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Zanconato custom cyclocross chainrings.

These just landed. They are beautiful. I’ll write more once I get them installed onto my cyclocross bike.

Custom made, custom machined and designed. So much attention to detail.

To fit Campagnolo CT, Campagnolo ST, 110 mm, and 130 mm Bolt Cirlces!

Available combinations:
Campagnolo CT – 36/42, 36/44, 38/44, 38/ 46
Campagnolo ST – 39/44, 39/46
110 mm BCD – 36/42, 36/44, 38/44, 38/ 46
130 mm BCD – 38/44, 38/46

CNC machined in Utah from 7075-T6 Aluminum
Hard anodized and PTFE coated for ultra-long wear
Designed as close to OEM specifications for incredible ease of assembly
Outers are pinned and ramped for smooth shifting under load
Shift areas on outer are spread out for more pick-up points
Inners are available with standard holes or threading for use with custom bolt kit

Shoot me an email if you are interested in ordering up a set! Availability will be limited and, these were well worth the wait!

Zanconato custom chainrings

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Zanconato custom chainrings

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Zanconato custom chainrings

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Zanconato custom chainrings

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Raced a bike for the first time in months last weekend!

And it went about as well as I expected. I had one speed. Kinda fast but, not particularly very, very fast.

Last week I wrapped up my final big block of training miles for cx season. And this week was a “rest” week. Putting that in quotes cause I did very little resting. c’est la vie, ma vida loca, etc, etc.

There was so much amazing that happened this week, and I am just now catching a breather and able to sit down and write a little bit out.

CHECK OUT MY NEW KIT!! Press release coming right up!! Just in time for CX Vegas!!

Some more links to photos from the first GPMC race of the year:

Molly Cameron

Molly chasing

_CTH1165

_CTH1123

Whoa. Looks like Flickr just automatically puts them up on the site. Weird. I had just listed text-links for you to click on… well, that is rad.

Anyways, a million things to do: write up a press release, change the sponsors on my website, do some crunches.

CX Vegas is next Wednesday and it is going to hurt, like really really really hurt. I’ve got no speed in these legs yet.

Make sure to plan on coming out to dinner after the race with me! 11pm next Wednesday in Vegas! More details TBA!

Have some empathy?

140 characters is not enough to respond to an offensive exchange I got roped into on Twitter. Normally, I ignore the peanut gallery on Twitter and other internet forums, etc. The internet allows people to spout off like idiots. I don’t care to get roped into arguments with “with white dudes on the internet“.

My pal Adam (pro cyclist, coach) re-tweeted this video (from Boston his home), some one else had originally posted to Twitter with the comment: “critical mass: like a guy beating his wife to get her respect. they’re not cyclists; they’re morons.

While offensive, I completely agree with the sentiment. Taking over a busy intersection and riding in a way that no cyclist would ever do regularly without being caught up in the mob mentality + breaking very basic rules of the road? What the fuck is the point of creating a traffic jam with bicycles?! To demonstrate that bicycles, just like cars, can create a traffic jam? That bicycles can frustrate and piss people off just like cars can?

There is a point to Critical Mass. I’m not claiming to be in a position to define it. When I regularly participated in Critical Mass in the late 90′s in San Francisco, it was an urgent, organic, action. 15 years ago, there was shitty bicycle infrastructure, minimal bike lanes and cyclists did not have a voice. We broke laws, ran lights, blocked intersections. Got our bikes run over, got in fights with drivers, got beat up by the police. I was part of a crew of riders that led Critical Mass up and onto the Bay Bridge (which ended up with a bunch of people getting arrested and pummeled by the cops). I participated in Critical Mass for years in the Bay Area, NYC, Los Angeles and finally in Portland, Oregon.

Critical Mass means a lot of things to a lot of different people. I don’t agree with all of them.

Now, someone on Twitter wants to press the issue, there are some exchanges between them, Adam and I. With Adam and I saying basically the same thing.

That we do not condone shitty, dangerous, illegal and inconsiderate behavior on the roads from cyclists and drivers alike. Both are bad, dangerous and not productive. Critical Mass, club rides, unsanctioned races, group rides, whatever. If you are breaking laws and riding dangerously, that sucks. It gives all cyclists a bad reputation and does nothing to help improve the perception of bicycles. Riding in circles blocking an intersection during Critical Mass is moronic, while fun and empowering (I’ve done it myself), not a single driver stuck in traffic behind that is thinking positive thoughts about bicyclists. It is just not productive. Sure, keep telling yourself it fosters cycling community, and ignore how many enemies your are making with the people you really need to foster community with: non-cyclists.

The final straw for me was the response: “bike/ped commuters die more than 10/day in US. Reaction manifests in crit mass & other ways. Have empathy.”

Have fucking empathy?

I’ve had people who were friends, lovers, co-workers, team-mates and countless acquaintances killed while cycling. By cars. Killed by cars hitting them. They are dead. I’ll never hear their voices, never hold their hands, never see them smile again.

