Tuggnut Mod

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Machine off the bottler opener ridges from a Surly Tuggnut and it makes an elegant chain tensioner. As Mark said,

Don’t believe in putting bottle openers on the ass end of a bike, stupid.

So he removed them and put a modified Tuggnut on the Redline SSCX yesterday, replacing the one without a thumbscrew that he didn’t like.

Cycling Media Shamed

The most dramatic moment in The NBC Rock Center report was when Betsy Andreu shamed Harry Smith. Nothing new to hear, but Emma says, “the media told the lies while the truth was in front of them.”

True and to that point, If there’s a Doping Amnesty Program for the Pros, alongside it should run a What Did You Know When confessional for the media, with Betsy chairing it.

Everybody wanted the interviews with Lance. They didn’t care about the other guys, really. They wanted the interviews with Lance. So in order to get the interview with Lance, you couldn’t ask Lance the hard questions.

Expect more I should’ve dug deeper, reported from the shadows from reporters like what John Leicester wrote for the AP. As a bike blogger, I should’ve put more pressure on and checked the media better. Just now, after 7 years of Bike Hugger are blogs and social media recognized by the industry as legit. Then, I was working on gaining access, building cred, and influence. I wasn’t calling out the mainstream media enough or telling you about Pay for Play or that there is no firewall between the ad department and editorial with bike magazines.

In my writing, I’ve tried to explain to readers why the case against Lance persisted or that he profited from Livestrong. My relationship is as complicated as any in the sport working with Mellow Johnnys and Livestrong in the past. Watching Emma O’ Reilly and Betsy on NBC was as difficult as reading A Reasoned Decision.

We all should’ve done better, earlier. David Walsh told the Guardian UK, “All the evidence was out there since 2004.”

Blundstones and Bikes

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Blundstones and cargo bikes

When I’m riding around town for errands, to an fro meetings and other important stuff, I’m usually in Blundtones. Like these slip ons or their new lace-up version, the 268.

Blundstones with Bike

Chukka style with bike

Beside the legendary blunnie comfort, it’s the patina they develop I like most. Lather them up with a good layer of NikWax and wear them in the worst conditions. Blundstone is based in Tasmania and their boots are made of natural materials. They aren’t cheap, but will last. Find the 268 or 064 at a retailer near you.

Blundstone with bike closer

Chukka style with bike closer

The bike in the photos is the Soma Tradesmen.

The Great American Tour Heist

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Robbed the tour like an old-timey train – Movie poster LOC, 1896

As it was told to me by and industry insider

Another perspective, instead of an athletic morals failure story, is that the Lance Doping Era was the Great American Tour Heist. Stupid bike racers fooled everyone, stole Le Tour’s Money, got rich, famous.

That’s a movie I’d like to see, like the a train robbery or Oceans 11. Remember, these aren’t Wall Street, Ivy League corporate raiders, math geeks in a casino, or dotcommers, but bike racers.

Some of the stupidest people you’ll ever meet are bike racers and they made millions.

Runup Help, The Hand, More at MFG Cross

I was all like, “yeah back to racing” and my ankle was all like, “uhm no.” So sorry to disappoint with another week of no awesome race report, but here are some photos of those that did race on a fast, flowing course at Magnuson Park.

ankle says no

Ankle injury flares up on warmup lap, no racing

A little help

I don’t see any officials here, do you? No one but us and your mom needs to know you got a little help on this section

Into the crack

Red Coats ride into the Crack. It was trench warfare out there

Reddit

Reddit in effect

Talk to the Hand

Craig Etheridge was saying hello, really

See more photos from Magnuson on G+ and Flickr.

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