Quitmadstop go board shorting


These lace-up shorts are made of Martexin Original Wax cotton/nylon fabric, ten stainless steel grommets and a cotton woven draw string. Smart and simple.

$210 for that flecked rugged surf look

Rosie the Riveter Reworked

from fuckyeahgirls&bikes website

by Andy Singer Took me an age to track down his own website through NYC Bike Blog and Urban Velo … go online or contact him at andy(AT)andysinger.com (make that an @ obviously) to commission some artwork or buy some stuff

Alpina Sailing Watch

Alpina have just released a “Sailing Collection” of watches made for … Sailing. This Chronograph model is a regatta timer – a first, I believe, for the Swiss brand.

Regatta timers are used for helping sailors to carefully line up their boats with the beginning of a yacht race. They are, basically, modified 10 minute countdown timers. Unless you are sailing, they are pretty much useless for anything aside from imprecise 10 minute countdowns. The good news is that they are relatively diminutive on the dial and add a fun sense of color. Plus, you get to explain to people who don’t own deck shoes what a regatta is. Disclaimer *of course any real sailor uses a digital gps device like the TackTick system

The chronograph is based on a modified SW500 automatic movement that is Sellita’s take on the ETA Valjoux 7750. This one of the first times that I have seen it used and it is supposed to be a pretty nice movement. For at least the last few decades, yacht timers have often taken the form of little circles that move from one color to another as time goes down. People operating a racing boat don’t have time to look at little hands, so the circle and color system makes seeing how much time you have left at a glance fairly simple. It also leaves the dial open.

Alpina Extreme 40 AL 880LS4V6B2 Alpina Sailing Collection Chronograph
lovely in mesh

Alpina Extreme 40 Giftbox Alpina Sailing Collection Chronograph

The case is 44mm wide in steel and clearly has some resemblance to the IWC Aquatimer. I like the large crown and masculine, but not too massive, chronograph pushers. The watch is water-resistant to 300m which is pretty good for a diver style chronograph. One thing I don’t get is the markers on the rotating bezel. They look cool, sure, but why a navigational bezel? I mean, it isn’t totally without use, but it feels more for show than anything else. I would prefer a more standard diver’s style bezel with a 60 minute ring  – a 60 minute countdown ring might be interesting, actually.

Coming in two dial colors (black or white), the Sailing Collection Chronograph will come with your choice of either a metal Milanese (mesh) bracelet or a rubber strap. I like the dials a lot but wish the hands were a bit more prominent (bigger!). Price is $2,795 on rubber and $2,995 on the metal bracelet.

Tech Specs From Alpina:

Reference: AL-880LB4V6/ AL-880LS4V6
Delivered in a special gift box with an Extreme 40 boat miniature


Automatic with yacht timer function, caliber AL-880 PVD Black coated Alpina rotor

Hours, minutes, seconds, yacht timer function.

Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Unidirectional turnable bezel
20 ATM Water-resistant

Black or white dial,
Large white luminous indexes 
White luminous hands with Alpina red triangle signature on the second’s hand

Black rubber strap / metal bracelet / mesh bracelet

Handplane Goodness – a how to make video and a tease

Bird Man Media presents Thomas Bexon of Thomas Surfboards hand shaping some hand planes.

Trouble In The Wind
“Eazy Goin'”

check out




Another video with GoPro to wet the appetite


Watch illustration with a meaning

Jamie Balliu & Lucia Massari

1000 x 700 cm
on 300 gsm paper.

Not quite the more modern G-Shocks I love but similar styling to 5600 series ….

You Can buy the artwork here

This work explores the variety of symbolism an object carries or has projected upon it. The aesthetics of this illustration are reminiscent of popular art movements or the illustrative styles of contemporary advertising; from a distance, it may well appear to be an advert. There are many possible individual relationships to this casio: for some it’s a form of nostalgia, for others a retro fashion item available in different colours to fit your personal style and outfits. But for US military operatives it carries an altogether different meaning… The United States military considers this watch to be “an indicator of al-Qaida training in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)” and with it the identifying feature of a potential terrorist. Bin laden himself had been photographed 
wearing one. 

