Anatomy of a Photo: Take a Look While You Still Can

Anatomy of a Photo: Take a Look While You Still Can

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FDJ guy: Is that the new fi'zi:k Kurve in Bull?

Fast Phil: Oui.

FDJ guy: Mind if I have a look?

Fast Phil: Do it while you can because it’ll be blowing past you later.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. @wiscot
    …glad I didn’t break out my Hamburglar blast…as a rookie in here I am getting a good history lesson today!

  2. Too much black and white in the amateur peloton now.

    Yeah. I agree!

    If you can’y decide black or white bar tape, this dude has it covered!

    Zebra Dude – “Can I come a Cogal with you?”

  3. @frank

    @Nate

    Is that really Urs in @Tobin’s pic? There is only the slightest hint of a moustache on that guy.

    No – that’s not Freuler as far as I can tell. That’s just some dude. Freuler is the only one I could pick out of a lineup on that team.

    Nah, it’s not Urs. 1) no mustache, 2) bike’s too small. Urs rode huge frames. Like, Frank big.

  4. @wiscot
    Atala is a classic no doubt, in the same way as Castorama and Carrera.

  5. @sthilzy

    Too much black and white in the amateur peloton now.
    Yeah. I agree!
    If you can’y decide black or white bar tape, this dude has it covered!

    Zebra Dude – “Can I come a Cogal with you?”

    Whew. Re-read the post there Sthilzy. Thought that was a pic of your good self. There’s only one human on the planet who can get away with looking like that, and that Dude is not him. I mean, that’s the most offensive pic hat’s been posted here in a long time.

    By the way, I hope he doesn’t live in WI as he’ll not be joining one of the WI cogals dressed like that.

  6. @Nate

    @frank
    Is that really Urs in @Tobin’s pic? There is only the slightest hint of a moustache on that guy.
    A black hole would have spontaneously formed if Urs was wearing the Atala stripes in this photo:

    More discussion here.

    See, the guy pointing at Laurent is saying, “see that Castorama kit with its pinstripes. It’s pure shite. The only real striped kit was the Atala one that Urs used to wear.

    I have to say this, but in that pic LF looks like a scared wee boy while UF looks like the man.

  7. @Nate

    @wiscot
    Atala is a classic no doubt, in the same way as Castorama and Carrera.

    Easy now! Which Carrera are we talking about? The Roche Carrera or the “denim” Carrera of Pantani?

    With you being a proud wearer of an apron, I thought you’d like the Castorama? No?

  8. @wiscot

    @Nate

    @wiscot
    Atala is a classic no doubt, in the same way as Castorama and Carrera.

    Easy now! Which Carrera are we talking about? The Roche Carrera or the “denim” Carrera of Pantani?
    With you being a proud wearer of an apron, I thought you’d like the Castorama? No?

    The denim Carerra of course.

    I wear my apron when I am maintaining my steed, or gluing up tubulars, and have the good sense and taste to remove it before throwing a leg over.

  9. @sthilzy

    Too much black and white in the amateur peloton now.
    Yeah. I agree!
    If you can’y decide black or white bar tape, this dude has it covered!

    Zebra Dude – “Can I come a Cogal with you?”

    WAAYYYY too much going on there. All the stripes fighting the lines on the garage door in the background, gloves, HB tape. I had to take some anti seizure we had laying around here in the OR.
    But hey, at least he looks like he thinks he looks good. Happy.

  10. That is a Mario fan right there – puts us all to shame. Holy shit. The bike, wheels, grouppo, kit, overshoes…the only things he got wrong are the helmet and the shades.

    All told, though, this one is probably bordering on not enough going on. I’m glad the guy knew where to draw the line, as far as we know.

  11. @wiscot

    @Nate

    @Tobin
    Wow, that Atala kit is horrendous. Looks like prison stripes.

    Hush yo mouth! That Alata kit is one of the greatest kits ever. Super cool, super distinctive and when worn by the greatest ‘tash-sporting style icon Urs Freuler, simply irreproachable.
    Let’s face it, most kits are fugly or simply forgettable. T\For classic kits the 70s had the Peugeot checkerboard and Renault, the 70″²s/80s had Raleigh, the 80s had Alata, Sem/Skil/Mavic and La Vie Claire, the 80s/90s had RMO.
    What other kits are classics?
    It’s well known that Tom Selleck was green with envy of the Mighty Urs.
    Hey Frank, when you gonna run the piece on Urs and let everyone know what a stud he was?

