I went to Tokyo last week. I checked out lots of bike shops. I saw lots of weird stuff. Here is a preview:
I don’t know who would ride such a thing, or why it would need disc brakes, or even how it really steers. I don’t quite even fathom the purpose of such a bike, but it did look pretty boss in shiny gold and the owner didn’t mind me snapping a pic of it.
much much MUCH more coming later this week…
As a side note: I never heard back from John Prolly. You totally missed out on a good time man. I’ll have photos on the epic radness which John Prolly missed out on :p
As the season approaches and begins, Highflange does a few upgrades to the race machines. James is stepping into the ring with a new lightweight stem (Thor Hushovd edition) and I stepped in with a set of carbon tubulars (Reynolds DV46KT). I took them out for a spin and realized that I had totally forgotten how amazing tubulars cornered.
The tires we decided on were a set of Continental Sprinters with a kevlar sidewall.
I finally had a chance to test them out: my verdict: Aero is real. It might be really placebo-like, but I noticed a difference above 20 mph increasing exponentially. As the wheels spun faster, they seemed to accelerate more easily. At this stage, I have been off the bike for over a month traveling around the world (more on that later!) however the cornering on tubulars was also something to be reckoned with. I was able to approach corners that before caused the michelin pro race tires I was on (in clincher form) to deform with confidence. The tires may not actually corner better, but the confidence they inspire in their stability will have you turning faster as soon as you put them on. I didn’t expect this to be as drastic, however I will definitely be using tubulars in criterium races this year!
Sadly, I am not going to do any training on these wheels, so back to the case they go and back on go my training wheels. They sure do look pretty, though.
Yes, this is real. In fact it is so real, I saw it last week while I was picking up my sweet arse Paul Smith suit over in Shibuya-ku (I’m in Tokyo again. I wish it was for good, but alas it is not)
I think I might have to pick this up. Along with a set of these beauties (Paul Smith x Rapha gloves collabo)
from Rapha.cc then I could roll in complete velo couture. I’m happy to see how many of the high end boutique s lining the Tokyo “Champs Elysees” of Omotesando street have front displays featuring a bike or cyling related goods, even if the store has nothing to do with it.
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