Monday, December 29, 2008
There's talk of this in Richmond. Supposedly the Vandedrome (portable velodrome now residing in Lancaster, PA) and a crit course are part of the plan. Sounds like a big plan in given the current economic environment but you never know what will happen.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Next week I'll have spare axles and bearings for Kazane track hubs available for sale on the website and through dealers. These will fit some other brand track hubs, too. January 2nd is the arrival date for the hubs and cranks. All colors will be available then.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Craig Dodson of Richmond Pro Cycling is up for the '08 Crocs Inspiring Sole Award. This award recognizes five "athletes who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness for meaningful causes." Voting is easy and if you uncheck the box at the bottom you won't get the Crocs email newsletter. Best of all, if Craig wins he'll get $25k to the charity of his choice and a full profile in Outside Magazine. Above is a picture of Craig racing with Mike Stoop of Team Mountain Khakis (then Time Pro). Both of these teams will be rocking Kazane frames and wheels in '09.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Kazane frames and parts are now available in LA. Orange 20 has their first shipment of frames on the way now. They recently moved to a new bigger location at 4351 Melrose ave. The link to the shop is on the right of this page. I don't really need to say anything about the shop because everybody knows already.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In 1924 and 1925 Ottavio Bottechia won the Tour de France. The next year he started his own line of race bikes. They made some nice bikes over the years. And they were very Italian.
A few years ago, I think in 2004, I was working for a small road bike distributor. We already had a Taiwanese brand that actually made really nice road and track bikes. The builder was small and we needed another brand to sell to shops in the US. The logical choice was an Italian company because there were a few with no US representation. I can remember Bottecchia's booth in the Italian pavilion of the Interbike show. It was twice the size of most other booths but only had 4 bikes. They did, however, have a giant backdrop with a picture of one of their bikes beside a semi-nude woman. Right away we were impressed. The bikes themselves were beautiful and very Italian. The problem was that the prices just too high, higher even than the better-known Italian brands like Colnago and DeRosa. We left the meeting empty-handed and Bottecchia's Italian bikes never found a home in the US.
Fast forward to this morning. Being a lover of Italian bikes I occasionally search different builders on ebay to see what's floating around. After searching this revered brand's name I found out there is now a "Bottecchia USA" selling discount Chinese road bikes on ebay. Bottecchia, like other brands like Tommaso, sold the use of their name to some US company with Chinese connections that just design the cheapest bikes they can and sell them to unsuspecting ebayers (if there is such a thing). Ottavio must be spinning in his grave.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'm selling this complete on ebay here. This is a pure race from built from Italian Dedacciai 7003 aero tubing. My friend got it but it was too small so I'm selling it for him. I built it with mostly new parts. The wheelset is really nice - 36h Kazane gold hubs built onto black nonmachined 30mm Kinlin rims. A Nitto njs bar rounds out the package.