    Thank you. I saw someone in Italy with that full kit and I have searched high and low for one. It fucking rules. Those Urs photos are great, what a stud. He and his ‘stash did that kit proud.

  12. @sthilzy
    Unless he’s got 4 or 5 pieces of each of those kit options (perhaps not gloves & shoe covers) then he’s doing a bucket load of washing to make sure he’s matching that god awful paint scheme each ride, because it’s obvious that this dude has even more matching OCD than @Frank.

    @ALL STOP FUCKING QUOTING THE ORIGINAL POST! Seeing that photo once is bad enough, and yes the shouting was necessary.

  13. @Mikael Liddy
    And the first one to quote @Fronk’s last post is going directly to hell (or to San Franciso, or wherever else there is a vibrant – ahem – alternative scene)

  14. @frank

    That is a Mario fan right there – puts us all to shame. Holy shit. The bike, wheels, grouppo, kit, overshoes…the only things he got wrong are the helmet and the shades.


    All told, though, this one is probably bordering on not enough going on. I’m glad the guy knew where to draw the line, as far as we know.

    And then you had to go and post that last shot. I used to like you.
    And I pushed “quote” ’cause I know you wanted to see it again @ Mikael Liddy!

  15. i feel dirty just glancing at this thread… avert, avert!

  16. @scaler911
    Coming from you that’s a little rich don’t you think? You need me to point out the gender?

  17. @scaler911

    @frank

    That is a Mario fan right there – puts us all to shame. Holy shit. The bike, wheels, grouppo, kit, overshoes…the only things he got wrong are the helmet and the shades.


    All told, though, this one is probably bordering on not enough going on. I’m glad the guy knew where to draw the line, as far as we know.

    And then you had to go and post that last shot. I used to like you.
    And I pushed “quote” ’cause I know you wanted to see it again @ Mikael Liddy!

    Man that girl in the bottom photo has a great ass. Tho I usually like girls with longer hair.

  18. @sthilzy

    Too much black and white in the amateur peloton now.
    Yeah. I agree!
    If you can’y decide black or white bar tape, this dude has it covered!

    Zebra Dude – “Can I come a Cogal with you?”

    @frank

    That is a Mario fan right there – puts us all to shame. Holy shit. The bike, wheels, grouppo, kit, overshoes…the only things he got wrong are the helmet and the shades.


    All told, though, this one is probably bordering on not enough going on. I’m glad the guy knew where to draw the line, as far as we know.

    Hey! Turns out you can quote two people at once!

  19. Oh FFS

  20. @mouse

    Oh FFS

    But you came back and looked didn’t ya! :D I just had to do that after last seasons debacle.

  21. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Cyclopsbut surely you only wear The V-Kit, no? Whoops, forgot the state champs jersey.

    Actually, we are not allowed to wear The V kit in USAC sanctioned races, are we? Only USAC recognized and registered teams can wear team kits. I have just been wearing my generic cycling outfits in my races so far this year.

    I’ve been thinking about registering as a team, but haven’t made it on my priority list as of yet. If you need something done in order to wear The V-Kit (and you actually want to race in it) let me know and I’ll kick it up the list. I’m planning on racing in mine this year as well.

    http://www.usacycling.org/how-to-create-a-usa-cycling-club.htm

    150 bucks and anyone can attach themselves to the club, wear “club” jerseys on race day, etc, etc.

  22. @mcsqueak

    @The Oracle
    Cool, thanks for the link. My crap HMO has an in-house vision center, which does carry Oakley glasses but they never have the nice sunglasses on display. I’ll have to ask them what they can do in that case. My current sunglasses are Raybans with Oakley lenses, and I like the optics a lot.

    Oi Squeeky, I have had “photochromic” radar paths since 2009. Awesome!! Dark enough for Southern California on the brightest day, light enough that I never use anything else! Not prescription though but I don’t see why they should be different. Lot of mullah$$ though.. I got mine (which were $215) for $100 when I bought my bike from the LBS. After much haggling and having done the deal, almost, I said “chuck in those Oakleys for $100 and we’re done ” and he did and we were.

