I rode till it froze yesterday – starting in the cold rain and finishing in freezing rain, I kept going until I couldn’t shift, or brake, and my tires made disconcerting snap crackle pop sounds as I rolled over the icy roads. Besides mountain bikers, I guess I was the only one out riding the roads yesterday in the Tri-Cities.
As I’ve posted before, icy or not, that area has the best roads in the state and I’ll ride them again next weekend.
Yesterday I attended the Shimano tech seminar. It was a super secret affair open only to bike shop employees and hobos who wanted the free breakfast muffins. I suppose I got there too late for the segment about road bike groups (9AM start? I don’t do 9AM), so I sat down as the speaker discussed the new XTR and Saint groups. Even though I am mainly a road and track fanatic, I leaned back into my chair and eagerly listened to all the fascinating new developments in disc rotors and bearing (yawn). modifications that lengthy field testing .(zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz). (snort) um, what? It’s over?…do I have any questions?……um, do you have any muffins without cream cheese in them? After that the minions of the Imperial S company fanned out to the various tables of product to field questions from the riff-raff.
Thanks to Mark V and his connections, I was able to stop into the Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour held in Bellevue, WA yesterday. Lots of new stuff targeted to the “shop crowd” - so mostly race parts for both mtn and road bikes. Some cool new stuff coming out - mostly in their pre-built wheels offerings. The stuff I wanted to see the most - they didn’t have. The Alfine group is so compelling - I really wanted to see a bike built up with it and give it a ride, but no luck. I did get some good print and DVD promotional material on it which will keep me drooling for a while.