These go to 11...

We have finally got our hands on the brand NEW Campy Chorus 11 spd group and it is a absolute work of art. All of the changes to the group for 2009 look to be real improvements over the 2008 group not just cosmetic changes. You have to see the group in person to really appreciate how narrow the chain is and how tight the spacing on the cassette is. If you get a chance stop in and check it out. If you want to be the first to own a Campy 11 spd group, here are the spec's for the group we have in stock: crank set: 172.5 53x39, cassette: 12x25, front derailleur clamp: 35mm (1 1/8"). The cassette is compatable with all Campy 9 and 10 spd freehub bodies. The complete group (shifters, front and rear derailleurs, brakes, cassette and chain) sells for $1979.99 Go to Campy's web site for all technical spec's.


Which is better, number one or number two?

The Olympic track events have been going on for a few days and British rider Chris Hoy rode a very impressive Keirin final over the weekend. You can watch him ride the field off his back wheel here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/player.html?assetid=0816_sd_ctm_hl_l0632&channelcode=sportcy

Perhaps even more impressive though was Theo Bos's 2006 Keirin World Title race which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMsotvad5nA

Bos did not reach the Olympic finals because of a round two qualifying crash.
While both wins are almost unbelievable, Bos's rainbow jersey dash has to be one of the most remarkable displays of sheer power ever recorded on a velodrome.


Look Cycle USA Recalls Keo Pedals

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Look Cycle USA, have issued a voluntary recall of about 40,000 pairs of Keo pedals.The steel axle inside the pedal can break, posing a fall hazard to cyclists.Look Cycle has received 14 reports of incidents with broken pedals, including seven injuries which resulted in scrapes, cuts, contusions, elbow pain and a knee injury.
The recalled pedals are black and were sold separately from bicycles. Pedal models include the Keo Classic, Keo Sprint, Keo HM and Keo Carbon. The model name is printed in white on the side of the pedal. Date codes between January 2004 and December 2005 are included in this recall. The date code for the Keo Classic, Sprint and Carbon pedals is on a dial stamped onto the pedal. The date code for the Keo HM is on the bottom of the pedal, with the letters A through L corresponding to the month, and the numbers 4 and 5 indicating 2004 or 2005.
These pedals were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2007 for between $100 and $500.The pedals were manufactured in France.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pedals and return them to the place of purchase, or contact Look Cycle USA to arrange for shipping and free repair.


Quiz Time

As the dog days of summer drag on, tempers have begun to fray like an eight year old brake cable. Cyclists are yelling at motorists, motorists are yelling at cyclists, cyclists are even yelling at each other. Things are just getting a bit crazy out there. Therefore, in the interest of public safety, as well as my own sanity, here's a lighthearted quiz for everyone.
1. When someone in the group yells "Car Back," the appropriate action to take is:
A) Drift into the path of the overtaking car while using your rear view mirror to make sure there really is a car approaching.
B) Stay the course. The road belongs to you as much as that #$!@& car.
C) Stop as quickly as possible so any cars in sight can go by unimpeded.
D) While communicating your actions to your fellow cyclists, get into a single file line and maintain a safe distance from the right hand edge of the road while allowing room for the motorist to pass the group, which he/she will hopefully do in a safe and courteous manner.
2. When you decide to move off the front of a paceline you should:
A) Accelerate several miles an hour and move over to the yellow line.
B) Nothing. The responsibility is on the second wheel to come around you.
C) Move out of the way to the right OR drift back and forth a bike width to the left. Either is acceptable.
D) Look left to make sure the lane is clear, flick your right elbow a few times, move a few bike
widths to the left and soft pedal as you move towards the back of the pack. Before moving
back into the paceline, be sure you are the last rider in the line.
3. The rider in this graphic is demonstrating:
A) His support for Florida State University.
B) His support for the Atlanta Braves.
C) Signals for "Look over there to the left," "Look up ahead at that," and "Watch out for the roadkill".
D) Signals for Left Turn, Right Turn and Slowing.
4. In a rotating paceline, if the right hand part of the group is moving at 23 miles per hour, the left hand part of the group should be moving at what speed:
A) Who knows, I don't like word problems.
B) 23 miles per hour as well.
C) 25 miles per hour.
D) 22 miles per hour.
The answer to each of the questions was D. Give yourself 25 points for each correct answer. Hopefully you made a 100%.
While this was a tongue in cheek little quiz which should have made you smile, please remember that we operate on the roads as a group and our collective safety is everyone's responsibility. If you aren't sure what to do in some situations, approach a more seasoned cyclist you respect and ask them what to do.


Check out this guy's bar tape (It's the glow in the dark stuff)...can you guys please find this stuff??