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The First Step

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I’ve spent my adult life believing that Mario Cippolini was the first rider to soil the Rainbow Jersey with matching bibshorts. Granted, Super Mario could pull off even the worst soilings with the most possible class, but nevertheless it kicked off a trend of matching bib shorts to jerseys – which is something I cannot abide unless they match because they are both Spinal Tap Black. (Interesting bit of trivia: the UCI fined Super Mario for riding in yellow bib shorts when he wore the Maillot Jaune for the first time in the late 90’s; the UCI recently threatened to fine a Tour leader for wearing team-issue shorts instead of yellow ones provided by the organization. True story, unless I made that up in a convincing dream which now feels like a real memory.)

Like all true stories, this Lion King kit pioneering tale also turned out not to be true. Moreno Argentin makes a liar out of me by wearing a pair of shorts in 1987 that not only shows what I believe was the first step towards over-matched unitards, but also demonstrates the most significant best reasons why the 80’s were an awkward time for kit design:

  1. In 1987, the branding of Cycling clothes had barely evolved beyond needle and thread and had only semi-convincingly achieved the feat of screening the word “LOOK” onto Bernard Hinault’s shorts in ’85.
  2. Garment construction and fabric-printing technology meant that only one panel of lycra could accept a graphic transfer without compromising the structural integrity of the bibs; more than that would make drafting dangerous through inattentiveness induced by crackal exposure.
  3. Gradients look great in mockups but do not translate onto fabrics. Not in the eighties, not in the 90’s, not in the 00’s, and not in the 10’s. Tie Dye is the maximum result achievable.
  4. There was a strange obsession with fluoro which which is a challenging spectrum to work with and which seems to be making a re-emergence today for unexplained reasons.
  5. This bullet was supposed to be the kicker, but I lost my train of thought because that black-chrome Bianchi with both shifters in GO MODE is so badass looking.

This picture of Argentin brings into sharp focus our inherent desire to have every bit of clothing match every other bit of clothing in some sort of couture infinite loop. Every advancement in technology is probed to explore the limits to which it can help us achieve this. ADR, Super U, Carrera, and RMO are just a few examples of designs from the eighties that stood the test of time, but there have been some significant missteps as the sport explored the possibilities of newfound graphical technology.

It wasn’t that Mario was the first rider to come up with the idea to overmatch his kit; he was just the first one to have the nerve to wear the resulting abomination outside his dressing room.

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  1. @SamFromTex

    Cripes, I remember one piece ski suits. They were bad enough the morning after a curry and/or a night on the ale, one of those could be lethal.




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  2. @SamFromTex

    A cobalt blue onesy! Where do I buy one from?




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  3. @wiscot

    >>> Giant have taken (for commerical reasons obviously), one of the greatest, smartest, stylish kits of recent years and ruined it. I’m sure there are a few more style abominations to be unveiled . . . <<<<

    Ahhhh damn, You are sure right about that…I just saw the new Giant kit at beginning of the thread. Yuck. That’s too bad.




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  4. Re Bullet 5, not to quibble, but wouldn’t full-on “GO MODE” (i.e., Big Ring, Small Cog) require the right shifter to be parallel to the downtube?




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  5. Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.




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  6. Case in point! Arm and knee warmers not helping either




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  7. @VeloJello

    @chuckp

    There’s always this …

    I can only say I had never had a man crush until I met Cippo. He can wear what he likes. Though the topless cycling he gets up to now a days is a bit much… One smooth mother fudger.

    I loved Cipo but fuck me fellas, let’s be serious, even he looks a complete tool in this kit




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  8. @frank. Was the shot of Hinault with Moser from Trofeo Barachi? I know they teamed up one year and killed it. What a 2 up TT combo and I would love to see this format resurrected. Let’s hear your dream teams… Kwiatowski and Faboo over 50km for starters




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  9. … In the one over 30 one under 30 category




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  10. @Fred

    @frank

    Regarding bullet #V:

    Only one lever is in the “go” position, the other is in the “cross chaining be damned, I will not use the little ring” position… A sentiment often demonstrated by our esteemed leader.

    You need to ride your old bikes more often before you forget how to shift…

    hehehe, that last line is gold!




