Gerrans placed 3rd at Amstel Gold, but seems to have DNF’d the podium. #chugsnotdrugs

Gerrans placed 3rd at Amstel Gold, but seems to have DNF’d the podium. #chugsnotdrugs

Oscar Freire Looks Back™, via Steephill

(it’s a thing, don’t you know?)

#bibsout (at Rockland Preserve)


Apparently this is real? And already crashed?

(via @raceradio)



Manitou via

The best fork ever to have the word Manitou on the legs.

#tbt to back before Manitou was Man-it-Blew.

Their late-90s/early-00s forks were hella light and hella cheap on, right when I was getting into riding/putting bikes together.

The accessibility, flimsiness, and failure rate of those Manitou Mars forks  contributed to my current, near-total disregard of weight as a meaningful metric in cycling purchases, and for this I am eternally grateful.

  1. Camera: Nikon D80
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/200th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm
"I have been riding with a bunch of people that are training on carbon clinchers. I don’t get it. They weigh just about the same as aluminum ones, but cost a ton more and you have the carbon braking issue. Plus, they have to wear out a ton quicker than scandium or aluminum rims."


Did you really say, Ride lots? That quote’s been attributed to you.

Ride lots.
Ride lots?

Yeah. Did you ever say that? Actually? Everyone says, “Eddy Merckx says, Ride lots.”
What’s it mean, ride lots?

It means ride a lot.
Yes, I ride lots. Yes.

But do you know if you ever…I mean, that’s—people in America have T-shirts that say ride lots.
Yeah, ride lots. Yeah. Yeah. I ride lots…Ride lots.

— always good to get it right from the source


All of the pre-2013 HTRWWs make me cringe a little. Actually, I don’t think there’s a single HTRWW of any vintage that doesn’t make me wince at least once, but the pre-2013 videos are especially rugged.

But the Oscar Freire Looks Back Counter™ from the 2012 Amstel Gold is among my favorite bits from any of them, ever. The idea came to me mid-edit at some ungodly hour and was ludicrously hard to execute on iMovie ‘09.

It’s still kinda ratchet, but it makes me smile every time. It also makes me  glad that these days I have the infrastructure and experience to make significantly better videos with significantly less frustration.

So I don’t know what’s up with OPQS but it’s kind of freaking me out. I still maintain socks-over-legwarmers isn’t ok.

(via OPQS’ website, h/t @shopengarten)