When I was a bike messenger, I saw, with my own fucking eyes, a bike commuter crushed by a semi in downtown San Francisco making a wide right hand turn. I heard her scream before she died. (the driver was devastated, he was just doing his job, driving slow and safe, used his signals and was obeying the law %100, the cyclist was not paying attention and tried to pass on the right, I saw it with my own eyes)

I watched as a car hit and plowed over a commuter right in front of my bike shop here in Portland. Crushed.

Nothing I could do to save any of my friends, any of those people I’ve seen die.

What did I do after they died? Did I go to Critical Mass? No. I went to their memorials, I went to their fucking funerals. I consoled their partners and friends.

And you want to spout statistics at me? You want to assume that I do not have empathy? That I have no experience with Critical Mass, with protests, with activism and with being a bicycle commuter? That I am just some privileged PRO bike racer, without a clue and with no real connection to the average cyclist? That I am not run off the road, screamed at, threatened and have shit thrown at me everyday, sometimes several times a day when I am out on my bike?

Back to the original point: I still think Critical Mass riding in circles blocking an intersection is moronic. That is less actual activism and more like a parade/party. Try to explain the positive connection between that kind of riding, and people that are killed by cars; to the drivers sitting in that traffic jam just trying to get home or to work. That kind of activism is short-sighted, divisive and quickly creates enemies, not allies.

I still loathe inconsiderate, illegal and dangerous behavior by drivers and cyclists alike.

Critical Mass does not in itself create safer roads or foster improved riding conditions and safety. Get involved in your city’s Bicycle Association, government, infrastructure or urban planning. Do something tangible to improve road safety versus putting so much value on what has fundamentally become a parade.

Not that there is anything wrong with parades!

For Adam:

Put it on, it works fine. You shift with your brain.

Jesus. Can Parlee do no wrong? Dropping amazing bomb after amazing bomb!

This is completely unreal. Yet, it is very, very real.

I’ve been riding Shimano Di2 for 3 years. It is flawless and proven. Wins races, gets power washed daily, crashed, beaten up and ridden into the ground. Still works perfectly. I don’t have 10 bikes and an endless supply of replacement parts like a PRO team. I’ve got a couple of groups and I’ve been racing on one of the Di2 groups from the start. Through snow, ice, Belgian sand, Japanese mud, Las Vegas’ summer heat. No bullshit, it works.

How do you better such a solid platform? Oh right, improve the User Interface. Or just blow the UI apart and re-think it.

…and with this development, Skynet is just that much closer to dominating us. Well shit, at least our new electronic overlords will have precise bicycle shifting.

Hats off to Parlee and Prolly.

(haters will hate. I bet there are still some of you out there moaning about the development of the clipless pedal)

I have a few windows, with dozens of tabs open, in my browser.

Does that make me productive or counter-productive?

I stopped reading my Google Reader account. I was trying to follow and keep up with so much cycling, art and music culture I had thousands of new things to read in my inbox daily!

Too much. Too much. Too much culture. Still trying to wrap my head around making technology a part of my life without it overwhelming me and becoming my life.

But, then I miss out on things like THIS! I miss Dr. Doom. Good times had with Doom. He continues to keep it real. If you have a hankering for wanderlust follow his blog.

Check out Rerun pulling the slow-mo move about 1:05 in. Completely INSANE!

I should give a shout-out/congrats to a long time sponsor, ENVE composites.

They dropped their SMART ENVE WHEEL SYSTEM about a month ago.

Can Aero get any faster? Looks like it can.

This is a long time coming for ENVE. A good-hearted little company with an incredibly solid product. They have been supporting me for a long, long time. My oldest sponsor? Yes, I think so.

This is a big step for ENVE, jumping into the Aero wheel market and competing head to head with the likes of Zipp and Hed. This should be an exciting next couple of years for them. Like I said, their product is now proven, reliable and high performance. They are going to continue to kill it.

Everyone keeps asking if I have the SMART wheels when I am seen on my ENVE clinchers. No, they are not. Don’t think we will see Jonathan Page out there crushing the euro cx scene on the SMART wheels anytime soon. Aerodynamics play a much smaller part in CX. But, the way ENVE builds a product, their aero wheels will be durable enough for all types of racing.

Speaking of cyclocross:

We are already getting client requests for CX clinics. It is June. And, it has barely gotten warmer than the high 50s in Portland, still raining every day. We have better CX weather in the spring than the fall!

That said, I should go do some intervals. In the rain.

“damn it, up date your web site once in a while”

Ok, thanks I will.

My buddy Jacob won a bike race in Uraguay.

My friend Chris is still building some great bicycles:

And damn it, worst news of the week.

R.I.P. Poly Styrene

I’m glad I don’t watch television. aka “I thought I was an assault on masculinity!”
Cyclocross crushing out. So much love for cyclocross.

Let’s start with this: a March (yes, MARCH!) cyclocross race near Tokyo. I have no idea what is going on, if it is a small training race series or if it is a school race. Any of my Japanese pals want to comment and let me know?

Seriously, the Keirin school style helmet covers and the whole race scene is cool to take in. I mean, the dude doing the pre-race nervous stem bolt adjustment then his expression when it breaks: “oh!”. Priceless! This is bike racing at its most pure, a bunch of people just out there doing embarrassing shit and enjoying themselves. (and cans Suntory Boss coffee from a vending machine)

The rest of 桜高競輪部 videos are pretty good too, good insight to a Japanese approach to cycling and racing.

