Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday File: Les Casquettes & How to 'win' this Christmas,

Avec casquettes
(r to l): Adrie van Houwelingen (22nd), Phil Anderson (dnf) & Francesco Moser (10th)
1982 Paris-Roubaix.

It's Friday File and gear time... 

The cycling cap is my favorite part of my kit as it accentuates the positive in attire. It let's everyone know that you are a serious cyclist. And, it is the most versatile (and essential) part of a cycling kit - highly functionable in both summer/winter and sunny/inclement weather conditions. And, at the same time, giving you the look of a pro. 

stuffs easy in your back pocket, j
ust whip it out when it's raining.
via Castelli

Christmas is only 13 days away...

Another essential piece of cycling kit is the Ass Saver mud guard. Made of moldable plastic, it sits or wedges securely under your saddle. When you're caught in the rain, it will literally save your ass. #CastelliAss-Savers is having a give away until December 15. Good luck!

100% wool, plaid perfect for Fall/winter riding ...
Urbane Rider cycling cap
photo Red Dots Cycling

The Badger sa casquette, final race 1986.

Bernard Hinault has my respect; a successful rider, his brusque charisma and for quitting at the top of his game. After placing second in the epic 1986 Tour and winning the Coors Classic he decided to cash in his chips (lots by the way) and retire. The French have a saying that best describes Hinault, le sommet de son art, 'the summit of his art'. He rode his last race (above in his hometown) and retired at 32... a champion.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Lion's Mane - Where others fear to tread.

The Lion King (DNF) rampaging in 1994 Paris-Roubaix. 

Was Mario Cipollini, aka. The Lion King, ever a successful Classics rider?

The answer is yes.

He loved the Giro d'ltalia. Racking an astounding 42 Giro stage wins remains the record, beating Alfredo Binda's 41. But, the sprinter with the mane of hair (his 90s phase) was adept in the one day Classics. His tally is impressive: Gent-Wevelgem (1992-93, 2002), Milan San Remo (2002), E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (1993) & Scheldeprijs (1991, '93). During the 1990s through to 2003 he was tough to beat. Have a look at the 1992 Gent-Wevelgem, during the final crazy meters, as the Tashkent Terror pulled on Cipollini's seat post as the Lion King blew by him. Looking at it again, Cipollini was tiring and started to deviate from his line to try to shut out Abdou. These days, he would've been disqualified. Afterwards, the Lion King calmly said, "I knew he'd get penalized."

Super Mario vs The Tashkent Terror.

It can be fair to say that The Lion King is probably the only rider (with mullet) 
to rack up numerous victories. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to clean a dirty bicycle: The Jose Manuel Fuente Way

After my Sunday ride, I gave my very dirty bike a good bath. No, not like way, 70s climbing ace Jose Manuel Fuente gave his...

photo Aldo Tonnoir

"Jose-Manuel Fuente has the reputation of being a joker. Here he is under a shower with his bicycle. Don't think that this is something rare. Sometimes the mechanics will give a bicycle a bath when it is particularly dirt."
- Eddy Merckx.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday File: Flag Pole Colombian Design Socks by Alps & Andes + Inspiration & Motivation

photo Cycling Art

I know I'm not the epitome of a model but here goes...

I'm certainly glad to show my new flag pole/Colombian flag design socks recently acquired from Alps & Andes. I know it's almost inexcusable not to show the socks at play so I will offer the socks at rest for all to see. A 5" cuff, how I prefer my cycling socks to be and, according to Klaus, supposedly guaranteed to improve your climbing abilities by 6.4%. I know, for a fact, that I will need all the climbing help that I can get. And, these swanky socks may just put me in the right mindset to be a better climber.

via Alps & Andes

The Winter Cap.
photo Red Dots Cycling

Red Dots Cycling proudly has been making the winter and summer caps for Alps & Andes and now you can get yours including a coffee-flavored hard candy made by Colombia's oldest candy manufacturer. I have tried one and they are tasty.

Here's the epitome of two champion athletes, and their 2 & 4 wheel machines, in a well crafted video...

From time to time, I need that extra motivation and inspiration and this fantastic Eddy Merckx video answers that...

Sit back, have a drink and enjoy!

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