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for all my friends · August 2011

August 2011

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designed discourse is a great written piece of insight by an cycling industry insider, who wishes to remain anonymous.  he talks about the visual design in modern road cycling, and brings up a lot of valid points that have always been in the back of my mind: similarities between the shimano and giant logos, unique branding, and color schemes.

okay, so the trickiest part is how I actually landed onto the page in the first place.  I was actually tipped from cycleangelo, which lead me to tenspeed hero, which linked to the tenspeed hero blog, which eventually linked to the pez article.

it’s a great read, and provides really neat insight!  read designed discourse.

more tech from eurobike.

the dt swiss 180 hubs utilize a carbon fiber mid-section bonded to aluminum flanges.  the front hub weighs 100 grams, and the rear weighs 183 grams.  install the 36 tooth step star ratchet on them, and the rear would probably come in even lighter.  I bet these are going to be steep in price, though.  definitely lust worthy.

tech from bike rumor.

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eurobike.

there’s a new crank-based powermeter on the block.  power 2 max is a german company that will be offering powermeters which will work with several different crank arms.  1,230€.

the bh ultralight weighs in at just 747 grams for the frameset (56cm).  it utilizes the new bb386 bottom bracket shell, as well as a tapered head tube, high modulus carbon fiber layup, and a slew of other race-worthy technology.

with the advent of selle italia’s monolink saddles (which provide more adjustability on their saddle which have carbon rails), ritchey has introduced their aluminum wcs seat post.  fsa’s monolink seat post debuted at this year’s tour de france on some of the astana bikes.

ritchey’s new integrated carbon bars and stem.  the bars have internal cable guides to keep wiring clean, ergonomic sweeps and drop bends, and a blunt front end to reduce drag.

edvald boasson hagen (sky) signed over the deda 35mm bars and stem.  not sure if he runs them on his race setup though, considering he won the final stage at the eneco tour on deda zero100 goodies.

3t’s integrated computer mount for the cyclops gps joule.  kind of tron-like…

phil wood’s new square-taper track cranks.  stunning, as you’d expect.

fsa’s new gimondi track cranks.  not quite as stunning as the phil wood crankset, though, but at least they’re trying.  it’s definitely a step up from the carbon track cranks they had, which always looked like a dead starfish and used a bottom bracket standard that I thought died out a long time ago (isis).

tech from velonews, and I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more!

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david moncoutié (confidis) took a stunning solo win at the top of the estación de montaña manzaneda on stage 11 of the vuelta a españa.  moncoutié was part of an early 19-man break formed 30km after the start of the stage.  team sky kept tabs on gc threats in the break, such as fabio duarte (geox-tmc) and luis leon sanchez (rabobank).  moncoutié attacked on the category 3 climb, the alto de ermida, taking 3 points for cresting the top first – he had an additional 3 from placing 2nd over the category 2 climb, earlier in the day as well.  he opened up a solo gap on the final climb, clearing the fragmented break by more than a minute.  back in the main peloton, a series of attacks were made by various riders, but chris froome (sky) rode hard to protect team leader bradley wiggins.  dan martin (garmin-cervélo) attacked off the front of the peloton and was joined by bauke mollema (rabobank) and several others.  wiggins stepped up the chase speed, reeling them back in.  joaquin rodriguez (katusha) launched a big attack on the final kilometer of the climb, but only managed to gain 7 seconds on the main group.  chris froome slipped back, finishing 27 seconds down from wiggins – wiggins currently sits in 1st place in the general classifications after finishing 13th place today, 3:08 down from moncoutié.  vincenzo nibali rode with the main peloton today, finishing 17th – he currently sits in 3rd place 11 seconds down from wiggins.


photo from velonews.

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mavic is launching a new line for 2012: helmets.  this is their top of the line plasma slr helmet.  it utilizes dual-density foam, x-static anti-bacterial padding, carbon fiber reinforcements between vents, and a separate chin strap (attached by plastic loops) in order to keep the straps flatter to the rider’s face.

the plasma slr will retail for $225USD and will be sold along side their $180 plasma (aluminized fiberglass reinforcements, no x-static pads, and no helmet bag) and their $125 entry-level syncro.