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  11. @Gianni

    @sowtondevil

    I ride a custom-built cro-mo steel steed enamelled in flamboyant Cobalt Blue, with matching blue bar tape, and blue tyres. I wear an Assos jersey and bib-tights both in a matching shade of blue, blue socks, and blue helmet. The overall effect is, frankly, ridiculous and prompts remarks from the bunch – not all of them complimentary. However, I maintain that if I look co-ordinated then I might feel and hence ride in a more co-ordinated fashion i.e. man and machine as one. This is increasingly more important now at my tender age of 66.

    I have now disposed of the blue plastic tyre levers however – as I was spotted using them when I punctured recently. This prompted howls of derision from the passing pack and cost me dear at the end-of-ride re-hydration haven.

    Jesus man, don’t weaken now. Double down on blue, add blue gatorade to your bottles. This concept of looking good on the bike makes you feel good on the bike; it’s the whole Velominati raison d’etre. Good on ya.

    Seconded. No fooling around, full gas. Go for it.




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  12. @JMac

    Re Bullet 5, not to quibble, but wouldn’t full-on “GO MODE” (i.e., Big Ring, Small Cog) require the right shifter to be parallel to the downtube?

    That may be but those shifters are in the Millenium Falcum’s hyperspace lever positions and that’s good enough for me.




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  13. @JMac

    Re Bullet 5, not to quibble, but wouldn’t full-on “GO MODE” (i.e., Big Ring, Small Cog) require the right shifter to be parallel to the downtube?

    Given the time period and position of the levers, he’s probably rocking 94 gear-inches or so, say a 53×15. Depending on the terrain, spinning that counts as go-mode in my book.




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  14. @frank

    @JMac

    Re Bullet 5, not to quibble, but wouldn’t full-on “GO MODE” (i.e., Big Ring, Small Cog) require the right shifter to be parallel to the downtube?

    That may be but those shifters are in the Millenium Falcum’s hyperspace lever positions and that’s good enough for me.

    I like @frank‘s answer better.




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  15. @frank

    @JMac

    Re Bullet 5, not to quibble, but wouldn’t full-on “GO MODE” (i.e., Big Ring, Small Cog) require the right shifter to be parallel to the downtube?

    That may be but those shifters are in the Millenium Falcum’s hyperspace lever positions and that’s good enough for me.

    Clearly the correct answer, but surely the position of GO MODE on downtube shifters depend on whether your derailers are high-normal or low-normal. I swear I had a bike with SunTour on it where GO MODE had them pointed the same way.




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  16. @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    Not much love for the lawyers masquerading as a bike company, but I agree with the rest of the post…




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  17. @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    What’s that THING attached to the front of his stem?




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  18. @RobSandy

    @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    What’s that THING attached to the front of his stem?

    I’d be more worried about that THING attached to his head.

    Then again, as a World Champion, he can do whatever the fuck he wants.




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  19. @Mikael Liddy

    With you on that one Mikael, there is absolutely nothing Special about that firm




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  20. @JMac




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  21. @gilly

    @Mikael Liddy

    With you on that one Mikael, there is absolutely nothing Special about that firm

    Notwithstanding the lawyers and trademark BS, I very much dig many of their bikes. I have four of ’em in my garage. And suspect that a lot of people that really dig bikes, design and engineering and are at the top of the game work for ’em. And they do get behind racing in a BIG way. Plus funnel more than a little cash in to advocacy. Some of all that is special yes? Except the lawyers and trademark BS of course.




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  22. @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one




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  23. @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @Mikael Liddy

    With you on that one Mikael, there is absolutely nothing Special about that firm

    Notwithstanding the lawyers and trademark BS, I very much dig many of their bikes. I have four of ’em in my garage. And suspect that a lot of people that really dig bikes, design and engineering and are at the top of the game work for ’em. And they do get behind racing in a BIG way. Plus funnel more than a little cash in to advocacy. Some of all that is special yes? Except the lawyers and trademark BS of course.

    I would second this if it wasn’t for my feeling that the Big S represent the Dark Side of cycling. The Empires Forces always had the coolest equipment and uniforms (ATAT’s, TieFighters, Venges and Tarmacs), but you always felt kinda bad when you lusted after their gear.

    I’ll stick to my rebel alliance manufacturers.




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  24. @VeloJello

    @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @Mikael Liddy

    With you on that one Mikael, there is absolutely nothing Special about that firm

    Notwithstanding the lawyers and trademark BS, I very much dig many of their bikes. I have four of ’em in my garage. And suspect that a lot of people that really dig bikes, design and engineering and are at the top of the game work for ’em. And they do get behind racing in a BIG way. Plus funnel more than a little cash in to advocacy. Some of all that is special yes? Except the lawyers and trademark BS of course.

