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i'm ready to hear
By: Monsieur Propre
Fri, 03/12/2010 - 2:12pm

asinine comments- please continue.

the whole front row could ride most of you lot off their wheel, with or without caps (which btw, the BH team needed because purdy's a cheap git and likes to keep the thermostat low.

Purdy Butts
By: Guillaume Headbadge
Sun, 03/07/2010 - 10:22pm

Purdy Butts...great name but it's already a bar in Chelsea. Chad and Mark were two of the best things that Cadence had to offer the serious cyclist. Glad to see they are continuing to be "high-end specialists" for their customers. Cleanliness is a part of Mark's reputation. Most of his customers clean their bikes before they drop them off.

By: Ridolfo Torque
Sun, 03/07/2010 - 2:43pm

I'm glad everyone remembered to wear their little caps like good little boys and girls!

looks like a winning team
By: Gilles Dry Lube
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 1:47pm

looks like a winning team with a winning formula. dude up front is going into oxygen debt while others are cruising, meanwhile grizzly adams looks like he's visualizing his next hunting trip, wondering what knife he'll use to skin the wild pig he wrestled & killed with his bare hands.

Who gets credit for BH-G design
By: Stiff Cock
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 1:37pm

Andy? Schmalz?

Disagree with Benjamin, some kits look good, some simple, some stand out, some look like puke.

..and Matteo Dropout why do you think this team will do anything on the road? Do they have any proven talent? Maybe they do, but I don't see it in this article.

Those kits look like a pile
By: Paolo Hammer
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:42pm

Those kits look like a pile of melted rainbow sherbet, forreals.

Does BH stand for Bulging
By: Sam Tank
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:40pm

Does BH stand for Bulging Headtube?

alvin--who is talking about
By: Keano Ceramic
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:38pm

alvin--who is talking about your kits besides you guys? seriously now.

those caps are pro in the
By: Daan Seatmast
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:35pm

those caps are pro in the most excitable way.

WCR = Ostroy's alter ego?
By: jkornbluh
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 11:02am

WCR = Ostroy's alter ego?

Mission Accomplished
By: Matteo Dropout
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 10:38am

Love it or hate it, the BH-Garneau kit has been one of the most talked about local kits this winter. I have a feeling they will continue to be into the spring and summer as well (and not just for their aesthetics). Nice job Dan!

A Poblacion

Mark shops at K-Nart... Fenk
By: Adrien Saddlebag
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:55am

Mark shops at K-Nart...

Fenk Shey

you idots...
By: Winteria Cobwebbia
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:16am

West Coast reader was looking to get a rise out of the lot of you and you played right into his hands. weak...

Mark Purdy is the wind beneath my wings.

what a bunch of purdy butts
By: Seppe Cable
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 8:54am

what a bunch of purdy butts in that room

mark purdy personally licks
By: Diego Lube
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 7:23am

mark purdy personally licks every surface clean.

Info is key
By: Duh what?
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 7:02am

Who do you think Purdy is? He doesn't spend his days overhauling hubs on Chinese food delivery bikes. He's a team mechanic ... For the city of New York. Do a little research and learn about the subject before you open your mouth, Westy.

His shop is clean, not because it's new, but because he chooses to keep it clean out of respect to us. We want to take our bikes to a Tech Center, not a Jiffy Lube. His shop at Cadence was just as clean.

Palla Locknut said it best... The guy is a class act.

By: Eliott Grips
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 6:46am

You're a complete idiot.

A lot of stupid people say a lot of stupid things on this website, but you definitely go into the Hall of Fame. Keep the comments coming. But it would be a good idea to stay in CA while doing it.

By: Ernesto Skidmark
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 1:14am


By: West Coast Reader
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:51am

@6:08pm Thanks for the verification of my guesses.

@rest, go take a look at any of your mechanics area and if its as clean as the one in the picture above I'll get up early tomorrow so I'm awake when you're at lunch!

Just imagine removing an oiler's chain and going to clean it. You are already full of oil/grease now go answer the phone or do some other task before washing your hands, grit everywhere. Just highlighting the obvious to the wanker @5:21pm who still dreams of a squeaky clean shop.

And yes I've seen a Pro Mechanic, on the team bus and at home, team bus wasn't as dirty as home but then again they don't do the same tasks on the bus as they would at home (mechanic tasks before you head down a homo-erotic fantasy of yours, @5:21pm). Some of us do go to EuroLand for some fun and know some of the people there at the races, can you say Full access pass? Connections baby that's where its at, now to save up some money for another trip!

is that his "O" face
By: Jules Bushing
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:34pm

were the caps mandatory? if it were the eighties would everyone have on head sweatbands?

RE Merrill Lynch
By: Benjamin Threadlock
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 8:54pm

The kit looks like the old Merrill Lynch kits... because this IS the old Merrill Lynch team. I'm assuming those colors are some sort of homage to the days of yore?

