Nov 27, 2015

Friday File: Winter in Roubaix & How to avoid winter cycling mistakes.

November in Roubaix, 2015...
photo Jered Gruber

Can cobbles be so breathtakingly beautiful in November? I think so. Photographer Jered Gruber has captured it so well.

...April in Roubaix,
Pierre Bazzo (La Rodoute-Motobecane) in 1981.

Winter, and that means winter season riding. Due to space challenges of apartment living I forgo the luxury of a winter bike or a second bike and exclusively ride my Marinoni the entire season. That means more attention to maintenance and cleaning. Here's GCN's, 'How to avoid winter cycling mistakes' - with good pointers...

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Flahute Cycling Cap

Nov 25, 2015

Red Dots Cycling: Black Friday Sale starts today

Flahute Cycling Cap
photo Red Dots Cycling

Looking to enjoy a Red Dots Cycling cap? Today begins Red Dots Cycling's Black Friday Sale - get 25% off every cap in stock, today thru November 29th (11:59 PST).

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Nov 23, 2015

Maestro on the cobbles

King Kelly of the Kassien.

Sean Kelly was one of the greatest on the cobbles. Two wins at Paris-Roubaix, a victory in Ghent-Wevelgem and three times a runner-up at the Tour of Flanders, Kelly was one of the king of the Classics. When the roads turn to dangerous cobbles, the Irish legend knows a thing or two on how to ride les pave...

Nov 20, 2015

Friday File: Toiling through Hell

1969: Merckx toils through hell.

The church of les paves will be re-visited in five months...

"Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven."

- Paradise Lost, John Milton (1608-1674).

"Today we are visiting a world that would have been forgotten if one day a bike race hadn't had this crazy idea, once a year, of turning left on the way out from Troisvilles, leaving the civilization of the car to plunge into the meandering history of the Nord. The names are devilishly evocative: Inchy, Verchain-Maugre, Querenaing. They are the first stations of the cross. You couldn't invent something like that."

- Philippe Bouvet, L'Equipe, 2006.

Paris-Roubaix: of biblical proportions.

Peter Sagan's Sportful factory tour...

If Peter Sagan gets tired of the road, I think he can (or will) shine here...

UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships review.

I returned from my successful doctor's visit with a new outlook and anticipation to getting back on my bike...

Nov 18, 2015

Francesco Moser: Hell on L'enfer du nord

"I saw a rider lying on the ground. It was a really bad day. I rode over his bike. I reckoned if I'd braked I'd have gone down anyway and landed on top of him, so I might as well go over."

- Francesco Moser, 3-time champion of L'enfer du Nord.

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