    I would second this if it wasn’t for my feeling that the Big S represent the Dark Side of cycling. The Empires Forces always had the coolest equipment and uniforms (ATAT’s, TieFighters, Venges and Tarmacs), but you always felt kinda bad when you lusted after their gear.

    I’ll stick to my rebel alliance manufacturers.

    I can dig that thinking. Though I kinda think of the Dark Side as the Chinese industrial machine that copies someone else’s tech, design and ideas and pumps out unbranded, counterfeit or copycat product. I’m really coming along with idea that I want to be supporting some local made at home craftsmen with my next bikes.




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  25. @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    True, so true, but that helmet is awful.

    While we’re on the subject of team kits for 2015, the Trek one is very much improved.




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  26. @gilly

    @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one

    I’m with ya 100% on this one (except I still buy the bikes, so say 99%) and if Mr. Sinyard did not fire an attorney or a firm over this affair then he really missed the boat. This was epic fail moment so to speak only somewhat salvaged with an apology. Gotta keep a leash on the attorneys. Ya ultimately need ’em regret. That’s just capitalism for better or worse. Someone needs to help sort out what’s right and wrong, set precedent and the rules. But ya have to keep them from getting carried away ’cause they most assuredly will if left w/o oversight generating billable hours.




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  27. @SamFromTex

    @Gianni

    @sowtondevil

    I ride a custom-built cro-mo steel steed enamelled in flamboyant Cobalt Blue, with matching blue bar tape, and blue tyres. I wear an Assos jersey and bib-tights both in a matching shade of blue, blue socks, and blue helmet. The overall effect is, frankly, ridiculous and prompts remarks from the bunch – not all of them complimentary. However, I maintain that if I look co-ordinated then I might feel and hence ride in a more co-ordinated fashion i.e. man and machine as one. This is increasingly more important now at my tender age of 66.

    I have now disposed of the blue plastic tyre levers however – as I was spotted using them when I punctured recently. This prompted howls of derision from the passing pack and cost me dear at the end-of-ride re-hydration haven.

    Jesus man, don’t weaken now. Double down on blue, add blue gatorade to your bottles. This concept of looking good on the bike makes you feel good on the bike; it’s the whole Velominati raison d’etre. Good on ya.

    Seriously. This is not a time for half measures. Invest in one of these skinsuits. It looks very aero and probably provides helpful compression.

    You must mean on of these…….??




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  28. @wiscot

    True, so true, but that helmet is awful.

    While we’re on the subject of team kits for 2015, the Trek one is very much improved.

    But it’s oh-so-comfortable. I’ve always thought of helmets as the sort of uncomfortable thing you’re forced to wear, with an oval head that just doesn’t fit into most helmets (and happens to be just between sizes for most manufacturers). My current Rudy is oversized, with gaps on the sides and a major mushroom effect going on. At least I have space for winter caps.

    Until I tried a mate’s Evade – my god is it comfy. Feels molded to my head. Now I’m counting my pennies and hoping I’ll gather whatever ridiculous sum they want for it.

    …and I think there’s a picture somewhere of Frank also riding one.




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  29. @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one

    I’m with ya 100% on this one (except I still buy the bikes, so say 99%) and if Mr. Sinyard did not fire an attorney or a firm over this affair then he really missed the boat. This was epic fail moment so to speak only somewhat salvaged with an apology. Gotta keep a leash on the attorneys. Ya ultimately need ’em regret. That’s just capitalism for better or worse. Someone needs to help sort out what’s right and wrong, set precedent and the rules. But ya have to keep them from getting carried away ’cause they most assuredly will if left w/o oversight generating billable hours.

    This is becoming a really cool thread fellas. Good points well made in a very civil manner. Particularly like the references The Empire!




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  30. @VeloSix

    @SamFromTex

    @Gianni

    @sowtondevil

    I ride a custom-built cro-mo steel steed enamelled in flamboyant Cobalt Blue, with matching blue bar tape, and blue tyres. I wear an Assos jersey and bib-tights both in a matching shade of blue, blue socks, and blue helmet. The overall effect is, frankly, ridiculous and prompts remarks from the bunch – not all of them complimentary. However, I maintain that if I look co-ordinated then I might feel and hence ride in a more co-ordinated fashion i.e. man and machine as one. This is increasingly more important now at my tender age of 66.

