Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour

Thanks to Mark V and his connections, I was able to stop into the Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour held in Bellevue, WA yesterday. Lots of new stuff targeted to the “shop crowd” - so mostly race parts for both mtn and road bikes. Some cool new stuff coming out - mostly in their pre-built wheels offerings. The stuff I wanted to see the most - they didn’t have. The Alfine group is so compelling - I really wanted to see a bike built up with it and give it a ride, but no luck. I did get some good print and DVD promotional material on it which will keep me drooling for a while.

Dynamo%20Wheel.JPG They had a rather cool complete front Dynamo wheel on display - forgeting to recharge the light is no longer a problem






Cranks.JPG The trickle-down continues: FC-R600 cranks look like DuraAce, but cost less than 105







Pro_TT.JPG Pro%20Bars.JPG Shimano is bringing their PRO line of parts across the pond in 2007


Tiagra.JPG The new Tiagra stuff shown here is in fact 9sp. To get the 10sp trickle-down for less, check out the ST-R700 shifters






Wheels.jpg LOTS of wheels on display - the new Dura Ace tubeless road wheels, some nice carbon rims, and more Ultegra, 105, Dura Ace, XTR, and XT



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pedals but Were Afraid to Ask

pedal.jpgSome people have a thing for stamps, some dig Hummel figurines, still others collect shot glasses. However, it takes a true connoisseur to appreciate the art of the pedal.

Hat Tip: The Goat



Another motorist and cyclist accident in Seattle

I was waiting for more details on the latest motorist and cyclist collision in Seattle before posting. While the cause is still unclear, reporter Amy Rolph updated the story today with a footnote …

Wednesday’s accident was the latest in a chain involving motorists and cyclists in the city. More than 900 cyclists have been injured in Seattle since 2001, and five have been killed. Two of those deaths happened last year.

I don’t know exactly what’s causing these crashes and deaths, but hopefully the Master Plan will address it. I maybe naive, but when I’m in Portland and see all the bike lanes, I think that’s got to make a huge difference and hope that the city can get out there and paint more lanes.

Also, sometime in Seattle’s future, the city planners may think of ways to de-emphasize the car and make the city full of transportation alternatives.



Why doesnt’ everybody do this?

IMAGE_094.jpgThe high-pressure system has been sitting over Seattle for a while now. Sure there’s a burn ban and the air quality is “moderate”, but there’s nothing like a clear morning in the Pacific Northwest. Today, like every other day, was a great day for riding to work.



Cargo Bikes Spotted in Portland

I was at a Peets last week in Portland and didn’t get my camera out in time to snap the cargo bike as it rolled past the window (I think the Peets customers were also alarmed that I jumped up so quickly to look at a bike). Todd had tipped me that box bikes were en route and now has the photos and more info.

Also, Marcus reminded me that Seattle has got some cargo bikes as well and Aaron is working on them.



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