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)
Providing a new statement on a traditional sport and furthermore imparting a fresh insight into a subculture very much responsible for a new movement in popular culture, Pressure matches RVCA’s deep roots within the arts and Cinelli’s apparent appreciation for world class design.
Pressure is a haute couture bike show!
Launch Date & Time World Premiere Thursday | 19th June | 2008 7pm To 10pm
Location Vasf Gallery 1485 Haight St San Francisco | Ca
At Elliott Bay Bikes, we had a gang of Japanese bike enthusiasts stop in. Minato Seiya-san of Depot Cycle & Recycle, a shop in Ichikawa near Tokyo and Yamamoto Atsushi-san, maker of the Gunung label of hats, chatted with me when I emerged out of my mechanic station hole. I asked them about their travels in Taiwan, and then I told them about my downhill run in Nikko. It turns out they’re friends with Morita Yohei of Cog Magazine who stopped into the shop a couple months ago. Minato-san and Yamamoto-san are on their way to Philadelphia this month for a messenger race. While in Seattle, they are visiting the Seattle wing of Reload Bags.