Hugg it out for August 27th

I was off most of last week, enjoying a few weekday rides, and getting detoured along the way, for this week …

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Masi Speciale SoulVille

For the Fall we’ll have to put together an urban bike shootout, as manufacturers announce products like the Masi Speciale SoulVille! – all the specs aside, I’ve just been staring at those fenders. What more will we find at Interbike? I’m thinking a lot.

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Note the Bianchi Milano influences, a bike that was ahead of its time, by about 7 years.

In the Bike Shop: Prompt Service

When the sun reigns in the Seattle sky, the citizens suddenly remember their sadly neglected bicycles. The bike shop is packed. I’m splitting time between tune-ups, the phone, sales reps, and everyone who wanders in off the street. I’m running on enough diet cola to kill an entire laboratory of mice.

Everyone wants to bring his or her machine in for service because they want to use the bike tomorrow, yet they’re all surprised at the backlog for mechanical work. I mean, it’s not my fault you waited until the last minute to have your bike fixed. Oh, but you were really hoping to go riding this weekend? Yeah, those guys who dropped off their bike last week had the same idea .a week before you.

The Perfect Pour

By removing the spouts from the bottom of an espresso group with “lasers”, the pour is all creme …

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Using a bottomless portafilter is like mainlining, freebasing, or the crack of caffeine and it takes practice. I blew threw a pound of beans working on the right grind, tamping, and fill. Occasionally channeling will occur, that’s the splashing you see on the Rancillio, but when you get it right, the perfect pour, it’s a cup of creme.

Detoured

Chuck and I were detoured during our ride yesterday to here and wondered for a while which way to go …

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