  23. @paolo

    @mcsqueak

    @The Oracle
    Cool, thanks for the link. My crap HMO has an in-house vision center, which does carry Oakley glasses but they never have the nice sunglasses on display. I’ll have to ask them what they can do in that case. My current sunglasses are Raybans with Oakley lenses, and I like the optics a lot.

    Oi Squeeky, I have had “photochromic” radar paths since 2009. Awesome!! Dark enough for Southern California on the brightest day, light enough that I never use anything else! Not prescription though but I don’t see why they should be different. Lot of mullah$$ though.. I got mine (which were $215) for $100 when I bought my bike from the LBS. After much haggling and having done the deal, almost, I said “chuck in those Oakleys for $100 and we’re done ” and he did and we were.

    Rudy Project also has RX.

    http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/index_inner_detail.php?group_id=1&cat_id=9&item_id=SP153887

    and these photo-chromatic
    http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/index_inner_detail.php?group_id=1&cat_id=1&item_id=SP118491

    I really like their stuff, and not just because I get a good deal on them (team sponsor). It’s nice.

  24. @scaler911

    Man that girl in the bottom photo has a great ass. Tho I usually like girls with longer hair.

    +1 beer out nose on keyboard. beauty

  25. Why do all of my favorite websites eventually devolve into softcore gay porn? What does that say about me, I wonder?

  26. Next time let’s. Hit reply instead of quote, shall we? Once is too much already.

  27. i really wanted to add something pithy, but all those pictures of cipollini have rendered me confused and angry like an old man trying to return soup at a deli

  28. @wiscot

    So I’m guessing that my black and white spotted “Holstein” gear is a no go?

  29. Maybe Andy Schleck should focus on the riding.

    Proving that the rule about the colour of shorts is entirely valid.

  30. Are we not doing a Paris-Nice VSP??

    I see the Schleckii twins are doing that

    Finally we’re getting back to Eurosport TV sensory overload and marital strain levels of bike racing coverage again, at long last

  31. @Dr C

    Are we not doing a Paris-Nice VSP??

    I see the Schleckii twins are doing that

    Finally we’re getting back to Eurosport TV sensory overload and marital strain levels of bike racing coverage again, at long last

    Yes we are! It will be going up later today. Thanks!

  32. @frank
    A wise, if a little eccentric and pointlessly tall, middle-aged sage once told me, “You can never be reminded too often”

  33. @Dr C
    Back to arguing over what has priority on the sky+ box; Come Dine With Me, East Enders, anything cycling related, Pony Club or Pair of Kings. To be fair the kids don’t argue about it too much, not because they don’t care but because the bulk of deletion goes on after their bedtime.

  34. @Chris
    sounds like there is no argument to be had there

    @frank
    is someone going to let Ron know? He seems to be viewing the site at the moment, but maybe a quick phone call to him might avoid recurrent bitter disappointment come the end of the Day 1 TT??

  35. @Dr C
    I’m sure that if we shared a sky+ box it wouldn’t be an argument but Mrs Chris doesn’t really get anything that doesn’t require contestants to be voted off either by a panel of judges or the public. I suppose that could be why she did rather enjoy the elimination Women’s Omnium Elimination race from the recent track racing from the Olympic Velodrome.

  36. @paolo

    I have had “photochromic” radar paths since 2009. Awesome!! Dark enough for Southern California on the brightest day, light enough that I never use anything else! Not prescription though but I don’t see why they should be different.

    I picked up some Oakley Flack Jacket XLJ for this season. Have opted for the photochromatic lenses so I don’t have to carry another “clear” pair in my back pocket. Right now the dark seems dark enough, and the clear end looks good for the shady stretchs of the road. Mine are Rx and I had them made by SportRx (ads in all the bike magazines) we have used them for a couple years now and their service has been exceptional.

  37. @GottaRideToday

    Top notch. I am heading towards needing a ‘scrip. I should go get a check up, I can tell my sight isn’t what it was.

  38. @Chris

    @Dr CI’m sure that if we shared a sky+ box it wouldn’t be an argument but Mrs Chris doesn’t really get anything that doesn’t require contestants to be voted off either by a panel of judges or the public. I suppose that could be why she did rather enjoy the elimination Women’s Omnium Elimination race from the recent track racing from the Olympic Velodrome.

    humble beginnings – keep working on it

  39. @GottaRideToday

    @paolo

    I have had “photochromic” radar paths since 2009. Awesome!! Dark enough for Southern California on the brightest day, light enough that I never use anything else! Not prescription though but I don’t see why they should be different.

