Vino’s Tarmac SL4

Because of strict IOC rules, # 40, companies can’t advertise, market or officially comment on the bikes athletes are winning on, like Vino in the men’s road race. Here’s his Tarmac SL4, as seen after the race. You won’t see this in an ad campaign.

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With Corima Wheels

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SRM, old school

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Vino’s helmet and shoes

Also here’s a stock photo of his helmet and new S-Works shoe. I rode the Tarmac last month at Snowbird during a media event and it was like strumming a power chord through a marshall amp. Descends fast too.

shoes

Stiff

The shoes? Moccasins with stiff soles. Fused together with lasers, no seams, and some Xray tech they wouldn’t tell us more about, but it’s mentioned in the design notes.

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Design sketch

Tao of Wheels

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About wheels and nonexistence

Like an architectural easter egg, just noticed this Tao quote on a bench where we meet for rides at the Gates Foundation. There are several versions of the quote, including

Thirty spokes unite at the single hub;
It is the empty space which makes the wheel useful.

Green-Light Go!

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Track standing

Anyone Strava’d a track stand yet? This one lasted the length of a traffic light with firm buttocks.

To which Prolly said

garmin shuts off when you stop. :-(

Gold Medal on Shag Carpet and an Olympic Diss

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Gold Medal on Shag Carpet

That’s Hindes’ gold medal on a shag carpet, I guess somewhere in the Olympic Village or at Austin Power’s shag house. Also what the most social Olympics ever gives us – after other athletes have been disqualified for their words, Hope Solo ranted about a commentator, and the hate for NBC’s tape delay continues.

Hindes shared this photo after admitted to crashing out of a qualifier on purpose. At 19 and having recently became a UK citizen, expect he’s going to get a talking to from his coach, Hoy, et al. A lesson in Stay Calm, Carry On may apply or at least to show some respect.

You don’t diss the sport, your competitors, and then the medal. Or if you do, not so publicly where reporters can hear you and bloggers pick up your photos.

Play the game, son, but keep how it’s played on the down low. Blame this one on youthful exuberance and give him a pass too. As the IOC found,

the result is not in question.

and the following race was won with

best efforts by the British team.

In other words, the French didn’t protest. That was the right choice and those coaches won’t forget it, either.

The Painting and the Bicycle

The painting and the bicycle from Martin Reis in Toronto. A pairing that goes together quite well.

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