Black reflective tape on the Rain Bike

Black reflective tape on the Rain Bike

The Reflective Bike of Authority

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Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn’t being used as a weapon of Mass V-struction, it should be pampered and polished lovingly. Best to leave the dirty work of training in Rule #9 conditions to a dedicated, loyal workhorse with less expensive componentry. It isn’t so much that a bike can’t handle getting wet – don’t be ridiculous – but rather that everything wears more quickly; road grit gets into the drivetrain, water seeps into bearings, and brake pads and rims wear like butter on a grindstone.

I find myself in the enviable position of having my repaired Cervélo R3 holding rank as my current Rain Bike. Having such a steed at hand any time the rain falls makes riding in bad weather all the more enjoyable. I did make some modifications to it, however. For starters, the cassette and chain are both Veloce instead of Record; not only are the less expensive, they appear to be more durable as well. As for hoops, a pair of Mavic Open Pros can’t be beat for durability and reliability.

But perhaps the most important modification centers around making the bike elegantly hi-vis. In addition to Lezyne flashers front and back for visibility, I have also applied strips of black 3M reflective tape to the chain stays, seat post, crank arms, down tube, and head tube. When a light isn’t shining on the tape, you can’t even see its there, but under the shine of a car’s headlights, the bike springs to life.

Riding in bad weather is all about durability and safety; the bike should be outfitted with reliable parts, and the rider should take care to be safe and visible. So whenver you’re riding in Rule #9 conditions, remember these safety tips:

  1. Assume the cars around you do not appreciate the dangers of being on a bicycle in the rain. If you find yourself being followed by a car at a point where it is unsafe for them to pass, either be assertive and take the lane to prevent them making a move that could put you at risk, or pull off the road completely to allow them to pass.
  2. Ride with confidence and make predictable movements. Always signal clearly when making turns. Make eye contact with drivers at intersections and clearly indicate your intended direction of travel.
  3. Always assume cars around you do not see you. Use flashers in any low light situations and give plenty of room to allow for increased stopping distance.
  4. When riding at night, the use of both a helmet mounted light and handlebar mounted light helps drivers realize you are a bicycle and not a motorcycle. I’m not sure why this is, but experience has proven this to be the case.
  5. Avoid riding through puddles, especially ones you can’t see the bottom of; potholes can be bigger than they appear or hidden completely by standing water.

Riding in bad weather means you’re a badass, but it also means cars are less likely to see you or expect to find you out on the road. In accordance with two of the V Tenets of the Velominati, we are to Look Fantastic at All Times, and Return Home Safely To Ride Again Tomorrow. My Reflective Bike of Authority plays nicely in both respects.

Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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  1. @sthilzy What do you need to have a gun there though?

  2. @teleguy57

    @KW

    @wiscot

    @KW

    @wiscot

    You boys need to come and ride with me in my part of SE Wisconsin. Seriously, I have maybe 2-3 encounters with asshole drivers a year here. And we have big trucks – this is serious hunting country. Most drivers are extremely polite – wait to pass, wave at me unbidden. Of course, I try to be overly polite too.

    Now when I lived in Indiana, it was a whole lot of the opposite . . .

    That’s cause you live up there in the middle of nowhere. You need to come down here and ride in the city more often!

    Seriously though, I find that the drivers in the near suburbs are worse. They’re soooo important, and I’m just in the way.

    I’ll try and get a WI cogal set up for this summer. It’ll be on the good roads in Washington, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and possibly Ozaukee counties. Well away from the burbs . . . unless you count Kewaskum as a burb of West Bend . . .

    Most all of my rides take me north and west of the city. I get into Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties quite a bit. Some fantastic roads up there. Makes me feel like I’m in Flanders with the aroma of all the cow shit.

    We have a mix of great drivers and horrible drivers around the Fox Valley. Love riding in Ozaukee (son and daughter-in-law live in Cedarburg) and Washington (Sister in Richfield) Counties. Two weekends ago was able to ride around the Pewaukee Lake area “” great riding, and some nice little hills to boot.

    We have plenty of Flanders smells around here; this was only a few weeks back. That’s not exposed dirt from snow melt in the background….

    Ah, I can smell it just looking at the photo.

