From Japan (Part 1): Grunge Lives at Y’s Bike Shop in Akasaka!

In Akasaka neighborhood of Tokyo.

I am kinda clueless to what this logo signifies on this bike stem. It’s a reasonably nice stem, like a Ritchey but polished. If I spoke better Japanese, I would have asked for an “It’s Techno” stem, or maybe an “It’s Indie Rock” stem.

Wait a minute….there’s profit to made in these ideas.

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Bike Hugger in Montreal

Pro cyclist Jennifer Reither wrote to say

Bike hugger Tees are still on the road, now in Montreal. Team Bike Hugger sponsored us an the Redlands Classic in March. My teammate and I Jennifer Wilson decided to jump into the World Cup and Grand Tour in Montreal. We take our bike hugger shirts to every race. Fans love em

Love the hugga! Read more about Jennifer racing at Redlands on the Team Bike Hugger blog. And see shirt photos in our Flickr photostream.



Madone as art



Carbon Brake Pads!

Ok, the oft-asked, much debated, and a bit confusing question on brake pads came up for me this weekend at a hilly race when a set of Kool Stop carbons squealed like Lindsay Lohan at a Hollywood coke party.

I had run just regular Dura Ace pads on my Hed Stinger 50s with no problem, but understand with the heat and descents they’ll melt with disastrous results. So I switched to the Kool Stop and they were fine for the first hour, then the horrible squeal started.

So what do you do? Live with the squeal, use a different pad, what?



2008 Trek Madone

Trek launches the 2008 Madones with a brochure site and lots of new technology, including a oversized 90mm wide bottom bracket shell, no headsets, seatmast, new carbon designations, and a fuselage approach. Responding to their competitors, like Specialized, Trek is coming out firing with a “we invented carbon bikes” approach and a frame that’s a half-pound lighter

By de-emphasizing specific materials and instead focusing the discussion on our OCLV Carbon process “ a process we invented 16 years ago and have been refining ever since - Trek can leverage our manufacturing, engineering, and design expertise to underscore the unique nature of our carbon fiber frames: a difference we’re confident makes for the best carbon fiber frames on the planet.

Just last month, I glowingly reviewed the Specialized Tarmac SL, another bike emphasizing technology. I’ve ridden Madones for years, reviewed them positively, and they’re great, solid, racing bikes, but have relied on 16-year old tube and lug technology.

Looks like Trek is changing the game again. More reactions

Updated

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