Pantani and Rapha

Collar Details

Collar details on the Pantani jersey

Launching a $210 dollar jersey with an explanatory post and essay of why it’s important indicates Rapha is committed to the project and expecting some blowback. The 10th anniversary of Pantani’s death was earlier this year and the Special Edition Pantani Super Lightweight Jersey is launching in time for the Giro with these words

A Giro and Tour winner, he raced on a knife-edge, lighting up every race he competed in. But his story ended in tragedy, dying of acute cocaine poisoning after a battle with mental illness and drug addiction. To commemorate one of the most meteoric characters in the history of the sport, Rapha have produced a special edition jersey. Inspired by his career, life and the fervent love that many racing fans still have for him, proceeds from sales of the jersey will go to the Pantani Foundation, which supports youth sports provision and the jersey’s inside story label is written by Tonina Pantani.

A portion of the proceeds go to the Pantani Foundation. We don’t know anymore about this project than what’s been shared online, but it seems like a very personal thing that got greenlit into a company project.

Rapha puts itself in the center of the sport again, to their credit, they own what they do. Whether or not it’s a good idea they’ll know in the return on sales and donations.

Lance and Pantani

Photo: Mediafax

For the sport, we’re unsure of this play and find it a bit confusing because there were no gifts for Pantani. For our take on him, written by Nick Verstain, see this post and the article in Issue 11.

Pantani hated being called Elephantino and was enraged about Lance’s insult. Pantani got psyched out about it and that affected his performance in the Tour.

Lance’s greatest sin is was what he did to Il Pirata. Why Rapha brings the sport’s dirty laundry into their line without mentioning his role in the Q/A or essay, they’ll have to explain more for us to better understand what they’re doing. A quiet contribution may have been more appropriate, just a decade since his death, and one without all their marketing language.

I asked Sal Ruibal about commemorating Pantani and he said

Pantani was like Johnny Rotten. Brilliant, insane, addicted, a romantic, a liar, when young he was targeted by bullies, easily corrupted, weak, but he had moments that transcended sport – not because he was doping – but that he was killing himself in front of the world. When the world tried to stop him, he killed himself. It’s a good story but don’t glorify him, just let him be.

Open Source Space Frame Cargo Bike

A space frame cargo bike? Now that’s real interesting. Details are on XYZ’s site


As they say

The XYZ CARGO BIKE is a two-wheeled cargo-cycle for transporting persons or goods in a fast way. XYZ CARGO BIKE uses a completely new steering design, resulting in a flat layout of the whole cargo space as well as better handling characteristics. No unnecessary frame parts limit the possibility to carry large pieces of cargo with XYZ CARGO BIKE.

The list price is $1863.95 USD with an open-source design for non-commercial use. What they’ve done on this project is package up the work of N55 into a sellable model; of course, you can do this yourself with the plans.

Totally NOT PRO at a UCI World Cup Cairns

Well ya know, like any sport, the pros make it look WAY EASIER than it is…Here’s what happened from Reddit

The pro rider, Adam Brayton, crashed further up the track fairly hard and couldn’t finish his run so this bloke volunteered to take his bike back to the pits. Instead of pushing back up the steep, stupidly muddy track he decided to ride it to the bottom (as per usual with this sort of situation at state/national level). Most likely drunk (like most other spectators this far into the day) and encouraged by the crowd, he tried to show off/ride fast and binned the F out of it.

Jumping on the bike, maybe he said, “F! YEAH STRAVA!” before the impending doom of the whoops or just YOLO! From Pinkbike, Adam said,

Yo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn’t thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don’t blame him they were sick. I think he’s ok though he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty k’od but that’s all I know I’m going to pop down to hospital tomorrow and see how he’s doing

Here’s an update from Steve Peat on the story.

Ok everyone, this is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words”all fixable”) he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn’t steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers.

Replaceable Derailleur Hangers: Clever Design or Achilles Heel

Hanger with Di2

Replaceable Derailleur Hanger

As a mechanic for almost two decades, I have seen numerous developments in bike hardware, but I try to keep a perspective that transcends the the latest “innovation” announced by corporate marketing departments. A view that accommodates the gripes of non-tech consumers without losing sight of why a product is built the way it is. A bicycle isn’t as complex as an aircraft, but that doesn’t mean that top quality equipment doesn’t require a learning curve.

