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Old August 26th, 2015, 11:25 AM
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SRAM has made its wireless group public:

https://www.sram.com/sram/road/family/sram-red-etap

The site says the stuff will be available in early 2016. We'll see.

Overview of the eTap groupset:


It looks like a winner.

SRAM stuff does nothing for me. In fact, I think SRAM is a degenerate company. However, SRAM did a very good job on this groupset. I like SRAM's approach of putting the batteries on the derailleurs and making the shift signals wireless. Thus, an eTap bike is actually simpler and cleaner than a standard bike:


Imagine combining the eTap bits with something like a LOOK 695:


Imagine that bike with the shift cables and control box gone. The result would be so clean that it would almost look as if several pieces were missing.

I believe the only cables on the SRAM system are on the remote shifters:

https://www.sram.com/sram/road/products/blips

Even here SRAM did a nice job with the large diaphragm buttons. These are hidden nicely under the bar tape but are still large enough to find and hit when you're tired or in a hurry:


The Shimano sprint shifter sticks out:


And the climbing shifter is a separate box that's zip-tied to the bar:


The Shimano remotes look like crude prototypes compared to the SRAM remotes.

We'll see how Shimano and Campagnolo react to eTap. I think they have to.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 11:53 AM
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Nice pic of the eTap shifter:

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Under the hoods are two ports for the Blips remote shifting buttons – one is shown installed in the top port. The screw-on cover plate hides the CR3032 coin cell battery that powers the shifters.

So you can have both climbing and sprint shifters if you so desire. The wires on the Blips are too long for sprint shifters, but I suppose SRAM will release sprint versions of the Blips in the near future.
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Old September 13th, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Old September 14th, 2015, 01:27 PM
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We'll see if that movie is any good.

This trailer depicts Armstrong eating shit at Paris-Roubaix:


At least that's what it looks like.
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Old October 4th, 2015, 07:12 PM
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Old October 5th, 2015, 09:46 AM
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That article is a crack-up. Look at the brands being ripped off there. You have brands like Specialized, Enve, Cervelo, Giro, ZIPP, and so on. These are like Louis Vuitton purses and wallets (where fakes are also everywhere).

These bike products are hyped up and expensive. Also, the companies that make these products tell you in their marketing that you just have to have them. Finally, the products themselves are very conducive to copying. They're made like junk and look like junk so they're very easy to copy. It's almost like in the tactical world where a manufacturer takes something like a Remington 700 and dips it in multicam and then triples the price. Or it's like in the fashion world where Louis Vuitton adds some LV graphics to fake leather vinyl, sews it into a wallet, then charges $300 for it.

Of course there are going to be fakes galore for such products. What else did you expect?

Look at these ZIPP wheels:


I'm not that familiar with ZIPP wheels, but a few things jump out at me. One, you have the ridiculously huge ZIPP graphics. These are stickers. Of course there are going to be fake STICKERS out there. And you're actually making the fakes problem worse because you're basically training people to look for the ridiculously huge STICKERS as their litmus test for authenticity. You probably get a free ZIPP hat (also made in China) when you buy the wheels, so that you can market for ZIPP with your head as well as your wheels. Morons love stupid shit like that.

If you make a product this easy to copy and then you hype it up and charge big bucks for it, of course there are going to be copies galore out there. Like, what else did you expect? Seriously, figure it out.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 06:00 PM
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I was more entertained by the guy that bought the fake Venge from China for $500. I'm amazed--but not surprised--that someone who races would go cheapfuck on something as critical as a frame. Probably the same type that buys the Bottorf radius arms and cheap Chinese TREs for his truck.
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Old October 6th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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This is funny:

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On this particular morning, a special frame sits on the frontal-impact rig. The Venge is an intimidating broadsword of a bike, with a menacing coat of matte-black paint bisected on the down tube by a murderous red slash. A bright white decal spells "McLaren" on the top tube, the logo of Britain’s storied supercar maker and F1 racing team, and Specialized’s longtime technology partner.

Menacing matte-black paint.

Murderous red slash.

McLaren sticker.

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Greg Tombragel just wanted a good race bike.

No he didn't. That's total bullshit. Greg Tombragel didn't just want a good race bike. He wanted a piece of this stupid shit:


Yo dog, that's like some baller shit there. And yo dog, this is like a work of art:


And yo dog, this is like some real F1 technology for the bike:


It's hardly a coincidence that all three bikes are shown without pedals.
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 06:05 PM
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The Inauguration of the EDDY MERCKX Monument in the presence of "The Cannibal" himself on 17 October 2015.

