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L.A. Times on custom bikes

A bicycle built for you - Los Angeles Times (free reg. required)

A little behind the New York Times (You Paid How Much for That Bike? in November ‘06, now behind their ridiculous paywall), the L.A. Times takes a look at custom high-end road bikes, interviewing Rob Vandermark of Seven Cycles and Lennard Zinn.

There’s also a good summary of traditional road bike fitting conventional wisdom: Knees over pedal spindle, handlebar flat obscuring the front hub, with balls of your feet directly over the pedal axle and your feet parallel to the top tube. Pain in the front of your knee means your seat is too low, while pain in the back of your knee means you’ve cranked it up too high.

Those are all good rules of thumb, but keep in mind that different physiology may require different positioning; if any of those rules don’t work for you, talk to an experienced bike fitter at a shop.

Week One

How’s the new year treating you all? Getting out for your daily rides? Seattle has been particularly unaccommodating with its dreary winter weather. If you go to weather.com they have a column to tell me just how pitiful the outlook is for “Fitness Comfort”. San Diego scores mostly 9s and 10s. Seattle’s high rating was a 4, with a couple days at 1. Ouch.

I’ve been at the challenge a week and I’m 7:7. This week might get dicey as the ice and snow comes in again and I have business trip Friday, but I think I’ve got it covered. How are the rest of you making out?

A perfect cup

For me at least, all good rides (even bad ones) begin with good coffee. When traveling, I take grounds with me and a Bodum Travel Press. At home, I use a Rancilio Espresso Machine and mix up the coffee using Lavazza, Illy, Cafe Mauro the occasional Bustelo, and Batdorf and Bronson ground for me by Alki Mail (where we ship all the Clip-n-Seals and Bike Hugger shirts).

What do you brew? Some crazy chai drink? Straight up espresso? Snort nodoze, or beer bong red bull?

A new strangeness

Frustrated with our old host, we moved last week to Strangecode, a boutique host with all the blog goodness. Everything is up and working well and we’ve got more changes coming in 2K7, including some new sexy features.

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