I wonder if any teams will be wearing plasma slr’s next season?

tech from bike radar.

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wow, the first sunny morning I’ve seen in a long time.  I saw the dimly lit aura that was the sun peaking from behind my blinds this morning, and thought, ‘I swear the sun didn’t start rising earlier all of a sudden’.  and it didn’t but it sure as hell was a lot brighter outside because of the clear sky.  no fog at all, though there was a bit of haze in the air.  I saw my shadow for the first time in weeks, it was scary.  usually, the fog diffuses all the light into a blinding white sheet of sky, which means no shadows and no direct sunlight.  needless to say, I was feeling amped to ride.

on the backside of camino alto, as I was descending, the same car as yesterday was in front of me again.  the guy lives on one of the homes on the side of the road, and I guess he pulled out as I was just cresting the top.  not sure if he even noticed me behind him, but his car was so distinct, it’ll be hard for me to not remember it.  a dark blue volvo wagon with 2 upright brown paper bags in the trunk, pushed to the left side, and a tailpipe that’s smoking for a good amount of time.  probably just water vapor though.  there were a fair amount of cars out as well, going down paradise drive towards the school.  I guess it’s the first day back since the summer, there was a pretty long line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot.  but then after that, it was quiet all the way down into tiburon.

I headed back in towards the bridge, and was passed a guy in a bike nook kit, and another guy in a white and orange kit with a timbuk2 backpack.  they were chatting along, and then the sausalito climb came, and the bike nook guy took off.  I passed the backpack guy, knowing he’d catch me on the bridge when I stopped to take the photo.  I was calling it before it even happened: cat and mouse all the way back into san francisco.  not intentionally to ruin his commute, or act like a weekend warrior type, but just because our paces were so similar, it was nearly impossible to stay behind him, and to pass, would be less of a pain, but would possibly instigate some sort of competitiveness.  I passed him on the climb (gave him the friendly ‘4-finger wave’), he passed me on the bridge as I took this photo, and then I passed him on the marina greens path, right after he almost got into a t-bone with a busted up toyota corolla that turned without yielding to the people on the multi-use bike/walk/run lanes.  he prevailed though, swerving to avoid the car, but staying calm and cool about it.  respect.

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g+b.

val brostrom (bouledogue tout noir cycling) on the ‘drome, presumably killing it.

pulled from pedalfar, originally on flickr.

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http://vimeo.com/28288246

a ride around central park, go pro footage via bicycle.

thanks for the heads up, flwrider.

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well, the first thing I forgot to do after I left the house was to start the timer on the garmin.  I realized it as soon as I dropped down into the embarcadero.  not like it was that big of a deal, it was probably just going to read 4 minutes shorter, and 10 calories less, or something…but somehow, it really bothered me for the rest of the ride.  it’s like the nagging feeling of running a different set of wheel skewers, or a tire that’s not fully inflated properly, but still rides perfectly fine.  I guess it’s one of those things that just sits in the back of my mind on a ride, since I have nothing else to really think about.  maybe singing a song would’ve helped.

but past that, nothing else really happened.  the weather was a little thick, and it actually started misting at the end of the ride, which was odd.  it’s usually misting in the beginning.  on my way back from tiburon, I saw philip mooney from team raleigh, a continental team based in the united kingdom.  mooney used to race for yahoo cycling out here in the bay area, but made the move to the big leagues last season (I think).  it was like seeing a celebrity.  I almost shouted his name, but held it in, thinking it’d be a bit rude to scream his own name at him as he rode along next to another guy, which I believe was chris phipps (iron data thirstybear cycling), if not one of his teammates.  another local fast guy.  marin was packing heat today.

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evelyn stevens (htc-highroad) is the usa women’s national time trial winner.  here she is at this year’s nature valley grand prix.

originally on flickr.

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