Jun 24, 2016

Friday File: Milo's Marinoni Attraction

#steelisreal #capnothats
photo: Cycling Art

Our long time friends' Jim and Jen paid us a visit with their 13 month year old son, Milo. We had a cycling cap for him and he was attracted to my classic steel bike. A future Marinoni owner? I certainly think so!

Jun 23, 2016


The champion cyclist... circa. 1945

Giuseppe Marinoni is the master frame builder whose bikes are prized by devotees. He is the father of my 1987 and I'm proud to know he stood over building and welding the torch in his hand. At 75 he accomplished the world hour record in his age group in Italy. And, when he turns 80 he plans to beat the world hour record in the new Milton velodrome.

Jun 20, 2016

Summer Solstice Ride up Burnaby Mountain

This AM, nice and quiet...
The separate multi user bike/pedestrian path way. Car lane 
to the left and out of harms way.
All photos: Cycling Art

To harken in summer, I decided to ride up Burnaby mountain. It's one of my all time favorite rides. A steep 371m climb made comfortably with my 39x29T. The steepest pitch is really near the top up Gaglardi Way onto a separated multi-user path way (the steep part of the climb). It's smartly created to separate the 4-wheel kind from us bikers placing us out of harms way. Co-mingling is good but to a certain point. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year when there are approximately 17 hours of light. These days I don't have much time to ride as I'm getting ready to take a break at the end of this month. After June 29 I'll have sporadic posts into late July (that's the plan).

On my return, nearing my home something dropped unannounced through my left side helmet vent. It felt like a bee sting, yet I never found anything. May be something fell from out of the overhead trees? Now, I wished I have worn my cycling cap. Oh well... welcome summer!

Jun 17, 2016

Friday File: Put my head down and went as hard as I did.

Friday File...

I like Tejay Van Garderen and was a bit crushed when he lost out to Wilco Kelderman on Thursday's stage in the Tour de Suisse. He lost his chance of competing for the overall. Today was a better day (above). He won the queen stage to Solden and made good form for July.

"You're never sure of a stage victory until you cross the line so I just put my head down and went as hard as I did. It's tempting to look back and I think I did look back a few times but I just tried to keep my head forward. "

- Tejay Van Garderen.

Happy 71st birthday to Eddy Merckx...

Trek Segafredo in California...

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