Le Tour Recap: Stage 4 Tank beats Wolverine

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by Byron on Jul 08, 2014 at 11:32 AM

and

Froome collapsed like an Al dente capellini noodle from a touch of wheels

Immediately I thought, even though it was not my fault, “F * ck, FROOME!

injuring his wrist.

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Ride the Strip with Us: SXSW V2V 14

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by Byron on Jul 08, 2014 at 10:17 AM

A poster for our next Mobile Social with SXSW V2V, Tern, and Zappos.

We’re riding the Strip again and this time with SXSW during V2V 14. We’ll meet at Zappos.com HQ by 6:30 PDT for a mixer and then ride to the Aria for a party at the Deuce Lounge.

RSVP on Facebook or G+.

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Le Tour Recap: Stage 3 for the Big Guys

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Kittel

Photo uploaded by Simon Jackson on Flickr

He’s got a body type I can identify with instead of them skinny climbers. Marcel drags himself over the hills to get to the valleys, flats, and sprints. And his hair is always perfect.

Kittel

Photo uploaded to Flickr by Johnnystretch

Recap

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Le Tour Selfies: Step Back

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2014 at 11:27 AM

2 months ago, Kristof Ramon got this shot of a selfie at the Giro. The taker of it later apologized and that was it. At the Tour, along roads with larger crowds than the historic race has ever seen, selfies are back in the news with Zoe finding herself and her tweet in a Twitter Storm.


flip phone

Flip Phone

Frustrated, and for good reason, Ramunas Navardauskas was seen smacking phones out of fan’s hands (video since removed). As I wrote about the selfies at the Giro, let’s hope the norms of the crowd end this trend and quick. Here’s what Tejay van Garderen had to say…

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Le Tour Recap: Another Day and Stage

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Maybe it is a new day at the Tour. It’s another stage, of course, and Cavs didn’t start after owning the crash yesterday

“I’m gutted about the crash today. It was my fault. I’ll personally apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance. In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there. I wanted to win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans that came out to support – it was truly incredible.”

In the past, a defiant Cavs would’ve said something inflammatory AND gotten taped up, then started.

Stage 2 of the Tour de France saw record crowds for the second day and

Froome looked up to see Nibali win Stage Two.

wins

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Le Tour on Twitter Recap

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Reactions

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Watch The Tour Without Phil and Paul

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by David Schloss on Jul 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM

TunnelbearSure, the NBC Sports coverage might be the defacto way to watch the Tour de France, but their dumbed-down race coverage can start to get grating after a while and Bob Roll starts to talk most real cyclists glaze over. Here’s a great way to get improved coverage for just a few bucks a month (and also get access to a world of sporting events not available in the U.S.) by signing up for Eurosport streaming coverage.

If you don’t live in Europe you’ll need to first convince the Internet that you do, and for that we recommend the super-simple service Tunnelbear. Download their Tunnebear app and sign up for a subscription and you can re-route your traffic to a Eurosport-friendly country simply by signing into Tunnelbear.

Once your traffic is routed overseas, simply go to Eurosport.com and sign up for their streaming plan. All you need is a credit card, and they don’t care where the card billing location is.

That’s it, then you can simply stream Tour coverage (or the World Cup or the whole continental series of races) on your computer. Bye bye Phil and Paul, hello valuable and interesting race commentary.

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Before the Tour Starts

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by Byron on Jul 03, 2014 at 1:09 PM


After a week of sharing new products from PressCamp, super bikes, and before the Tour starts, a little Bike Path Fun. Met a couple taking selfies and a couple cruisers. Didn’t ask, but they may not even know who’s racing the Tour this year or care.

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Taiwan’s Microshift

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by Mark V on Jul 03, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Microshift homepage

Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo, and…..Microshift? Will there be day when you can’t say the first three names without including the fourth?

