Bottom Bracket Tools

I am ever so excited that the bike industry has devised yet another bottom bracket standard. As I understand it, the new T47 standard solves every problem ever faced by manufacturers, mechanics, and consumers with no nagging drawbacks, unlike all the previous designs that promised the same thing. I am confident about this because of all the positive feedback from people who’ve seen a photograph of one on the internet. Such a long and unbiased track record is….like, gold or some shit.

And I really hope that Shimano gets on the T47 bandwagon, because I just love collecting tools. Shimano managed to create new bottom bracket models on an existing standard that required two new tools for installation, rather than use the nearly universal tool for 24mm spindle & external bearing bottom brackets (that they themselves invented over fifteen years ago).

In the photo above is a part of my growing BB tool collection, for external bearings. From the left is the BSA30 for Rotor external bearing BBs that fit traditional English or Italian shells but a spin a 30mm spindle, the old Shimano external bearing BB-style tool, the new one for Shimano Ultegra and lower-level BBs, and the one for the newest Dura Ace 9000 BB. Not shown is the tool for FSA’s EVO386 standard, which is quite similar to Rotors BSA30, but of course take a different tool. I have a hoard of other tools to fit various square-taper BB, but I’d rather not admit to it. I don’t want people to think I support their decision to adhere to archaic cycling technology.

Pacific Northwest Flow Trails

Plenty of flow in the Pacific Northwest like this video shows, and after a week in Vegas on the camera tech beat, looking forward to riding this weekend—rain or shine. If you’re into cameras as much as we are, my stories about the new FujiFilm X-Pro 2 and Suddenly Shooting a Wedding are on Medium.

Suddenly a Wedding Photographer in Vegas

That Paris-Nice Sprint

While in Vegas for a photography tradeshow, missed the #ParisNice sprint everyone is talking about. The story from the BBC. Michael Matthews wins stage after Bouhanni disqualified for not holding his line, obviously.

Animal Encounters: Ostrich

Had my share of animal encounters, even dedicated an issue of our magazine to it, but being chased and drafting off an ostrich is next level. The uploaded of the edit shared

Suddenly, I spotted a white ostrich on my left, then this beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends! It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell of my bike from laughter. The ostrich didn’t have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat.

Sven Nys Retires

As it was said by legendary Pacific Northwest Racer, Richard McClung

With the recent last race of Sven Nys, we’ve seen a lot of proclamations of “Pure class”, etc. Now, I don’t deny that Nys was the greatest ‘cross racer of all time thus far; and I’m not trying to be too judgmental (Nys knew who buttered his bread), but I think many either forgot, or never knew about this sordid little affair: The 2000 World Championships. Let me summarize: Richard Groenendal (Nys’ trade team teammate on Rabobank) forges an early lead. Nys then refuses to help his Belgian Worlds teammate and defending World Champion Mario DeClercq chase, much to DeClercq’s visible frustration. Be sure to watch the very uncomfortable post race interview at the end, and hear Nys deny he was under ‘team orders’. No one who knows a lick about bike racing believes that…

And with that, CX ends, Nys retires, and road season starts. We’re back riding too, just more off road, with road bikes.

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