The new Brooks B1866 shop in Seven Dials, London is proud to announce that it will be offering custom bicycles direct instore from some of the most respected names in the handmade bicycle world. Dario Pegoretti, Ricky Feather, and Darren Crisp are already among those signed up to offer personal fittings directly inside the B1866 premises, meaning customers will not have to travel to the framebuilders’ studios, but be measured and fitted right in the heart of London.
B1866 is inviting customers to book their appointment now by contacting the store directly. Dario Pegoretti will be at the B1866 shop on the 31st January and 1st February, bringing along with him his latest creation, a collaboration with the new Brooks Cambium Saddle centered on the Italian espresso brand Goppion.
I mention all of this almost entirely as an excuse to post this picture of Dario Pegoretti, because it's awesome:
(Courtesy of Brooks)
If you're wondering what's going on in this photo, he's half-heartedly defending himself against the the deadly blade of Eric "The Chamferer" Murray:
They like to get into it after a few beers, and it's all fun and games before somebody loses a ponytail.
Also, speaking of Dario Pegoretti, this remains one of the greatest cycling interviews of all time:
The best part of all may be the thick-headed YouTube commenters who don't get it.
Meanwhile, in what should be major cycling news but isn't, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York (from which I've been banned) is suspiciously silent on the question of whether celebrity guest Stephen Roche will be tested at this year's event:
@granfondony I had a traumatic experience on New Year's day with someone in your jersey. Also, will Stephen Roche be tested?While they did reply to my reply, they didn't touch the Stephen Roche question, and it seems to me they have reason to be suspicious:
— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) January 30, 2014
In March 2000 the Italian judge Franca Oliva published a report detailing the investigation into sports doctors including Conconi. This official judicial investigation unequivocally found that Roche was administered EPO in 1993, his last year in the peloton. Files part of the investigation allegedly detail a number of aliases for Roche including Rocchi, Rossi, Rocca, Roncati, Righi and Rossini. In 2004 Judge Oliva again alleged that Roche had taken EPO during 1993 but due to the statute of limitations, neither Roche nor his team-mates at Carrera would be prosecuted.
Sure, he's been retired for over 20 years, but it's only fair, right? "Thanks so much for coming over for this, Mr. Roche. Now would you please pee in this cup?" Anyway, you'd think they'd be more careful after Fred-gate:
Also, they had this guy in 2011, and who knows what he was on at the time?
I mean really, is "Gran Fondo" Italian for "Drugs N' Freds" or what?
Obviously that's a rhetorical question. It's totally Italian for "Drugs N' Freds."
Of course, some might consider paying hundreds of dollars to follow a doper around to be a piece of cycling heaven, though a reader tells me you can also buy cycling heaven on eBay in the form of used Rapha packaging:
It’s not a myth that Rapha products are forged by the goddesses and immortals.
Its super premium heavenly quality, followed with beauty, perfect form and millionaire’s price tags!!!
Here’s your chance to be as close to the royal club. This will motivate you to work harder, sell your soul and grab the second mortgage just to get the complete kit so you could look sexier than Ricky Martin on two wheels.
Do place your bid early because this will change your life and marriage. After all, this is Rapha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tell me something I don't know. I've been putting Rapha tags on my Nashbar closeout shorts for years.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right you'll know, and if you're wrong you'll see thrills, chills, and spills at the 2014 British National Cyclocross Championships.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and stay warm. (Unless you already live somewhere warm, in which case screw you.)
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) What is the purpose of the "Speed Up Bag?"
--To make you go faster
--To dry your hands without wasting paper
--To shred your documents while on the go
(He sees a cyclist, and he's thinking something. But what?!?)
2) Fill in the blank:
"See cyclist. Think _____."
3) What reason does this person give for riding a Citi Bike in the winter?
--“We’re doing it for the look on people’s faces"
--"We're doing it because banks rule"
--"We're doing it to spite Dorothy Rabinowitz"
--"We're doing it for the p-u-s-s-y"
(It's too cold for this shit.)
4) This guy is cold and he's pissed off and he wants to stab Citi Bike guy to death with a snotsicle for his arrogant smugness.
(Mario Cipollini has the same slogan tattooed on his genitals.)
5) Pete Seeger on a classic Italian road bicycle clad in woolen jersey and shorts was a common sight in the hills around Beacon, NY.
6) What makes the $7,000 Specialized Crux Expert EVO Di2 a gravel bike?
--The wheelbase or something
--The head and seat tube angles or something
--Three pairs of bottle bosses and a little plastic box
7) This tire failed prematurely because it was:
--Installed on a fixed-gear bicycle without brakes
--Installed on a non-gravel-specific bicycle and then ridden on gravel, leading to uneven wear
--Exposed to road salt
***Special "Who-Knocked-Over-My-Motorcycle?"-Themed Bonus Video!"***