Have you ever wanted to own a bike that was made out of wood? The Splinterbike Quantum is a bike that actually works and is completely made out of wood and glue. Also, there aren’t any screws or bolts, which is kind of cool.
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It was well known that both Schlecks didn’t really perform well in time trials, which turned out to be their Achillles’ Heel today as Evans rode clear of them and into yellow. He didn’t just beat them by a few seconds, he rode clear of Andy Schleck by more than 2′, which was impressive but expected, as Andy Schleck is nowhere near the timetrialist that Evans is. So this year, Evans will win the Tour de France since no one will attach him in Paris tomorrow.
This is an incredible shot of Michael Rogers from HTC Columbia riding his Scott Plasma a few days ago in the Amgen Tour of California. More photos here. The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall can be seen behind him.
The Kestrel 4000 is currently being tested. Extensive aero drag tests were completed in a wind tunnel to give a shape that’s supposed to be 20% more aero than Cervelo’s P3 benchmark. Kestrel initially tried putting the brake caliper behind the fork and inside of it. However, this turned out to be less aerodynamic than in the traditional position. Before you ask, yes, it’s UCI approved!
When I originally got my 1st bicycle, a Columbus steel Pinarello with Shimano 105, carbon fiber bikes by Kestrel were just beginning to become popular. I’ve always wanted one.
I really like the angles and the general shape of this frame, a lot more than some of the other TT frames that I’ve seen. Felt has got an interesting battery placement for the Di2 version of this TT rig. The battery is located on the seat-tube, under the seat. While it looks very clean, I doubt that it’s very efficient. The weight of the battery is best placed as low as possible.
PezCycling has some good basic time trial tips that you should peruse if you are going to do TTs.
There are many benefits of daily exercise. I find that if you train for endurance sports, you get even more rewards. I’ve participated in team sports, but they are harder to organize. It’s hard to play team sports every day, but it’s easy to go out for a run or bike every day.