This ubiquitous watch is readily available worldwide for around £4 at its most basic model and worn by many in the middle east and likewise around the fashion hubs of New York, Paris and London. A singular object, linking perhaps millions of people worldwide; each carrying altogether different meaning

Built in U Lock on bike – great idea

I have just seen this now – was done in 2009 but what a great idea – Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles in Portland, Oregon, has put together this super-customized bike as an entry into the “Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge.” The bike has several rather nice mods, including a hand-made taillight and a color-matched frame-pump, but what caught our eye is the integrated U-lock pictured above.

The lock is from Kryptonite and the actual Kryptonite locking core is now inside the steerer tube. The other end slots into a hole in the top-tube, thankfully surrounded by steel and not paint to keep you from chipping things.

Bringing new meaning to the advantages of shopping locally, the bike is made to lock easily to the “Portland Staple” bike rack, and sits in a slot in the included handlebar-mounted bag when you ride. No, the lock doesn’t protect either of your wheels but it looks ideal for a quick in-and-out of the store trip.

Bike Run and Heart Rate Monitoring apps which make the grade

Finally some apps I think are good enough for Heart Rate monitoring and Running and time on the bike.

For this to work you need an ANT+ Heart Rate Belt (garmin, timex, VDO – but not Suunto or Polar YET)

and a wahoo fitness dongle for £70 (to get that data into your iPhone or iPod)

In alphabetical Order

Ascent Mobile $9.99

AscentMobile allows you to record, display, and analyze activities involving movement. Tracks can be recorded on the iPhone using the internal GPS, or downloaded via WiFi from the companion desktop application “Ascent”. Altitude profiles and maps are displayed, as well as various reports and graphs that show your performance over time. Tracks recorded on the iPhone can be sent as an email attachment to your favorite email account for loading into any other compatible program or web site.

BikyCoach $2.99

Your pocket bike computer. Whether you use a mountain bike or a racing bike, Biky Coach is your personal trainer that helps you keep track of your progress and meet your fitness goals. Train yourself with your personal coach while listening to music and sharing your progress with friends, all with Biky Coach’s many features.


Using the GPS feature of your iPhone, Biky Coach provides real time information of all your race statistics (speed, distance, elevation, calories burned…) and stores them for later review. Biking Coach gives you all the information you would get from a GPS biking computer but for a fraction of the cost !

View your statistics with any of the 15 customizable graphs available. Unlike other applications, there is no need to upload your data to a website to analyze your results so you can quickly track your progress right in the app itself.

Biky Coach will give you personalized vocal updates on race statistics through your earphones! Hear all your stats including distance, speed, calories burned, and amount of time lapsed without slowing your pace or breaking your concentration to check your phone.

Allow your friends to follow your progress on Facebook, Twitter or by mail.

Biky Coach is now compatible with ant+ fisica key and heart rate sensors.

Fiscia / Wahoo Sensor Utility £free

REQUIRES the Wahoo Sensor Key or Wahoo Sensor Case, enabled by ANT+ technology, and compatible fitness sensor. Visit http://www.wahoofitness.com for more information on compatible sensors and more information.

Wahoo Fitness App takes advantage of all of the existing ANT+ sensors in the market including power meters for cyclists. It supports automatic upload of workouts to MapMyFitness, Nike+, TrainingPeaks, Garmin Connect, Strava and also exports files via email for upload and analysis anywhere! We’ve added several new features with V2.0 including importing wirelessly from select Garmin devices and free Live telemetry via MapMyTracks.

iMobileintervals $5.99

iMobileIntervals (iMi) turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a powerful cycling or running computer. iMi is GPS and ANT+ capable with a feature-set to beat any of the leading hardware solutions. Telemetry to webpage-embeddable widget. Optional use of speech technology or tones to guide you through your workout.