    I have now disposed of the blue plastic tyre levers however – as I was spotted using them when I punctured recently. This prompted howls of derision from the passing pack and cost me dear at the end-of-ride re-hydration haven.

    Jesus man, don’t weaken now. Double down on blue, add blue gatorade to your bottles. This concept of looking good on the bike makes you feel good on the bike; it’s the whole Velominati raison d’etre. Good on ya.

    Seriously. This is not a time for half measures. Invest in one of these skinsuits. It looks very aero and probably provides helpful compression.

    You must mean on of these…….??

    Wow, all that jogging did pay off for Billy-boy. Looking pretty buff these days.

    Why are people doing yoga in the middle of nowhere? The girl in the white top is desperately trying not to look at Mr Blue. Can’t blame her.




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  31. Since we’re talkin’ kits and Star Wars…how about some futbol kits with a relevant theme.

    http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/kits/206357/football-art-these-star-wars-themed-kits-by-designer-nerea-palacios-are-bloody-magnificent-photos.html




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  32. @SamFromTex

    @Gianni

    @sowtondevil

    I ride a custom-built cro-mo steel steed enamelled in flamboyant Cobalt Blue, with matching blue bar tape, and blue tyres. I wear an Assos jersey and bib-tights both in a matching shade of blue, blue socks, and blue helmet. The overall effect is, frankly, ridiculous and prompts remarks from the bunch – not all of them complimentary. However, I maintain that if I look co-ordinated then I might feel and hence ride in a more co-ordinated fashion i.e. man and machine as one. This is increasingly more important now at my tender age of 66.

    I have now disposed of the blue plastic tyre levers however – as I was spotted using them when I punctured recently. This prompted howls of derision from the passing pack and cost me dear at the end-of-ride re-hydration haven.

    Jesus man, don’t weaken now. Double down on blue, add blue gatorade to your bottles. This concept of looking good on the bike makes you feel good on the bike; it’s the whole Velominati raison d’etre. Good on ya.

    Seriously. This is not a time for half measures. Invest in one of these skinsuits. It looks very aero and probably provides helpful compression.

    The girl looks the correct amount of concerned.




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  33. @HigherGround

    @RobSandy

    @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    What’s that THING attached to the front of his stem?

    I’d be more worried about that THING attached to his head.

    Then again, as a World Champion, he can do whatever the fuck he wants.

    WRONG. He is World Champ and has the responsibility of setting a good example, which in this case means not putting your iPhone on your stem.




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  34. @tessar

    @wiscot

    True, so true, but that helmet is awful.

    While we’re on the subject of team kits for 2015, the Trek one is very much improved.

    But it’s oh-so-comfortable. I’ve always thought of helmets as the sort of uncomfortable thing you’re forced to wear, with an oval head that just doesn’t fit into most helmets (and happens to be just between sizes for most manufacturers). My current Rudy is oversized, with gaps on the sides and a major mushroom effect going on. At least I have space for winter caps.

    Until I tried a mate’s Evade – my god is it comfy. Feels molded to my head. Now I’m counting my pennies and hoping I’ll gather whatever ridiculous sum they want for it.

    …and I think there’s a picture somewhere of Frank also riding one.

    I’ve got one, not my favorite helmet but it is very comfortable. My biggest complaint is that its very hot so I didn’t use it much in the Summer but its finding its way onto my head again this winter.

    Boonen looks fantastic in his, and so does Lizzy Armistead. Other than that, its kid of a dud looks-wise.




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  35. @frank

    @tessar

    @wiscot

    True, so true, but that helmet is awful.

    While we’re on the subject of team kits for 2015, the Trek one is very much improved.

    But it’s oh-so-comfortable. I’ve always thought of helmets as the sort of uncomfortable thing you’re forced to wear, with an oval head that just doesn’t fit into most helmets (and happens to be just between sizes for most manufacturers). My current Rudy is oversized, with gaps on the sides and a major mushroom effect going on. At least I have space for winter caps.

    Until I tried a mate’s Evade – my god is it comfy. Feels molded to my head. Now I’m counting my pennies and hoping I’ll gather whatever ridiculous sum they want for it.

    …and I think there’s a picture somewhere of Frank also riding one.

    I’ve got one, not my favorite helmet but it is very comfortable. My biggest complaint is that its very hot so I didn’t use it much in the Summer but its finding its way onto my head again this winter.

    Boonen looks fantastic in his, and so does Lizzy Armistead. Other than that, its kid of a dud looks-wise.

