Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour

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by andrew_f_martin on Feb 03, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Thanks to Mark V and his connections, I was able to stop into the Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour held in Bellevue, WA yesterday. Lots of new stuff targeted to the “shop crowd” - so mostly race parts for both mtn and road bikes. Some cool new stuff coming out - mostly in their pre-built wheels offerings. The stuff I wanted to see the most - they didn’t have. The Alfine group is so compelling - I really wanted to see a bike built up with it and give it a ride, but no luck. I did get some good print and DVD promotional material on it which will keep me drooling for a while.

Dynamo%20Wheel.JPG They had a rather cool complete front Dynamo wheel on display - forgeting to recharge the light is no longer a problem






Cranks.JPG The trickle-down continues: FC-R600 cranks look like DuraAce, but cost less than 105







Pro_TT.JPG Pro%20Bars.JPG Shimano is bringing their PRO line of parts across the pond in 2007


Tiagra.JPG The new Tiagra stuff shown here is in fact 9sp. To get the 10sp trickle-down for less, check out the ST-R700 shifters






Wheels.jpg LOTS of wheels on display - the new Dura Ace tubeless road wheels, some nice carbon rims, and more Ultegra, 105, Dura Ace, XTR, and XT

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pedals but Were Afraid to Ask

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by Jason Swihart on Feb 01, 2007 at 7:48 PM

pedal.jpgSome people have a thing for stamps, some dig Hummel figurines, still others collect shot glasses. However, it takes a true connoisseur to appreciate the art of the pedal.

Hat Tip: The Goat

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Another motorist and cyclist accident in Seattle

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by Byron on Feb 01, 2007 at 8:37 AM

I was waiting for more details on the latest motorist and cyclist collision in Seattle before posting. While the cause is still unclear, reporter Amy Rolph updated the story today with a footnote …

Wednesday’s accident was the latest in a chain involving motorists and cyclists in the city. More than 900 cyclists have been injured in Seattle since 2001, and five have been killed. Two of those deaths happened last year.

I don’t know exactly what’s causing these crashes and deaths, but hopefully the Master Plan will address it. I maybe naive, but when I’m in Portland and see all the bike lanes, I think that’s got to make a huge difference and hope that the city can get out there and paint more lanes.

Also, sometime in Seattle’s future, the city planners may think of ways to de-emphasize the car and make the city full of transportation alternatives.

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Why doesnt’ everybody do this?

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by andrew_f_martin on Jan 31, 2007 at 9:29 AM

IMAGE_094.jpgThe high-pressure system has been sitting over Seattle for a while now. Sure there’s a burn ban and the air quality is “moderate”, but there’s nothing like a clear morning in the Pacific Northwest. Today, like every other day, was a great day for riding to work.

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Cargo Bikes Spotted in Portland

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by Byron on Jan 30, 2007 at 1:25 PM

I was at a Peets last week in Portland and didn’t get my camera out in time to snap the cargo bike as it rolled past the window (I think the Peets customers were also alarmed that I jumped up so quickly to look at a bike). Todd had tipped me that box bikes were en route and now has the photos and more info.

Also, Marcus reminded me that Seattle has got some cargo bikes as well and Aaron is working on them.

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Fat cyclist up for an award

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by Byron on Jan 30, 2007 at 1:05 PM

During a quick scroll of the 2007 bloggies, I noticed that Fat Cyclist was nominated for the Best-Kept Secret Weblog. Def vote for Fatty and hope he accepts the award in lycra, on a fixie, and puts it in a messenger bag!

And if you missed Fattie’s contest last week, the comments are still a good read. He gave away a Twin Six Jersey. I posted on Twin Six last year and unfortunately didn’t get to meet them in Vegas at Interbike.

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Track bikes in Japanese Hip-Hop video

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by Mark V on Jan 30, 2007 at 10:17 AM

I found this music video of the Japanese hip-hop group Rip Slyme. The set-up is that group members are working in a bike shop. My Nihon-go isn’t good enough to understand what they are talking about, at least not on the first listen. And I’m not sure how many more times I can endure to listen. BUT music aside, almost all the props in the video are actually quality keirin components and featured prominently enough that I can identify the model. And really, it’s a welcome break from seeing every wannabe American popstar posing in an Escalade while lip-synching to some cheesewhiz manufactured song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86iUu-9qfIo

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Trickle Down

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by andrew_f_martin on Jan 29, 2007 at 8:58 PM

105Shimano does a great job of pushing their top-level technology down to their lesser component groups. Cyclingnews.com just did a review of the 105 group, and I really have to second their praise. The 105 stuff works great on my rain bike. If I ever get around (read: get the funds) to building up a travel bike, I’ll probably spec it with Shimano 105. The only thing I can’t get past is the chainrings: What’s up with the cookie-cutter finish on those? The cranks themselves look fine to me, but the rings look a little cheap. Because I’m a vain SOB, I’d swap out for the FSAs and it would be a great looking setup.

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Shirts For Girls

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by Byron on Jan 29, 2007 at 5:52 AM

By request, we’ve got Bike Hugger tees in girls sizes and will have them next week, just in time for your spring fashion collection! We’re also restocked on all sizes after selling out twice – you can order directly from us, shipped from Hugger Industries HQ, or from our friends at Amazon.

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