///////// HIGHLIGHTS //////////

—– Performance Data & Location —–
With the WahooFitness Fisica ANT+ accessory, see your HR, speed, pace, cadence or watts, just like the leading hardware solutions costing hundreds of $$$.
Uses GPS for speed/distance/pace if no ANT+ stride, speed or speed-sending power sensor is detected.
Moving map of athlete’s location.
Telemetry: Send live data, viewable in embeddable widget or custom imobileintervals.com page. Includes a moving map. Not dependent on WahooFitness accessory.
All brands of ANT+ wireless stride sensors, speed sensors and powermeters are supported by the WahooFitness accessory.
Direct upload of data and route to Nike+, including heart rate.
Sync .fit file to your Dropbox (useful for Garmin Connect or WKO+)
TrainingPeaks workout calendar integration, both reading workouts and sending results: Automatically log completed workouts directly to TrainingPeaks, and see your data graphed immediately.
iPhone GPS Location track data logged to TrainingPeaks and Nike+.
Works offline; app saves multiple workout sessions and reports when network becomes available.

Livecycling $12.99 OUCH

You can view the full list of compatible devices on the LiveCycling website.
Your iPhone will turn into an high quality Cycle Computer!

What LiveCycling can do:
– Display the Heart rate and Speed/Cadence data in real-time
– Display the chart of Heart rate and Speed/Cadence data in real-time
– Register multiple bicycles and save each sensor and odometer
– Log Speed, Cadence, Heart rate and GPS
– Display the training log on the MAP
– Display the chart of the training log
– Display KML maps
– Display the total travel distance

not as versatile expensive but a nice bike display

Rubitrack $free

Turn your iPhone 3GS and 3G into a fully fledged activity recorder with rubiTrack Recorder! With rubiTrack Recorder you can record all your outdoor activities like biking, running, walking and hiking.

* Features

The activity recorder displays a live track preview with optional maps background with compass arrow and elevation chart. rubiTrack Recorder lets you lock the device so you can put it in a pocket during the recording. The history lets you quickly review and compare done activities showing their most important data and instant track and elevation charts.

In conjunction with the Fisica dongle by Wahoo Fitness and compatible ANT+ sensors, rubiTrack records and saves sensor data from heart rate, cadence, speed, power and footpod sensors.

rubiTrack Recorder directly uploads to rubiTrack for Mac via Wi-Fi without having to upload your data to an online web service.

Top Ten Cyclists of all time

From LISTVERSE – A guide I like

This is a list of the top ten best road bicycle racers of all time. My criteria are that the bicycle racers have performed well in both the three big stage races – Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España – but also in the minor stage races such as Tour de Suisse, Paris-Nice and Dauphiné Libéré and the Classics like Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I have not looked at doping verdicts or accusations as trying to separate the “clean” from the “guilty” would lead to absolute chaos.


Jan Ullrich

Jan Ullrich is a German former bicycle racer born in 1973. He won the Tour de France in 1997, the white jersey in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and he has 5 second places in the Tour, this earned him the nickname: The Eternal Second. Ullrich has also won Vuelta a España in 1999 and the Tour de Suisse in 2004 and 2006. Other notable wins are the World Time Trial Champion in 1999 and 2001 and the Olympic Road Race in 2000. Ullrich is a powerful bicycle racer with a soft, athletic style, but he often got out of shape during the off-season and had problems losing the extra weight before racing the big races.


Lance Armstrong (aka dopemeister)

The American Lance Armstrong holds the record of most victories in Tour de France with his 7 consecutive drug addled wins. Armstrong also won the 2001 Tour de Suisse and the World Cycling Championship in 1993. This earns him a place on this list, but because Armstrong never impressed in the Giro D’Italia, the Vuelta a España or the Classics, I can’t place him any higher on the list.


