Anatomy of a Photo: Sleepless in Belgium

Anatomy of a Photo: Sleepless in Belgium

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I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Rule #5.

Thanks to Michael for bringing this matter to our attention.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. Compact doesn’t work for my legs,
    lots of friends are happy with it, especially during the hardest granfondo
    like the Campagnolo or the Pantani,
    but I still love my big rings.

  2. @frank
    I think you may be forgetting possibly the coolest combo of the last 20 years – the Saeco Red Train with Cipo doing his thing at the end of it on a campy-equipped Cannondale (CAAD 6 from memory?).

    And if Cipo has run it, it qualifies as cool.

  3. @Gianni
    If you need gear-inch, meters-of-development, speed-at-cadence numbers for your write-up, I just ran across this site.
    Though most of you all may keep this in your head.
    There is no mention of aesthetic double-ring diameter ratios, but I think that comes in advanced-credit courses.

  4. xyxax:
    @Gianni
    If you need gear-inch, meters-of-development, speed-at-cadence numbers for your write-up, I just ran across this site.
    Though most of you all may keep this in your head.
    There is no mention of aesthetic double-ring diameter ratios, but I think that comes in advanced-credit courses.

    Xyaxa – that’s way too cool. I could waste more time fiddling with that than on Angry Birds….

  5. xyxax – sorry about the misspell on your moniker there.

    Also should mention that the only truly uber-aesthetic chainring is the lone 52, paired with a fixed 14 cog, of course.

  6. @ZachOlson
    At the risk of making an argument that results in the purchase of a Trek, you do realize that one can swap out the crank, right?

    I bought a bike in December that came with a compact. They swapped it for a standard and only charged me $75 (less than half the price of the parts).

    In full disclosure, two weeks later the left crank arm fell off while I was riding, but now it’s been fixed and shifts as smooth as butter.

  7. @Gianni
    First, Alexis can take my wheel anytime, though I’d much more likely be taking hers unless she was on a recovery recovery ride.

    Second, I wonder if they thought out the placement of the TaTa Motors logo that much. It is right where the tatas are. I’ll keep myself amused thoughout the season with that.

  8. @Geoffrey Grosenbach

    Oh yeah, I realize I can do that, but I’m a reasonable guy with simple needs, and I think that with all the bike manufacturers out there I can get EXACTLY what I want from someone else. I think the biggest(am I making that up?) bike company in the USA can afford to offer standard or compact/triple as an option all the way down to its entry-level bike. They used to. Fact is that the last few years the options on all their bikes at lower price points have been getting worse and worse. So, I will not purchase a Trek any time soon.

    Not that I’m even in the market for a new bike right now, but if I happen to stumble upon a couple grand…

  9. @ZachOlson
    It’s pretty much that way with every manufacturer. Find a Cervélo, Bianchi, or any other stock bike under $5,000 that comes with anything but a compact. Example: A $4,300 Bianchi with Campagnolo Athena ships with 50/34.

    Why is this is the one issue on which cyclists can debate endlessly without giving an inch? There’s just enough engineering involved to help each person feel secure in the conviction that the other is an idiot, unable to do math, or much more than two months from peaking.

    I’m a chainring hedonist. Although I get my kicks on 53/39, I fully respect anyone who chooses a compact.

    But a triple? Blood will be spilled!

  10. @blaireau
    On the 52/14 single-speed, I will have to defer to your superior eye and engine.
    Speaking of monikers, are you a self-effacing francophone?

  11. Collin :
    @Gianni Alexis can take my wheel anytime, though I’d much more likely be taking hers unless she was on a recovery recovery ride.

    Even if she was on a recovery ride, wouldn’t you prefer to take her wheel?

  12. @Collin
    You really did stare at that photo for a while. If the women’s kit changes this season, we will know who to thank.
    Garmin-Cervelo now has the men’s and women’s road titles and the men’s TT for Oz on their team. Nice.

  13. @roadslave

    when the dust settles, I’ll show you the scars and bruises I’ve still got from last time I tried to fight that fight on this website

    They are a hostile and stubborn crew. A good argy will keep everyone in the Northern hemisphere warm at least. There is hardly any racing to think about so we might as well get on to this.

    @xyxax
    Thanks for the data, I’ll need all the help I can get. I should go through all the old posts/comments/diatribes but that would require effort.

  14. 50/34 and 11-25 for me. Gives me lots of gear choices, low end for the big hills around here and a higher top end than a 53-12. Flame on!

  15. I’m seeing a cycle here for the compact debate. Maybe about every three months or so it surfaces. Gianni’s reflections on his switch are eagerly awaited. As for me 50/34 and 11/23 on numero uno, 53/39 and 12/23 on numero dos, 50/34 and 12/25 on cross.

  16. @Marko, @sgt, @Gianni
    I just put on a 56/55 and swapped my cassette out for a 4-11.

  17. It’s almost as if Radioshack was excited by the challenge of coming up with an even uglier design concept than that strapless-dress design from last year.

  18. closer and closer…

  19. Quick Step has good team chemistry, I think.

  20. Okay! Tomeke ties for 5th in the prologue today in Qatar! Now I do not want to read too much into a 3K ITT Prologue but I soooo hope he either gets his 3rd Flanders or 4th P-R this Spring (or both!). GOOOOO Tomeke!!!

  21. Tomeke!!! Cannot wait for the full stage results! (Yes, I realize it is only Qatar but come on, the form looks GOOD!!!)

  22. @Buck Rogers
    There is truth to “it is only Qatar”. But, that’s where the who’s who is racing this week. Fun to see all the big boy names in the race report.

  23. @Marko
    My HUGE fear all winter has been how is Boonen going to come into this season after the injury and surgery last year. Great to see him outkicking all the big hitters in the sprint, Cancellara as well as Steegmans, Eisel, Renshaw, Bennati, O’Grady, Flecha, Hunt, Haussler, Hammond, Klier, Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervélo) and Burghard. Let’s hope this is a harbinger of the Spring Classics!

  24. @Buck Rogers
    Great stage this morning. Boonen looked really strong. And, I’m happy to see Haussler ride well after his disastrous 2010 season.

  25. I know it’s the very beginning of the season, but you have to wonder what’s going on in the Garmin-Cervelo and Lay-Oh-Pard Trek buses after that fiasco. They made the selection with multiple riders each, but Boonen was still able to snatch the win. Kudos to Boonen, but, really: that shouldn’t have happened. Good to see Flecha and Rollin in the final group, though.

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