    I picked up some Oakley Flack Jacket XLJ for this season. Have opted for the photochromatic lenses so I don’t have to carry another “clear” pair in my back pocket. Right now the dark seems dark enough, and the clear end looks good for the shady stretchs of the road. Mine are Rx and I had them made by SportRx (ads in all the bike magazines) we have used them for a couple years now and their service has been exceptional.

    Which photochromatics do you have? Very temped to get some myself – in Seattle we have lots of light variation and I find myself taking them on and off. I notice Oakley has two brands – the transitions and some unbranded ones – and have long wondered which are better.

  40. @frank

    Not that you asked me but I have the regular non transition ones. Before that I had some Tifosi ones which were much cheaper but broke when I cleaning them with a little too much rigour.

    Both work very well and very quickley. Other than that if you wanted to not use photochromatics I have found that the Oakely persimmon lens is one of the best all round lenses for going from light to dark conditions, for skiing anyways. Never used them for cycling but I would think it’s the same.

    ps my oaks are hydrothingymagig…works very well also….sweat beads and flows off.

  41. @Nate

    @wiscot
    Atala is a classic no doubt, in the same way as Castorama and Carrera.

    I like all three of them! Yeah, I know, I’m crazy & I definitely have an unusual fashion sense, but I like all three of those. Castorama’s faux hogwasher bibs – Classic!

  42. Oh, and I thought about this while out riding in the rain today. What saddle is Gilbert riding this year? I know he’s ridden the Sella Italia Flite Team in recent years.

  43. @Ron
    “faux hogwasher” — Love it, you sound like a New Yorker displaced to the South!

  44. @Ron
    I’m with you, Ron! I always thought it was a very cool outfit.

  45. @paolo

    @frank

    Not that you asked me but I have the regular non transition ones. Before that I had some Tifosi ones which were much cheaper but broke when I cleaning them with a little too much rigour.

    Both work very well and very quickley. Other than that if you wanted to not use photochromatics I have found that the Oakely persimmon lens is one of the best all round lenses for going from light to dark conditions, for skiing anyways. Never used them for cycling but I would think it’s the same.

    ps my oaks are hydrothingymagig…works very well also….sweat beads and flows off.

    Would you say the Oakley photochromatics get light enough to use at night?

    I always wear sunglasses while riding, even in cloudy/rainy conditions, as my sunglass lenses are light enough that I can see in those conditions, but dark enough to take the the edge off of really bright sunlight.

    When I was thinking about getting transitions lenses, I was thinking about the ones you usually see people have on their normal glasses, as those will go from totally transparent to standard “sunglasses” dark. Only I’d be mounting them in nice sunglasses frames.

    I guess I should really go into an Oakley store and ask them all these questions. I have a Flex account that I put extra into this year specifically for new riding glasses.

  46. @mcsqueak

    Hmmmm…I shall experiment forthwith and get back to you. I never ride in the dark. In Los Angeles drivers turn in to mental crazy persons at about 4pm…best to get off the road. I am working nights these next three nights. I don’t have my Oakleys with me right now but tomorrow night I shall begin my experiment!!

  47. @ dr squeekers

    I would say that..hmmmm..in fading light or a well lit area you might get away with the Ok photos. Maybe. But not in full on dark. And they would be off my eyes and in the vents well before that if it was me. So i guess I’m saying no. I wouldn’t want to risk it.

  48. @Ron

    Oh, and I thought about this while out riding in the rain today. What saddle is Gilbert riding this year? I know he’s ridden the Sella Italia Flite Team in recent years.

    Based on the website link in the most recent article I’d say it’s a fi'zi:k Kurve

  49. @frank
    After a bit of searching, I was able to track down the non-photoshopped version of your infamous Cipo photo.
    Though he’s Rule #33 compliant, He is sporting a fairly impressive set of wookie shorts.

  50. I’m resurrecting this thread because there seemed to be a lot of questions and interest regarding optical solutions/alternatives for cyclists. I was in exile during this time so I couldn’t respond…

    In any case, I will be at the 37th Annual Rhode Island Bike Show on Saturday from 9 to 2 answering people’s questions about just those things. If you are in the area, stop by, met me in person, and see why I am so awesome. Bring me your prescription so I can better help you, as well!

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