Monthly Archives: May 2012

Welcome To The Pack

This is my mate Paul who I grew up with back in Ireland. Paul grew up playing the hardmen sports of Gaelic football and Hurling (not for the faint of heart). I took a fair amount of ribbing growing up for riding around in lycra with shaved legs, but I knew I was on to a good thing. Well I am happy to say Paul has joined the lycra pack and taken up the bike. He got himself a nice Felt and some Elcyclista kit and just finished his first Sportive in the Mourne Mountains last weekend with a very respectable time. Next up the Wicklow 200. That should be a descent test!

Categories: Riders

Bike Pavilion + Cafe + Cycle Track

Dutch Architects NL Architects have designed this beautiful bike rental pavilion in the Hainan province of China. It’s uniqueness comes in the roof design. Originally conceived to help cool the building in the regions tropical climate, it also suggested a double function of a velodrome, on theme for the building use. Not really to full scale, no one is going to break any pursuit records on it, but it does add a whole other function to this gorgeous piece of architecture.

Categories: Design

Ode To A Sprinting Icon

For 8 years I have had this copy of L’Equipe
I keep it in and around where my bike sits
For me it represents a “Golden Age” in sprinting
Zabel, Boonen, O’Grady, Hushovd, and McEwen
You were (are) all legends
But you were my favorite, still are
I loved how the French commentators shouted your name
Seeing you burst out of a pack was a scary and amazing sight
You just never knew what to expect
It made us feel a little uneasy
You were unpredictable, all power and no fear
You were an entertainer
From pulling a “Wheelie” crossing the line at Alpe D’Huez
To “Head-Butting” Stuey at about 45mph – that was a first
Then there was the greatest sprint ever
Stage 1 in the 2007 Tour
Just how exactly did you do that?
You were on the ground with 20Km to go
And back on the back 5km out
Somehow you picked your way through
And showed up at the front with 100m to go
And still had time to salute
I have the frame in the picture above
I always introduce it as “the bike Robbie rode in 2004″
I am going to miss you in and around the pack
Although I have a feeling this won’t be the last we see of you

Chapeau Robbie – thanks for the memories,
And making the hairs on my neck stand up.


Categories: Riders

The Slide Luck Bikeshow NYC, May 19th

It is a cycling extravaganza of art, film, rides, music and raffles. Part of the National Bike Month celebrations in New York this looks like a great night out. Held on May 19th from 6pm – 9pm at Hostelling International Flagship at 891 Amsterdam avenue. Check out the link for more details If you are in town, like bikes and a good night out, this is where you should be on the 19th.

Categories: The Other Stuff

Nice Kit Spot With Leigh Holmes

Thanks to Leigh Holmes for buying full kit and then proceeding to get it in between some of my favorite riders, Russell and Dean Downing. Ever since I saw Russell kill a bunch of Pro Tour riders going up St Pats hill in Cork I have had nothing but respect. On one of the worst days I have seen to race in, and on a day when thousands turned out to see Lance Armstrong (who climbed off at the bottom of the hill), they got to see Russ survive a succession of attacks from HTC to take a massive result. Cheers Leigh – the socks are in the post.

Categories: Riders

This Guy….

… is my tip for winning the Giro (Scarponi the guy in pink, not the pooch). I watched him in person “testing his legs” at Liege-Bastogne-Liege going up La Redoute, and he was definitely holding something back. Or, he was just very dis-interested and a bit cold. He comes out better and better every year, and last years performance should have given him the confidence to go for the top step. Also, now supported by a bigger and better team as a true leader he will be fresher when he hits the very vertical last week. The Tifosi who love him will probably give him an extra few watts and a little push up the climbs as well. This is all what I am telling myself because he is leading my fantasy Giro team. This post may well of course have completely jinxed him.

Categories: Races / Riders

The Panniers Of Maastricht

The Panniers Of Maastricht might sound like a great name for a band, but that is not why I am posting. On our days away from the classics walking around Maastricht and Bruges it was pretty obvious that the primary way of getting around town was by bike, and in a country where commuters all look pretty much the same, some are making a huge effort to infuse a little bit of color and personality into their ride. We kept spotting these customer made panniers which definitely stood out against the grey stone streets and overcast skies. Incredibly practical and beautifully designed. Although on reflection sticking a larger than life shot of you kid on your bag might be taking it a little too far…


Categories: Design / The Other Stuff

Super Tresse 2000

They don’t do packaging like they used to. Some cloth bar tape that I found in Belgium (at the Exceller Bike Shop). The packaging also points to two very European branding trends. The first is adding in this case the word “Super” before a product to give you the impression that it is the best. The second is adding numbers after a name or brand to give you the impression it is new and innovative. Which of course is time locked, and gets dated very quickly. If they had really wanted to make the Tressoplast tape VERY modern, they should really have called it “Super Tresse 2000“.


Categories: Classic / Design / The Other Stuff