Once and Liberty Seguros team bikes on eBay: Manolo Saiz’s clearance sale?

47a2db26b3127cce98548aecb46d00000035100AZM2LZq1cuWig images from Barreda Museum’s shutterfly

Byron sent me this link, which seems as if Manolo Saiz, the former team manager of ONCE, Liberty Seguros, and Astana professional cycling teams, is selling off his personal collection of bikes. I don’t know if it’s legit or not, but I don’t really care since I don’t have $50K to advance the bid nor do I have room for 57 bicycles in my studio loft. But the array of bicycles listed is just amazing, almost 2 decades of cycling exotica. Sure, Saiz might be a pariah now, since the Operacion Puerto, but the advances he brought in other aspects of cycling are frequently forgotten.

47a2db26b3127cce98548afcb47d00000035100AZM2LZq1cuWig Giant for hill climb TT. 650C wheels

Another Supercar Parody: Fahrradi Farfalla Ffx

From the artist that made the BikePorsche, a Ferrari.


A tandem inside


The porsche was cardboard. This is aluminum tubes and plastic


The video mocks Michael Schumacher’s SLS “tunnel” video and the project is a parody of the 05 Ferrari FXX.

Dura Ace 9000 brake calipers vs Paul Component Racer centre-pulls


image source

There’s been some head scratching on the configuration of the new Dura Ace 9000 brake caliper. Velonews speculated that there are 3 pivots hidden in the caliper above. What’s kind of weird is the spy photo from Japan (about a month old) seems to show a full production model, while the shots of Team Sky Pinarellos at the Giro this week have logo-free examples, as if they were prototypes. I would say that the new caliper most likely just has two pivots, but instead of Shimano’s previous (and widely copied) configuration of a central pivot and a secondary pivot, the DA9000 looks to have to equally spaced pivots. This would mean that the mounting bolt is not a pivot at all, that it simply holds a centre piece with a pivot at either end.

In essence, the DA9000 would be a cross between a centre-pull brake and a side-pull in that there are two pivots in roughly the same position as a short reach centre-pull, but the cable pulls along the side instead of having a straddle cable and yoke. Seen below is the Paul Components “Racer” centre-pull (from paulcomp.com)


The similarities between the two also might explain the “direct mount” brake that Velonews discovered on a leaked tech document. Paul’s offers a “direct mount” version of the Racer which does away with the central bracket and instead mounts the two arms directly to a pair of brazed-on bosses, the arms pivoting there on. With a number of aero frame manufactures building bikes with integrated brakes, the DA9000 direct mount most likely has a similar purpose. However, bikes like the Willier Twin Foil that I have written about before have pivots that would not accommodate centre-pull-like brakes. The TRP brake that fit the Twin Foil are a variation of linear pull/cantilever arm brakes much like v-brakes, and the mounting boss sits below the rim’s sidewall (ie between the rim and the axle) rather than a centre-pull which has the boss above the rim. Also, I’m not sure how the cable arms and barrel adjuster would work on a rear brake, which on aero bikes is frequently jammed up behind the bottom bracket. Such as position would have the barrel adjust and the chainrings competing for the same space.

Huggacast 147: Man in a Suitcase

In this huggacast rode two bike lanes through suburban blight, then back to the hotel, like a man in a suitcase.

Bike lanes through suburban blight

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Right lane only

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Ed. note: YouTube is blocking this video for mobile users so Sting can get paid. We’ll upload another version without Man in a Suitcase. For now, click the download links to view the file from our servers.

No Gifts for Pantani

Pantani Statue

Uploaded by mcalamelli to Flickr

In part one of this post, I shared a caricature of Pantani by Jorge Mora and a blog post about Il pirata’s suicide note.

Sal Ruibal wrote that note and posted it under his Nick Verstain alias. Why? I asked. Sal replied

At my first Tour in 2000, Lance had a press conference at the first mountain stage. A member of Lance’s entourage asked me to ask Lance a question about Pantani calling himself The Pirate (Il Pirata) instead of Elephantino. I did and Lance launched into what was a prepared rant about how you can’t give yourself a nickname, it just happens. And he kept referring to Pantani as Elephantino. As I was new to the European peloton, I didn’t know that Pantani hated being called that and was enraged about Lance’s insult. Pantani got psyched out about it and that affected his performance in the Tour. There’s more to it, but the gist is that after Pantani killed himself, I felt that I had contributed to his pain by setting him up to be humiliated. The poem is my way of making him human again, explaining what he couldn’t say while alive.

Whoa. Wait. Sal was there? Wasn’t that the no gifts era and the next day Pantani rode Lance off his wheel?

Yes, but that was Lance’s intent. Then he folded on the Col de Joux Plane, lost too much time and left the Tour.

No gifts for Pantani.

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