Miguel Indurain

Miguel Indurain was born in Spain in 1964. He has won the Tour de France 5 times in a row and the Giro D’Italia 2 times in a row. He has also won the Olympic Time-Trial Championship in 1996 and the World Time-Trial Championship in 1995, as well as two wins in both Dauphiné Libéré and Paris-Nice.
Indurain was relatively big compared to other professional riders – 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) and 80 kg (176 lbs) – this earned him the nickname “Miguelón”, meaning “Big Mig”. At the top of his career, Miguel Indurain had a physique that was not only superior when compared to average people, but also when compared to his fellow athletes. His blood circulation had the ability to circulate 7 liters of blood around his body per minute, compared to the average amount of 3-4 liters of an ordinary person and the 5-6 liters of his fellow riders.

Fausto Coppi was born in Italy in 1919. He won the Tour de France twice, in 1949 and 1952, and the Giro D’Italia five times in 1940, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. He also won the World Championship in 1953, the Giro di Lombardia in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1954, the Milan-Sanremo in 1946, 1948 and 1949, and the Paris-Roubaix and the La Flèche Wallonne in 1950


Felice Gimondi

Felice Gimondi was born in Italy in 1942. In 1968 Gimondi was nicknamed “The Phoenix” after winning the Vuelta a España, this victory made him the second rider after Jacques Anquetil to win all three big stage races, he is one of only five riders to ever win all three. Gimondi won the Tour de France in 1965, the Giro D’Italia in 1967, 1969 and 1973 and the Vuelta a España in 1968. Gimondi also won Paris-Roubaix in 1966 and the World Road Cycling Championship in 1973.


Gino Bartali

Gino Bartali was born in Italy on 1914. He has won the Tour de France twice, in 1938 and 1948, both times also winning the mountain competition, and the Giro D’Italia three times in 1936, 1937 and 1946, also here he won the mountain competition all three times. Bartali also won the Tour de Suisse in 1946 and 1947. Bartali was a good climber and a pioneer of derailleur gears. His style was unusual: he rarely danced on the pedals and often stayed in the saddle throughout a 15km climb. When others attacked, he stayed in the saddle but changed up gear, to a sprocket three teeth smaller.
He rode smoothly on mountains but every now and then freewheeled, always with
his right foot lowered with his weight on it. Then a second or two later he would start pedaling again.


Séan Kelly

Séan Kelly was born in Ireland in 1956, and became one the most successful rider of the 1980s and the best Classics rider of all times. His wins include the Vuelta a España in 1988, 4 point class wins in both the Tour de France and the Giro D’Italia, 7 consecutive win in Paris-Nice form 1982 – 1988, 2 wins in Tour de Suisse, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liége.


Jacques Anquetil

Jacques Anquetil was born in France in 1934. He has won the Tour de France five time, in 1957 and 1961-1964, the Giro D’Italia twice in 1960 and 1964, the Vuelta a España in 1936 and the Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1966. Anquetil also holds several records:

  • He was the first to the Tour de France five times
  • He was the first to win all three big stage races
  • He was the first French rider to win the Giro D’Italia
  • He was the first French rider to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France form the first day to the last.


Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault was born in France in 1954, and is one of only five riders to have won all three big stage races, and the only to have won each more than once. Hinault is the only rider ever to have finished either first or second in each Tour de France he finished. He won the Tour de France in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985, the Giro D’Italia in 1980, 1982 and 1985 and the Vuelta a España in 1978 and 1983. Among Hinault many other victories are Paris-Roubaix in 1981, Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1977 and 1980 and the World Road Cycling Championship in 1980.


Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merchx was born in Belgium in 1945 and became the best road bicycle racer the world has ever seen. He won the Tour de France 5 times in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974, the Giro D’Italia 5 times in 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974 and the Vuelta a España once in 1973. Merckx also won the Tour de Suisse once, Paris-Nice 3 times, Dauphné-Libéré once, Paris-Roubaix 3 times, Liège-Bastogne-Liége 5 times and the World Road Race Championship 3 times. Eddy Merckx is also one of only five riders to win all three big stage races during their career, the four others are: Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador.


Rambler – transatlantic winner

Champagne and pasties greeted the jubilant double record-breaking crew of the yacht Rambler 100 which sailed first over the finish line after an “exhilarating” transatlantic race from New York to Cornwall.

