In the last few months I seem to have heard about more bicycle/car accidents than I care to recount. I've also had too many close encounters with errant drivers myself. What the heck is going on?! Luckily, cycling advocates
across the country have been making some progress in raising awareness of our vulnerabilities. And, I know it's far and away not as a cool to wear as a Euro team jersey, but if you need help in making your presence known, try slipping into one of these cycling jerseys
SOME BEAUTIFUL BIKES & PEOPLE TO STARE AT FOR AWHILE...
The Cipollini brand Farnese-Vini team bike of Francesco Failli is more famous than any rider on the team.
There's a group of cyclists in Pasadena who thrive on odd creations. How about this sweet steel Ciocc
with the nefarious Campy Delta brakes and stridently upright position.
How about Ducati's new limited Valentino Rossi
edition Monster 796? The famed Italian marque is also offering a limited Nicky Hayden edition as well.
Bamboo-shamboo, now this is a fancy bike made from a natural product.
Here's a nice detail of National Road race Champ Ben King's custom painted Trek Madone.
When is simple still divine? When it's a Colnago C-59. The team bikes for EuropCar aren't fancy, but they still maintain the look of a killer road bike.
Talk about Euro-stylie, we caught up with these two lady cyclists in downtown Zurich who were obviously stopped in their tracks by a certain debonair Mexican!
Lance's personal commuter?
As far as all-around Demi-Gods of two wheeled pavement racing goes, nobody compares to 15 time World Champion Giacomo Agostini.
A bamboo bike that's as unique and beautiful as they come - from Craig Calfee's African start-up bike brand, Bamboosero.
How about this sweet '77 Schwinn Scrambler with a classic Ashtabula steel fork and Skyway Tuff wheels. BTW, whatever happened to the "gooseneck pad"?
MEANWHILE, IN MY OFF TIME:
As much as my RBA duties fill the day, there's always been some extra time to write some of our sister 'zines.
As far as mountain bikes are concerned, I wrote a series of articles looking back on the glory days of 1990 at the first-ever UCI World Championships held in Durango, Colorado (actually, not to date myself, but I wrote the original article as well). If you were there, this look-back at a history making weekend will make you all misty over dirt days gone by.
As far as the motorcycles go, in the week prior to my tour of Italian cycling factories (to be seen in RBA's annual Euro (May '11) issue , I spent a few days at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milano detailing all the latest & wildest in throttle twisters.
EXCUSE ME WHILE I INTERRUPT THIS COLUMN FOR A HISTORICAL IRONY CONTEST
As we all know, the world has changed a lot in the last few years. How about in the last few decades? As one of many examples of our topsy-turvy existence, see if you can you guess who it was that uttered the following pro-revolutionary/violent government overthrow sentiment:
"I am convinced that the most important thing the founding fathers did
to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second
Amendment. And if ballots don't work, bullets will...some things were worth dying for."
Was it A
. these menacing looking lads...
Or possibly, B.
this nice lady?
See below for the answer.
Talk about showing up at a knife fight with a bazooka! Yeah, it is kind of funny that this kid shows up for a fun race sporting Lightweight wheels and an aero helmet, but really, what kind of parent would put that together...I mean, where are the clipless pedals?!
No, not some old new wavy, triple triangle GT, but a true work of John Slawta art- the fabled Landshark
A '50's Schwinn with a Breezer Hite-Rite, Brooks saddle
and some kind of janky suspension fork and headlight. Courtesy of who else but famed Pasadena bike collector Tim Murphy.
I know, I know, but I can't help it..just like historic cycling photos, old school motocross shots just plain rule!
Here's a two year old shot of F1 champ Jensen Button sporting his (then new Scott).
This is former track champ Rory O'Reilly's old Yeti track back. It was the first fixed gear bike I ever rode and I ended up flipping my brains out in the Yeti parking lot when I tried to stop pedaling it to make a turn. Unfortunately, Rory was recently involved in a bad crash near his Santa Barbara
HISTORICAL IRONY CONTEST ANSWER
Surprise! It was neither Black Panther Huey Newton or Bobby Seale (both who were probably put on an FBI terrorist watch list for uttering words no different back in the '60's), but instead, it was Florida radio host and (momentary) Congressional chief of staff (for Allen West, R-Fla.) Joyce Kaufman. As the old adage goes, sometimes you can't judge a book by the cover!
HERE ARE TWO MORE FOR ALL YOU ROAD BIKERS
More examples of possibly life saving cycling wear
Hey, if you have an extra five minutes, here's a cool cycling site
you should czech out. And as far as some comic relief in the usually none-too-funny world of cyclist rights and longevity, I would click thru to this brief excerpt from the TV show Portlandia
SONG OF THE WEEK
BTW, WHOSE DEFINITION OF BEAUTY?
You tell me...and anything else on your mind...write to Zap
FINALLY, WOW, WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY...I SHOULD DO THIS!
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