All in all, I defy this community to show me a kit that ISN'T hideous in NYC. F that I defy this community to show me a kit that isn't hideous in the ProTour! Kits are supposed to be loud - that's how they catch the eye at 25 miles per hour

Clean shop
By: Palla Locknut
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 8:11pm

"Real mechanics don't have a clean shop"

Have you ever seen the shop area for a professional racecar team? Or a commercial airplane hanger? They're absolutely spotless. Compare that to the crackhead mechanics at the jiffy lube down the street.

Mark Purdy is a class act.

Clean shop...
By: Ferre Tubie
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 6:55pm

Or... Maybe he just takes pride in his work?

Bag of Dicks
By: Baptiste Threadlock
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 6:39pm

How exactly does one 'eat a bag of dicks'?

his shop is brand new, west
By: Keano Ceramic
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 6:08pm

his shop is brand new, west coast reader

West Coast Reader, nobody
By: Haywood Jablowmee
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 5:21pm

West Coast Reader, nobody fucking cares what you think. Go eat a bag of dicks or ride your bike in the sunshine or some other lame West Coast Reader-type activity.

Yo, it's like just after lunchtime there, right? Ha! Fuck you again! I'm going home in half an hour and I'm gonna ride my trainer. BITCH! You're still stuck at your shitty job! Asshat!

By: West Coast Reader
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 5:14pm

I've never seen a shop so clean.

Either he has no business or he has so little he actually cleans up? Or a neat freak? Or just set it up.

And what is wrong with using the kitchen sink to degrease? Most of you use if for your bacon fat, but bike grease is bad?

Real mechanics don't have a clean shop.

By: Gregorio Fork
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 4:17pm
so what'sthe pecking order already?
By: Nolan Setscrew
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 2:47pm

Is Leong putting the hurt on Richards yet?

hats for indoor cycling
By: Romain Setscrew
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 2:34pm

You lose 75% of the heat your body produces from your head. The hats can't capture the extra sweat they create. The hats are purely a "fashion" statement, as are shaved legs in the winter. Notice the towel on the bikes for wiping and catching sweat.

EnduranceWerx Space Case
By: Salvestro Steerer
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 2:31pm

Nice Pics. You really made Chad and Mark's 500SF man cave look spacious!

you wear a hat indoors to
By: Keano Ceramic
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 2:02pm

you wear a hat indoors to catch sweat, regardless if the hat is ugly or not

the kits look awful
By: Romain Setscrew
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 1:49pm

They look like the old Merrill Lynch after worn by team homeless a few seasons. I think only current team members are posting a positive review.

And why the hats indoors on those wilder beasts?

By: Titouan Seatpost
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 1:06pm

the kits came pre-faded.

did you guys pay extra

that sketches kit was absurd
By: Keano Ceramic
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:57am

that sketches kit was absurd

Did you guys shave your legs
By: Mathieu Hammer
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:57am

Did you guys shave your legs just for the pics or do you persist with the hedge trimming over the winter?

And for the comment about Purdy looking at buts, please note that no bikes are set up on the computrainers in that photo.

it is a mix of Merrill Lynch
By: Set Maxhead
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:55am

it is a mix of Merrill Lynch and Sketches

By: Baptiste Threadlock
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:31am

Little known fact; BH is both a bicycle manufacturer and a paint company. The colors on the jerseys are actually their swatches.

best local kit. i would join
By: Theo Pulley
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:31am

best local kit. i would join the team just for the kit if they'd have me

Remember them for what?????
By: Julien Bartape
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:24am

Remember them for what????? The 5 dudes in the picture that need haircuts?

By: cjammet
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:23am

its on his website:

By: tubbs
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:11am

ugly, but you will remember them.

on another topic-
Does anyone know what Mark would charge for a full build?

I like the kits
By: wheelsucker
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:06am

just like jellybelly but squares, are the critics afraid of a little color?

Those kits are some of the
By: Julien Bartape
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:54am

Those kits are some of the worst i have ever seen. In person and in print.

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:30am


those kits
By: Warre Gel
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:28am

The new team name is now "Schmalz and his Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Is K-Mart where you shop for
By: schmalz
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:23am

Is K-Mart where you shop for your multiple personalities?

Does DA shop at K-Mart or is
By: H. Ater
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:12am

Does DA shop at K-Mart or is that where you guys bought those fugly kits?

So, Mark likes to stare at
By: Ron Blogoyovitch
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:11am

So, Mark likes to stare at rider ass, huh?

f that
By: David Seatmast
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:43am

the kit looks great

i need to try them tabasco
By: Stevie McGee
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:25am

i need to try them tabasco enemas, meow

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:13am

Those kits are simply horrific.

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