The Onomichi-U2 Hotel A Cycling Destination 02/28/2015


U2_HotelOk it might be a once in a lifetime trip, but if you ever get the chance the Onomichi-U2 Hotel in Hiroshima looks pretty amazing, especially if you ride. Imagine a hotel where they welcome you riding right up to the reception desk to check in (instead of pretending that the large black box on wheels is a massage table or Trombone). Where they actively encourage you to hang your bike on the wall in your room (instead of balancing it on the small desk in the corner to make room). Where they provide service areas to do any traveling maintenance (instead of scrubbing the lube stains out of the carpet in your room). Such a place exists – coupled with amazing food and retail, Onomichi looks like a great destination. Right out the door is the Shimanami Kaido Bike Path, that takes a beautiful route across numerous bridges onto a network of islands out to Shikoku Island.

Onomichi-U2 Hotel

Categories: Design / Rides

This Leggero Gets Some Beautiful New Paint 01/10/2015


Condor_LegerroReally liking the new Condor JLT Team paint job on the excellent Leggero, With a new kit sponsor and lots of new riders it is a fresh start for the team in 2015. Best of luck! Can’t wait to get back to London to see this in the flesh and hopefully get to see the new SL version ridden by Christian House in Colorado.

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A Stunning Cinelli Supercorsa Pista In Pink 12/07/2014


CinelliSometimes to get a bike this perfect, and this bike really is perfect in every aspect, it takes a really long time. In this case three years. The frames are custom made in Italy by Cinelli and the design and paint was created by Ignazio Lacitignola, a designer from San Franciso. The build list is pretty impressive. A classic Cinelli alloy cockpit. The drive train is Campy Record Pista originally designed for the velodrome and now found on classic street builds like this beauty. Laced up to the Campy hubs are some polished H-Plus Son rims. As you would expect with a build of this quality it is going to hit your wallet pretty hard at $5250. But if you are looking for something that stands out this is a good place to start.

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Categories: Classic / Design / Rides

Above Category And Argonaut 11/16/2014


AC_ArgonautAbove Category continue to curate and stock some of the best brands in the sport. Fitting with their beautiful new space is the addition of Argonaut frames. Also nice to see a bike that isn’t the classic black on black. It is hard to beat a beautiful white paint job (also nice with a fade off highlight color). Reminds me of one of my favorite frames, the white LOOK 595 ridden by Thor “The Good Of Thunder” and CA.

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Favorite Bikes Of 2014: Mosaic RS-1 12/30/2014


mosaicThis beautiful Mosaic RS-1 was put together by Above Category in California. Anyone that has concerns that a steel bike just can’t get light enough should have those concerns put to rest here. Mosaic have hit the perfect balance of keeping the ride quality of steel, and making a frame that can be built up light enough to be a climbing bike – Mosaic’s do come from Colorado after all. Chad and the team at AC have had this frame built up to be sitting between 13lbs – 14lbs, and that is not with any stupid light carbon parts – it was still an everyday ride. The frames come standard with the well respected Enve fork and Chris King headset. The frame geometry is custom as is also the bottom bracket. The AC builds are always beautifully spec’d and finished and I think this one has to be one of my favorites.

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Ritte Mavic 125 ANS Linited Edition Road Bike 11/23/2014


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If you are are looking for something special, something very unique, and want to do some good in the process this is your chance. This limited edition Ritte Vlaanderen 125 Year Anniversary bike is up for auction on eBay. It is a one of one edition, there is no other bike like it. Designed and painted by Spencer over at Ritte, all the money from this auction is going to the World Bicycle Relief Fund. If you fancy your chances you can try here. But as expected it is attracting some serious buzz. It is already sitting at $4111.00, which considering the spec. and pedigree of this ride is a pretty reasonable price.

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Fire Flies West 2014 10/01/2014


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The FireFlies ride is as close as I am going to get to living the life of a Pro. My job for the day was to get up and ride, finish in one piece and prepare myself for the next day. Our rider support was excellent, although all massage was self applied using “Pain” sticks. The camaraderie is the sort you only find when you pass through moments of suffering together, followed by moments of euphoria brought on by the consumption of Chocolate Milk or the “Double Andrea” (A dinner in which Andrea orders two main courses for everybody as starters). The group brings its own set of road rules, someone is always with the slowest rider, and weaker riders make experienced riders realize there is more to this all than just mashing on the front. We trash talk constantly, and anyone who appears to be riding well, showing moments of “Power”, attacking, or apparently having a birthday swiftly get punished the following day by having a shopping basket attached to their stealth black carbon masterpiece. Then there are the groups within the group. The “Lady Train” where men were ushered of wheels, or off the back. “The Sprinters” and I use that description liberally, this group was less about going fast at the end and more about climbing at one speed, not slow but not fast. Their rallying cry “We will descend like gods!” For the route, we may not have 10,000 ft Tour days but pulling the equivalent of 14 intervals that are each between a 2 and 3 mile climb each in sequence gets you close to the feeling of riding an ARDENNES day. We were still putting in 5000+ ft days, we seemed to do that a lot. The route is spectacular with most of it having the Pacific on your right shoulder and vineyards over your left. The wind is pretty much always in your back and the sun was out. A few times we looked across the road in wonder as to why Tourers were riding the other way in to the wind with bike five times heavier than us. As always the FireFlies never disappoints, and always exceeds expectations. The other expectation exceeded this year was raising $312K for the City Of Hope in LA. That is money that can make a difference, so thank you so much to everyone that contributed. There is already talk of whats next and potential recon rides on the east coast – but damn this one is hard to beat.

Large images and a full photo gallery here.

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