Two and a half year ago, I wrote about Efneo Gearbox, an under-development product (actually a 3-speed front gearbox) which replaces a bike’s front derailleur, probably the most disliked part of bicycles. Now it is fully developed, thoroughly tested, and available for purchase.
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Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 2017 was won by Pierre Rolland, the French rider of Cannondale–Drapac. Rolland and his team were really needed this victory: Rolland’s last Grand Tour stage win was back in 2012 (Stage 11 of the Tour de France), and the American Squad didn’t win a single World Tour race for the last two years (actually, Andrew Talansky won Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California atop Mt. Baldy on Thursday May 18, 2017 – but before that, the last two years were empty). The moment the race was won interesting: Rolland stopped pedaling and waited for the big chasing group – this was the decisive “move” of the race.
Continue reading Winning the race with going slower
This is the story of the last record attempt of Giuliano Calore, a racing cyclist, world champion of extreme cycling, holder of 13 records and won 98 medals. He was born in Padova (north-east Italy) in 1938. The movie titled “48 Tornanti di Notte” (48 Hairpin Bends by Night) tells about his most impressive challenge so far: descending from the Stelvio Pass – at an altitude of 2758 m – at night, with all of its 48 hairpin turns, on a bike with no handlebars or brakes, illuminated only by a torch and moonlight.
Continue reading Downhill from Stelvio, in the night, with no hands, no brakes!
Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team’s Belgian rider won 115th edition of the Paris–Roubaix with a record average speed of 45.129 kph (28.042 mph). Avermaet broke Peter Post’s record of 45.204 kph (28.088 mph) which set in 1964.
Continue reading Greg Van Avermaet wins Paris-Roubaix with a record average speed
Last week, the Facebook offered me an interesting group named “Vintage Carbon Nonsense and Marketplace”. It is an interesting group, dedicated to 80’s/90’s carbon bikes.
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Here’s a nice video showing the construction of Fulcrum Racing Zero aluminum bicycle wheels. It’s too good, almost mesmerizing.
Continue reading How Bicycle Wheels are Made
Ernesto Colnago celebrates his 85th birthday with a special edition bike: Ottanta5. Ottanta means “eighty” in Italian, so the meaning of the bike is “85”. The bike will be available in a limited edition of only 85 pieces.
The bike is handmade in Italy, as a special edition Colnago should be.
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Hugo Koblet, “Pédaleur de charme“, and Fausto Coppi, “Il Campionissimo”, two post-war era giants. They were good friends, until the Giro d’Italia 1953 edition. After that Giro, they would never speak to each other again. But, what happened?
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This afternoon (on January 4, 2017) 105-year-old French cyclist Robert Marchand set the hour record for the category created especially for him by the UCI (105+). At the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome near Paris, managed to complete 22.547 kilometers in an hour! He fell just short of his 2014 record of 26.927 kilometers but what a phenomenal achievement!
Continue reading Aged 105, Robert Marchand sets a new hour record
Today, twice UCI World Champion Peter Sagan published his new bike’s photo on his twitter account: a custom Specialized S-Works Venge.
Continue reading Bike of the day: Peter Sagan’s new S-Works Venge