Laterelle 4D Saddle

Laterelle’s patented Ergo-Beam fits naturally between the buttocks, to hold the rider in a constant position.

It also resembles a table tennis paddle and abstains from the expected perineum-area cutaways. Instead, the ergo beam tucks up into your taint.

Tip: sit on the least amount of saddle.

Knog Gets the People Going

knog

Aussie version of a spoke card

Asked Knog to make a spoke card for the Mobile Social Interbike 12 and they send back this.

No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative

Ride the Strip with us during Interbike, get one for free, and ask the nearest Aussie for an explanation.

Vaugthers Tweets His Past

That exchange follows a series of non-admission, admission tweets collected and analyzed by Cyclimas. There’s no other way to read those tweets than Vaughters admitted to doping. Considering the sport is ripping itself apart again over the issues, there’s likely lots of Omertà pressure going on behind the scenes and maybe he felt compelled to speak out. At this point in a storied history, we need more athletes, coaches, managers to admit it and move on.

As a saying goes in this sport, HTFU and admit what you did.

Whether or not you think Lance doped too or care, the case as it’s playing out in the courts is like a bad-cop movie. In the second act, crooked politicians are getting involved. To that point…

Put concisely, the UCI doesn’t want it confirmed in court the long-standing rumor that Lance donated money to them after a positive test.

vaughters

Met Vaughters in an airport once, cracked a joke about his attire. He liked my shirt

Further Reading

Updated

After a week of tweets and then our exchange posted here, Vaughters writes for the NYT, How to Get Doping Out of Sports.

WHY does an athlete dope? I know why, because I faced that choice.

Mad Fiber Wheels: Like an Egyptian

Tut

Super into King Tut

Introducing myself to Rik Hjertberg from Mad Fiber wheels, said

Here cause I’ve got a wheel fetish. Ridden, raced, reviewed most of the wheels on the market, heard you got some new wheel thing going on.

Rick’s response was a long-winded, rambling discussing on King Tut’s wheels with a few references to Kozo Shimano and other media he’s met since he started this Seattle-based wheel company. I fit right in here, I thought ‘cause Rick and I could talk wheels all day.

Googled this Tut thing he was talking about. Rik was right, as I’m sure he mostly always is. King Tut’s wheels are an engineering marvel then and arguably now. Not much difference really, except in weight to what Reynolds, Enve, Hed, and Mavic make.

tut wheels fast

Tut liked to go fast

They were the Ferrari of antiquity. They boasted an elegant design and an extremely sophisticated and astonishingly modern technology,” Alberto Rovetta, professor in robotics engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, told Discovery News.

And where the others focus on modern aerodynamics with F-1 engineers and wind-tunnel gurus in a who’s the fastest arms race, Mad Fiber is making an everyday-race, 1,000 gram wheel set for under 3K. What brought me to their factory, was their PR guy Jasen knew I had a hot new Cross bike also built in Seattle and wanted to get it closer to 15 lbs. It weighs just above that now, in Ti.

mad fiber spokes

A spoked approached to wheels

In the Cross categories I race, old age and treachery overcomes youth and skill. Last year, I wrote about the importance of weight when I rode the Parlee into the ground. Lift/carry a bike hundreds of times across a Cross course and 3 - 5 lbs adds up; especially when you’re closer to retirement age than most of the field.

making wheels in seattle

Making wheels in Seattle

It was busy at Mad Fiber and I think Rik had another crazy idea just dawn upon him, related to King Tut, so I left with that Walk Like an Egyptian song by the Bangles in my head.

I noted to Rick, as I was walking out,

I’m going to ride the shit out of these wheels and they’re not going to break, right?

“Please do and no they won’t,” he said.

Bikes Noted for their Austerity

A old bike industry saying is that, “Bikes are like the cockroaches of natural disasters.” They survive and get ridden in the worst of conditions. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has led to a resurgence in bike sales use and culture. Today from Reuters Pictures, a shop in Greece is featured with this photo and caption.

terns in reuters

Tern from Reuters Pictures

A bicycle is seen inside a bicycle shop at Marousi suburb, north of Athens June 28, 2012. In austerity Greece, the once lowly bike is winning new fans every day, from middle-aged commuters who relied on their cars to those who poked fun at former Prime minister George Papandreou’s perchant for cycling as not being macho enough. Picture taken June 28, 2012.

Here are a couple Verges from the Tern launch in Taiwan last year.

Verge in Taipei

Verge in Taiwan

Verge in Taiwan Unfolded

Verge in Taiwan folded

The Greeks once thought the bike was lowly and it’s back in fashion. There and elsewhere. To the point of bikes being Macho? The Greeks can check Wiggos’ sideburns. That’s as manly as it gets.

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