    Pewaukee Lake is a great ride–one of my favorites in the area. In fact it might be on this weekend’s agenda. It’s a nice 70-75km loop around the lake from my house. More climbing than you might expect at first too.

  3. Now that it doesn’t rain in Texas anymore I have no use for a “rain” bike… it is now simply known as  “#2″. That doesn’t mean there is no Rule #9 riding…. Quite the contrary. Extremely bitter winter (for us) with morning temps consistently in the 20’s & 30’s for waaaay longer than past years. Oh and its often ridiculously windy as well. You want to ride those Zipp 404’s? That’s fine- just stay in the back of the pace line because nobody wants to ride behind you today. Good advice on the visibility of riders. Most of our rides begin in the dark and I’ve never heard anyone complaining of being too visible. We also put a premium on respectful riding while in traffic zones…. Nothing like a group of 20 blowing through red lights with their team kit on… Thank You sponsors!

  4. @KW

    @teleguy57

    @KW

    @wiscot

    @KW

    @wiscot

    You boys need to come and ride with me in my part of SE Wisconsin. Seriously, I have maybe 2-3 encounters with asshole drivers a year here. And we have big trucks – this is serious hunting country. Most drivers are extremely polite – wait to pass, wave at me unbidden. Of course, I try to be overly polite too.

    Now when I lived in Indiana, it was a whole lot of the opposite . . .

    That’s cause you live up there in the middle of nowhere. You need to come down here and ride in the city more often!

    Seriously though, I find that the drivers in the near suburbs are worse. They’re soooo important, and I’m just in the way.

    I’ll try and get a WI cogal set up for this summer. It’ll be on the good roads in Washington, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and possibly Ozaukee counties. Well away from the burbs . . . unless you count Kewaskum as a burb of West Bend . . .

    Most all of my rides take me north and west of the city. I get into Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties quite a bit. Some fantastic roads up there. Makes me feel like I’m in Flanders with the aroma of all the cow shit.

    We have a mix of great drivers and horrible drivers around the Fox Valley. Love riding in Ozaukee (son and daughter-in-law live in Cedarburg) and Washington (Sister in Richfield) Counties. Two weekends ago was able to ride around the Pewaukee Lake area “” great riding, and some nice little hills to boot.

    We have plenty of Flanders smells around here; this was only a few weeks back. That’s not exposed dirt from snow melt in the background….

    Ah, I can smell it just looking at the photo.

    Pewaukee Lake is a great ride-one of my favorites in the area. In fact it might be on this weekend’s agenda. It’s a nice 70-75km loop around the lake from my house. More climbing than you might expect at first too.

    Ok, ok, ok. I will get a WI cogal on the slate soon. Sounds like there’s a bunch of us riding around unaware of our mutual Velominati status. Any of you guys doing the Cheesehead Roubaix? The UPAF ride in Mke is too easy. The Oostburg Christian School does a nice 160 kms ride in spring.  If you want an awesome late season ride, the Maywood Nature Center in Sheboygan do the best 180 kms ride around. Great roads, organization and a nice, brutal route.

  5. @wiscot I agree with Wisconsin drivers. I once had a woman stop and flag me down to apologize for passing so closely.  Thing about it was that I hadn’t noticed.

  6. A WI cogal is a necessity.

    Cheesehead Roubaix is definitely on the agenda this year. I did the Door County Century last year. Very well run event.

    I’m still not sure which other big rides I’m going to be able to do this year. Our baby is due in early September, so I’m afraid that a lot of late season stuff may have to go by the wayside this year. That said, I’d like to do Race the Lake. We’ll see what happens.

  7. @KW

    A WI cogal is a necessity.

    Cheesehead Roubaix is definitely on the agenda this year. I did the Door County Century last year. Very well run event.

    I’m still not sure which other big rides I’m going to be able to do this year. Our baby is due in early September, so I’m afraid that a lot of late season stuff may have to go by the wayside this year. That said, I’d like to do Race the Lake. We’ll see what happens.

    I’ve also committed to ride the Cheesehead Robaiux (looking for tire advice) and hope to do the Ridges Ride in June. I agree on the DCC . I’ve done it for the last 4 years but will miss it this year. Am planning on the new Peninsula Century the following Saturday. Congrats to you and your misses.

