Put Something In The Box
As I said before: “Bike racing in the Mid-Atlantic in March?! What?! Bike racing in the Mid-Atlantic in March in an underground parking garage?! WUTTTTTT?!?!” Yes, I know there are other races scheduled this month, but look outside. I’ll wait…
First night of four Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins set off into unknown, underground territory resulting in a rare dystopian celebration as the Ides of March approached four stories above. Turnout was decent, not as much as I’d like to see, but more than I expected considering the weather. If the weather cooperates (I know, it’s underground, why should it matter), I would expect to see more attending in the following Wednesdays.
Note: it’s freaking cold down there. Hands were frozen by the end of the night.
Big thanks to the Crystal City BID and CXHairs Team for organizing these evenings and putting yet another event in #BikeDC’s ever growing bike culture. Also thanks to Vornado for letting everyone do weird stuff in their basement.
Bike racing in the Mid-Atlantic in March?! What?! Bike racing in the Mid-Atlantic in March in an underground parking garage?! WUTTTTTT?!?! Wait, it’s in Crystal City, home of the underground mall? Then that makes total sense. Also, it’s not the only one.
Event Facepage: “The course will be fast and fun for all abilities, and participants will compete for prizes for the top finishers each week while earning points toward being the best rider of the series. The lounge area will provide great viewing and happy hour drinks in the Washington Wine Academy beer and wine garden. Guests not racing can still enjoy fun games and activities in the lounge area. The first race will debut on March 4, 2015. Wednesday Night Spins is partnering with Bikes for the World and will have a drop off point for donations of bikes and cycling gear. Your donations will help support cycling programs and transportation solutions across the globe.
The course is a unique subterranean 10+ turn criterium held in the Crystal Drive Parking Garage. Unlike other Crystal City BID underground races, there will be no dismounts. This is a crit-style training race, not a cyclocross race. It’s worth checking out the course as racing inside with low ceilings takes a couple minutes of riding to get used to.
Registration and additional info at https://www.bikereg.com/
Keep up to date with the race series on the event Facepage.
Admittedly, I’ve only had the tires mounted for just about a month. However, in those four weeks these gnarly fuckers have paid their ticket into the permanent Boredom Service Course.
Up until the end of January, we had a mild winter in #BikeDC. Lots of riding outside and the small bit of snow we received was easily handled by regular CX tires. Yet, there was a foreboding chill on the horizon—dark clouds emanating from the mountains to the west. In anticipation of an unrelenting trek through the realm of the Vortexxx I called Schwalbe and finally ordered the studded tires I said I’d order every damn year I rode through this shit and cursed poorly maintained trails, paths, and bikelanes.
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Not a nieuw product, but an update to one of Search and State’s original and critically acclaimed pieces.
“The new model features an new zipper, from Riri, which is an injection molded technological wonder. It is insanely light, and designed for military applications. This new model is smoother, lighter, and blacker than anything we had before. Aside from the technology side of things, we’re really excited about the new color to debut, Sandstone. This color is a notable departure from our expected color palate and totally unique look when it comes to bike-specific technical outerwear.”
The Search and State S1-J Riding Jacket ($255USD) voor mannen are available now with the vrouwen version to be released mid April.
Wiki sez: “A shield is a type of personal armor, meant to intercept attacks, either by stopping projectiles such as arrows or redirecting a hit from a sword, mace, battle axe or similar weapon to the side of the shield-bearer.”
The Spy Optic Daft ($150USD) are a rimless, shield style glass, designed to intercept attacks and projectiles such as killer UV rays and the deadly looks the rest of the field sprint gives you as you look behind yourself crossing the finish first. It also protects your from the gnat swarm scourge and perhaps also many tiny air dirts.
These are the things they say: “Velo leads layouts with a grand tour champion’s panache but is also a hard-working design domestique for text-heavy applications. Superelliptical shapes and sturdy serifs will keep pace with contemporary culture with an aesthetic agility that will never go out of style.”
I’ve had the luxury of testing more than a few extremely technical jackets from a veritable plethora of brands. Some are “me too” products offering nothing new. Others are fantastically conceived on all levels. The 7mesh Revelation Jacket Launch Edition ($450USD) falls into the latter category. Both men’s and women’s models are available.
While Rapha’s Pro Team line has been out for a few years now, there’s a definitive push to continue producing more technical road wear. As well as the introduction of an actual pattern.
Rapha regarding the pattern: “The most striking visual feature of this season’s Pro Team collection is the Data Print, a collaboration that creates graphic art from the science of modern road racing. London-based design studio Accept & Proceed used the ride data from the three weeks of a Team Sky rider’s grand tour to produce a unique graphic. Charting the story of each stage, the resulting print is made up of precisely scaled chevrons mapping the rider’s distance, elevation gain and effort.”
Admittedly, I initially wasn’t so sure about the pattern, but as I’ve been working on this post it’s grown on me. Would love to see this in more colors.