Giro Empire Limited Edition Gold 03/17/2014


giro_gold_01When the original empire shoes came out I must admit I wasn’t sure about the whole idea of going back to “lace-ups”, purely from an aesthetic perspective, but also from the fear of having a lace wrap itself nicely into a chain ring. I have gotten so used to the velcro and latch systems of various shoes over the years I had forgotten that this is actually where it all started and worked just fine for decades. It might also have been the colors that GIRO chose on launch with, that grey and bright green just was never going to be seen on my feet. Then along comes this version, which just seems to have gotten everything right. A limited edition in collaboration with Competitive Cyclist gets the balance between retro looks and modern design just right.

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Categories: The Other Stuff

San Martino di Castrozza 03/15/2014


San_MartinoAs we approach national “Being Irish” day I bring to you the climb of San Martino Di Castrozza. And why has this anything to do with Ireland, it is in the Dolomites after all? Well even though the fist people to carve a road up there was a religious order to build the hospice of Saints Martino and Giuliano, in 1873 the famous Irish traveller John Ball built the first hotel there turning it into a resort for the rest of us. Ball was the first president of the Alpine Club writing the Alpine Guide. Regularly found in the Giro and the Giro Del Trentino I am glad we were able to contribute a little more than Guinness and Whiskey.

Categories: Races / Routes

Colnagold


gold_01 gold_02This one deserves to be placed in a museum as a representation of the pinnacle of finish for our two wheeled friends. A custom project by Vintage Luxury Cycles of Spain, they have taken a timeless Colnago Master and finished it with the ultimate classic spec. The paint is a white pearl with BMW “Marrakech” brown detailing. The group set is Campagnolo Record first generation with 24 karat gold plating. Incredible.

Categories: Design / Rides

A Moulton Speed 02/23/2014


Moulton_SpeedA very slick Moulton Speed kitted out with Campy Super Record. If you are going to go “folding” there is no need to compromise. This thing will move.

Categories: Design / Rides

Giro Apparel 02/17/2014


giro_kitThe new kit from GIRO looks pretty amazing. Nice tailored fits and good use of materials, but man can I get my hands on any? Nope. All the good pieces out of stock, pretty much everywhere. It is a shame because the stuff looks really good and as spring approaches we are all back in the market for a few pieces. Seems like a massive missed opportunity especially when you have made something so nice.

Categories: Design / Kit

Bicycle San Francisco 02/23/2014


SFBDespite some brutal inclines when you visit San Francisco you will be surprised at how bicycle friendly the city actually is. With near on perfect weather (compared to the east coast) the city has embraced the bike as a way of getting around. Dwight Eschliman is a cycling loving photographer based out of the city. His studio is right on one of those routes into the city that is loved by all types of riders, this gave him the idea of documenting the riders he met along that route. Instead of portraits he tells the story of these riders by documenting their bikes. Every bike has its own story, and the details you find in the zoom in to the beautifully shot images revealing each riders personality. As the project lives on it will be an interesting anthropological study of the Bay Area riding scene and their bikes. It is amazing sometimes what people choose to get around on.

B I C Y C L E    S A N    F R A N C I S C O

Categories: Design / The Other Stuff

3D Printed Helmets 02/19/2014


3d_helmetsThe 3D printing trend continues. Right off the back of the 3D printed frame comes these multi-colored helmets from Stratasys, all done in one mould (or print if you like).

Categories: The Other Stuff