The 2012 Tour in a GIF


Peter Sagan running man summarizes in a few frames what’s going on at the Tour. Well that and ugly helmets.

Hat tip to @crosssports and @ednl


Shoe changes are also being discussed.


Did Spartacus Snub the Cannibal?

Don’t know what to think of this series of stills either. A reader sent them to me asking why Spartacus snubbed the Cannibal. Don’t know if that was intentional, a greeting line miscue, but you can see Cancellara just goes right by Eddy, and Eddy quickly withdraws his hand.


Before the shake


Shake attempt

No shake


Hand withdrawn

During the Tour, Our Local Race

Wasn’t really intended we’d go fast and we only did 3 times. It was understood we were all in shape, rolling a good tempo, and wanted to ride about 4 hours before getting home to a gray Sunday.


Intimidating tone

I was concerned about Luis Antonio Vargas’s calves for the entire ride. With guns like that, he could fire them off at anytime; especially at a ride in the road. He did finally, on the last climb, and spun his compact gears with Gluckman at his shoulder.

I didn’t race today after breathing issues yesterday and feeling allergies today. Next week 3 races and all building to Cross season.

Footnote to this story is that the bike Luis was riding was once owned by Izzy from Guns n’ Roses. Don’t remember Izzy? He was the one that was high as shit and could play a tight bass line.

Ride with Luiz sometime and he’ll tell you the whole story. Keep your eye on ‘em too, cause he’ll hit hard.


Another Blue Sky Ride photomapped with Google.

Ride long enough in Seattle and you learn how to read the clouds and point your bike away from those that threaten rain towards the blue sky. On this map, you can see us head towards Mercer Island and turn around when we met a wall of rain. Back towards West Seattle, we stayed on the edge of the storm clouds, did a few small climbs, fast descent on Macadam road, and then back home.

Knog Blinders at Press Camp 12


New from Knog

One of the most interesting stories from Press Camp this year, besides Ti bikes, was design in the industry. In the 1/2 decade I’ve blogged about the bike, design is more prevalent now and and a focus for companies and the products they make. You can see it across the industry with graphics, logos, brand, and quality of materials. The stuff we use now is better than decades ago and even better in the last few years. There was a time when shoes and saddles required weeks to break in. Not anymore. You can get a bike from a shop and have a far more pleasurable ride. Yes, by posting this observation, I’ll alert the retrogrouch network that locked in at Nuevo Record years ago, but I’m talking about cycling as a mainstream consumer product and less of a niche.

From my tech perspective, I’ll cite Apple as a reason why and also a more demanding consumer that expects good products that are well designed. To the point of focus on design, I met with Knog. They created a market for silicon LED lights, have been relentlessly knocked off, and have just released a line of improved products. These new Blinder lights set a benchmark for them and other light manufactures. There’s as much thought in the form and function of the lights and locks as the packaging, including the words that describe it.


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