Friday File: The Haarlem Cycling Cap, Goggles & Dust and A mechanic's two-wheel view for hell

The Haarlem Cycling Cap
courtesy Red Dots Cycling

Friday File and one week until Christmas day. Are you still looking for last minute gift ideas? May I direct your attention to the newest custom caps from Red Dots Cycling made for Road Holland Cycling Apparel, The Haarlem Cycling Cap.

All photos: Cycling Art

For all cycling fans that love the rich history of this great sport,  I recommend, 'Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days' by the The Horton Collection. Thanks to Shelly and Brett Horton for their increasing number (350 K and counting) of original photographs and negatives that span the late 1800s through the 1970s. That's quite a collection. This book is hard to put down and I find myself happily going back to all the photos of a time gone by. 

Every image celebrates the grit and determination of the cycling
heroes of the past.

As Paris-Roubaix is a 'scant' four months away, I'm already looking forward to it. The race has always been a testing ground for modifications for the bikes. Here's an interesting video, from last year, of how Astana's mechanic has their bikes set-up for a rough time on les paves. As bike technology changes the race remains for the riders and their mechanics, as the most challenging one-day classic.

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