May 2012

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Everything matters.  Nothing matters.

Originally from Patrick Frauchiger.

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The new benchmark is coming October 2012.  If there’s one thing Shimano constantly does well it is r&d the hell out of their stuff.  With all the bottom bracket standards still floating around (BBright, BB30, PressFit30) they’ve stayed true to their 24mm steel spindle, opting for forged alloy everywhere else.  Expect the brake caliper modulation to blow everyone out of the water.  Ergonomics will always be personal preference, but to me, this is the benchmark of cycling componentry.  Shimano does cycling innovation justice.

Read more on Bike Rumor.

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André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) took the sprint victory in Hesperange on stage 1 of the Tour of Luxembourg.  Davide Appollonio (Sky) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia) was the first rider off the front of the peloton – he was joined by Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano).  The duo gained 3 minutes and held a lead until the final categorized climb of the day, 117km into the race.  Radioshack-Nissan caught the duo, and lauched Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) into an attack.  He gained 3 minutes over the peloton as they approached the 16km finishing circuit.  Sky and Lotto-Belisol reeled in Voigt, setting the stage up for a bunch sprint.  Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur – Sojasun) continues to lead in the GC, 3 seconds ahead of Grégory Rast (Radioshack-Nissan) and Jonathan Hivert (Saur – Sojasun).

Photo from SKODA Tour de Luxembourg.

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ABUS Nutrixxion leading a doomed chase, stage 4 of the Exergy Tour.

Originally on Podium Insight.

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Holy crap, it’s Thursday already.  I remember just being thrilled with holiday weekends, or coming off of vacation in high school because the schedules would be tweaked out even through the next week – they called it “activity schedule”.  But now, there are less vacations, and less holidays.  When they do eventually come around, everyone seems to cherish them a little bit more.  I know I do, at least.  But on a ride related note, today was absolutely perfect out.  There’s barely any wind early in the mornings, which is key to keeping spirits high, especially when there’s nothing to look forward to except short descents and school buses.

Camino Alto still had signs up that said it was closed on the 29th, but as I rode up the road a little ways, I saw that the road was indeed open.  In fact, they hadn’t done any road work, per say.  They had cut down all the weeds and shrubbery that lined both sides of the road, which meant there were a few less blind spots for cyclists and drivers – always a good thing.  And as I descended down the backside, I saw a guy running with his dog, hugging the small shoulder at the side of the road.  Hope he lived close to the top, because it was frightening to see a 3ft leash just dangling into the road.  I caught a break and beat the school buses to the beginning of their route, which canceled out the guy walking his dog.  On the way back, I saw Connor, Gabe, and Maurice at one of the lights in Sausalito, pretty close to where I slammed into that massive rock a couple weeks back.  Hope you guys had a good ride!

And then the icing on the cake was witnessing a random try-hard guy flying through a stop sign on Crissy, proceeding to go no hands, pull out his camera to take a photo of the road in front of him, and then one of the fields, to his left.  I was on the shared path, a little farther back than him on the sidewalk, making sure to document the situation.  He was riding in the middle of the road, which is cool, but there’s a fatty white line on the shoulder for cyclists to ride in.  As he was twisting his body to get the shot of the fields, his bike started inching closer to the left side of the road, where a big ass truck was driving in, along with 2 other cars behind it.  The truck honked, and moved a bit to the other side of the road, as to avoid the try-hard cyclist, now turned into an Instagram photographer, of sorts.  He proceeded to tuck the camera back into his jersey pocket, and start actually riding his bike again, with both hands on his bars.  So as the road merged, he jumped onto the shared path on the sidewalk, kind of cutting me off, which was a bit uncool, and well as unsafe, since he didn’t peak over his shoulder.

So you take the good with the bad, I guess.  Try-hard cyclist breathing down our necks…

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From equipment alone, you can tell who rides what.  Bissell team issue bikes being loaded off the top of their car – I’d argue that the bikes are probably worth more than the car.  It is, after all, pro cycling.

Originally on Wired.

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Corretto.

The boys down under deliver once more.  I love the way the components just melt away, and all you see off the backdrop is this frightening titanium neon masterpiece.  It’s beautiful.

Originally from Baum.

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Fenomalist.

Storck Fenomalist.

Tipped from Tae, originally on Blacksmith Cycle.

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Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur – Sojasun) won the opening stage of the Tour de Luxembourg, completing the 2.65km long prologue in 3:43.  Grégory Rast (Radioshack-Nissan) finished in 2nd place, 3 seconds down, while Engoulvent’s teammate, Jonathan Hivert, took 3rd place, a fraction of a second behind Rast.  The Tour of Luxembourg continues until Sunday, with 4 stages remaining.

Photo from SKODA Tour de Luxembourg.

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Alexis Rhodes (Orica-GreenEdge), stage 3 of Exergy Tour.

Originally on Podium Insight.

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