The 22-strong crew of the 100ft American yacht set a world record for the 2,975 nautical-mile course after crossing the finish line at Lizard Point on Sunday, to be welcomed in traditional Cornish style by the race committee bearing hot pasties and bottles of bubbly. The crew also believes it has set a transatlantic speed record after a thrilling start to the race.

  1. Rambler 100 crosses the finish line in Falmouth

    Rambler 100 crosses the finish line in Falmouth

After taking line honours in the gruelling Transatlantic Race 2011, skipper George David said: “It was really nice to see David Aisher from the Royal Yacht Squadron greet us on the line with Cornish pasties and some champagne and beer. We feel pretty good – it was a remarkably fast time.

“For the first 80 hours of this race we were ripping along; towards the end we hit a few holes in the wind, but the net speed average was 15.7 knots across the Atlantic, which I think is going to prove a record in its own right – as a speed record for any transatlantic race. We feel pretty good about that.”

Rambler 100 made it to Cornwall in six days, 22 hours and eight minutes after setting out from New York.

Three separate starts on June 26, 29 and July 3 saw 26 boats from 40ft to 289ft battle it out for glory. Although Rambler 100 took the line honours, Mar Mostro skippered by New Yorker Ken Read, which crossed shortly afterwards, was expected to be declared race winner on corrected time.

OLD VIDEO: The Rambler gets home in 40 hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds, claiming the monohull record but still 9 minutes shy of the overall course record set in 2009 by Trimaran ‘Region Guadeloupe’ This is the 3rd RORC Caribbean 600 offshore race.

Brompton Rental – sadly only in Guilford …

b rental
rental cages

The UK’s first self-service Brompton rental scheme has launched at Guilford station. If only this was nationwide ……

South West Trains has joined forces with the folding bicycle company ‘in a bid to encourage passengers to cycle as part of a fully integrated low carbon journey combining bike and train.’

Rental costs from £1.60 per day and users are required to register and purchase a smartcard online from http://pilot.bromptondock.co.uk/pilot.php

The 80 bikes are available to South West Trains season tickets holders and members of the public and are stored in lockers on just one car parking space, powered by solar-panels, manufactured in the UK and made from 95 per cent recycled material.

“In the last 10 years, bike journeys have increased 10 fold,” said Brompton managing director Mark Antwis. “This is the first Brompton dock in the country and we believe this will make bike journeys even more attractive and set people free by providing a ready to ride high quality Brompton bike to rent.”


Crap driving in the TdF – barb wire rendevouz

OK, so you are in the lead group with a better than [way better] than average shot at a TDF Stage win. Up front, safe.. shouldn’t get stuck in a crash like 30-40 places back in the peleton..

So a french TV car over reacts [way] and bumps/shoots you into a barbed wire fence when he still had 3 ft. to the tree to spare…

His days are over as any kind of race support driver.

From http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/…stage-9_183085

Tour director Christian Prudhomme said the driver had failed to heed directives on the race’s official radio channel.

“I announced on Radio Tour, which is the channel everyone should be listening to, that all cars should pull to the side and give priority to the team cars,” said Prudhomme.

“The car previously received the order from the race direction not to pass and let the Europcar team manager get through to the breakaway to give Thomas Voeckler the bottle he was asking for. 

“They did not take that order into account … and caused the crash of both riders. This behavior is intolerable.” 

The television company involved apologized for the incident.

“France Television apologizes to the riders, the teams and to the ASO for the accident during the ninth stage of the Tour de France which was caused by a technical assistance vehicle covering the race,” said a statement. ”France Television will respect fully the measures which will be taken by the ASO to improve safety.”

And Johnny Hoogerland makes the Graham Watson Gallery for all the wrong reasons, and he is very lucky he did not get a scrotum-ectomy in all truth1

And hopefully Hoogerland’s race won’t be over as a result of flat stupidity!!! Rest day falls just in time/line for a fall today, that is if yo are not one of the 7 abandons from broken bones….