    Yeah but that smooth bugger Boonen would look good in Tommy Cooper’s Fez Frank




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  37. @frank

    @HigherGround

    @RobSandy

    @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    What’s that THING attached to the front of his stem?

    I’d be more worried about that THING attached to his head.

    Then again, as a World Champion, he can do whatever the fuck he wants.

    WRONG. He is World Champ and has the responsibility of setting a good example, which in this case means not putting your iPhone on your stem.

    Rule #74 Addendum: If your computer is longer than your stem it clearly violates the rule.

    (Or your bikefit is woefully inadequate)




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  38. @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one

    I’m with ya 100% on this one (except I still buy the bikes, so say 99%) and if Mr. Sinyard did not fire an attorney or a firm over this affair then he really missed the boat. This was epic fail moment so to speak only somewhat salvaged with an apology. Gotta keep a leash on the attorneys. Ya ultimately need ’em regret. That’s just capitalism for better or worse. Someone needs to help sort out what’s right and wrong, set precedent and the rules. But ya have to keep them from getting carried away ’cause they most assuredly will if left w/o oversight generating billable hours.

    Delegation can be really tough; people doing the work don’t always have the same view of the world as their leadership and bad decisions get made. I think Café Roubaix would probably agree that the publicity in the end helped them more than it hurt, and Spesh did their best to do the right thing in the end.

    That said, you couldn’t catch me dead on their road bikes, but mostly just because I don’t like their bikes, not because of this particular affair.




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  39. We need more pics of World Champions on Bianchis.

    Shorts not black, but I always like the Gatorade kit. Not sure about his shoes though.

    The chrome stays on the Colnago are nice.




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  40. @frank

    @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one

    I’m with ya 100% on this one (except I still buy the bikes, so say 99%) and if Mr. Sinyard did not fire an attorney or a firm over this affair then he really missed the boat. This was epic fail moment so to speak only somewhat salvaged with an apology. Gotta keep a leash on the attorneys. Ya ultimately need ’em regret. That’s just capitalism for better or worse. Someone needs to help sort out what’s right and wrong, set precedent and the rules. But ya have to keep them from getting carried away ’cause they most assuredly will if left w/o oversight generating billable hours.

    Delegation can be really tough; people doing the work don’t always have the same view of the world as their leadership and bad decisions get made. I think Café Roubaix would probably agree that the publicity in the end helped them more than it hurt, and Spesh did their best to do the right thing in the end.

    That said, you couldn’t catch me dead on their road bikes, but mostly just because I don’t like their bikes, not because of this particular affair.

    That’s kinda ironic given how much you dig the cobbles and more than a few pave’ trophies have been picked up in past years by some spring classic badasses piloting the Megalized bikes hey? Though admittadly I’m guessing these cats could win races on Schwinns too.




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  41. @wilburrox

    @VeloJello

    @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @Mikael Liddy

    With you on that one Mikael, there is absolutely nothing Special about that firm

    Notwithstanding the lawyers and trademark BS, I very much dig many of their bikes. I have four of ’em in my garage. And suspect that a lot of people that really dig bikes, design and engineering and are at the top of the game work for ’em. And they do get behind racing in a BIG way. Plus funnel more than a little cash in to advocacy. Some of all that is special yes? Except the lawyers and trademark BS of course.

    I would second this if it wasn’t for my feeling that the Big S represent the Dark Side of cycling. The Empires Forces always had the coolest equipment and uniforms (ATAT’s, TieFighters, Venges and Tarmacs), but you always felt kinda bad when you lusted after their gear.

    I’ll stick to my rebel alliance manufacturers.

    I can dig that thinking. Though I kinda think of the Dark Side as the Chinese industrial machine that copies someone else’s tech, design and ideas and pumps out unbranded, counterfeit or copycat product. I’m really coming along with idea that I want to be supporting some local made at home craftsmen with my next bikes.

    The chinese are the private contractors who built the clone armies for the already corrupt empire…




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  42. @frank

    @tessar

    @wiscot

    True, so true, but that helmet is awful.

    While we’re on the subject of team kits for 2015, the Trek one is very much improved.

    But it’s oh-so-comfortable. I’ve always thought of helmets as the sort of uncomfortable thing you’re forced to wear, with an oval head that just doesn’t fit into most helmets (and happens to be just between sizes for most manufacturers). My current Rudy is oversized, with gaps on the sides and a major mushroom effect going on. At least I have space for winter caps.

