OCD for the Bianchi

Oh, lamentations! Fizik, purveyor of microfibre handlebar wrap, have discontinued wrap in celeste, the sea-foam green hue made famous by Bianchi bicycles. Currently 4 out of my 6 bicycles are celeste or have celeste accents… even my custom Sycip is celeste. Half of them have matching celeste Fizik Arione saddles too. Until this year, I was just going to always keep a spare celeste Fizik bar wrap in supply box at home. My life was going to be so easy!

I mean, I’m not too crazy. I don’t have to have spanking new wrap on my bars; the bars can have can dirty or ripped wrap and still pass my requirements. But something fills my heart with glee to see my arsenal of bikes on the wall… celeste with celeste saddles.

Valkyries on Bikes


In the LA production of Die Walkure, the “Valkyries ride their steeds of sculpted wire, with bicycle-wheel tails.”

Charged with carrying the spirits of warriors killed in battle to the afterlife in Valhalla, these modern LA Valkyries do so on bikes. Bonus for the light sabers.


Mavic Repaired R-Sys Starting to Return


Back in the dead of winter Mavic issued a recall on their R-Sys wheelsets, after discovering an issue that could cause failure of the front wheel. Especially prone to side-force damage, the carbon spokes of the R-Sys wheels had a risk of failure. (In fact one of our local shops had his wheels fail–a slow sort of crumbling of a spoke–months before the recall.)

Shops that sent the R-Sys wheels in right away are starting to see them return. My own front wheel just came back from Mavic, and it looks dandy. Mavic gave all users a set of Askium wheels to use during the repair, which we were able to keep, so look for a flood those “loaner” wheels on eBay soon.

Bike Hugger Wants to Eat Your Lunch

For National Bike Month and in partnership with TechFlash, we’re going to feature Lunch Rides with Techies. Those noon hammerfests, where much business gets done, and people stay in shape.

Do you ride at lunch? Let us know in the comments. We’ll bring a GoPro wearable video camera with us, ride, and eat (not necessarily in that order).


Size 64

Matt's Size 64 Madone For example, this week I rode with Matt Haughey. That’s his size 64 Trek Madone equipped with SRAM Red – the head tube is longer than my forearm.

Trek doesn’t make a bike bigger than that. It’s Godzilla size.

We ate tacos at Cactus on Alki and then toured the industrial areas of Seattle near Southpark.

After chatting about the economy, Matt’s early work on Blogger and Creative Commons, it got real quiet when we hit the 18% grade hill.

Matt has ridden one thousand mile so for this year. As we finished up the ride, Matt took this photo of the moment.


Brown Bag and Bikes

Next up is a lunch with people from Microsoft, Novara, and more. See the related post on TechFlash: In search of Seattle cycling geeks.

Light Love

For the Mobile Socials at An Event Apart and WebVisions next month, Princeton Tec sent us a box of light love. We’re giving all those lights away … also giving away a Yuba Mundo and a Breezer city bike.

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