Gizmodo on the new Madone; US frames sweep jerseys

Gizmodo | Trek Madone: The Bike That Owned the Tour De France

Great Tour for Discovery Channel, taking 1st overall, 3rd overall, the team competition, the white jersey, and two stage wins.

But it was an even better Tour for US frame manufacturers, who swept the jerseys and two of three podium places.

Discovery Channel was responsible for much of that success on Trek’s Madone and Equinox TTX frames, with Contador in yellow and white, Leipheimer in 3rd with a win in Stage 19’s time trial, and Yaroslav Popovych in 8th on the overall classification.

Interestingly, the team was for once a generation behind what you’ll be able to buy this fall: Trek’s new OCLV Red/’08 Madone 6.9 frames won’t be available to the team before the end of the racing season, so the team mostly raced on rebadged Madone 5.2 frames.

Quick Step’s Tom Boonen finally won his 1st green jersey (and two stages), and he did it on a carbon Tarmac SL2.

And the biggest surprise of the Tour was probably King of the Mountains Mauricio Soler, who rocked the Tour’s climbs on Cannondale’s System Six/Super Six. Cannondale also got stage wins from Filippo Pozzato of Liquigas, Robbie Hunter of Barloworld, and Soler.

Canada’s Cervelo also had a great Tour, with Fabian Cancellara winning the prologue on their P3 Carbon and Stage 3 on the SLC-SL, while wearing the yellow jersey for a week.

Also: | Levi Leipheimer’s Discovery Channel Trek Madone

Big tires and even bigger wheels

big_tire.jpg One of the most liberating things about Bettie is the big tires; Big Apples from Schwalbe to be exact. They’re like that cruiser bike you had as a kid, where you just roll over everything: through a field, over a curb, on gravel, potholes … whatever. They also have a magic carpet ride about them and Schwalbe calls big-apple equipped bikes, Balloon Bikes. Not sure how that marketing program is working, but we’re seeing bikes with big tires on The Ride, Batavus Diva, and even Dahons.

Big tires are cool, bigger is better, but what I’m don’t know about is the 650B wheels (which measure 27.5” in diameter, half-way between 26” and 29” wheels) discussed this week in Bicycle Newswire.

Question is whether or not the world needs another wheel size?

Valet Bike Parking

I saw valet bike parking in Beijing at nearly everyplace cars would park. I’ve heard about the very particular bike parking in Japan and now from Streetfilms, we’ve got parking at Giants Stadium …

Photo of the Day: Fat guy in spandex

fatguyinspandex-1-01.jpg It’s been a while since we ran a photo of the day, until I saw this photo from Swobo’s blog … Oh yeah! Reminds me of Chris Farley’s Fat Guy in a Little Coat.

In the bike shop: Ti is back

While some would argue that Ti frames never left, they don’t get the respect they used to with all the industry focus on carbon these days. But in the latest issue of Road Bike Action they feature top Ti frames, including a new Litespeed that’s sub 800 grams. I’ve owned 3 ti frames and another, our Modal project, is being built now.

I race on carbon, just like any roadie, but when it’s time for a tour, all-day ride, endless hours in the rain, or just commuting, Ti is it for me.


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