  8. BTW, nice to see the Wisconsinites hijack the thread (sorry @frank!).

    Where’s @The Oracle??

  9. @KW

    BTW, nice to see the Wisconsinites hijack the thread (sorry @frank!).

    Where’s @The Oracle??

    RedRanger should stick its head in here too.

  10. @KW

    BTW, nice to see the Wisconsinites hijack the thread (sorry @frank!).

    Where’s @The Oracle??

    With the weather we’ve been having, all we can do is talk about cycling.  F**k’n snowing at this very minute.

  11. @Puffy

    http://shop.fyxo.co/predator-cycling-kit/

    Adidas is not going to like the three stripes being used here. Adidas bought the trademark way back when and will always object to the use of 2, 3 or 4 stripes along the side of sweat pants that aren’t theirs.

  12. @Kyle

    @wiscot I agree with Wisconsin drivers. I once had a woman stop and flag me down to apologize for passing so closely. Thing about it was that I hadn’t noticed.

    I had a woman pull over on 144 north of West Bend a year or two ago to warn me that she’d heard there were thunderstorms heading in our direction. I was 10kms from home as it was and I thanked her profusely. Got home dry and she restored a little bit of my faith in humanity.

  13. @wiscot There British broadcaster/writer Frank Muir and in his autobiography wrote that he was driving down a country road in an open top sport car, a woman going the other way yelled “PIG” as they passed.  He was just thinking that was a bit rude when he crested a hill and hit a pig that was just over the brow.

  14. @DeKerr

    @frank

    @wiscot

    Great piece! I finally rode #2 bike this weekend as the roads were sufficiently dry to warrant it. Otherwise, I’ve been plugging away on my mongrel winter/rain bike with judiciously applied red reflective tape. Where do you get the black stuff?

    Just got the 3M stuff off Amazon. Tried getting it from local Marina supply stores, but none of them could get it.

    Is buying from Amazon the same as buying local if you live in Seattle?

    http://www.amazon.com/3M-03614-Scotch-Mount-Molding-Tape/dp/B002JOVUO0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1396303874&sr=8-4&keywords=3m+black+tape

    I think you meant:

    http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotchcal-Reflective-Striping-5-Inch/dp/B00063XI64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8

    Unless the moulding tape is what was used to fix the R3?

    What the fuck is molding tape? Yes, I mean the stuff you pointed to!

    @Barracuda

    3M reflective tape just may be the new black !

    I do alot, refer 2 kids, of night riding so if the tape doesnt detract from number 1 then I may give it a go. Sadly no rain bike option for me unless you count a circa 1989 steel “Dodsun” converted to a short flat bar or an OLD USPS Trek frame with no running gear.

    Im covered back and front with Ay-Up twin headlights and a Thunderbolt tail light. Its the cars coming side on at country road intersections that can cause issues. Descreet flasher on the helmet might be an option and keep the head pointed to the approaching car on those side roads.

    I have it on the sides of the head tube, and on my cranks as well. I’ve put a planet flasher on my helmet at time too; when its really dark. I don’t think there’s such a thing as being too visible so long as you still Look Fantastic. The flasher on the helmet is borderline.

  15. @Puffy

    @sthilzy

    Another tip is to give a salute/nod to the driver’s that treats you with repsect on the road. They may even tell one of their fellow motorist that they had a good experience with sharing the road with a cyclist and may change the view of another driver or more for the better.

    As it happens, I smile and wave both at the idots, and those going a little out of their way to do the right thing. Including the wanker in the cement truck on the rainy pre-dawn. There were only two of us on the road, but for somereason he decided to cut infront of me and slam on the brakes before taking off again. After cathing up with him and asking WTF he was playing it he replied “It’s dark, wet, and slippery. You shouldn’t be on the road”. If only it were possible to charge him with attempted murder because that is what it was. How I stayed up right, and did not go under his wheels I don’t know.

    Same here, bees and honey and all that. If someone does something bad, its most likely that there is no reasoning with them, but yelling at them will only make them (a) defensive or (b) reinforce that cyclists are assholes.

    The only success I’ve ever had was explaining to the driver what a bad situation that could have been and approach it in terms of a learning experience. Even then, the pickings are slim.

