Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

Tao Te Ching

Monday, September 26, 2011


Chopping wood at Tenspeed Hero Headquarters West. And Breaking a few rules

Friday, September 23, 2011


Who is Matthew Harley Goss?

Can he win on Sunday?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jenny from PR's Benotto

Starting to look good. Not very comfortable yet. Needs a few more parts.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Seat Post Post

Is the seat post half shiny or half dull?

Campagnolo Super Record seat post from an online auction site. THC advised me on technique and let me use his supplies. If I were not so impatient to shine this lovely component, I would have taken a before photograph. But sometimes you just can't wait.

Imagine a seat post that looks a lot the this one but less shiny and you've got he idea. 

Take a mental picture of this bike (or just take this picture). Someday it will have a matching fork, it will be clean, it will have wheels, cranks, seat, derailleurs and the rest.

The word Campagnolo was barely visible before polishing. I thought it might be completely gone after sanding but it magically appeared with greater definition.

Bertrand Hero

I recommend all heros and fans of quality design to check out the new Bertrand Goldberg exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Bertrand was an urbanist, humanist and good designer. While studying architecture at IIT's graduate school I would often pass the Raymond Hilliard homes at State and Cermak street in amazement during my commute to crown hall. For a public housing project they are wildly successful and have a very delicate presence considering their rigorous use of the module and unashamed use of board form concrete. The perfect scale of the stunning Alfred Caldwell landscape design creates a surreal space in a site bordered by the El, busy state street and what was the public housing disaster of the Robert Taylor homes to the south. I thought this was a perfect example of high rise humanist modernism until I saw the original plans. There was a proposed bicycle drag strip on the west side of the site! As much as I despise people taking pictures of pictures at the art museum, I had to do this for the hero nation. Thank you Bertrand Hero.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Il Pirata

THC found this at the BBP.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rapha Jersey

Once again I must hand it to Rapha for making cycling clothing that looks good. I cannot find this particular shirt on the Rapha website anymore, so I cannot tell you what it is called. What I can tell you is that it has short sleeves, is made of genuine Italian wool and has a small pocket in the back. I probably would not use the pocket for anything much bigger than my Diner's Club card. I would not want to stretch it. Careful not to zip your chest hairs in the zipper.

On a related subject, I am interested in exploring this trend of cycling clothing companies offering jeans. Hincappie Jeans, Rapha Jeans and now (or last Spring), the original jeans manufacturer, Levi's has a cycling specific jean called the Commuter.

If Leipheimer comes out with jeans, what will he call them? Levi's?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

missed connection

Le Ramrod, I'm not about to sit up here and argue with you
About who's to blame or call no names, real talk
See Ramrod, only thing I'm tryin' to establish with you is not
Who's right or who's wrong
But what's right and what's wrong, real talk

Sunday, September 4, 2011


In recent years cycling team presentations notch in just below tour route announcements as the least exciting news items of the off season. As the new off season approaches I want to reflect on the greatest team presentation of all time. In 2002 Mario Cipolini started the Acqua Sapone team and few thought the Lion King had many wins left in his bronze legs. Rumors flew that he had hired an Italian designer to design the team kit and the team presentation would be broadcast on italian national television. Luckily the rumors were true.

Cipo staged a recreation of the "orgy" scene from Stanley Kubrick's Eye's Wide Shut in his favorite night club. No corners were cut in the curation of the topless circle of kneeling ladies. After all of the ladies dropped their cloaks, the leader of the ceremony dropped her's revealing the soon to be legendary kit designed by Roberto Cavalli. Cipo managed to have the most spectacular team presentation in memory and avoided the always unstylish move of wearing a kit indoors with no intention of riding a bike. Cipo displayed epic amounts of panache in a team presentation, now he needed the first zebra striped froth job.

The critics were silenced with his win at the 2002 Milan San Remo beating Fast Freddy Rodriguez in the habitually ugliest national jersey.

Cipo crushed Fast Freddy again at Ghent Wevelgum 2002 displaying panache at a level yet to be seen in the current peloton.