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Best of Twitter?
October 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Recycled Content

I must be lacking for content! Talk about Recycled Content, huh? Here I am, posting some of the most interesting things I’ve twittered.

Okay, there’s an actual point to this – there’s some interesting content that I’ve put on twitter that hasn’t made it to the blog, and I’m bringing it to the blog.

Besides, it’s Friday. Your attention is scattered. Click some links, I won’t make you read a whole lot. I promise.

Joe Parkin responds to the question of why a strong team like Columbia can’t control a spring classic the way it can control a stage of a Grand Tour.

That’s right, the ‘fixie’ from the hit internet sensation Performance is for sale. It’s a Bottecchia conversion. $1300. No, the 1 in there isn’t a typo.

Check out the headbadge on this Trek for sale on bikeforums.

Local racers recently made a fine showing at Elite Nationals.

re: doping – this movie (or the trailer, at least) points out a tension between American ideals of fairness, and of winningness.

A bikeforums post: “here is what my empty water bottles looked like after descending from 14,000′ to 7000′.”

And, with my cross bike on the way, here’s a picture that gets me excited.

Thanks for tuning in. It’s Friday. I’m out.



Fixed Gears at Interbike – Winners and Losers
October 7, 2009, 2:56 pm
Filed under: bikes, fixed gears, frame design, products, Recycled Content

Instead of thoroughly scouring the internet for pictures from Interbike, I made do with following Hipster Nascar‘s coverage (which is too exhausting for me to link each post).

In the past several years, amid the fixed gear boom, companies have rushed to market consumer or budget-end fixed gear bicycles, occasionally completely confusing themselves about whom they think will ride them Рtrack races? Stylish types? Commuters?  People who like to purchase uniqueness in the form of pre-customized bikes?

Snideness aside, I think that a lot of bike companies are scrambling to meet new demands, but frequently wind up trying to put too much into one bike. What all too often starts out as a basic road fixed gear turns into a mish-mash when a company hopes that it will look both classic and modern, be simple, sleek and be utilitarian, be customizable and already match its bar tape to its rims. A lot of these bells and whistles conflict with each other – track drops, brake levers, brake callipers, annodized and unmachined rims – and the resulting bikes are a mess.

With the hopes that this post avoids Bike Snob mimicry, here’s my take on some of the winners and losers from Interbike, with thanks to Hipster Nascar for having attended Interbike and taken and posted so many photos.

Winner:
Fuji: a smart lineup of bikes; maybe a few models on the budget end are stepping on each others toes, but for the most part they are distributed nicely along price and performance points.

Loser:
Rock Racing, which for some reason is making bikes Рor at least, has made  a few bikes.

Do

Do name your performance track bike after the local track – a nice nod to the local roots.

Do make sensible, dual-brake-equipped SS/FG bikes, but don’t put cross levers on track drops, don’t put crazy handlebars on anything, and don’t put two brakes on annodized, unmachined rims.

Don’t equip all-purpose fixies with seatmasts.

Don’ts

Don’t take a storied name in Cycling and do… this.

Velocity, HPlusSon, EighthInch, and other companies: don’t continue the “deepest V” competition.

Don’t do what Bianchi did: call a bike “classic” despite being outfitted with a threadless stem and a straight-blade fork; and then put aerospokes on the competition-worthy Super Pista.



Recycled Content #3
September 27, 2009, 5:34 pm
Filed under: Recycled Content

“Race well, race with dignity, race with a conscience:” Sprinter Della Casa proposes USAC policies to punish intentionally dangerous riders, and reminds us that there are some people who take our down-home amateur sport far too seriously – to the detriment and danger of those around them.

I twitter. I apologize.

Everybody’s favorite racer, Fabian Cancellara (he’s up there with Hincapie and Jens Voigt on everybody’s Awesome list, partly due to this stage win), recently won the World Time Trial Championship. He completed the the 49.8 kilometre course in 57:54. That gives him an average speed of 51.5kph, or 32mph, for a whole damn hour. What will it take to get this man on a velodrome to go after the Hour Record?

Yesterday, I rode a friend’s custom Johnny Coast (this one, in fact), and was delighted at how soft and comfortable it rode.

Cycling Art reflects on descending, and one of my favorite scenes from this year’s Giro d’Italia.

VeloGogo has the best picture of Reynolds’ carbon clincher that doesn’t use a traditional hook to hold the bead. Hmm. Go figure.

And finally, Hipster Nascar gives a pretty good look at what fixed gear bikes companies are showing at Interbike. I offer a cringe at the decision to display the Bianchi Super Pista with Aerospokes and a thumb’s up to Fuji’s line, which offers some nice options on the performance end of the spectrum.