  16. @ChrisO@Mikael Liddy

    @ChrisO

    @Frank It’s been a while since I’ve had my pedant hat on but I don’t think you meant “In accordance with two of The V Tenants of the Velominati…” unless it was a deliberate error, which to all intensive porpoises it could be.

    V tenants would imply they were temporarily renting space, whereas V Tenets would mean they were fundamental principles.

    delightfully done.

    Indeed. Corrected. Gives you an idea the kind of work our Editors had on their hands. Its a miracle the book got printed at all.

    @Dr C

    Blimey, due reverence to rain bikes – dismantled my rain bike last weekend, and was overcome with guilt and expense as every fourth bolt I released snapped off, leaving me with two banjaxed derailleurs and a cahin that makes a circle in two separate planes!

    This despite regular degreasing and dry lubing – I’ll not describe the state of the headset bearings for fear of a lifetime ban

    That said, I’m flogging the frame (giant Defy Aluxx) as I just hate riding it, and am swapping in a new Canyon Aluminium Ultimate AL SLX frame – can’t wait – plan is I will want to take the long route home, where the white Defy (actually my wife’s bike which I have pinched) is just too much like a busted sofa to make me want to ride it anywhere further than a crow’s line home – anyway, it certainly owes me nothing, but I owe the LBS a few quid more than I thought I would – seems like a mothly full overhaul for the #2 next winter is in order

    Just wait till you pull your BB. You will say to yourself, “I thought these were sealed?..”

    I can’t overstate how important it is to have a good rain bike and that its one you enjoy riding. It doesn’t have to be an R3, for fucks sake – that just happened through stable attrition – but you have to be comfortable on it. First, you are in a riskier situation, so comfort and dependability is criticial, but also you’ll ride it as much or more than your #1, so its worth the extra care to get it right.

  17. @therealpeel

    Thought for a moment this was a posting for April fools day- reasonable, well thought out, encouraging function over form/appearance and without hyperbole. Alas, I checked the date and has to concede that it was just a decent thoughtful article.

    If there is an April Fools aspect to this, it is those Camo kits.

    I do occasionally give in to reason. But I have thankfully manage to keep it to a minimum.

  18. @frank

    @therealpeel

    Thought for a moment this was a posting for April fools day- reasonable, well thought out, encouraging function over form/appearance and without hyperbole. Alas, I checked the date and has to concede that it was just a decent thoughtful article.

    If there is an April Fools aspect to this, it is those Camo kits.

    I do occasionally give in to reason. But I have thankfully manage to keep it to a minimum.

    My Giro DND Green Camo/Gum gloves are retired.

  19. @frank

    @ChrisO, @Mikael Liddy

    @ChrisO

    @Frank It’s been a while since I’ve had my pedant hat on but I don’t think you meant “In accordance with two of The V Tenants of the Velominati…” unless it was a deliberate error, which to all intensive porpoises it could be.

    V tenants would imply they were temporarily renting space, whereas V Tenets would mean they were fundamental principles.

    delightfully done.

    Indeed. Corrected. Gives you an idea the kind of work our Editors had on their hands. Its a miracle the book got printed at all.

    @Dr C

    Blimey, due reverence to rain bikes – dismantled my rain bike last weekend, and was overcome with guilt and expense as every fourth bolt I released snapped off, leaving me with two banjaxed derailleurs and a cahin that makes a circle in two separate planes!

    This despite regular degreasing and dry lubing – I’ll not describe the state of the headset bearings for fear of a lifetime ban

    That said, I’m flogging the frame (giant Defy Aluxx) as I just hate riding it, and am swapping in a new Canyon Aluminium Ultimate AL SLX frame – can’t wait – plan is I will want to take the long route home, where the white Defy (actually my wife’s bike which I have pinched) is just too much like a busted sofa to make me want to ride it anywhere further than a crow’s line home – anyway, it certainly owes me nothing, but I owe the LBS a few quid more than I thought I would – seems like a mothly full overhaul for the #2 next winter is in order

    Just wait till you pull your BB. You will say to yourself, “I thought these were sealed?..”

