From The Saddle: Cream Hill Road 11/10/2013
Cambium: A layer of delicate meristematic tissue between the inner bark or phloem and the wood or xylem is the name of the new Brooks rubberized saddle. Made from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton canvas, with an additional thin layer of structural textile added for protection, they have created a very unique looking and functional saddle. The outer layer is made to be waterproof and combined with a rubber under-layer gives the same comfortable feel usually associated with a well broken in leather saddle. The frame that all this is wrapped around is designed to be completely replaceable by the rider. As will all Brooks saddles this one is designed with longevity in mind – a saddle for life. The saddle shape follows their famous B17 saddle and eventually a narrower version will be on the market that follows the narrower B15 Swallow saddle (one of our favorite looking saddles). The overall look is one of a fine crafted piece of art. I would love to see it in black.
Hand made in Portland Oregon and designed to be and look fast, beautifully crafted with a fine layer of paint. Steel and aluminum Cross and Road frames, with a motto of “If you’re reasonably serious about your riding but not too serious about yourself, give us a shout. We’d love to build you a bike.
Wherever they are, find them, they serve the best brew in the city. Although I have a sneaky suspicion they will be positioned somewhere nice and convenient for the prologue, and maybe even up on the Glens for the road stage (I hope that H Van can make it up the grade). There are the usual coffee chain suspects all over Belfast now, but there are a few speciality brews worth searching out if you take your coffee seriously. ATTRIDGE AND COLE have been around for a few years now and have established themselves in the community and amongst the cycling community. Presented in a beautifully converted Citroen H Van they serve up Bailie’s Coffee freshly roasted and ground alongside their home made pastries. Believe me it will become your morning and afternoon brew as you drool over the carbon and team buses during the Giro.
Just over a year ago I was lucky enough to sit in on a meeting at HP/Labs and have them demonstrate their expertise in sensor technologies. It was pretty amazing what they were able to detect, and at the time I wondered how some of this type of tech would trickle down to the consumer (and rider). See.Sense is a great example of sensors being applied to an every day use, and making it better in the process. The See. Sense light first off doesn’t have a switch, it just detects your movement and switches on. It tracks you as you ride increasing its use and intensity when you need it most. It does this by sensing you in situations like approaching a road junction or passing through a tunnel, and increasing the lights intensity and blink rate to make you more visible. This increases the lights run-time by only putting it at full strength when you need it most, allowing the design to stay in a relatively small package.
See.Sense has also added a couple of design features that I think take this light further again. Most of the lights we use have a narrow single direction beam, which is great if you need to be visible from that direction. See.Sense introduced a Fresnel lens to the product that opens up the beam allowing it to be seen from the sides as well, illuminating the rider and the road around them. They are getting a 12 hour runtime (it is USB rechargeable) with a front light giving off 150 lumens and the rear light 90. See.Sense is currently raising funds via Kickstarter and have a very detailed production and business plan put together. Check out their site for more details at seesense.cc , and you can contribute to their Kickstarter here. This is a very cool project that makes technology affordable and impactful for everyone.
Categories: The Other Stuff
For 2014 Condor have made some significant updates to their already amazing Super Acciaio steel frame. The custom rolled Columbus tubing is now 150g lighter and the oversized steel press-fit bottom bracket is made from a single piece of billet. A frame that is designed with Crit racing in mind the chain-stays have also had a curve added that prevents “chain-slapping” common with corner accelerations when the chain slaps against the inside of the stay causing it to chip. I currently ride one of the older frames and on the medium hills around here is handles itself really well, I can only imagine the 200g savings on the frame and fork on the new model it will climb even better. The frame was recently tested in the Tour Of Britain with the Rapha JLT team, when Kristian House raced it in the last stage. The one below has been tested on various terrain this year with team rider McCallum who went through 15 variations to get the frame to feel the same as his carbon Leggero rig.