Guess CXRex has his own category to not eat the other competitors, but would like to see him on more than a warm up lap…form was quite good for having huge legs and tiny arms too. Read more about CX in Issue 29 and this weekend in Seattle, it’s the UCI-sanctioned Subaru Cup.
Fitting that Issue 29 is about cross and includes photos from Peter, when the community helped him get a new camera this week. Mark V is sure it was his rooster tail that finally killed the camera, but probably a few seasons of shooting in the wet ultimately corroded it. For the intro to his gallery, I asked Peter why he was out there every weekend
I think the reason cross has such a draw. You can wear what you want. You can compete against yourself or the best in the northwest. In a “I” world you can turn yourself inside out. Get dirty like a kid, bring the family and have a great time. We have lost our sense of community and this is a weekly block party for the fall and winter. Company picnics and a Cul-de-sac parties have gone away. It is rarely that an entire family can compete individually and you can get a child to cheer for their parents.
This also happened while we were out of town, a muddy CX race with Mark V in the water hazard like a kid splashing through puddles. As he told me, “Lotsa mud and sand; destroyed some bearings AND the coup de grace on my front carbon wheel. Wore thru the carbon sidewall.”
While we’re out of town, a new shop opened up…Metier Seattle is about racing and coffee. Located at 1017 East Union in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the owners describe the new space as
An environment built for those who believe as we do, that anything worth doing is worth perfecting.
Besides coffee, that includes training, racing, and victory. Intended for people of all interests and abilities, at Metier you can hang out, train in the gym with top-notch consultants, take a yoga class, check out new bikes and equipment, have a drink or watch a game or a race on the big screen.
After hearing all that fitness vision stuff, what I really wanna know is what brand of coffee are they serving?
From the top of Mont Salève looking at France and Switzerland, and where mountain bikers take the tram up and ride down. More on this destination when we’re back in the States. For now, a photo from the shoot.
In Geneva for a few days, before London, and taking photos with the Sony A7RII. This Insta was from last night on a Lake Geneva path. See my first impressions of the latest mirrolesss from Sony on Medium Bicycles, when I took a break from the bike to shoot Formula One in Austin.
On November 6, Trekbikes.com will offer a free 24-hour online screening of unReal. A film that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world, unReal has been hailed as an “instant bike film classic”. Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren’t the only elements to fall from the sky, and thousand-pound mammals become riding partners. This film is dedicated to the dreamers, the rule-breakers, the ones who never grow up, the ones who know the secret—the ones who know the way into the unReal world.
Today we’re debating road disc, tire widths, and blinding each other at night on the path with bright lights – safety just came up too with the RedBull Rampage. Back then, in the olden times, it was the Battle of the Safeties:
Cartoon depicts the looming battle between Safety Bicycles and Safety Ordinaries like the Kangaroo. Artist G. Moore makes it clear who the winner will be.
The Kangaroo was a short penny farthing that put the cyclist’s head at much less risk of an endo and as we know, the safety bicycle won, and has been relatively unchanged ever since.
In the first issue of our magazine, Mark V wrote a Brief History of Major Road Bike Innovations and it’s available on iTunes and the Web.
At the beginning of the 20th century, road bikes had already assumed the basic shape that we recognize today, the “safety bicycle.” The rider sits behind the steering axis, pedals/cranks driving the rear wheel through a drivetrain, usually employing gearwheels and a chain.
Source: G. Moore | Canada Science and Technology Museum via Google Cultural Institute.
Meanwhile in the shop, Mark V has been kitting out an old Sannino road frame to make it fit Eroica regulations, i.e. resembling pre-1987. But can’t bring himself to spend good money on eBay for 7sp freewheels. So he snagged a set of White Industries Rocket 88 hubs (early ’90s). 32hole is the Eroica minimum, and rims no taller than 20mm. Mark has been working on the Sannino since the summer and in Issue 24 shared a gallery of the progress to date.