Seeing this old Litespeed in a shop invoked memories, with its geometrically enhanced tubing. Ti-3Al-2.5V was borrowed from aerospace, where strength, weight, and malleability are critical factors for hydraulic systems. Shaping tubes into triangles and then welding them at the joints, takes a skilled welder, and when done right, Ti is superior material for bike frames. Later carbon overtook the demand for Ti, but it’s still our all-around fav. That’s because of the springy ride and durability. Good titanium frames happen when high quality tubing is joined by expert welders, who join the tubes cleanly without ruining the raw materials.
While watching Paris-Roubaix this morning, also reading the story from my friends at Wired about How You Design a Bicycle to Hit 138 MPH on a Ski Slope. You know, as if the cobbles, aren’t extreme enough….
Once the suit and bike were ready, the team put Barone in the wind tunnel, happy to find that their computer modeling delivered the aerodynamic numbers they were hoping for. “It’s about the same approach as Formula One,” says Amerigo, or designing a plane.
Tulips by Ben Moses
Getting your groove back on the bike, experiencing that momentum once again, and immersing yourself in the ride is the theme for Issue 23 of our magazine. Dropping on the same weekend as Paris-Roubaix, it also includes a free cover story from Mark V about a race that is simultaneously one of the most famous and the least representative of the sport. There’s a crazy story I heard about Roubaix too.
A couple months ago, in Issue 21, Patrick wrote about a drop bar playground and how he
… Never stopped loving the way the bike could swoop and zoom over unpredictable terrain.
He said those words to me just a few hours after riding Old Caz on a Diverge. He was still buzzing from the experience, beaming from the afterglow. I said, “write that down!” And he did. The emotions of rediscovering what makes us ride long hours keeps us going through the lows and for new riders, it’s what you’ll end up chasing too. Doesn’t matter where you find it — a personal best commute, race, ride, or tour — just that you eventually do.
The groove happened for me a few weekends ago, when we decided to just keep riding on a nice day after so much rain, and finished at 5 hours and 100 miles. Stepping off the bike, within an hour I was doing chores, and having dinner with family. It hit me then, “just banged out a hundred miles, then vacuumed, some laundry, and NOT TIRED.”
Still in shape to ride that long, I gotta keep the momentum going.
Also, the sounds of that ride is wrote I about in Issue 22….
Reaching inside of this bag, I expected to find something illicit, illegal, or perverse, but instead I found a jug of cranberry juice.
Sort of a let down.
No vodka either.
I know Mark has carried much of his daily life in that bag. You can get one custom bag made sort of like it from R.E.Load or a bespoke bag maker near you.
Photo by Andtrea on VSCO Grid
I mentioned shooting wide last week and you can enjoy pages of bike photos not locked up in the 640 x 640 Instasquare format on VSCO’s Grid, like the one above from Andtrea, MIGUELCMATIAS and AHG below.
Photo by MIGUELCMATIAS on VSCO Grid
Photo by AHG on VSCO Grid