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.

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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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g+b.

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

tipped from tenspeed hero.

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nibali.

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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g+b.

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

pulled from low!

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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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