    Until I tried a mate’s Evade – my god is it comfy. Feels molded to my head. Now I’m counting my pennies and hoping I’ll gather whatever ridiculous sum they want for it.

    …and I think there’s a picture somewhere of Frank also riding one.

    I’ve got one, not my favorite helmet but it is very comfortable. My biggest complaint is that its very hot so I didn’t use it much in the Summer but its finding its way onto my head again this winter.

    Boonen looks fantastic in his, and so does Lizzy Armistead. Other than that, its kid of a dud looks-wise.

    I am surprised anyone could find them comfortable. Tried one on two days ago and I don’t think I would ever get used to the thing. Now if a local shop would carry the damn synthe already.




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  43. @frank

    @HigherGround

    @RobSandy

    @gilly

    Stunning shot of the new World Champion respecting both the jersey and the traditions of the sport. I’ve got a lot of time for MK. The rainbow has been subtly applied to the frame too. Classy rider on a classy bike. Anything other than black shorts just dilutes the jerseys impact for me.

    What’s that THING attached to the front of his stem?

    I’d be more worried about that THING attached to his head.

    Then again, as a World Champion, he can do whatever the fuck he wants.

    WRONG. He is World Champ and has the responsibility of setting a good example, which in this case means not putting your iPhone on your stem.

    Feel free to have that discussion with him, and let me know how it goes. :-)




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  44. Personally, I wouldn’t think of telling any pro, let alone a current World Champion, how to do his job or how to look fantastic. I’m sure you recall the photo of a young pro on Sky (Dombrowski maybe?) who had a full length frame pump awkwardly strapped under the arching top tube of his Pinarello. Hideous? Yes, absolutely. Would I say anything to him if I had the chance? Nope, because my tongue would be flapping in my front wheel’s spokes just trying to hold his wheel on the flats, never mind the hills. If anyone else wants to, more power to them, but that’s not my place.




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  45. @HigherGround

    That’s the benefit of being Dutch; I am perfectly happy to tell anyone anywhere what I think of any subject whatsoever.

    Extra points if I don’t know what I’m talking about.




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  46. @The Grande Fondue

    We need more pics of World Champions on Bianchis.

    Shorts not black, but I always like the Gatorade kit. Not sure about his shoes though.

    The chrome stays on the Colnago are nice.

    Bugno was the man, such a stylish stud. The shorts are black with panels, perfectly classy approach. And they are team-issue. Also recall his green-iridium sunglasses.

    Those diadoras were the cat’s cock, too.




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  47. @wilburrox

    @gilly

    @wilburrox

    Fair comments @wilburrox, my view of Specialized was really soured by the Café Roubaix affair that featured on this site. I don’t deny that they make some good looking bikes, I just wouldn’t personally want to give them my hard earned for one

    I’m with ya 100% on this one (except I still buy the bikes, so say 99%) and if Mr. Sinyard did not fire an attorney or a firm over this affair then he really missed the boat. This was epic fail moment so to speak only somewhat salvaged with an apology. Gotta keep a leash on the attorneys. Ya ultimately need ’em regret. That’s just capitalism for better or worse. Someone needs to help sort out what’s right and wrong, set precedent and the rules. But ya have to keep them from getting carried away ’cause they most assuredly will if left w/o oversight generating billable hours.

    Sinyard made all the right noises in his video with Dan (although his body language looked like he’d rather have been getting a prostate exam from Edward Scissorhands), but those words looked rather empty when news of this broke not much later…




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  48. Hello Frank,

    Hello from Albuquerque New Mexico, USA. I could easily find any post regarding Velominati Rules. Just a suggestion – Rule #9, ride in harsh weather condition defining one as a “Bad Ass”. I noted the vernacular in Albuquerque, “Bad Asses” are “Beast”. Sure do like “Beast”, may improve the qualifier for bikers to love the extreme weather challenge, perhaps “Bad Ass Beast!”.

    Just a suggestion,

    Glenn O.




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  49. @frank

    @HigherGround

    That’s the benefit of being Dutch; I am perfectly happy to tell anyone anywhere what I think of any subject whatsoever.

    Extra points if I don’t know what I’m talking about.

    We have a saying in our office (prefixing saying something of the nature you describe above):

    “It is my opinion and therefore a fact…”

    You might like to try that one out sometime.




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  50. Looks like Mario wont be soiling our shores like he did the WC kit either

    http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/news/2015/jan/14/the-lion-king-to-no-longer-roar-into-adelaide




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