Pam and I joined our cycling team this weekend for some miles in Santa Barbara and rode along what I called the best bike path in all of the world …
Kent pointed out this video on his site earlier this week. It’s a great reminder about how to ride in traffic safely. We’ll be using techniques like these on this month’s RideCivil, but we won’t be throwing around terms like Lane Control Position. Instead we’ll be focusing on riding safe and civil, having a good time, and spreading some good vibes around to our fellow road users. Hope to see you there.
p.s. The weather’s shaping up, so I won’t be too surprised if you leave your swim-fins at home.
Back from Shanghai and finally, mostly over the massive jet lag, I toggled the Modal from single to geared. Despite the f’ing rain, I found that most enjoyable because there’s zen in working quietly on a bike and going out for a ride. It took me about an hour to switch and Mark does it in about 15 minutes.
A few updates:
- Refined the process to just swapping bars; original thinking was a bar/stem combo so I could use a different stem for an urban setup. Now I just pull the faceplate and switch between single-speed bars and geared-bars using one stem.
- With another set of DA cranks, it’s much faster to pull the crank than change out the big chainring for the chainring protector and vice-versa.
- Getting over scratches, dings, and tweaks by rationalizing them as a “travel patina” was a good idea!
Note: The Modal is a travel bike concept that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes.
I think everyone saw the Trek/Lemond split coming …
Trek Company Update, ‘Trek to Immediately Sever Relationship with Greg LeMond’
There’s a Press Release and a whole media primer. If this is public, you can bet it got real nasty – you can even smoking gun it yourself in this initial summons and read a ways into the complaint to find that it’s an alleged Bro deal gone wrong (page 4, para 16)!
… since 1999 Greg LeMond has made numerous purchases of LeMond bicycles at employee pricing from Trek with a suggested retail value of over $2,500,000. Upon information and belief, Greg LeMond has resold, bartered for value or otherwise distributed many or most of these bikes, harming Trek and its dealers
- Bike Snob NYC gets an invite to a Lemond conference call (damn it, we didn’t!)
- Velonews covers the “spectacle.”
- Bikebiz offers some insight (and also impressively packs more ads per pixel than Velonews)