Midway through the second half of the USA v GER game I see this tweet from KindHuman:
— KindHuman (@KindHumanSports) June 26, 2014
The only time worse to release a major announcement would’ve been during the moon landing. Regardless, here we are a couple days later: the Estados Unidos is advancing to the second round against Belgium and Adam F**king Myerson’s riding for KindHuman.
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Newsflash: aero helmets are aesthetically challenging. Giro has apparently received the memo and produced their answer to their own aesthetically challenging (and most egregious example) aero effort.
The Giro Synthe ($250) boasts many percentages of awesomeness, but it’s most impressive stat is that it’s 93% visually inoffensive. That 7% gap will close once I get used to helmets with chopped asses. Still better than the alternative. Also, EYEWEAR DOCKING PORTS!!
I would’ve called it the “Synthe Helmete” to make it moar Euro-pro, but that’s just me.
Hands down TYC has produces some of the hottest kits in the kingdom of spandex. At least 2 of them rank as some of my all time favorites. Unfortunately, since I’m neither from Austin, nor fast, I cannot own said coveted stretchy adornments.
I can, however, at least own a consolation prize in the form of a t-shirt. The Team Yacht Club The Tee ($20USD) is currently on presale until tomorrow (6/17/14). I ordered mine this AM.
I’ve always had a soft spot for GT. And yes, I know it’s not the same company as it was over a decade ago, but at this point, who is? I can’t let go of my 2001 Zaskar despite stripping it for parts to build the cargo bike. The sad, it would be too much.
Anyway, GT jumped all in to the rapidly saturated market of road bikes that aren’t *road* bikes. The Grade looks pretty sweet. Part of that soft spot I mentioned is centered around the Triple Triangle Design, which is present here. The pencil thin stays are looking real sexy-like, too.
Enough scraping. Go check out those actually at the GT release in Utah.
Road.cc: First Look: GT Grade Road Bike
Image source: BikeRumor
I must be taking too many selfies—I totally missed this being released. Regardless, I’m gonna post this like a baws.
Most of you that know, probably have already said, “You had me at Search and State.” Fair enough. However, for the haplessly uninitiated, let’s take a look at their latest offering. The S2-R Performance Jersey ($195USD) takes it up a few notches from their venerable S1-A Riding Jersey. Those notches are called ‘Awesomeness‘ and ‘Betterness‘. Although, I can’t imagine how they’d make a better jersey than the S1-A. Differences seem to be in the fabric choice (4-way stretch) and fit (aerodynamic). The US milled, two-tone fabric stays with the S1-A. What stays the same is that it’s still constructed in the United States. Which is the definition of awesomeness.
To promote and celebrate the launch of the S2-R Jersey, S&S has chosen Joseph Holway to ride from the Garment District in NYC to Golden Saddle Cyclery in LA. Follow on Joseph’s blog and on Instagram via the hashtag #NYCtoGSC.
First off, this is an incredibly bad ass video of this year’s Tulsa Tough race in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The drone use here is superb. Every year I see a recap of this beer-soaked hedonist festival of debauchery, closer I get to want to attend in person. Because who doesn’t want to combine beer, hedonism, debauchery and spandex?
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This year I decided to shoot the race with The Bug in tow. I originally wanted her to see the ladies race for a dose of inspiration. But alas, after an extra late night kicking it at the playground (#dadlife) the evening before plus the distinct possibility of excess chocolate consumption meant we had to sleep our hard night off—no alarms necessary. We finally made it to the mens race just as they sang the National Anthem and sent the field off for a 100 or so laps of Clarendon Cup pain.
Note: I originally planned to caption all of these, but you wouldn’t have seen the post for another week. So, photo essay it is. Wait, did I just use originally 2x in consecutive paragraphs?!
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I’ll use this moment to declare my ability to create a cycling post thing has been irreparably altered for better or worse, by MFS. As original as I can and aim to be, I cannot unsee/unread what I’ve seen/read. Honestly, this is the way I’ve always thought, now it just seems totes cool to take shots of all the bridges and overpasses on your ride (interesting or not) in order to do a post titled, “A Typology of All the Shit You Ride under While Doing the Arlington Loop.”
But I digress.
Well, the Giro’s over, it’s the first week of June, so you know what that means: CX IS COMING.
SPEEDVAGEN got the holeshot on erryone releasing, or more appropriately, making their Integrated CX Stem ($350USD) available as an aftermarket component to anyone.
“In collaboration with ENVE, we’ve designed and built a carbon stem with integrated front brake routing that replaces the hanger and the associated flex, weight, chatter and unsightly lines that come with it. We’ve been running this stem on our team bikes for years now and our experience is that it essentially eliminates front-end chatter while braking.”
I think they’re pretty fuggin’ gorgeous, just way outta my range. But am I gonna bitch at Sacha and ENVE for making a product so expensive? Nah, that’s not my steez. Although, I do troll Montblanc on Facebook from time to time.
Want to know how it works? The Radivist has you covered (SPOILER: IT’S BUENO).
When I saw time machine posted on the FYXO Instagram account the other day, it reminded me of a painful period of unrequited love. The shop I worked for back in ’00 had one of the limited edition replica Mercatone Uno Reparto Corse Aluminum models. What made this one special was it was stamped number 098 out of 500—the year Il Pirata did the Giro/Tour double. I’d think of ways I could make the money just to hang it on the wall, considering it was 3 sizes too small. A few years later someone finally purchased it on a day I wasn’t working. I was left with a bike-sized, yellow and celeste hole in my heart and a space in the window I probably filled with a USPS bike—which was the fashion at the time.
Just the thought of that makes me want to cry and vomit. Or, “cromit”, if you will.