I was cruising around cyclingnews.com getting my fix of um, well, cycling news really. When I came across these 3 pearls in quick succession. The first is a work of art, the second silly but potentially useful in a limited way, the third is just plain ridiculous
1. Alessandro Petacchi is one of the fastest sprinters in history and presumably one of the most explosively powerful. To ensure that the maximum amount of power makes it from his legs to the road Colnago have built a frame especially for him that is reinforced more than anything I have ever seen.
As an added bit of exciting detail, have a look at the graphic near the head tube. You want Ale-jet, you get Ale-jet. Now that’s custom with a CAPITAL CUSTOM.
2. Steve Hed has been at the forefront of bicycle wheels for competition for the best part of 2 decades. Lighter, stiffer, lighter, stiffer. It’s been a perpetual struggle to keep up (in the case of Hed it’s been a case of keeping in front). But the legendary wheelsmith has speared off on a tangent that no-one could have seen coming.
HED Cycling has producted the first road racing wheels designed specifically for descending. These mothers weigh over 21 kilograms each. That’s 47 pounds. That’s crazy. I know from very scary personal experience that carrying an extra 100-odd pounds makes turning corners while descending amazingly difficult to execute. I don’t even want to consider the extra stopping distance, should something nasty jump out in front of you.
Who would have thought that cast iron would come back into fashion with the cycling fashionista?
3. Here’s just what we all need. There’ll be hairy-legged tie-died hippy types in every paceline before the end of the month. Have a look at the last article on this page… as if battery operated cars weren’t enough, now we have biodegradable groupsets for bikes.
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I have nothing witty to say. My relaxing cruise around the cycling sites started out inspirational with Petacchi’s frame and quickly turned into a psychodelic haze that is rarely seen without chemical assistance.