The statue is placed in front of Eddy's birth house in the Belgian village Meensel-Kiezegem situated in Flemish Brabant and by the hand of artist Luc De Blick.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 09:52 AM
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Anquetil pics from Velonews:

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Fausto Coppi, Biagio Cavanna, and Jacques Anquetil, 1953 Trofeo Baracchi. The young espoir Anquetil meets the Campionissimo and his blind soigneur at Coppi's estate.


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Jacques Anquetil, 1963 Criterium National de la Route. Anquetil won the race known as the Criterium International; Raymond Poulidor, naturally, finished second.


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Jacques Anquetil, 1962 Tour de France. A portrait of the champion.


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Jacques Anquetil, 1957 Tour de France. Anquetil obliges with an unorthodox autograph.


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Rudi Altig, 1964 Tour de France. Altig and Jo de Roo grab treats; in theory, shopkeepers were reimbursed by the race organizer after these raids.


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Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil, 1969 Criterium de Caen. A passing of the torch.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:28 AM
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Today in the Santa Monica Mountains:

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Old November 10th, 2015, 04:16 PM
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Old November 14th, 2015, 05:38 PM
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Old November 15th, 2015, 08:00 PM
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Old November 16th, 2015, 03:16 PM
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looks like you are riding the summit to summit rd.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 05:31 PM
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looks like you are riding the summit to summit rd.

Good eye!!!
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Old January 18th, 2016, 11:36 AM
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1974 Paris-Roubaix:

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A cobblestone sector in the dusty "Hell of the North" on a sunny Sunday afternoon in April.
Looking at the backs of Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck and Freddy Maertens.

There are only two types of riders: (1) Belgian; and (2) those who wish they were Belgian.
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Old January 19th, 2016, 09:34 AM
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"ROGER DE VLAEMINCK was the strongest!" dixit Eddy Merckx on the cover of Sport 70 (April 1974) and "I'm getting old", on the next page...

Roger De Vlaeminck rode Paris–Roubaix on 14 occasions, winning four times (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977), finished second four times, third once, fifth once, sixth once, seventh twice and abandoned only in 1980. His skill as a cyclo-cross rider made him an expert on the cobbles of northern France which the race crosses. De Vlaeminck used the early season Italian stage race Tirreno–Adriatico as training for the spring classics. He dominated the race between 1972 and 1977, winning on six occasions and taking 15 stages.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 05:54 PM
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Great ride this morning.... thanks for the photo Jay.

A photo posted by Jay Barre (@jkbrre) on


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Old February 1st, 2016, 12:04 PM
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Peep this.

‘Technological fraud’ discovered at Zolder cyclocross worlds: http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/...Y2VieGcJKQr.99

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ZOLDER, Belgium (VN) — In what appears to be a first in cycling, the International Cycling Union confirmed that it had impounded the bike of Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche following the women’s under-23 championship race Saturday. Van den Driessche was a pre-race favorite, thanks to solid results in the World Cup and a stunning second-place finish at the Koppenbergcross, one of the most difficult races on the calendar, in November.

Here is a clip from her Koppenbergcross:


In moron talk, "technological fraud" means an electric motor inside the bike:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/...-motors_394355
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 11:12 AM
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This morning's ride didn't go well:






I MacGyvered things back together by shortening the chain and removing the rear derailleur:


Then I single-speeded back home. Boy, this sucks.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:25 PM
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Add some flat bars and you'll be all set...
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 09:53 AM
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you carry a chain rivet tool when you ride?
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 12:27 PM
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Quote:
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you carry a chain rivet tool when you ride?

I do. Here's what's in my tool bottle:


This Topeak multitool has a chain tool, micro ratchet, and several 1/4" bits.

The small tube above the multitool is a replacement kevlar spoke from Aaron.

Aaron and I were chatting about yesterday's mishap, and I was telling him that one shortcoming of my field tool kit was that the hand wipes weren't enough to get my hands clean after dealing with the dirty repair. Aaron suggested nitrile rubber gloves.

I think that's a great idea and I will add some rubber gloves. They weigh pretty much nothing and take almost no space inside the bottle. Aaron and I were thinking the gloves could also come in handy for transporting dirty stuff. For example, this is the way I transported home my broken derailleur:


I removed the broken derailleur and double-wrapped it in my mittens (fortunately it was cold yesterday morning). Then I carried home the derailleur in my jersey pockets. If I didn't have the mittens, I would either have to transport the greasy derailleur in my jersey pockets or toss the derailleur.

Rubber gloves would work even better than the mittens. Rubber gloves would have let me handle the dirty stuff and there would be no need to clean my hands with wipes. The rubber gloves could also be turned inside-out over the derailleur. And the rubber gloves would always be in the tool bottle regardless of the weather.

Incidentally, here's my broken derailleur:



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Old February 3rd, 2016, 12:49 PM
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That's an excellent idea... rubber gloves.
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