Tarmac is the top-of-the-line model of Specialized’s road bike series. It is developed in a partnership with the British Formula One constructor McLaren.
Most recently, team Saxo Tinkoff’s Spanish rider Alberto Contador won the Vuelta a España 2014 using a Specialized S-Works Tarmac bike.
The motto of the Specialized Tarmac is “Rider-First Engineered™”. Specialized explains that “it is a totally new way to approach bicycle development that grew out of our partnership with the leaders in Formula 1 development, McLaren. Rider-First Engineered™ begins and ends with the Rider; each of the seven frame sizes was developed independently, based exclusively on the real-world stresses introduced by the corresponding rider.” Continue reading →
Italian bike manufacturer Bottecchia has revealed its 2015 model road bikes. This year there are eight different road bike models.
Bottecchia is a historical bicycle company, founded by Ottavio Bottecchia in 1924 (1 August 1894 – 14 June 1927), the first Italian to win the Tour de France (1924, 1925). He is not only the first Italian who win the French grand tour, but also the first cyclist who wore the yellow jersey from the first to the final stage.
Headquartered in Cavarzere, Italy, Bottecchia Cicli S.r.l. offer about 70 models that include road, mountain, trekking, city, BMX, folding, cyclo-cross, and electric. Some high-end frames are produced in Italy, the rest in Asia, and all the bikes are assembled in Italy. Continue reading →
Today’s historic photo of the day: KAS rider Alfred Achermann crashes heavily and retires from the race on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, in the Arenberg Forest. 86th edition of the “Queen of the classics”, Sunday, April 10, 1988.
Tour de France 2015 route has been announced. The Grand Départ will be in Utrecht, Holland, on July 4, with a 14-km individual time trial. The finish will be traditionally in Champs Elysées, Paris, on July 26. Continue reading →
About two years ago, I’ve posted an article about Chesini bikes and the beautiful city of Verona, titled “Verona and Chesini“. In that article, I wrote about how I paid an accidental visit to Chesini shop at Ponte Navi, Verona.
Chesini was founded in 1925 in Verona by Gelmino Chesini, who had been a bicycle mechanic before he began building bicycles. Until the end of the era of steel tubes and lugs, Chesini was a famous bike company. Even some world championships were won with Chesini frames. Continue reading →
“The Obree Way” is a book written by Graeme Obree aka “The Flying Scotsman”, who broke the world hour record twice, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. It explains Graeme Obree’s radical insights into technique, training, psychology and diet, and the logic behind them. Continue reading →
Many cyclists, especially commuters will love this: Efneo Gearbox is a front gearing system that has one cog and three internal switches. Inspired by internally geared rear hubs, it replaces a bike’s front derailleur, probably the most disliked part of bicycles. Continue reading →
Andy Schleck, Trek Factory Racing team’s 29-year-old Luxembourgian rider has announced his early retirement from the professional cycling today. Schleck cited the injury in his right knee as the cause. Continue reading →