By the 1950s, derailleurs had more less become an expected feature of road bikes, and the derailleur manufacturers more or less agreed to mount the derailleurs into a threaded eye formed into the lower edge of the right dropout, as epitomized by the Campagnolo #1010 dropout. This dropout, like most at the time, was formed of stamped (forged ) steel. It was a strong, tough piece, but if bent in the event of a crash, it could almost always be realigned, though maybe it would not endure multiple manipulations. Decades later as aluminum frames became popular, the alloy dropouts were proving to be less tolerant of bending, sometimes snapping clean off the dropout during realignment. An alloy frame with a broken deralleur hanger was essentially ruined, since a new dropout could not be simply brazed in. For carbon fibre frames, either the dropout is an alloy piece bonded into the carbon frame, or the dropout is moulded from carbon fibre and requires some sort of metal hanger anyways, for the derailleur to thread into.

The solution seemed simple enough: a replaceable derailleur hanger that could be aligned without consequence. Even if the hanger snapped, a new one could be fitted. In fact, if the hanger was designed such that it preferentially bent before the frame suffered any damage, so much the better. This is especially true of carbon fibre frames. However, the derailleur hangers one typically finds on a stock bike bend like butter. I pretty much assume that every brand new bike that I pull out of a box has a bent hanger. And when I thread an alignment tool onto a replaceable hanger, it is shocking how easy it is to bend the one compared to an old forged steel dropout. Inattentive cyclists can easily bend a hanger just putting a bike into the boot of a car; a racing cyclist can easily bend a hanger in any kind of fall.

So what is the big deal of a bent hanger? The worst that could happen is that an inward bent hanger allows the inboard derailleur cage plate to catch on the rear wheel’ spokes as the rider shifts into the biggest cog. Then the rider’s movement on the bike gives the wheel enough torque to perhaps rip the derailleur apart and wrap the chain around the cassette. It is in just such a scenario as this that the replaceable hanger fulfills its purpose, since no hanger made of aluminum could likely survive that much twisting and distortion. However, in order for this to happen, the hanger must first be bent inward and then the rider must ride without noticing. If the hanger was stouter, chances are good that the hanger wouldn’t have gotten bent in the first place, or alternately the inciting event for bending the hanger would have to be a lot more dramatic.

The more common problem with bent derailleur hangers is that indexed shifting systems require the hanger to be parallel to the plane of the rear wheel. If not, then the lateral distance per shift that the derailleur moves the chain will be less than the exact cog-to-cog spacing. Consequently, the system loses shifting accuracy, often at one end or the other of the cassette range. Perhaps, the misalignment is great enough that shifting will obviously be off, that the derailleur consistently misbehaves. That situation is one in which getting the derailleur caught in the spokes is a vulnerability too, but there are usually warning signs in the form of dismal shifting. More frequently, the shifting is just a little bit off, or varies depending on how hard the rider is pedaling. Oft times not even an expert eye can see the bend without the aid of an alignment tool, and maybe the bike doesn’t misbehave when running through the gears while it’s on a workstand. Certainly there are no tool roll-sized derailleur aligners to fix the problem in the field. Without knowing the hanger is bent, the shifting issues could be plausibly due to any of a dozen other maladies.

Little Things from Lezyne


Now inside the tool roll

It’s the little things, like a control valve on a Co2 inflator, that can make a bike difference on a long ride. This is a CNC alloy, prototype Lezyne inflator. It’ll ship soon and costs $26.99 with two cartridges and a neoprene sleeve. I picked this up at Sea Otter and it was in the group of products shot for Wired by Jim and Jake

Tool Roll

City of Marina, Best Western shoot

The scene in the City of Marina was 3 bros in a Best Western room full of bike schwag taking photos. The inflator was like a little Easter Egg present to myself, when I found it inside a bag I unpacked yesterday. I forgot I’d grabbed it and after fiddling with it for a while, and taking a photo, it’s now inside my tool roll and with me on the ride today.

I’m riding 4-5 hours, both days, ramping up for rides in Santa Cruz next weekend, and thinking bought the stories for the 12th issue of our magazine that drops next month.


A well-lit, fat hub, didn’t end up in my bag, like the inflator

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