    I can’t overstate how important it is to have a good rain bike and that its one you enjoy riding. It doesn’t have to be an R3, for fucks sake – that just happened through stable attrition – but you have to be comfortable on it. First, you are in a riskier situation, so comfort and dependability is criticial, but also you’ll ride it as much or more than your #1, so its worth the extra care to get it right.

    I will tell the VMH that Frank says I need to get another bike so I can make my current #1 my rain bike. That will go over well.

  20. @Nik

    Can a rain bike be called a Nine Bike?

    Sitting in my office taking to your dad. Surreal. He wondered what “nine bike” meant. Ha!

  21. @frank Thanks for the ruling on helmet lights. I have one but was worried that they may succumb to the masturbation principle. It’s barely a step up from a beanie with a propeller on top, but a tad more effective at stopping you from getting an SUV up the ass.

  22. @KW

    BTW, nice to see the Wisconsinites hijack the thread (sorry @frank!).

    Where’s @The Oracle??

    Hey, we’re in the Final Four too, so it’s all good.

  23. @wiscot

    Of the teams that are left, I’m pulling for Wisconsin.

  24. @wiscot

    @KW

    @wiscot

    You boys need to come and ride with me in my part of SE Wisconsin. Seriously, I have maybe 2-3 encounters with asshole drivers a year here. And we have big trucks – this is serious hunting country. Most drivers are extremely polite – wait to pass, wave at me unbidden. Of course, I try to be overly polite too.

    Now when I lived in Indiana, it was a whole lot of the opposite . . .

    That’s cause you live up there in the middle of nowhere. You need to come down here and ride in the city more often!

    Seriously though, I find that the drivers in the near suburbs are worse. They’re soooo important, and I’m just in the way.

    I’ll try and get a WI cogal set up for this summer. It’ll be on the good roads in Washington, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and possibly Ozaukee counties. Well away from the burbs . . . unless you count Kewaskum as a burb of West Bend . . .

    Keep me informed. I have no idea where those places are but I cant be all that far from them. Also Im signed up for the second annual Bear 100(100k in my case) Its north of here about 80 miles.

  25. @Teocalli

    @wiscot There British broadcaster/writer Frank Muir and in his autobiography wrote that he was driving down a country road in an open top sport car, a woman going the other way yelled “PIG” as they passed. He was just thinking that was a bit rude when he crested a hill and hit a pig that was just over the brow.

    That is an awesome story.  And while yours does have the added advantage of being true, it does remind me of one my grandma used to tell about two hobos on top of a train. As they approach a tunnel, one yells “duck!” The other replies “duck nothin’, thems geese.” I sense a collective groan from my children even now, but it still makes me smile.

  26. A whole family just rode by this bus stop on foldable bikes.

  27. @teleguy57

    Why is that perfectly serviceable Nine Bike laying on the ground, on it’s side, in the mud, cow manure, and the snow? I may only may be a lowly Velominatus Level 4 Pedalwan, but the shame!

    On Wisconsin!

    University of Wisconsin, 1982

  28. @piwakawaka  @Giles  @Blah  @Ken Ho  @DerHoggz  @Marko

    yeah, it was foolish on that day. My son’s b’day btw.

    could’ve gone with this;

    http://road.cc/content/news/115466-uci-announces-change-direction-southern-hemisphere-track-racing

    thanks Frank for the heads up on the black 3m reflective tape. Getting me a few meters/yards (Rule #24 here as we’ll?)

  29. @Optimiste

    @Teocalli

    @wiscot There British broadcaster/writer Frank Muir and in his autobiography wrote that he was driving down a country road in an open top sport car, a woman going the other way yelled “PIG” as they passed. He was just thinking that was a bit rude when he crested a hill and hit a pig that was just over the brow.

    That is an awesome story. And while yours does have the added advantage of being true, it does remind me of one my grandma used to tell about two hobos on top of a train. As they approach a tunnel, one yells “duck!” The other replies “duck nothin’, thems geese.” I sense a collective groan from my children even now, but it still makes me smile.

    From my memory of Frank Muir I would not guarantee the story was true just because it was in his autobiography!  Yours is very much like the “What’s the famous last words of a Redneck?”….”Hey bud, watch this”…….

  30. @G’rilla

    A whole family just rode by this bus stop on foldable bikes.

    Is there a collective noun for that?