Bad day, Alexander Vinokourov and Jurgen van den Broeck, David Zabriskie among the 7, and Hoogerland may well be the 8th…

Too hot for most things

This mornings commute and subsequent 10km run was in this heat … Thought I was coming down with heatstroke as heart rate was 160+bpm but pace was a low 5m/km

from office to street

Took a long time to feel better

HR drops are for lap stop slugs of water

Great tech on the TdF (tour de france)

transponder ziptied onto seatpost

Several riders using SRM power meters on their bikes in this year’s Tour de France are also toting small wireless data transponders that are zip-tied to their seatposts. Teams can use the information to monitor the performance of their riders during the stage and race fans can follow along in real-time through a link on SRM’s website.

“The data being sent is the same as what’s displayed on the PowerControl on the riders’ handlebars [including] power, cadence, heart rate, speed, etc,” said SRM’s Mike Hall. “This is then transmitted to a cell tower, then to our servers, then back to television, webcasts, etc. The telemetry is Uli’s [Fahl, SRM founder] effort to bring power data to the masses for direct viewing in real-time during events. Most event organizers are interested in promoting this to bring more viewers and hits to websites and TV viewing.”

screenshot SRMlive

SRM have equipped several riders in this year’s Tour de France with real-time data transponders so that fans can see performance metrics in real time.

For those already familiar with power, such information elucidates just how hard the riders are working but there’s value even for novice viewers who are just in it for the spectacle. Indeed, such public on-screen telemetry is already commonplace in motorsports such as Sailing, Formula 1, Moto GP and NASCAR so people can see just how different those experiences are from rushing through freeway traffic when you’re late for work. Likewise, the casual road racing audience can marvel at just how different pro riders are from average folks – quite literally, this is no spin in the park.

Rapha Etape Jerseys now on sale

Rapha have unveiled the official jerseys for this year’s Etape du Tour. £50 / $65

Two Etapes du Tour will run this summer, Acte I, from Modane to Alpe d’Huez, on Monday July 11 and Acte II, from Issoire to Saint Flour, on Sunday July 17. The Acte I Etape Jersey is on sale now, with Acte II available from Friday. Both retail at £50.

A lightweight summer race jersey made from highly breathable polyester, it has a full-length zip, side-panels and a slim, race-fit. The design of each jersey has been inspired by a Tour stage winner with Acte I based on Joaquim ‘Tinho’ Agostinho and Acte II on Pierre Le Bigault.

Etape caps, t-shirts and musettes are also available, along with a Le Tour music album, on sale from www.rapha.cc or at the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club, which will be at both stages.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Tour de France celebrates 100 years since the Col du Galibier was first climbed, paying tribute to the infamous ascent not once but twice, scaling the 2,556m ascent over consecutive stages.

And Rapha have a manufactured a sportwool Galibier jersey (£135) jersey and produced a video in tribute to both the climb and 1998 Tour winner Marco Pantini. Watch it at www.rapha.cc/galibier

A great great great cycling book you must buy

If you like poring over pictures of stunning bikes, your cravings may be temporarily satisified with the publication of a photo-rich book that really should be sold in the proverbial brown wrapper.


Cyclepedia – A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs, features nearly 100 bikes from the Embacher Collection.

Mentioned it on the blog before I think (although may have been a Facebook hint to friends)

From Chris Boardman’s ground-breaking Mike Burrows-designed Lotus TT bike to the Brompton Titanium S2L-X (but I would have gone for the raw version in ti), the book takes a tour of bicycle design from the 1920s to the present day, with the main focus on the past four decades.
A personal favourite of mine is the Mercian mecadural pellisier and the brompton of course. The bob Jackson also strikes quite a cord.

The bikes belong to Michael Embacher, who when he isn’t collecting some hugely desirable and often historic machines runs his own design studio in Vienna. He himself pens the introduction to the book, which also has a foreword by none other than Sir Paul Smith.

Specially commissioned studio photography captures each bike in all its glory, and there are also summaries of each one, as well as technical specifications and the particular machine’s history.

The book, which costs £19.95, is published by Thames & Hudson.