Italian Kit from Nalini for the Summer


For sexy, svelte self

Having written about the New Road Uniform, quoted in the WSJ about it, and a follow-up, how-I-roll rant, here’s a review of what I guess is now called an old-school road uniform. Previously just called, “kit.” It’s new tech, brilliant, and highly breathable, compression wear. If worn under a dress, for a night out, it’d work like Spanx shapewear or control-top panty hose.

In kit like this, present yourself with a full-on don’t give a F ‘bout what you wear and ride attitude, cause you’ve been training and riding fast. Fabric tech like this embraces that inner roadie and lets it out to celebrate form and fitness. Seriously, I’m as good with roadies as tourists, urban cyclists, commuters, the cool fixie kids, and whatever other stereotypes we come up with as a culture to delineate ourselves.


Shiny in the sun

The Italians make the best stuff for cyclists and Nalini is responsible for much of it. I wore their knickers and Windtec over the Winter, love them, and this fabric is curiously crunchy. It goes on snug and wears surprisingly well. By that I mean, you’d think a jersey that you can ball up in your hand and when fiddled with sounds like a skittles bag would scratch and bind. But on the body, it’s smooth as a fine cotton shirt.

The Brionia jersey and shorts are like a two-piece skin suit and your best skinny jeans.

Feeling good on a sunny day, wear ‘em and hammer out the big miles. Also perfect for a new term I heard this week, a Pleasure Race. That’s one you do for the fun of it.

MSRP is $200 for the jersey and $260 for the bids and available online or from your local Nalini dealer.

Of course, that Italian kit matches a bike like this…


Fondriest in on test

Rivendell Pop Up Store

Rivendell Poster

Rivendell Poster

Grant Petersen is opening a pop-up in the SF Mission District June 1-9, 3 blocks from the 24th & Mission BART Station. Open daily noon to 7pm with several Rivendell bikes to see and touch, art from our other showroom in Walnut Creek in the East Bay, plus bags and handlebars. Get some free schwag, brochures, coupons, a secret “have-to-be-there-to-get-it: super deal.

Carboard Bike is Back


Spotted in NYC

Remember that $9 or $20 cardboard bike that wowed everyone then disappeared? Yesterday on Twitter, Shane Snipes tipped us to an invite-only page announcing a Kickstarter and said he met the inventor at a social conference in NYC. Last month, I spotted the bike in a news item that came up for a museum exhibition about the art of the bicycle. At the time, I thought the bike was a well-done PR play by Izhar Gafn and an internet sensation that lit up all the design and tech blogs.

cardboard bike on wall

On a Museum Wall

The plausibility of a cardboard bike was like any other design-student CAD project that’ll never get built. Now with an invite-only, pre-Kickstarter page, maybe it will? Carlton Reid also picked up the story. I’m still skeptical, but also interested in the applications of resin-coated, folded cardboard.

Photo of Izhar Gafn by Shane Snipes.

Bike Was Stolen Stole It Back

As it was told to me, by the Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper, his bike was stolen and he stole it back

a highly cathartic video for bike people to watch because it shows us Pedal Powering our way through a lock that was securing my stolen Mundo to a lightpost in the Mission.

Also see similar stories: Bike Lost Bike Found, Reunited and it Feels So Good and more at the stolen tag.

Juliana Bicycles and a Ride with Julie

Julie Mug Fixed

Julie Furtado

Seeing Furtado’s portrait on the new Juliana Bicycles website reminded me of the this one time when I rode with her, briefly. It was during the 1995 Mt. Spokane NORBA. Like all racing stories, it starts with, “felt like I was dying, suffering like a dog…”

Then I was flying down a fire road, into a hairpin, up a goat trail, shifted hard, and the chain snapped. Four dudes that were behind me quickly passed and my day was done. In a panicked state, I fumbled with the chain tool for 10 minutes or so, put it on backwards once (wrong way through the pulleys), and then after what seemed like an hour was back on the bike.

I chased like a MOFO, with the hope that someone flatted ahead, or one of their Tioga Disc Drive wheels exploded, and pedaled a frantic pace until the women’s field arrived. After the initial humiliation of being caught by them, it was very pleasant to ride briefly with Juli Furtado. She was the smoothest rider I’d ever seen. Like a machine, she rolled up in a small group, we chatted (they probably thought I was near a heart attack or something), and then just motored on. At times, even now, when I’m struggling on the bike, I remind myself to smooth it out. Just pedal and relax like I saw Julie do.

Had a 28-inch waist back then and a sweet Specialized S-Works StumpJumper with a Manitou front fork

Later, at the finish, did a wheelie for like 8 minutes and eventually wore out those Umma Gummas.

Back to Julie’s new bikes, she brought back the original women’s MTB bike with the help of Santa Cruz. For the ongoing wheel-size debates, those aren’t 650b or 29rs.

Women’s bikes 27.5

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