  31. @wiscot

    @KW

    BTW, nice to see the Wisconsinites hijack the thread (sorry @frank!).

    Where’s @The Oracle??

    Hey, we’re in the Final Four too, so it’s all good.

    I’m not a basketball fan, and I’m not that big a Badgers fan (non-native Wisconsinite). But even I have to be excited about this one. On Wisconsin!

    @RedRanger

    @wiscot

    @KW

    @wiscot

    You boys need to come and ride with me in my part of SE Wisconsin. Seriously, I have maybe 2-3 encounters with asshole drivers a year here. And we have big trucks – this is serious hunting country. Most drivers are extremely polite – wait to pass, wave at me unbidden. Of course, I try to be overly polite too.

    Now when I lived in Indiana, it was a whole lot of the opposite . . .

    That’s cause you live up there in the middle of nowhere. You need to come down here and ride in the city more often!

    Seriously though, I find that the drivers in the near suburbs are worse. They’re soooo important, and I’m just in the way.

    I’ll try and get a WI cogal set up for this summer. It’ll be on the good roads in Washington, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and possibly Ozaukee counties. Well away from the burbs . . . unless you count Kewaskum as a burb of West Bend . . .

    Keep me informed. I have no idea where those places are but I cant be all that far from them. Also Im signed up for the second annual Bear 100(100k in my case) Its north of here about 80 miles.

    That looks like a great ride! Beautiful area up there. We’ve got a cabin in Florence County and we’ll occasionally take the long way  up through the Nicolet Forest.

    Where are you located?

  32. I am currently building my nine bike. I look forward to the commute on the new steed! Anyone have recommendations on tasteful lights?

  33. @Minnesota Expat

    @teleguy57

    Why is that perfectly serviceable Nine Bike laying on the ground, on it’s side, in the mud, cow manure, and the snow? I may only may be a lowly Velominatus Level 4 Pedalwan, but the shame!

    On Wisconsin!

    University of Wisconsin, 1982

    Appreciate your concern for my Nine (love that new term).  What doesn’t show in the pic is the small hunk of wood under the handlebars, which by the way, are on snow and not mud.  All for arts’ sake.  It does get mud on it from riding, as as a Wisconsin grad and Minnesota expat your know everything gets snow on it here at some point or another so that I’m not too worried about.

    I do have a small pump garden sprayer which I keep filled with water, and any bike ridden in Rule #9 conditions gets a quick spray upon arrival back home, then a bit more of a cleaning once I can feel fingers/toes again.

  34. @Teocalli

    @wiscot There British broadcaster/writer Frank Muir and in his autobiography wrote that he was driving down a country road in an open top sport car, a woman going the other way yelled “PIG” as they passed. He was just thinking that was a bit rude when he crested a hill and hit a pig that was just over the brow.

    Brilliant. I can almost hear him recounting the story on Call My Bluff.

  35. @KW Im in the Wausau area. Recently moved here from Arizona.

  36. @RedRanger

    @KW Im in the Wausau area. Recently moved here from Arizona.

    My googly maps tells me you’re about 250km from West Bend where @wiscot is based.

  37. Of course, then there’s racing in the rain. A whole new set of circumstances. A five + nine bike?

  38. @frank

    By the way, I’m so pleased to hear that you managed to resurrect your beloved R3 and having ridden my new model for some time now (remember Cervelo replaced my cracked frame) I completely understand why you decided not to go for a later model. Totally different feel (that I’m not chuffed with).

    Ruckus Carbon Repair fixed it; it was only a few hundie, too. You’d never know anything happened.

    And here I thought that you should just convert it to a track bike for your next hour record attempt.

  39. @Ccos

    Of course, then there’s racing in the rain. A whole new set of circumstances. A five + Nine Bike?

    Always race on your #1. Just don’t forget to clean it.

  40. I love the new lexicon term. My Nine Bike is of course my previous #1, the ’06 Marinoni Super Vectra with durable 105 Group-San. Last year the #1 was the Cipollini Bond with Dura-Ace & Miche Supertype demo bike.

    This season, I will building this baby up…

    Right now, it is displayed with the 38mm Carrefour clinchers, but I think it will be sporting my own pair of the V Special Edition Arenberg 60s. Makes sense, n’est pas?

