November 2011

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mash cinelli bolt.

I still think the 2012 bolt is the best colorway thus far.  usually not a fan of skinwalls but somehow, I think they work with the bike – it ties in nicely with the yellow on the cinelli logo.  I guess it’s too late to say I still want a bolt…but I still want a bolt.  I just wish the sizing was a bit closer to what I would need – speaking of track bikes, my s-works is nearing completion, pending the arrival of the bottom bracket.  phil wood didn’t have it in stock, so now I have to wait a week.  3 week build time, total?  sounds about right!

photo from pedalroom.

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5th floor jersey.

somewhat reminiscent of the sky jersey from the back, and a leopard-trek one from the front.  either way, I pulled the photo because it’s a great shot.  imagine if it was the marin headlands in the background, the rider was sitting on the top tube with the bike across the bottom of the image, and a helmet on the head.  hmm…

tipped from pc, originally on 5th floor.


old and new.

can’t forget your roots, I suppose.  if I had to choose one, I think the steel track frame might great to ride.  definitely don’t see a lot of those around, anymore.

tipped from macaframa.

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joelle numainville (tibco) in the pack.  notice the voler branding – made in california!

tipped from tenspeed hero.



I rode well and felt good. I used the right gear and the right equipment. But when someone is that good, there’s not much you can do. I tried to gain a few seconds on the first part, on the descent, and then I paced myself well and kept trying to accelerate again and again. I don’t think I could have done any better.

vincenzo nibali on stage 16 of the giro d’italia, 2011cycling news.  photo from steephill.  ivan basso and nibali had a tough season out of the lime light – is a grand tour win waiting for them in 2012?

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so minus the song in the background, this footage is possibly some of the best city riding footage I’ve ever seen.  and by ‘riding footage’ I mean a combination of lines, speed, and the fact they’re on road bikes.  what’d someone say a while back…something to the degree of: “you ride a road bike [in an alleycat] because you want to win”?  truth.  impeccable line picks, great riding, jb.

pulled from wob.

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tuesday’s ride.

I guess it’s going to be really, really foggy from here on out.  I left this morning and couldn’t see downtown at all, or the rising sun.  it was pitch black out until I was nearly all the way across the bridge.  as I made it around the last pillar, I saw tino sitting in one of the maintenance trucks with the lights on.  no doubt I would see him near the danger zone on the way back.  so after a rather frosty ride through the empty city, I rode the lonely path down to corte madera.  no commuters, buses, or pedestrians out yet, it was perfect.  the weather was also a bit cold, so maybe that’s why people were staying in for longer.  either way, I caught the same 3 school buses from yesterday and approached as they had their yellow lights flashing.  a bunch of cars waited patiently, and I had no idea why.  you have to yield to a school bus if the red lights flash, not the orange.  it’s even written on the back of the bus…

so I passed the buses and had the road pretty much to myself for a while.  I dropped down, around, and back towards the bike path.  I spotted maurice (and friend) heading on the bike path out.  I wanted to wave or scream, but my throat was iced and my hands were numbed, so my apologies, maurice.  hope you guys had a good ride in the cold!  the danger zone was clear on the bridge, so I made it across without any stops.  as I dropped down into crissy fields, I saw percy in a freewheel kit and mustered up a shout.  yo, percy!  I saw him yesterday, too.  hope you had a good ride.

props to anyone that made it out this am.  the fog/frost is brutal.

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amy is andrew low’s new test rider.  pursuit frameset coming in 3, 2, 1…

pulled from low!


absolutely gorgeous.  the blue is so lush on this de rosa pista.  and look at that front tire clearance!  talk about a tight squeeze, that is perfect.

pulled from velospace, also seen on sffixed.

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do want.  my 2 favorite shirts from dustin’s new purpose perplex, winter 2012 line.  I don’t think I need any more t-shirts, but I almost feel like making an exception.  these are so good.

you can see the rest of the collection on cadence!

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