Blogging Rome By Bike

After our day in Amsterdam, we’re riding Rome and then Tuscany.

We’ve got great ride tips from Viva Travels on Tuscany where we’ll tour the coast, inland, and the Sienna. Rome I’ll ride urban.


Anyone ridden in Rome? Maybe I’ll see tall bikes like this.

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Campy Bling Bling

Today’s dose of vélocouture seen at Interbike 2008.

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Pedal Power Shirt

pedal_power_shirt.jpg When we’re in Taipei later this month, I’m looking for this shirt to match this one I got in Shanghai.

Belt Drive Slippage…Bull$hit!

Belt Drive

I stopped in to the Spot booth to take a look at how the Belt drive works. I talked with one of the guys about the rumor that belt drives slip. I think that in some cases it might be true, but not this one. Getting a belt to slip is damn near impossible with the Polycarb teeth mated to the belt. Getting the belt on and off is really the only drawback that I see since it will require a gap in the drive side rear triangle.

Interbike Favorites

Andrew and Byron have both weighed in on their favorite gear at Interbike 2008, and I’m overdue.

First off, I was excited to see that Xtracycle is releasing a center stand. We’ve blogged extensively about Big Dummy Bettie 2.5 and Val’s custom center stand. We love Val’s stand and it’s rock solid. We’ve used it while blending smoothies, and its great for stabilizing heavy loads. Val’s stand is pricey and out of reach for most xtracyclers, so this seems like a good option that is compatible with your WideLoaders. Retailing at $139 we’d love to see a handlebar mounted lever release integrated into the Xtracycle center stand, but we’re excited this product will soon be available.

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