Microshift is a Taiwanese-based component manufacturer that has been around only since 1999, with production in both Taiwan and mainland China. In Taiwan, Microshift derailleurs and shifters are stocked in local bike shops as commonly as Shimano, but abroad they are mainly known as OEM spec on less expensive bicycles. Nonetheless, Microshift has developed a comprehensive line of products including Shimano-compatible 10sp integrated shifters and derailleurs and a host of mtb and city bike shifters. They are also hard at work bringing their own 11sp road levers to market for 2015 (no confirmation as to Shimano-compatibility) as well as an electronic drivetrain. Microshift components are also being produced for brands such as Gevenalle (nee Retroshift).

To become a real player in the bicycle drivetrain market, access to cheap manufacturing alone cannot guarantee success. A company must innovate, not just to attract consumers, but to also break free of the shackles created by existing product patents. It is no mean feat to design an integrated brake/shift lever for drop handlebars that doesn’t fall foul of patents owned by Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo, though perhaps a dawning era of electronic shifting may bring greater design freedom.

In my brief experiences riding Microshift products, I would never mistake their finish or function for higher tier product from like Shimano Ultegra, but they did seem like solid competition against Shimano Sora. Microshift will be seen on some entry-level 2015 road bikes from Specialized, but as Microshift grabs more share of OEM, might they one day take a bite of the high-end of the market? Over the next five years, it will be interesting how far Microshift will go.

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S-Works McLaren Tarmac: $20K with Helmet and Shoes

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by Byron on Jul 02, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Spesh Hero

McLaren Tarmac

The first sign the Tour was about to start was when I saw an old roadie in Mapei-Clas kit on the bike path and then the Wilier was released, a 10.2 lb production Trek, and now this S-Works McLaren Tarmac. When we were at the Tarmac launch a month ago, what Spesh learned from McLaren was present. I discuss how they rely on the data now in my new Tarmac review published in Issue 12 of our magazine.

When I asked if a McLaren Tarmac edition was planned, Reikert quickly flipped on the Rancilio espresso machine, poured an obsessively-perfect cup, and changed the subject to the day’s ride. “Fair enough,” I thought, and thanks for the coffee!

It’s been 2 seasons since the Venge (that I rode too) and now the S-Works McLaren Tarmac is launched. So Spesh has taken the new Tarmac and tricked it out even further, including a build kit, helmet, and shoes.

More than just strictly a frame and fork, the S-Works McLaren Tarmac is a complete collection of cohesive parts and equipment that add up to one incredibly unique, and exclusive performance package. Every single Specialized piece of equipment on the bike has been designed specifically for this project and was engineered for complete performance. Included with the bike is a Body Geometry Fit consultation to ensure the proper sized frame is selected. In addition to frame size, a range of component sizes are selected to best fit the customer including handlebar and saddle width, stem length and crank size. Exclusive to the S-Works McLaren Tarmac is a custom sized pair of S-Works Road Shoes as well as a S-Works Prevail helmet, both color matched to the bike.

EE Brakes

with EE brakes

For $20K, you get custom EE brakes too.

The S-Works McLaren Tarmac maintains all of the outstanding performance characteristics of the standard S-Works Tarmac via Rider-First Engineered design while reducing the weight of the overall frame and fork by between 9%-11% depending on frame size. Thanks to a proprietary carbon layup process developed exclusively with McLaren, the weight savings come at zero cost to the overall performance of the bike itself – not often an easy task to accomplish.

Like the Emonda announced yesterday, Spesh is marketing a complete system (bike and build kit) and both bikes get closer to what I called for in a Medium post after the Hydro recall. If they thought they could make money at it, I’d expect both manufactures would make a drivetrain too. Price a super bike at 30K and why not? Also offer VIP concierge, roadside service, so the owners are immersed in a complete experience and not pulling a chain back on a ring or fixing a flat.

Crank

S-Works crank

Find the rest of the photos on G+ and more from Spesh on the S-Works McLaren Tarmac site.

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