Every now and then a bike catches my eye and I just gotta snap a couple of shots. Luckily this owner – who was sitting right next to it – was gracious enough to allow me this indulgence.
The Danish website TV2 Sporten is reporting that Brian Holmes – currently of HTC Columbia – will move to work with the new Luxembourg based team of Frank and Andy Schleck. Brian’s contract with HTC Columbia expires at the end of this season. From the english translation of the original post, Brian Holmes is quoted as saying:
If you had asked me last week, I would have confirmed that I stop on HTC-Columbia. But I said to Brian Nygaard (CEO of Team Luxembourg, ed) that I need a couple extra days to think about me in
The Vuelta a Espana (or Tour of Spain) may be slightly lopsided this year. This year’s Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who is also the holder of the current UCI #1 world ranking, will not be participating in this year’s Vuelta. Contador’s contract with current team Astana ends right in the middle of the 3 week race, and Contador has already announced his move from Astana to Saxo Bank-Sungard for the next season.
Also absent from this year’s Veulta is Team Radio Shack. Bruyneel’s team was denied a wildcard spot in the race – apparently for not being a “good enough team” to compete.
Now all of you footballers (aka soccer players) can have a role model to inspire you to join the 15mpd movement! According to ghanasoccernet.com, Chelsea FC midfielder Michael Essian has decided to make his 10 mile round trip to the training grounds via bike – instead of sporting the Lamborghini.
Shocked Premier League buddies have even nicknamed the £120,000-a-week Ghana midfielder “Lance”, after Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong.
While the rest park up their Bentleys and Porsches, Michael, 27, cuts a cool figure in helmet and wraparound shades as he gets off his £1,300 two-wheeled racer.
— From “Michael Essian goes into cycling“
But watch out Essian! I just happen to know of another footballer that may just be nipping on your heels – both on the pitch and the bike!
Chloe finally got to get her hands dirty as we stripped off the old running gear from the Fisher mountain bike for our singlespeed build project. She’s biting at the bit to get her hands on the grinder and knock off the cantilever brake mount points. I may just have to claim jurisdiction over that operation.
A couple of folks have already asked how I plan on mounting the brakes – especially the rear one. In truth those details haven’t been totally worked out. It may require a little custom-bracket making. I’m giving serious consideration to actually moving the rear brake down to the chain stays instead of the seat stays. We’ll see…
Just picked up this “gem” at a garage sale for $15:
I think we’re going to try and make this into a single speed (non-fixed gear) for my daughter. She is itching to become “all mechanical” and really get her hands dirty working on a bike. This particular frame seems like a good candidate because: Continue Reading »
Not too long ago, over on VeloReviews.com, I was casually discussing the possibility of swapping out my forks and quill stem for a threadless set. My initial intent was to replace my aluminum forks with a carbon fiber set and change the stem type at the same time. Well, turns out that conversion got expedited when I ripped my stem apart while riding home from work. With something of a timeline looming over me (this bike is how I get to work) I opted to move forward with the a conversion of the quill stem by using an adapter to allow the use of a threadless stem. The forks will remain the same.
In the top of this picture you can see the pieces of the original broken quill stem. On the bottom, the more modern Bontrager stem pieces. And finally, on the bottom right, you’ll see the adapter that will allow me to mount that Bontrager stem. Continue Reading »
I’m sure many of you have seen the collection of stickers on the back of an SUV that depict the entire family – including the cat and the dog – in various poses indicating their respective interests. So boy was I excited when I spotted the following stickers on a mini van traveling down Market St in San Francisco.
I gotta get one of those!
My only question is – did Dad just drop the family? Not cool, dad. Not cool.
Part of my Sacramento to Palo Alto commute has me transferring to a bus that drives me across the bay into San Francisco. Unfortunately, the company that Amtrak has contracted for the bus service has removed the bike racks from the front of their busses. This is a little frustrating given the fact that they finally just got them on 6 months to a year ago. It is further frustrating because they took them off so that they could install the FastPass transponders that tick when the go through the toll booths. I’m not exactly sure why the entire front of the bus doesn’t allow for both the 8-10 inch transponder and a bike rack, but whatever. Continue Reading »