That Paris-Nice Sprint

While in Vegas for a photography tradeshow, missed the #ParisNice sprint everyone is talking about. The story from the BBC. Michael Matthews wins stage after Bouhanni disqualified for not holding his line, obviously.

Animal Encounters: Ostrich

Had my share of animal encounters, even dedicated an issue of our magazine to it, but being chased and drafting off an ostrich is next level. The uploaded of the edit shared

Suddenly, I spotted a white ostrich on my left, then this beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends! It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell of my bike from laughter. The ostrich didn’t have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat.

Sven Nys Retires

As it was said by legendary Pacific Northwest Racer, Richard McClung

With the recent last race of Sven Nys, we’ve seen a lot of proclamations of “Pure class”, etc. Now, I don’t deny that Nys was the greatest ‘cross racer of all time thus far; and I’m not trying to be too judgmental (Nys knew who buttered his bread), but I think many either forgot, or never knew about this sordid little affair: The 2000 World Championships. Let me summarize: Richard Groenendal (Nys’ trade team teammate on Rabobank) forges an early lead. Nys then refuses to help his Belgian Worlds teammate and defending World Champion Mario DeClercq chase, much to DeClercq’s visible frustration. Be sure to watch the very uncomfortable post race interview at the end, and hear Nys deny he was under ‘team orders’. No one who knows a lick about bike racing believes that…

And with that, CX ends, Nys retires, and road season starts. We’re back riding too, just more off road, with road bikes.

On Instagram, The New Dura-Ace Group?


Update: MUCYC has taken the photo down, since it was already released on the Internets, reposted it here.

According to the Internets, a University of Melbourne student ignores a no photos card and takes the picture of what appears to be the new Shimano Groupset, which without confirmation we can guess was taken at the Taipei Bike Show. For further analysis, I texted Mark V who awoke from a dream about robot factories, manga, and ramen to reply

Photos suggest similar crank design to DA9000. Rear derailleur may perhaps be a direct mount, like some of their MTB designs. The rear hub is obviously a thru-axle, so the direct mount style, which uses a more robust hanger that frame manufacturers often integrate into the thru-axle’s threaded receiver, making the hanger more robust and anchoring it to the hub via the thru-axle.

Rumor has it that Shimano will introduce 3 gruppos branded as “Dura Ace”, involving mechanical shifting, Di2, and disc brakes (or some combination thereof). These photos clearly show discs and Di2 derailleurs. I count 11 cogs on the back, and as a quick guess I would say that the largest cog is around 28teeth. The long cage on derailleur looks like it could handle 32teeth or bigger though.

The disc rotors, if they are Dura Ace items, seem odd because they don’t obviously show the large, aluminium cooling fins that Shimano pioneered on their premium ICE-tech rotors.

Indeed. Not knowing if this is from the Shimano booth either, could be a hack too? Regardless, thru-axle disc from Shimano…bring it.

Clueless Asks for Bike-Buying Advice

The email of the day goes to Clueless who asked

I think it’s time I purchase a new bike. And, when I say “bike” I mean…. super casual-non-competitive-stroll down Burke Gilman-with my kid- type of bike, not something expensive and badass like you’d get. Any suggestions on where I should go and/or brand?

Well, Clueless, we get asked this more often than not. I shared your email in our Facebook and the responses keep coming in. The timing of the question is good too, because we have a Detroit Bikes en route to us for demo. You can’t get much simpler than that, and they are made in the USA. My personal fav, city bike is the Shinola. Those are also made in the USA, but in the $1K to $3K price range. The models from Detroit are no more than $699.00, well equipped, and made with durable steel.

Detroit B Type

Detroit B Type

Depending on the budget, I’d buy a city bike from the Motor City: Shinola or Detroit.

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