Hydraulic Shifting by 5rot

umwerfer_gross.jpg The Goat tipped us to a $2K hydraulic shifting system that’s made by 5rot. The shifters are “nearly frictionless, light, and accurate and cost 2k!” And must be marketing to the dude that doesn’t want his bike to look like anyone elses and cost lots more. Snark aside, I’ll give 5rot props for the industrial form and function of the design – anyone remember Shimano’s multiple attempts at air shifting? Or Mavic’s ill-fated electro shifter?

Hydraulic shifting reminded me of Bettie (shifting under big loads, makes one think of hydraulics, electronics, or a damn belt drive).

Santa Barbara Rides

On Saturday, I’l start riding the roads and training in Santa Barbara with the boys and Pam. We’ll ride the same routes as the Tour of California, up into Solvang, and those parts and I’ll blog it all.

Upcoming Product Reviews

Just as I was heading out for a trip to NYC, packages from Ibex Clothes and Nutcase Helmets arrived. Add those products to the Hed wheels, PrincetonTec, Giro shoes and we’ve got some reviewing to do. Maybe I can do them all at once on Bettie!

In Gainesville: The Name of The Rose

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Earlier this month I escaped Seattle’s damp, chill grasp and ran away to my sunny hometown of Gainesville, Florida. I had 4 goals: see some relatives, ride with my homies on the country roads of Hogtown, do a bike race, and see a girl. No one’s really interested in my relatives, and so let’s skip to my friends. Goals #3 and 4 will be an entirely different entries.

Bikes and Media at Intel

More interesting that the contrasting old v. young and laptop are the two bikes in the background of this poster for Intel’s Leap Ahead™ vision. The poster also caught my attention because next month I’ll blog from Beijing about bikes (of course), but also the pace of change in China. I had read that bikes still outnumber cars in China, but I’m expecting that’s rapidly changing.

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