Speaking of Japan. Check out Hikaru Kosaka’s blog. There are a handful of photos in there that will blow your mind. The dude is ripped and flaunts it. We raced cyclocross together at Nobeyama last November and I am looking forward to racing again together next fall.

I recognize a whole bunch of guys in the video below from the Nobeyama race. Daisuke is doing his thing and the whole crew I met last year are in this video. Pretty classic. This looks like a video compilation of the Kansai cyclocross series which is all over Japan. You can see a bunch of the different race venues in the video.

And, finally. Moving back to the US, check out my buddy Greg doing his thing in this video. Pretty rad to see what the Coloradans will do to help a brother out. The Oregon CX racing scene is amazing but, I’d love to see more “Wednesday night worlds” style races and more organized group rides and skills training sessions. Unless it has a Rapha stamp on it (or they are getting free stuff for showing up), I’ll be damned if an organized bunch of Portland area riders would get together to ride laps in a park while some dudes shoot videos to help a friend get cyclocross mainstream exposure. That is building cyclocross, that is cyclocross love.

That is pretty rad, your scene has heart Greg.

Props.

Who knew Willow Koerber was such a hippie?!

I did not.

But I love it. Her touchy-feely dialogues on her website echo my similar emotional sentiments without my self-aware approach. Deep down, secretly, I am a big hippie. I don’t have any crystals or anything. But, I hella feel things. And I approve of stripper heels. HELLA.

I can’t get enough of Hennie Kuiper’s Flickr page. The dude won Worlds, the Olympic road race, Flanders, Roubaix and more. Plus, he was a damn handsome man in that beautiful 70′s style. There are even race videos embedded into his photostream. Check it out.

And, you thought that cyclocross season was over? Well, it is. But, check out these photos from 2010 cyclocross nationals in Bend. Courtesy of Lincoln Barbour. You can probably spot your self in there.

Cyclocross season has just ended and all I can think about is cyclocross season. I’m staring at a BEAUTIFUL 3D CAD drawing of a yet to be released, brand new tubular mud tread design. No, I can’t share it with you yet. This one is confidential. But, I will say this… this tyre is on a hunting “safari”. If you catch my meaning.

And, reading up on all the news about PRO cyclocross team transfers: Jeremy Powers to Rapha-Focus, Ryan Trebon moving to Felt bicycles. This kind of news gets me motivated! That and having phone calls with a couple of my 2011 sponsors yesterday. They want to re-up and grow the program!

It has not stopped raining in Portland since last October and it is perfect cyclocross weather right now. Perfect.

This little interview with a local cyclist and co-founder of Substance and this video interview with local sweetheart Mr. Joe Staples provides some solid wet-weather inspiration.

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Remember the time I was in Santa Cruz this winter and was having a good discussion over burritos with a Santa Cruz local frame builder about frame builders and I had no idea the guy was a framebuilder?!

Brilliant! Foot was not quite inserted into mouth but, looking back, it was pretty damn funny. And now this:

Nice work Todd, your booth at NAHBS was sweet, your bikes look great!

Finding motivation.

I’m sitting indoors at PBS-UEF watching Paris-Nice on Versus. Fielding phone calls and text messages about results from the early season Oregon road series this (last Sunday) morning. I’m super proud! Really genuinely proud.

Which makes me reflect on where I am at right now. I’m trying to discover the drive again myself. Trying to find the motivation to pedal the bike. The anger is not in my belly. I am spread thin and throwing a leg over a bicycle has slid incredibly low on my priority list. Three months into the year and I’ve hardly been on a bicycle.

It is an interesting position for me and a sad song to keep singing. If you were to do a google search for “tired excuses and feeling sorry for your self” my website may likely come up as the primary result!

The best laid plans get thrown to the wind when you are a small business owner. I tire of saying this. Over the last hand full of years I’ve been lumped along with a bunch of other cyclocross riders as a “working-man’s racer”. A rider with a real job trying to compete with the World’s best talent. Sure, there is something noble about being the underdog yet, I wish things came a little bit easier once in a while. Instead of generally feeling like continuous uphill battles.

It may just be my lot in life. Or more likely just my style. Bite off way more than I can chew and strive for excellence.

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I remember simpler times. My first year racing on the Vanilla bicycles cyclocross team. (Thanks for the reminder picAHTBM) Everything about cyclocross was new. Fresh. Real good times, I was learning the ropes, getting clobbered in races, traveling and figuring out what to do and NOT do.

A handful of years later, I’m trying to re-discover the fire that drove me to get my teeth kicked in by doped-up Euros year after year. I still love cycling. And I initially was able to strike a balance between riding and work. Then, as my businesses grew, racing took second priority. Now, three years into Portland Bicycle Studio; the selling of the custom bicycles is taking priority and riding is taking a back seat.

This said, the balance is coming back. I can feel it.

I am recently back from the NAHBS show in Austin. Check out these pictures I took!

And here I am… at PBS working late to get this damn blog post put up.