I need a new team and these guys look about right. Total dirt bags with a little Belgian thrown in for good measure. Prefect!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here is the personification of EuroTrashyness during the summer; Pozzato working on his early season tan at a stage race in Argentina. Rolled up sleeves are a must, weirdly sleevless jerseys are not allowed. I was racing my local crit series on summer and decided to cut off my sleeves and roll down there thinking that my tanned EuroTrashyness would intimidate the pale Microsofters that populate the Seattle racing scene to no end. But I was told that sleeveless jerseys were not allowed. I quote "sleeves are the only thing that seperate us from those Tri dorks" logic I could not argue with.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This is stolen from the Svelte Cycles blog. The new personal bike of none other than Richard Sachs, a Gaulzetti Cicli ! I've been lusting after one of these ever since I laid eyes on em. But $2500 for a aluminum frame is a little steep since that's what a highend custom steel frame costs. Aluminum is just as hard to work with so it isn't any cheaper than steel, makes all those made in America Cannondales seem like a great deal now! Pretty cool though apparently Sachs is going to give his master input, improving the breed. There is word of a carbon and Ti version coming soom built by Crumpton and Lynskey, respectively. I still think it's kind of funny since Sachs refuses to build his own frames with carbon forks?
Ps. The Sachs ATMO build kit is bumming me out, Cole wheels, Sram, Oval. Yuck!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We got a half day off at the shop and boy was it magical, It feels like spring in Seattle and I took advantage of it. One sign that you may have a problem, more cycling shoes that real shoes. I was asked this very question by a nice woman recently and I replied, "yes and they're all Italian". Here is a pic of two of my fav's, you know it's a good day when you get to wear two different pairs of cycling shoes
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I can't believe I just found out about this, thankfully I already practice these rules religously. I really like the bit about stem length being at a min 120mm and gearing being no less than 53x42. These are things I have been preaching for years to all that would listen. It's for you own good. Black cycling shoes, what am I a farmer? I am also a firm beleiver in not using a frame pump or saddle bag. Nothing looks worse than a gross, dirty saddle bag swinging like two dirty balls and a frame pump precariously attached with old bits of string.
Oh, the part about triathletes is genius.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I have been in love with Richard Sachs for along time, I love those bikes and his super oppionated views which he has no problem in expressing, he even came up with an acronim to punctuate his rantings; ATMO, according to my opinion. I have latley been postulating that a steel race bike is the wave of the future and Speedvagens seem be the personification of that. So when this bike graced the screen of my computer I really didn't know what to think. A Sachs painted by Vanilla in the Speedvagen colorway......Something looks off I can't really put my finger on it but I don't like it.
The compact crank is not helping.
Cipo is back in the news as the bike sponsor of the Italian Pro-continental squad ISD. Look at those bikes, wow. I used to have a sort of obsession with all things Cipo, that sort of brashness takes me back to when I was winning Cat 4/5 races. Those were the days, now I am on a more esoteric euro trash elitist phase. The world needs Cipo now more than ever, smoking cigs, racing with a walkman, punching people, throwing his bike at his own team bus. Being awsome.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Merckx climbed like a god, which was a feat for a man of his size. An Italian pro gave him some advice when he was starting out on how to get lean. "Eat less, less than you are comfortable with". Words I am trying to leave by these days. Or maybe it's just that I am too poor.
Lately I have been obsessing about Cinelli Laser's but not the track bike or the pursuit bike which everyone seems to hold an understandable fascination with, I on the other hand pine for the stada version, the roadbike version. I usually find C-record to garish and heavy on a round tubed steel bike but on a Laser it is really perfecto! A bike God would ride, a deus ex machina!
I would like a red one please.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Over the last week I have realized that I tend to confuse what I need and what I want. I have sworn off carbon bikes but I would do about anything for a Time. These are still made in France not Asia, not a lot of Italian brands can even say that anymore. Colnago and Pinarello I'm looking in your direction.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Yes Merckx sponsored and pro team funded by a Japanese company that made tv's and hi-fi's and yes their kits are supposed to look like denim lederhosen.
God the 80's were great. Also the guy in the pic went nuts and has manorexia as per all former pro cyclists.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I have been really into my deltas lately for some reason, maybe because I've been looking at them and not riding them? People really only love them because they have never ridden them. I love them until the next time they try to kill me by Not stopping at all, Or by locking up the wheels for no reason.
The 80's were great.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This bike was an Interbike show bike that has gotten almost no love. It was built by Fairwheel bike your source for all the Crazy German light weight shit, in collaboration with AX lightness, Rue sports and graphics by Geoff Mcfetridge. Amazing. I've appreciated Geoff Mcfetridge's work for a while so it's good to see him collaborate on an bike project. Oh and this thing weighs like 10 lbs.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
According to Bicycle Retailer, the US Imported nearly 12 million Chinese bikes in 2009.
Only 586 Italian made bikes were imported. Buy ITALIAN. You will literally be 1 in a Million.
This figure is from Pista Palace, these guys are great. They are even crazier than me and RICH! Perfecto!
Here is a fine example of their work.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Cyclocross used to be fun until everyone who is scared to either wear spandex or race on the road or track started doing it. Here is a perfect interview explaining it better than I can from the guy who did that hilarious "Two hipsters discussing cyclocross" cartoon.
Cyclocross was only cool in the 70's.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I said I was taking a year off from the track but I've been jonesing lately. I love the Friday night ritual, packing my stuff up, driving out, sitting in the grass, racing, puking and dieing, getting a burrito and a beer and passing out.
Oh and this Colnago is SO perfect it's gross. Like when you see a chick who is so hot it bums you out.