Thursday, December 31, 2009
On Tuesday Christian Vande Velde addressed controversy of whether Garmin or even Astana chased down George Hincapie, preventing him from taking the yellow jersey. He even chuckled/grimaced and acknowledged that the question is becoming some what ubiquitous at these events. For the record, Christian said Garmin was just following orders to get to the front and that the orders did not convey any urgency against George. When Matt White (DS for Garmin) told the team to get to the front he did, no questions. In the end he said George Hincapie is a close friend and even stood at his wedding. Down the road off the bike he said that friendship is what will be on his mind, not the 09 Tour.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
When I first rode with Todd Hero I thought he looked pretty strong, but looks can be deceiving. I can only speak for myself but I was never put under pressure. Come to think of it I do not recall him taking a pull either. And I believe it was after his first loop that Todd sat in the car cramping up for the drive back into the city and a source tells me that Todd actually shed a tear or two.
At the most recent Double Loop (AKA Prairie Roubaix), Todd Hero was suffering from a cold and appeared weak. You’ll recall from a couple of sentences ago about looks and how they can deceive. They did it again. Todd was stronger than he looked. Indeed, he proved to be so strong that some other strong riders from the vaunted Half-Acre cycling team invited him to join. Congratulations Todd!
Isaiah Hero is co-rider of the year. I believe I only rode with Isaiah on the occasion of the Double Loop, so much of my knowledge is anecdotal or made up. Isaiah is a celebrated marathoner and only started riding last year. Poor sap rides a Redline cross bike. I think it is made of some archaic material such as iron or steel. But he rides that bike faster than some of us ride light-weight carbon fiber European bikes. He’s been known to ride close - close enough to bump bars, but is that his fault or due to a lack of skill on the other rider’s part? Am I mistaken or did I hear that Isaiah pipped his mate Zach on the line to win the spring double loop? A move worthy of Bernard Hinault, and there is nothing wrong with that. As the Badger would say, “He has a head, two arms, two legs, just as I.” Cheers Isaiah!
This saddle is up on the auction block as well. I adjusted too well to the regal and everytime I rode the rolls I wished I was on the regal. The gold trim as represented in black and white is a nice touch. When I think of a bike saddle this is what I think of. It was the saddle of choice for a generation and the great Andrea Tafi won Roubaix and Flanders sitting on one.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Over double the fatigue life of any other production models we tested. The tube and head of the Thomson seatpost are integral-machined from one single piece of high strength 7000 series aluminum. The head is not pressed or bonded in. This allows for superior strength and minimum weight, allowing higher strength at low weights.
I noticed on the gallery portion of LH Thomson site this photograph, no doubt illustrating the strength of said seatpost. Though visually blunt it gives me alot of confidence in the product.
When Jonathan and I reentered cycling about seven years ago it was due to a breakup that was caused by location not interest. I went to Chicago and he went to Boston. In Graduate school we made art and though we rode whatever was around in our respective cities it was folly to be obsessed with Mtn Bikes in Chicago/Boston and we did not even venture a wish for some old Merckx frame or a Serotta built 7/11 bike due to the fact that we were always broke.
So now seven years later I have decided that if I buy one more bike related thing I needed to get rid of all the excess bike related things I have acquired. The decision is financial and practical. I have no room in my conscience, my wallet or in my studio for any additions without sacrifice. So I am saying goodbye in general to alot of things (not all cycling) so I can breathe a little. So I am saying hello to a new frame in a few days but goodbye to a whole lot more. I am glad I took this picture, especially the one on top. I can remember how beautiful a pantographed Eddy Merckx 3ttt stem was and is. Thing was too long anyway.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Hired Gun for Cofidis, by David DJ Millar.
"I was a kid, ...just a teenager for most of my career. very lucky...turned pro at 19 and was already very successful at a very early age. Pimped... I totally dictated what I did when I wanted, I had no boundaries...didn't care about anything - no money, no results, bump bump bump..."
"Teams are much more responsible now - at least ours is. I don't know about other teams. I take a great deal of pride making sure the young guys aren't like I was when I was younger. I was just left - I was like a hired gun for Cofidis at a young age Yo. Gun...Hired Gun for Cofidis...
"I made a decision when I was banned; I decided if I was going to come back I had a responsibility to tell people about what happened to me, the mistakes I made, the regrets I made, the regrets, the regrets... I had," "If I was going to come back from the dark side, I was always going to have that baggage dragging behind me, behind me. been proud of what I've achieved and what I represent."
Sounded like a script to a rap song even without my additions...hmmm
Film Review to come.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
At the time I said to him that all the Hero's should get full DV jersey and bib sets and scare the fine folks of Wheaton next summer but after looking at the expression on the mannequin I have realized I was wrong. We need to get the socks and arm warmers as well.