Think your Ray Ban Wayfarers are cool?

Here’s a quick look at some bygone shades that were the epitome of cool when they came out. Just like the wayfarer, can we cross our fingers that at least one of these will make a comeback?

ze goggles zey do nothing!
ze goggles zey do nothing!

oakley factory pilots

without these goggles, red laser beams would shoot from his eyes, destroying the peloton in a fiery  heap
without these goggles, red laser beams would shoot from his eyes, destroying the peloton in a fiery heap

and of course the ultimate hip accessory: The wayfarer. Here is Adam looking SO COO. BTW that crumpler phone/camera case was won for an excellent earned DFL prize at last year’s July 4th scavenger hunt which we guided him in for. It included several stops and rounding up the lost stragglers. SO COO!


Another rad photo of John, from TX, looking especially COO


Keep your stunna shades on. Wear your sunglasses at night so you can so you can.

Or just buy yourself some cheap sunglasses.

Road Cycling meets Gran Turismo: Telemetry Data

I’ve always thought car racing was neat. It’s even more fun when you can see the actual workings of the car, the rpm the driver shifts at, the engine temperature. All these pieces of data are neat for the real geek who loves to tear into the core of how things work.

I stumbled upon this today:

Imagine being able to collect all that data on a real time display. You can measure your body just like a high performance v8 engine (or in my case a mediocre performance economy car engine).

I really enjoyed the clean layout of the data. You could easily, at a glance, see everything that was going on with the rider with heart rate, power output and speed and “zone” data. Integrating this into a virtual instrument cluster on the bike is the next step, naturally, to getting a clear picture of the idiosyncrasies and workings of the “motor” that’s powering your bicycle.

I was training, last year, using a Garmin Edge (first edition) unit and found it to be great, but cumbersome because of limited battery life. I just might have to save up for the new version, now.

If only the display/cluster layout looked like this:

or this

Do any of you foresee a time in which powermeters and other such high tech devices will become the norm in consumer cycling?

Only a few more days of arduous studying for me, then it’s back to training and some travel…