Skip intro on the commercial that this is for Santa Cruz because it shows one dreamy Scottish ride and is worth the view. Also, not your typical huckfest. I was hooked from the dramatic tea making and then into the riding. Reminds me too of the world-class MTB riding we’ve got planned for this Summer in Park City and Colorado.
Venge in Monterey
Another popular post from our archives and in search, is Mark V’s rant on integrated seat posts.
In the past few years there have been a number of different frame designs on the market that eschew a traditional, round/cylindrical seatpost that inserts into a seat tube. Instead, these frame designs have seat tube structures that extend far beyond the top of the top tube and incorporate some sort of specific fitting to hold the saddle atop. What does an ISP offer? Is it the wave of the future? What should you know before you buy one?
The post is from 2011 and doesn’t include newer aero seatpost designs like what we’re seeing on aero road bikes, including the Venge and Cervelo. My take has always been, whatever value an ISP has is lost for traveling with the bike and they’re not worth it.
As the automobile arrived in cities, an editorial was written for The Nation in 1931, “An Echo of Wheels” by Rollin Kirby. It remembered an era when “the whole world was awheel, men, women, and children” and “every town had a bicycle club.” So ended the Golden Age of Bicycles.
82 years later, The Nation observes another Golden Age and so do we. The NYC BIke Share is the strongest endorsement we’ve had of, “an extraordinarily practical way to get around cities.”
Later this month, I’m hosting a panel at the Urban Bike Symposium here in Seattle where we’ll discuss this age further and how to maximize its potential. 7 years ago, I noticed an uptick in cycling, spotted a trend something was happening, and enough of it to fill a niche blog. Never expected this though, another “Golden Age.”
Good times. With the bike.
Mentioned last week that Flickr is alive again and with new discoverability, I’ve spent some time searching and scrolling photos. With the search parameters of iPhone 4S and Bicycle found a few interesting shots. Like this headtube badge and Cupcake trailer.
For sexy, svelte self
Having written about the New Road Uniform, quoted in the WSJ about it, and a follow-up, how-I-roll rant, here’s a review of what I guess is now called an old-school road uniform. Previously just called, “kit.” It’s new tech, brilliant, and highly breathable, compression wear. If worn under a dress, for a night out, it’d work like Spanx shapewear or control-top panty hose.
In kit like this, present yourself with a full-on don’t give a F ‘bout what you wear and ride attitude, cause you’ve been training and riding fast. Fabric tech like this embraces that inner roadie and lets it out to celebrate form and fitness. Seriously, I’m as good with roadies as tourists, urban cyclists, commuters, the cool fixie kids, and whatever other stereotypes we come up with as a culture to delineate ourselves.
Shiny in the sun
The Italians make the best stuff for cyclists and Nalini is responsible for much of it. I wore their knickers and Windtec over the Winter, love them, and this fabric is curiously crunchy. It goes on snug and wears surprisingly well. By that I mean, you’d think a jersey that you can ball up in your hand and when fiddled with sounds like a skittles bag would scratch and bind. But on the body, it’s smooth as a fine cotton shirt.
The Brionia jersey and shorts are like a two-piece skin suit and your best skinny jeans.
Feeling good on a sunny day, wear ‘em and hammer out the big miles. Also perfect for a new term I heard this week, a Pleasure Race. That’s one you do for the fun of it.
MSRP is $200 for the jersey and $260 for the bids and available online or from your local Nalini dealer.
Of course, that Italian kit matches a bike like this…
Fondriest in on test