What Size Trek Madone?

The square v. compact frame geometry debate is back (if it ever left) and we’re being asked, “what size Madone?” Damn good question and we’ll have to see if you’ve either got a stubby stem of one that “reaches for the sky.” When Pam first stepped over her new Specialized Tarmac SL, it was like “what? am I on a mtn bike,” and it’s definitely unnerving to not see a top tub near your knees. I should probably write a “in defense of square frames” post sometime, but you can’t fight progress, so we’ve got the last square bike hold out, pushing out a new technology-driven, sloping top-tube bike with a seat mast and the “seat, feet, hands” approach. (I’m sure there were lots of groans from Masters racers about that)

In the bike shop, you’re going to have to try it, as you definitely can’t tell from the brochure. And to their credit, Trek answers the question here, in a lengthy and informative post.

From Japan (Part 5): Team Pedal from Shimano

pedals%20team%20display.jpg So I found these Shimano R540 SPD-SL pedals in a bike shop called Narushima Friends in a neighborhood of Tokyo.

Goodbye Hed Alps

alps.jpg I was clicking around Hed Cycling’s site, checking on ceramic upgrades, what teams they’re outfitting for the tour, that sort of thing, and noticed the “it’s not you, it’s me” letter to the Hed Alps

“You don’t know how hard it is for me to say this, but I think it is time for us to break up. We had some great times I’ll never be able to forget your light weight and durability, and you are still super fast. You were an awesome ride but things have gotten stale. It’s not you, it’s me. “

The Hed Alps have been replaced by the Jets (were the Alps like a starter wife?), an excellent wheelset that I’ve been racing on this year and have reviewed on Bike Hugger a few times. In most every race I’m in, I see a set of Alps, usually with the decals worn off, and looking a bit worse for wear, but still rolling and racing. My first Hed wheelset was the Alps and I sold them on Craigslist earlier this year. The dude that bought them was thrilled, happy, and amazed that he found a pair on Craigslist. Here’s to you Alps … goodbye.

Bike Hugger come good

I posted last winter about “ What’s best” - some blather about passing cars while commuting to work. I was wrong. It’s been a full week and I’m still on a mini-high about what’s REALLY the best: winning my first Cat Pro/1/2 race. 5 years as a Cat2 with sparse results, but never a win. It’s been season after season of training - mostly by riding the 20 miles to and from work. Finally!

Too bad I didn’t zip the jersey. Thanks to Amara at wheelsinfocus for capturing the moment.

Team Bike Hugger Report

note: Gina directs the Wines of Washington women’s team, organizes them into Bike Hugger- sponsored composites for the big National Calendar races, and has been racing in the Northwest for as long as anyone can remember. We asked Gina to report on the team’s progress and what’s next on the calendar — Byron

Whew — Mt Hood Cycling Classic is done. What a relief which is sort of hysterical when you realize I was sitting in my office every day while the rest of the Bike Hugger gals were out there baking their brains. Sitting in ones office knowing everyone else is racing is actually harder than you think it should be. Fortunately for me cell phone coverage was decent & I got semi regular road race updates from Eric when he wasn’t too busy coaxing the gals to work, catch on, to sit in & everything else that goes on in the team vehicle.

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