  41. @Dan_R The other point behind having bike num 1 and 9 bike is you have to fill in num’s 2 – 8.

  42. @Teocalli

    @Dan_R The other point behind having bike num 1 and 9 bike is you have to fill in num’s 2 – 8.

    I guess technically speaking, I have around fifty in the stable. Although 40 of them are for sale….

  43. @Dan_R ha ha! Indeed.

  44. @teleguy57

    I do have a small pump by SaveDaily Deals”>garden sprayer which I keep filled with water, and any bike ridden in Rule #9 conditions gets a quick spray upon arrival back home, then a bit more of a cleaning once I can feel fingers/toes again.

    Brilliant. Of course, if south Texas actually had weather (besides heat, humidity, wind and sun), I’d be heading over to Home Depot, er, scratch that, I mean my LBS, tomorrow for a pump garden sprayer!

    But Selling my old ride, a Trek 1000 upgraded with a Neuvation wheel set, was a condition for buying my 2014 Cannondale EVO. But now I’m thinking the Trek 1000 is a perfect Nine Bike commuter. It’ll need some 25’s, a little tread, and some small discreet fenders.

    Yeah, I know snow. Like Frank, I grew up skiing the snow and ice of Minnesota and cycling the dirty, slushy, salty snow of springtime. In fact, a good friend and Minnesota neighbor, a Belgian hardman no less, just posted his first bike commute ride of the season!

    Top ‘Durable Person’ Chosen (Wins Trip With GearJunkie Crew!)

    Our “Durable Person” project with CORDURA® Brand asked readers to submit a photo of an individual “doing something durable” (read: wild, tough, crazy, admirable, or extreme). We received hundreds of submissions and highlighted the top images in two posts last month. After sorting through the entries and vetting photos our judge panel made the tough decision to pick the four individuals below.

    Grand by SaveDaily Deals”>Prize: One entry floated to the top. Christian Franken of St. Paul submitted the durable selfie (above), taken on New Years Day, in below-zero air after a 20K ski near Lake Superior. “It was a perfect still winter morning,” he said. “I was skiing and looking for fox tracks in the new snow.” He was also pushing himself, training and honing his classic skiing skills for the races on his circuit each season.

    Franken, a native of Belgium who moved to the U.S. 25 years ago, has a background in mountaineering. He has climbed major peaks like Mount Blanc, Kilimanjaro, and Mount Kenya. Now 52, and with two sons, he focuses in XC skiing, cycling, canoeing, orienteering, and other endurance sports. “I love to go out and explore anywhere,” he said.

    Daym. What is it about Belgians?

  45. @Teocalli

    @Dan_R The other point behind having bike num 1 and 9 bike is you have to fill in num’s 2 – 8.

    Yes, there it is !

    Time to start working on numbers 2 through 8.

  46. @frank  “Lightweights” makes reflective decals that  (side by side) are brighter, lighter, and thiner than the 3M tape (black or silver). Can get it at amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_sporting-goods?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Light+Weights&node=3375251

    If you are doing significant night riding I definitely recomend the 86 Piece wheel tape for your spokes. Little bit of a learning curve putting them on.  Bike #2 has them full time and they are on Bike #1 training wheels. You can tastefully put leftover pieces on cable sheaths or quick release levers. It is surprising how reflective this stuff is. They also make colored tape that you can match to your helmet or other parts of your bike. Spoke tape might not look super pro but you will definitely be recognized as a bicycle. I do at least two rides per week after the kids are in bed so the trade off is worth it.

  47. @scaler911

    HA! I better buy him the book to reintroduce him to The Rules.

  48. Jenko and Schmidt are changing kit;


    Undercover Houston Cops On Bikes Are Nabbing Drivers Dangerous To Cyclists

    Ssomething like this should be done worldwide?

  49. In terms of visibility, what is the general consensus of my fellow Velominati/a on Revolights? Technologically I think they’re fantastic, both in terms of Rider Safety, and looking like something out of Tron, but a thinks they’re too over-the top and even so far as being (dare I say it) tacky.

  50. @Lazarus Thrift Continental makes a 4000s II (25mm) with a reflective Reflex sidewall — if that helps.

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