Smack! Pow! Zing! Ooof!

Construction Plastic Fencing

I ate shit Tuedsay night. Sure it was my fault, but it didn’t make it feel any better.

I was rolling up to the light on my way home, close to the right side of the road next to a construction area. There was one of those slick steel plates covering the road, so I went further right to avoid it. As soon as I did that I felt like Lance as my bike was ripped out from under me. I just barely grazed the orange netting, but enough to yank my right lever. Be careful out there kids - even the non-moving traffic is out to get you.



June RideCivil: Friday the 13th at 5:30

As always we’ll be riding Seattle’s downtown this month to promote civility between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrian. This month it’ll be the Change Your Luck ride, bring your lucky charms whatever they may be. We’ll meet at Westlake Center around 5:30-5:45, chat for a few (pick an ultimate destination, maybe one with beer and food) minutes while we wait for any late arrivals and depart around 6:15. There is no no fixed route, we’ll decide as we ride based on what looks fun. The pace is very social, no one left behind.

The goals are to promote cycling as an integral part of our city’s traffic, demonstrate civility in action between roadway users, and to have fun doing it. The more folks out riding the safer we all are, so let’s get out and ride!



Tron Lightcycles hit your local park

Combine some CX park riding with some safety tape and on-bike sound effects and you’ve got real-life lightcycles! You may want to turn down your speakers on this, there’s no profanity but there is plenty of loud Billy Idol. These guys go all the way, even dressing the part. Too bad skins weren’t around back in 2006.



Trek Soho S Japan Spotted

This version of Trek’s urban bike is for the Japanese market. Note the dropbar, flip-flop hub, wide pedals. Lots of discussion on Flickr when I posted this earlier today.

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Why do you hate me, Valentino?

Dear Valentino Campagnolo,

I know it’s been a while since I loved you, when I had all Campagnolo on my bike, but why do you hate me now? I’ve heard ugly rumours that you’re planning on introducing 11 speed cassettes and shifters for 2009!

My first road bike was a 1994 Specialized Allez with Veloce components, but I scrimped up enough cash to upgrade the Ergopowers to Record. Eventually I had a Bianchi EL/OS with full Record two years later. But then everyone went 9sp and you abandoned me. Suddenly my shifters, derailleurs, and hubs were obsolete with the new 9 speed systems.

That’s when I turned to Dura Ace 7700…sleeker, more daring. Don’t say it’s because I like Asians! The cranks were stunning and the new STI just fit in my hands better. And not nearly so expensive to get replacement parts. Hell, Dura Ace didn’t mind if I used a 8 speed Ultegra derailleur as a back up.

Then you, Campagnolo…you came out with 10 speed. Okay, I’ll give it to you: I didn’t think it could be done and you proved me wrong. And yes, when Dura Ace went 10 sp, I decided to follow. But you gotta admit, cassette and chain lifespans are WAY down from previously. I still don’t think that anyone has yet made a truly satisfactory 10 sp chain, though my Dura Ace 7900 might be ready to nail it.

Now I work at a bike shop, and for the last five years you have been making my life hell with your never-ending revisions to your derailleurs and cranks. I really don’t want to have to stock your $600 cranks because they could go out-of-style without a moment’s notice. And front derailleurs? I can’t even begin to keep track. Why do you do this to me?

And now I hear that you’re gonna wedge one more cog onto the current cassette body? Alright, I’ll hold off from saying it can’t be done, but you can’t keep doing this. Every time you need attention, you can’t just keep adding cogs. I’d even be open to your electronic shifter set-up….of course, I suspect that my Dura Ace will beat ya.

No doubt you’ll demand that I sell only the newly revised Record 11 derailleurs, chainrings, shifters, and probably those $600 cranks. Well, if it wasn’t 11 sp I’m sure it would have been something else to make my inventory prematurely obsolete.

But a 5.5mm wide chain… I just don’t feel good about this.

still not yours after 11 years,

Mark V



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