Hot Links
July 21, 2009, 11:53 am
Filed under: Recycled Content

I’ve been steadily clicking refresh on a few blogs that I ought to share.

6 Years in a Rain Cape is Joe Parkin’s blog. Parkin wrote A Dog In A Hat, a remarkable account of scrabbling his way to a pro career as an American racing in Belgium. He answers questions, tells anecdotes, and keeps finding a way to mention that he loves biking in the rain.

Red Kite Prayer – you know, that arrogant and fearful look glance skyward as the solo breakaway rider, after having attacked the break a few kilometers before, offers up to the “1K to go” banner – is written by one of the contributors to Belgium Knee Warmers, and I look forward to this new site.

In accordance with cycling tradition, the author of Cyclocosm loves professional cycling and is exasperated with its participants. Intelligent commentary, occasional high levels of snark, and a good bit called How The Race Was Won, featuring three-minute long video edits and commentary.

Tour Fever provides brief commentary, Snark-Lite, and a look at some of the media coverage you may have missed… by the author of “Tour Fever: An Armchair Cyclist’s Guide to the Tour de France.”

Enjoy the rest of the tour.



Recycled Content #2
June 25, 2009, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Recycled Content

Welcome to No One Line’s Recycled Content Number Two!

A buddy of mine is a geek when it comes to bikes – and guitars, and (shamefully), cars too. He loves knowing about types of tubing, wall thickness, tube diameter, relative strengths and weaknesses of different tubesets, and he keeps on telling me to get a bicycle made out of Reynolds 531. So it’s with him in mind that I sit down to read an article from several years ago in which the author is sent on assignment to test ride seven Mondonico road bikes, identical in almost every respect – except, they are made from different types of Columbus Tubing. Can he tell the difference?

For the math dorks in the house, Cozy Beehive offers a mathematical approach to impacts on a helmeted head.

Ever wonder why it’s kind of easy to be a bit obnoxiously righteous as a cyclist in NYC? Streetsblog has a piece on a cyclist who tapped a car that was parked in a physically-protected bike path and, in return, was assaulted by the driver and then charged by the police. Assholes are everywhere, which in turn makes it a challenge not to be one on the road. Stay safe, y’all.

Congrats to Mellow Velo. That photograph makes you look like the bride of the bike (which I heartily approve of), but don’t you think the bike should have worn a more traditional, tux-like black-and-white bartape and saddle?

And, finally, with the Tour de France coming up and a crisis in Astana, we can expect my fitness to take a questionable turn as I go right from work to Lakeside Lounge, to enjoy Versus recap and two-for-one happy hours.



Recycled Content #1
December 11, 2008, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Recycled Content

When I started No One Line a few months ago, I made a point not just to repost photos found on other blogs. No offense meant to bike bloggers who do, but I take inspiration from blogs like Belgium Knee Warmers and Sprinter Della Casa – I want this to be writing about cycling, not just snapshots.

However, this post is going to focus on recycled content. In the last few days I’ve been sitting around, thinking about my winter training, poking around on bike blogs, watching race videos while riding rollers, and just generally immersing myself in the excitement of waiting for the 09 season to start. Here are a few of what I’ve been spending my daydreaming with:

Hipster Nascar has some photos of a new indoor velodrome being build in Boulder, Colorado (website; image above). Track dimensions: 143 meters, 45 degree banking. I’m used to riding on the Kissena Velodrome – 400 meters, 17 degree banking. The thought of an extremely short, extremely steep ‘drome… it’s a bit of a sphincter-clencher.

I usually forget to check VeloGoGo with any kind of frequency (and I don’t use an RSS feed anymore), but when I do, I’m rewarded with lush imagery and insane componentry (if you want to spend $1200 on your brakeset…).

Meanwhile, when Belgium Knee Warmers takes a break from writing about embrocation, they offer some stunning race clips. Their short commentary says it all: Attacking on a descent in the rain and drifting both wheels on your way to catching ’86 World Champion Moreno Argentin and beating him in the sprint is stunningly PRO.

And, bringing it all back home, Kissena Track Racing has photos from last month’s 150 lap end-of-season ride at the Velodrome. As much as I love Kissena I’d be hard pressed to keep my brain stimulated during such a period of around-and-around. I love the cold, windswept look of the velodrome in the autumn. It reminds me of Cyclehawk’s VeloCity 2008 tournament from this past March – the dead and browned infield grass, the 31-degree temperatures, the painfully clear blue cold sky. Video is here: