The Perfect Pour

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by Byron on Aug 25, 2007 at 8:33 AM

By removing the spouts from the bottom of an espresso group with “lasers”, the pour is all creme …

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Using a bottomless portafilter is like mainlining, freebasing, or the crack of caffeine and it takes practice. I blew threw a pound of beans working on the right grind, tamping, and fill. Occasionally channeling will occur, that’s the splashing you see on the Rancillio, but when you get it right, the perfect pour, it’s a cup of creme.

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Detoured

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by Byron on Aug 24, 2007 at 3:48 PM

Chuck and I were detoured during our ride yesterday to here and wondered for a while which way to go …

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Eurobike this week

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by Byron on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:49 AM

An event we plan on attending next year is Eurobike, a sprawling, massive, bike love-in that unlike Interbike is open to the public. Of course the bikesphere will blog it, including Treehugger, and manufactures like 3G, who market the Stepper, a stairmaster with wheels, bike, something, don’t really know … but following the links, I arrived at Randy Ross and then saw this stepper-thong video, and thought, “how did I get here?” Ah yes, the serendipity of the internet, much like finding odd things at a tradeshow.

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Gary Fisher Simple City

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by Byron on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:10 AM

Spotted on Cyclingnews, the Gary Fisher Simple City … will post more details as we find them. Interesting the bike falls under their Fisher brand and not Trek proper, joining their Fast City line. Photo credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com

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Cycling City of the Future

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 22, 2007 at 6:52 AM

Copenhagen I worked out of Copenhagen a couple years ago. I lived in a hotel downtown and was amazed with the cycling-specific infrastructure the city provided as my bike was my only real means of transportation. WorldChanging.com reports on an effort in Portland to study cyclists behaviors so that other cities can use the findings to best cater to the needs of cyclists. If the results are anything like Copenhagen I’m all for it.

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Bike Messenger Scene hits Hollywood

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Blonde Ambition It seems that Hollywood is stepping back into the bike messenger scene. Looking at the photos from “Blonde Ambition” it looks like a far more glamorous portrayal of the lifestyle than we saw in the ’80s flic Quicksilver. Of course how real can it be if the troubled female in the movie is played by…

Jessica Simpson Messenger Jessica Simpson?!

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Beijing Bans Cars

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by Byron on Aug 21, 2007 at 6:36 AM

While Beijing announced it was selectively banning cars (odd/even days) to clean up the air for the Olympics, Cadel Evans was there riding the road race course and said, “my lungs hurt to breathe … .”

Taking a claimed 1.3 million cars off the road is impressive and they’ll also blast the sky with rain cannons, encourage more mass transit, and of course just ride their bikes. Don’t know if that’s going to make it any easier to breathe, but at least they’re trying.

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In the Bike Shop: Bill D

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by Byron on Aug 19, 2007 at 7:03 AM

bill_d.jpg When you’ve been building frames for over 38 years, like Bill Davidson has, there’s lots to talk about, including the current obsession with carbon (used to be aluminum), what’s new is actually old, Paragon drop outs, the boomin’ business in S&S-equipped frames, and Parlee’s custom carbon frames (again with the carbon obsession).

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The opposite of training

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by Byron on Aug 19, 2007 at 6:33 AM

As the racing season winds down, I’m looking forward to the opposite of training. Where we just tour, travel, and ride big miles into the Fall. The MS150 is coming up and travel with folders to

and the Modal for longer rides to

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Paris-Brest-Paris Starts Monday!

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 17, 2007 at 4:22 PM

P-B-P I’m nowhere near this hard-core, but P-B-P starts Monday. It’s 1200k in 90hrs for those of you unfamiliar with this old-school test. I know a couple people who are out there doing it. If you run a google blog search, you’ll find more than a few people blogging about their adventure. The coolest feature: Check out the P-B-P site where you can track rider’s progress along the route! I tracked the guy I know, and it correctly told me that, “le participant est inscrit mais non encore parti” (he hasn’t started yet). Good luck!

Update

We haven’t heard from him yet, but Andy is planning on blogging P-B-P for us.

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