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.
Seeing as my Cannondale SuperX has rapidly become my favorite “road” bike, it’s no wonder I continue exploring (see what I did there) alternate tires for adventuring.
Already logging some gravelly awesomeness on Clement’s LAS shred tread, I figured I’d give their crushed-rocks-in-the-form-of-a-road specific X’Plor MSO ($50USD) tread a try. I went for the 700x32s (120tpi) because I wanted to stay UCI CX legal and keep the handling similar to all tires I’m currently testing and will ride in the near future.
The Rapha Team Sky Tifosi T-Shirt ($45USD) is PINK! Like, really pink. Almost too pink. However, as you all know, I ain’t afraid of the pink. I am comfortable in the pink. You get the pink. Er, point.
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Been meaning to post this for the past week. Not only is the video superb, as de rigueur from Rapha, but Julia Krasniak’s words are what pull this entire ride together.
Soundtrack’s killer, too. Sounds like something from a Wes Anderson movie.
Most of you know I’m not a fan of regurgitating press-releases but every once in awhile, something interesting is sent through Boredom’s backdoor that has to see the light of day. This is one of them. Wait, have I written this disclaimer before?
ATTENTION: ARE YOU L33T FI3TS HAXXOR?! Then check out/enter Snapguide’s Bike Hack Contest!!
“Snapguide, a community of makers who create how-to guides on things from food to tech to bikes, is launched a Bike Hack contest on Wednesday May 7th in time for Bike to Work Day. People who enter the best how-to guides on bike hacks (like how to add steering wheels for handle bars, wacky tires, cool bike storage you’ve built, or how to fix a chain on the go) can win over $925 in prizes from Portland, Oregon-based bike accessory companies PDW and Walnut Studiolo. Head to their site to learn more and enter. Contest ends Wednesday June 4th.”
They work. End of story. We have a long way to go, but the movement is there.
Watch the video. Feel good. Go ride yer bike.
I know at some point I’ve either written about or posted a link to this film ages ago. Regardless, the film’s in its final days of a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production.
Less Car More Go is, “A crowdsourced feature film that will revolutionize ideas of what a bicycle can do and how a documentary is made.”
If you’re sitting here wondering why you’re reading this and what this has to do with your pursuit of shredding the gnar, or blasting that Strava KOM, or laying down some sweet skidzzz, it has EVERYTHING to do what that/with you. Acceptance of the bicycle as a widespread means of transportation beyond its current stagnant perception of recreation will do nothing BUT make your bike life more enjoyable on a daily basis. I could go on a sweet rant but if you’re unable to grasp the significance of mass acceptance I ain’t gonna do anything to change that.
Check out the official Kickstarter page which is informationally WELL ENDOWED.
<rant> I refuse to continue to allow hindsight to destroy the beautifully euphoric memories I have of watching riders like Pantani battle on the roads of cycling’s history.</rant>
Fact: Rapha + Marco Pantani = polarized opinions. Rapha’s CEO and founder, Simon Mottram, knew this and addressed it:
“This is not a tribute without respect for the tragic nature of Pantani’s story (see Tom Southam’s essay), and I feel it’s important to comprehend how Marco Pantani was an extreme example of the drugs culture corrupting an already fragile personality.”
The Rapha Special Edition Pantani Super Lightweight Jersey ($210USD) is built on an updated (stronger rear pockets) and obviously aesthetically modified (Such Pantani. Many detailing.) version of their summer maglia. There is also a bandanna. Because, Il Pirata.
If at any time you’ve looked for a used bicycle in the District of Columbia, you’ve run into the same puzzling brick wall everyone has—used bikes aren’t sold in DC. It’s due to heavy-handed regulatory laws for pawn shops, but it encompasses second hand shops as well. Until recently, shops that wanted to sell used bicycles would need to apply for a license and submit any product they received to the Metropolitan Police Department Pawn Unit (Change.org Petition). Even after that, MPD wants shops to hold their products for inspection for inspection. Without researching (because not getting paid), I’m assuming these were enacted during the crack epidemic to counter the sale of stolen items in order procure bad illicit illegal stuff.
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Helmet design is currently enduring what may be its most absurd period ever. Regardless of the obvious aesthetic issues, not everyone can lay claim to the most aerodynamic yet still adequately vented (and hopefully safe) helmet. But they do. Every single “me too” helmet design is simultaneously trying to stake their claim to the summit of Trend Mountain.
That’s why it’s strangely refreshing to see Louis Garneau focus their efforts on the traditional elements of helmet design: weight, airflow, and protection. The Course Helmet ($240USD) seems to achieve this trifecta of needs. Of course, this doesn’t mean LG isn’t in the lab cooking up their version of the meilleur casque aéro as I post this. If they are, I am blissfully unaware.