Bikes vs Cars On Demand

Bikes vs Cars, the bike advocacy film that premiered with us earlier this year during SXSW is now available on demand via Vimeo. Mixed reviews have followed it’s international review, but it’s worth a watch, and just for the point of view, and to boo Rob Ford!



Huggacast Shorts: Totally PRO


Considering how many racers I’ve seen crash putting jackets on or taking them off, the skills here are even more impressive.



Soaked Through and Through

As shared on Twitter yesterday, that had to be the wettest and grimiest ride of 15. If scientists are looking for more evidence of climate change, just ask any cyclist that rode yesterday.

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I’d enter this photo as evidence in the court of public opinion of why we’re running discs in the Pacific Northwest. My disc bikes don’t have fenders yet, cause I haven’t been riding much, but in the new year the Boone will.

boots!

Also, for more on what we’re wearing in the wet and cold, see Issue 30; including the prevailing style of slick booties….



Rode That Road with Good Tires from Zipp

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Rode that road and stayed upright with good tires from Zipp

Rode that road, a few times now, and in the rainy season it gets deceptively treacherous…gotta watch the permanently-shaded areas and painted lines. If you’ve been following along this year, I’ve been mentioning tuned rides, and complained about the lack of tires for roadies. Get on a new 27.5+ plus MTB bike, and you should get what I mean. It’s all about the contact patch and roadies are riding on one the size of a dime. Whenever the aero road bike arms race ends, let’s hope product managers turn their attention to traction, and how that makes us go faster, and stick to the road; even in the backstabbing slick of the wet winter Pacific Northwest.

The most and widest rubber that’ll fit into your frame is what I’m riding and recommend you do too. Many factors contributed to a change from road bikes with skinny tires at 160PSI to a min of 25 wide at 100 psi. Ride quality is one of them, taking off the edge of that overly stiff bike, but also better grip. The best way to avoid flats too, and I’ve tried them all, is to stay out of the gutter and put quality, thick rubber on your wheels.

Recently Zipp upped their game with wheels and tires that compliment each other’s girth. This has the benefits of a wheel that really rolls, as I shared in that story from Maui last year, but also the grip I want in the Winter.

Locals maybe thinking, running good tires in the Winter? Yes, ‘cause SEE PHOTO ABOVE. If I shared this location with you, we’d stop mid apex, clip out, and step carefully on the road, and try not to slip.

tires

Water-siping tread pattern

The Zipp Tangete Course 28s retail for $65.00 USD and are available from a shop near you or online. I run them at no more than 100 psi, when I descended that corner earlier this week, they were at about 85 PSI. The Tangete Courses are on my rain bike, it’s built up with SRAM Force 22 and a Quarq.

The Specs

  • High performance sport and training tire
  • 28mm (R28) and 30mm (R30) widths
  • 120tpi nylon casing
  • Nylon puncture protection layer under tread
  • 260 grams (R28), 306 grams (R30)
  • 33.15 watts of rolling resistance @ 40kph (with Zipp butyl tube)
  • 70 ShA durometer rubber (Shore A)
  • New water-siping tread pattern
  • Comfortable in rough conditions

Parse those bullet points to mean: a high quality, rainy conditions tire, with high volume for a comfortable ride.

HT to Ben Moses for the edits on the road photo. Thanks Ben!



Vintage Counterfeit

A few days ago I wrote about counterfeit carbon that people buy off of eBay or from dodgy internet sites, and I remembered that counterfeit bikes are nothing new. I mean, it’s not like carbon fiber is some sort of new conduit for IP theft…like a flaw in a phone app that allows unscrupulous cads to steal delicious selfies off of Scarlett Johansson’s iPhone. Once upon a time, bikes were made of steel tubes and lugs that anyone could buy. Sure, there were differences in craftsmanship…in the way a lug was thinned or a dropout tang was filed, but it was often much more subtle than today’s counterfeit carbon frames. Further confusing things is the fact that a larger European frame maker would employ a staff of craftsmen; you’d have to be daft to think every Colnago frameset was individually caressed by the hands of Ernesto himself. And each of those workers may have worked for other brands or just as easily made their own frames on the side, using the same techniques and sometimes the same materials. And after that, a frame coated in a thick layer of chrome and the typically indifferent 1970s-era Italian paint jobs…how would you know?

Just because a bike has a Cinelli bottom bracket shell, that doesn’t mean it’s a Cinelli.

Well, it still takes a lot of effort and skill to make a mediocre steel frame, and unlike shite carbon frames, they usually give warning before they separate at the head tube. So maybe riding an off-brand steel bike back in the day wasn’t necessarily a perilous venture. However I have seen vintage bikes that were revealed to have failed at the seat stay/dropout junction….simply because some craftsman in a small shack in Europe 35 years ago had left the junction filled with mainly flux rather than brass. If that had been a more critical stress area…like a fork blade……

On my way out of Trader Joe’s one day, I saw a “De Rosi” bicycle; never heard the name before I saw it on that down tube. The internal cable routing, cable guides on either side of the head tube, and “decor” style paint suggest early to mid-90s Italy. Was there an actual framebuilder named De Rosi? Or was this a half-hearted attempt pass it off as a De Rosa? I doubt I’ll ever know.

I guess I could have waited for the owner to come out, like a creepy stalker, but I had a load of frozen Trader Joe’s taquitos in my messenger bag. I threw a leg over the chipped, red tubes of my 1983 Sannino road bike. Years after he made this particular frameset, Mauro Sannino stopped making bikes under his own name and began designing and building frames for the German brand Corratec. Today Corratec offers a signature model of custom carbon frames, handmade by Mauro.



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