Posts tagged #road riding

Disraeli Gears


This weekend I stumbled across a wonderful site cataloging derailleurs over the years. Supposedly only half done it showcases some amazing exotics alongside some that are a bit more common, and all photographed and presented very nicely. The creator has this to say:

"I have tried to include the good and the bad, the worn and the new, the exotic and the commonplace. Most of all I have tried to use a dry collection to tell some stories. People, both consumers and producers, are often passionate about bicycles, and the story of the derailleur has its share of drama and tragedy."

Certainly the derailleur is one of the most abused parts on a bike and unwillingly has to become a workhorse like no other. I am pretty excited to see the collection finished in all its glory, determination and a little extra time can be a beautiful thing. Plus who can't dig on a site named after the great album from Mr. Bruce, Baker and Clapton, which was named after an inside joke between Clapton and Baker when their roadie Mick Turner commented on a conversation they had about Clapton getting a race bike. Turner had said "it's got them Disraeli Gears", meaning to say "derailleur gears," but instead referring to 19th Century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli; weird connections, but what a great album.

Have a peek around Disraeli Gears.


Always Almost Sunny


The long romance with spring and summer is gone, but somehow it has managed to be overly sunny and warm this fall. It's not yet that time to start thinking about white blankets covering every inch of the road, but soon it will come, along with that nasty thick, salty sand. Doesn't it make your ears sing at the thought of all that grinding in your drivetrain? It almost makes me want to sit inside and watch Home Alone back-to-back instead.

Posted on November 3, 2009 and filed under Rides.

Cervélo Test Team

Cervélo Test Team - Beyond the Peloton

When I first saw these I was quite happy; a kid in a candy store with glowing eyes fixed on that wonderous Wonka bar. In actuality I was just glad someone had documented the beginnings of a small team struggling through rough waters. Hearing that the Cervélo Test Team was the only team in a very long time to be fully sponsored and closely knit with an actual bicycle manufacturer (and not a bank) only got me that much more excited. This is the team I had been waiting to follow, especially when Sastre announced he would be part of it and with a string of amazing riders it seems like what first was a story of underdogs, became something great.

Check out every episode of Beyond the Peloton, all of them are good.

Posted on September 22, 2009 and filed under Racing.

St. Stephen, New Brunswick, CA

St. Stephen, New Brunswick, CA

The second and last ride I ended up doing up north, a quick out and back. It covered 70 miles, and a mellow 1500 vertical ft. of rolling hills through New Brunswick countryside, scattered with farms, churches, cows and the occasional automobile. 755 was the best part of the route; not one car passed me in either direction. All and all not the most epic rides ever, but certainly enjoyable.

Posted on September 7, 2009 and filed under Rides.

Calais, ME

Calais, ME

The first ride I did, a short and fun loop. Only 50 miles and about 1,000 vertical ft, great views near the coast all along Route 1 and beautifully smooth, car-less roads all through Moosehead Wildlife Reserve.

Posted on September 6, 2009 and filed under Rides.