Lugged Steel: Fondriest SF2

While I’m into the modern shapes of carbon, the industrial welds of Ti, a fine lugged steel bike like this always catches my eye; especially, when I’m on a retro kick with my new fav Bianchi jersey and 76 shoes.

Fondriest details

Likely Italian threaded

This bike isn’t new and was shown last year at Dealer Camp. I missed that show sitting in an airport and a colleague just sent the photos to me. He said this one was welded in Italy by Sacha White. Fanboys will wood up over that frame fact.

Chrome bits

Read more about the Fondriest SF2 on Albabici’s blog. Fondriest is a former Italian Pro that retired to make bikes and is best known for carbon.

Fan Boys and Knee Highs

Took a break from the bike to attend a Trail Blazers game courtesy of our friends at Alaska Airlines and Kimpton Hotels.  

Facepaint

Knee highs

Sat next to a couple of Fan Boys, the cheerleaders wore knee highs, fans ate pizza by the slice, and the messed up Regurgi-cam was shown.

As I wrote on Twitter,

There’s no love for the @lakers in this house. @PDXtrailblazers must beat them. It’s part of their psyche.

If you showed your support for the Lakers, the guys in the booth shamed you on the Jumbotron with unflattering images, like how you eat, replayed backwards. 

Also saw an altercation with a Lakers fan in a Kobe jersey, but the crowd shut that down quick. 

Didn’t have a lens to reach the floor from the Club Level, but we had fun and enjoyed the game.

 

The Blazers won and that’s a good thing, cause a #ripcity riot may have broken out if they didn’t. 

Also thanks to @mzsitka for arranging the trip.

Fender Rack Mounts

Frame_CX_rackmount1

When you order a custom bike like a Parlee, you can spec fender/rack mounts like these and turn your CX race bike into a commuter or set it up for a tour. Now that we’re beck from Maui, my travel bike – the Modal– is getting switched back to a fixed gear

Swagger and Style

elmer is awesome

Photo: LOC on Flickr

Elmer’s smugness, his bike racer swagger, was backed up by his speed. He beat the world record holder in a motor-paced race at the Park Square Coliseum in 1909.

BOSTON, Jan. 16. – Elmer Collins of Lynn defeated Albert Edward Wills of England, holder of the hour motor-paced bicycle record of the world, in a twenty-mile motor-paced race at the Park Square Coliseum to-night. The time was 33 minutes 4 2-5 seconds. Wills was handicapped by injuries received recently in training. The time was a new track record.

elmer wins

From NYT Archives

His sweater, cap, brooks saddle were stylish then and now. Take his look, add a pink swatch, and you could sell it at Cross races today.

Post CX season: ride it hard but DO NOT put it away wet

Ming Tran and soap

Now that cyclocross season has ended for most of us, there’s a temptation to shove the equipment into a dank corner of the garage until the first cool day of the waning summer reminds us of next cross season. But rather than give the corrosion gremlins 8 months to gnaw at the entrails of your cx warhorse, why don’t you give your bike a post-season cleaning and tune? You say it’s too cold and shitty outside for you to be motivated to get cold, wet, and dirty washing the filth off you bike? No worries; take the bike to your LBS. Their mechanics are probably working well below capacity in this winter deadzone of cycling activity. It would be better to have them service the bike now than waiting until the hubbub leading up to Labor Day weekend. Even if you plan to upgrade parts later, it’s a really good idea to have the bike stripped down now, the water drained out of the BB, and fresh grease applied. If you had some sort of mechanical issues late in the season but didn’t want to deal with it since there were “only a couple races left”, deal with it now while you still recall exactly what was wrong. Unless you have the money or sponsorship to just replace everything at the beginning of next season, it will be cheaper to deal with problems now before they fester.

CX shoes, one thoroughly cleaned and treated

While you’re dealing with bikes and wheels, you may want to clean and inspect your shoes as well. Clean the dirt off and make sure they are properly dry before storing them. I washed mine in mild soap, then dried them in front of a floor fan to prevent mould. Then I cleaned them with Kiwi saddle soap on a dampened rag and treated the Lorica with a conditioner. Are the cleats worn? How about pulling the mounting screws, cleaning/regreasing them?

CX shoes rusty bolts

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