More aero wheel wisdom: the nature of the question

By day, I work at a high-end bicycle shop that happens to be two blocks from the bustling Pike Place Market, Seattle’s cruise ship terminals, and the neighborhood meth-dealers. Needless to say, we get a WIDE range of people coming into the shop. Aside from people I have to forcibly remove after they surrender my merchandise, a lot of people regardless of cycling experience ask me questions like, “Which wheels are the fastest?”

Well, different companies have different answers to that question…strangely enough their answer is usually their own wheel. So are they bluffing, because they can’t all have the fastest, right? The truth is that it depends a lot on how you ask the question.

Economic Indicators

The checks we’ve done with our local bike shops show strong sales, lots of customers, and really frazzled mechanics. I also heard that CleverCycles ran out of stock, and closed for two weeks to take a break from their phenomenal success.

xTracycles, Big Dummys, Kona Utes are all beating expectations in sales. And we’ve also heard a retro-attack is planned from manufacturers. Note that I don’t know if a shop has ever closed midsummer, because sales were so good.

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What are you seeing in your local area and bike shops?

Tour 08 Snark: Week One

  • What is Saab going for with that “turbo” commercial? Annoying to get attention like those HeadOn ads? “apply directly to the forehead. apply directly to the forehead. apply directly to the forehead.”

  • Phil’s been despising the use of race radios for like 100 years now.

  • Bobke and Hummer don’t got the spark like Trautwig and Bobke did.

  • It’s one thing to make a statement with your coverage and another entirely to run a “backwards” ad that shows a champion who’s not been found to dope and is still racing. Zabel should not be in that ad.

  • Why no women reporters covering the tour, the towns, the human interest? Is Le Tour a boys club?

  • I’d like to see “Tapout” get on bikes and ride up a climb in their clothes line.

Other notes:

  • New iTV podcast
  • The cameras and Tour coverage gets better every year
  • I’d like to see an unabridged ask Bobke thread and I’d ask:

Bobke: How do you reconcile the fact that Lance turned his back on the sport after not finding a sponsor for his team and 9 months later, we’ve got two American squads with big sponsors?

Bettie @ Bizjam

Bikes welcome at Bizjam Seattle 08.

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Summer Seattle Velocouture

Summer Seattle dapperness. More about Vélocouture, after the jump.

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