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Month: August 2010

Moncler Gamme Bleu

Moncler Gamme Bleu

In June of this year, the Vigorelli velodrome became home to a fashion show during Milan’s mens fashion week.  Thom Browne’s Gamme Bleu collection for Moncler, inspired by the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia was on display- models riding around the velodrome to an orchestral version of Queen’s “Bicycle Race” and to Kraftwerks “Tour de France.”  I appreciate non-traditional venues for events, and an aged velodrome makes for an interesting fit for something like a fashion show.  You can see more of Moncler HERE– including the jackets designed by T.I….

Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2011 Runway from LAT Videos on Vimeo.

See more photos from Style.com (photos above taken from their site) HERE

Lost Summer- 9/4

Lost Summer- 9/4

Hey Seattle!  Think your summer is all but lost- there is an alleycat on September 4th where all who mourn it’s passing can come out, race bikes, and revel in the fact that we have a long wet winter ahead of us…

Meet at Volunteer Park (I assume by the donut statue) at 2pm on 9/4

Race at 3pm.  $5 entry.

If you’re in town, get down!  Glad to see people throwing races!

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This weekend in Seattle

This weekend in Seattle

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Meet at 5pm to hang out and enjoy tunes by DJ NLJB

Music by Concours d’Elegance and Sap’N at 7pm

Short films followed by Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at dusk (around 9pm)

And on Sunday…

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Come down to the Boxcar Alehouse in Magnolia (3407 Gilman Avenue West) for Emerald Sprints!  Lots of bike parking and good times to be had.  Register at 6pm race from 7-9.  Don’t be a stick in the mud spokes, come out and support!  There is even a FACEBOOK page for it!

Penny Farthing Friday (animal edition)

Penny Farthing Friday (animal edition)

It’s been a while since a penny farthing has made it up on the blog.  Using the survey that was posted last week as a guide, I came to find out that people other than myself have a soft spot for those beautifully dangerous machines of simpler times and harder skulls.  No promises as to the consistency of penny farthing posts, but we’ll give it a go.

“Toad on a penny farthing” or, “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Los Angeles”

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Graphite and white ink on tea dyed BFK Rives paper.

Single Speed Cyclocross bikes…

Single Speed Cyclocross bikes…

Bike racing isn’t cheap.  In fact it may be one of the most expensive sports that a person can take part in.  Pound for pound… add up the broken parts, upgrades, spandex, race entry fees, travel to races…. it makes frisbee golf sound much more appealing (not really.)  For those of us that aren’t flush with dollars or don’t get hookups, but still can’t shake the bug- we watch from the sidelines, or race alleycats.  Fret not.  There is a lesser known side of bike racing- the single speed category.  The singlespeed category lends more of a blue collar feel to the whole approach, often the requirements for a bike are slightly less stringent- encouraging participation more than a strict adhesion to the rulebook..  Single Speeding is bike racing for people that don’t make six figure incomes- (by six figures I don’t mean the numbers to the right of the decimal, silly.)

As you likely know, Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be taking Seattle by storm this October, and it’s time that you get that bike built up.  Single speed cyclocross may be one of the most affordable forms of bike racing one can get involved in.  Single speeds; whether they be track bikes, mountain bikes, or cyclocross bikes- are much more affordable, simpler and therefore easier to maintain than their geared counterparts.

Below are just a few offerings that are out there- some are current models, while others like the Bianchi Roger and the Tricross don’t seem to be in production anymore.  Of course you can find bargains on Craigslist and Ebay, as well as at swaps and garage sales.  Buying used will reduce your carbon footprint too- so go buy that Big Mac at McDonalds without any guilt.

Complete Bikes

All- City Nature Boy Complete MSRP $899

This bike looks great and seems thoughtfully built.  All-City has been doing wonderful stuff whether it be on the fixed gear, polo, and now CX front.  At $899 complete it looks to be a pretty good deal.

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Felt Bicycles Breed Complete MSRP $999

Aluminum frame and a carbon fork- the Breed has not seen any changes from 2010 to 2011.  Very classy looking-  Black and Belgian Blue…

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Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO complete MSRP $895 ($399 delivered)

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Raleigh One Way complete MSRP $770

Something like the “little old lady from Pasadena,” don’t underestimate this bike.  The One Way has the same geometry as the Raleigh RX (their cross bike.) With a Reynolds steel frame and a 4130 cross fork it comes with some great accessories to make it good looking commuter as well.  (You get serious style points if you race it as pictured)

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Swobo Crosby Single Speed complete MSRP $999

An alloy frame and carbon fork, more of an “all-purpose” bike than either a road or cross frame.  Another multipurpose bike for those that don’t have space, or cash for a whole stable of bikes.

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Framesets

Raleigh SSCXWC frameset MSRP $700

This aluminum frame and carbon fork was the limited edition SSCXWC paint scheme for their 2009 offering.  I can say matter of factly that this year there will be something new coming out for SSCXWC and it will be available to purchase soon- and it’s going to be very different from what you’ve seen before.

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Traitor Cycles Crusade SS frameset MSRP $699

This bike looks really clean as well and I love the blue.  Columbus tubing and a Columbus fork which is great- it shows good attention to detail when it comes to cable routing as well.

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Discontinued?

Bianchi Roger Complete MSRP $1099

This seems to be a 2007 model, which Bianchi discontinued?  Oddly enough, disc brakes were made legal by the UCI this year- maybe they’ll bring it back?

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2010 Kona Majorone Complete MSRP $1099- Kona Race Light Scandium frame and a carbon fork.

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Specialized Tricross Single Complete MSRP $910

Looks to be from 2008…

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Anybody have any other recommendations for SS Cross bikes under $1100?  What are you going to be riding this year?

Emerald Sprints this Sunday- The Final Four begins…

Emerald Sprints this Sunday- The Final Four begins…

SUNDAY AUGUST 29TH AT THE BOXCAR ALEHOUSE

EMERALD SPRINTS

REGISTER AT 6PM, RACING 7-9PM

Emerald Sprints.  If you haven’t been to an event yet, they are really coming to a head.  There are four more events planned (one in Bellingham) and they will all come down to the Regional Finals on September 10th.

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If you haven’t been in a while- you should know a couple things.

  1. Our gearing has changed. Some folks didn’t like the fact that we were running freewheels.  Well we FIXED that.  We are now running 53×14- Fixed gear- with 165mm crank arms.  This matched with a 23c trainer tire and no resistance on the rollers, make speeds of over 50mph possible…
  2. We are using clips and cages.  If you run clipless pedals, I would suggest you bring or borrow a pair of street shoes- clipless shoes have been known to pop out.
  3. DO NOT ROLL BACKWARDS.  People do.  I don’t know why, but even after they are told time and time again, they roll backwards.  What happens is the rear wheel falls off the roller in less an one second.  This can damage the cable that the magic runs through to make the image on the screen move.  You don’t want to mess with the magic do you?
  4. The distance has increased.  We are now doing sprints of 500m.  Finals are 1000m.  Ouch.
  5. You don’t have to plan to win to race.. Sprints are fun- grudge matches are races that involve you and a friend- winner gets bragging rights.  Do a beer sprint- see who’s fastest at beers AND bikes.
  6. It’s about fun.  Bikes are about fun.  If you aren’t having fun, then you are doing it wrong.

Thanks to Robert at Bunnyhawk put together this flier for the final four.

VELO-ciraptor

VELO-ciraptor

That guy Karl…  Always so witty and with drawings that put a smile on my face- this one was too good to wait for Penny Farthing Friday- so we’ll just make a Dinosaur Wednesday posting.

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