Thursday, January 19, 2017

FAVALORO - artisan carbon part 3

Our new bike has arrived! Well, it's at Albabici's warehouse and should be going together soon as they plan to use it an upcoming "Press Camp" promotion.

 Above: Head tube details

We asked for a slightly (1.5 cm) taller head tube than our aluminum/carbon bikes in this same (small) size, otherwise the geometry is the same, tried-and-true design perfected by "Chairman Bill" McGann and Antonio Mondonico many years ago. All of our bikes are named (rather than simply numbered) after an Italian winner of the Giro d'Italia. This one remembers Gaetano Belloni who not only won Il Giro in 1920, but also won Milano Sanremo the same year (and in 1917) plus the Giro di Lombardia in 1915, 1918 and 1928. Yes, wins 13 years apart at the Race of the Falling Leaves!

 Above: Our frame arrives at Albabici

With our current bikes' classic Italian roadracing geometry we've had difficulty getting the handlebars up high enough for some of you. The extra height on the headtube + our usual 3 cm of spacers under the stem combined with an adjustable stem should let you get in the same position you enjoy on your bike at home.

 Above: Note external cable guides, threaded (no creaks!) BB 
shell and non-integrated seatpost. All user (and mechanic!) friendly
 stuff designed to make your ride trouble free.

Larry asked for a pretty conventional design with external cabling, threaded BB shell, alloy steerer tube and a standard-type seatpost with alloy collar. All of this makes for a user (and mechanic!) friendly package that's easy to keep in tip-top shape and to adjust to fit you perfectly.

Above: Gotta have our logo, right?

We expect this bike to ride and handle very much like the current bikes in our rental fleet since the design/geometry is identical. We'll see it in-person in March, just before it's packed up and shipped off to the Handbuilt Bicycle Show. Once it's built up with Campagnolo's Potenza 11 groupset we hope to have some more photos to share.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAVALORO - artisan carbon continued

Above: Our new bike in tricolore livery

We just received these photos from Michele Favaloro in Italy via our friends at Albabici. We can only say BELLISSIMA, but of course we would say that, no? You can see her in the nude by clicking HERE

Above: Michele Favaloro's signature

After all, we did ask for a tricolore paint scheme similar to our current rental fleet. It's hard to see in the photo but they tell us the FAVALORO names on the frame were created by masking the clear-coated carbon (kind of a stencil in reverse) before painting, allowing the carbon fiber to show through. Pretty clever!

Above: Yes, a threaded (no creaks!) BB shell

We're thrilled so far and also thrilled to know that this bike will be debuted at an upcoming bike industry "Press Camp" as well as being featured at the 2017 North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City, UT.

The bike should be on its way soon to Albabici where the Campagnolo Potenza 11 groupset we ordered for it will be waiting. The components will be black, again to look similar to the groupsets on our current rental fleet. 

Larry will be attending the NAHBS 2017 to help present FAVALORO to the USA market and where this bike will be entered in the Best Campagnolo-equipped Bike category.

This project looks like it'll come close enough to our budget that (once we see it in-person and get a chance to ride it) we'll order more sizes with the idea of having them available for YOU to ride this season. Contact us for more details on prices, sizes, etc.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to have FAVALORO handcraft a bike for you, click HERE for more details.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Arrivederci Southern California!

All that's left of our Southern California vacation is the kilometers in our legs (around 600) and a slight amount of suntan + this blurry photo (but the bike's pretty clean, right?) of Larry on the part of Palos Verdes peninsula not owned by Donald Trump.
2017 reservations are coming in, so don't hesitate if you have plans to enjoy la dolce vita  in bicicletta with us. We should have some photos of our new full-carbon bike to share soon.

Best wishes for a great 2017!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Heather & Larry pause on Mountain Drive in Santa Barabara, CA

Best Wishes for a great 2017!!!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cross-chaining? Why not?

"Cross-chaining" (whether it's using the big-big or small-small) has always been one of those things frowned upon by experienced cyclists.  But more and more, component makers are saying their groupsets will allow this, despite the negative effects.

Click HERE for a great explanation of why you don't want to do it even if it IS possible!
Especially with the development of compact cranksets, "cross-chaining" has become popular, particularly in the case of "big-big". Beyond the negative effects described in the linked article, far too many (even pros!) ride along in the big ring (in this case 50 teeth, which is not so big) and change their gears solely in the rear, clicking up and down an 11-speed cassette, perhaps with a large cog of 29 or even 32 in some cases.

As the climb steepens, they'll continue working their way up to the largest (inner-most) cog, still in the big-ring solely using the rear derailleur until...

...they need a still lower ratio. What happens now? There is only ONE shift that can result in a lower ratio - shifting down to the small (usually 34) chainring. In some ways this is the equivalent of jamming your car into 1st gear at highway speeds. To equal this with a rear shift you'd go instantly from a 12 tooth cog in back up to a 28 with one single shift!

In addition to a way-too-big step, with the big-big combination the chain is maxed out with the most extreme spring tension from the rear derailleur. Suddenly, with this shift you release all that tension instantly. BAM! You push the chain off the big ring under all the torque of pedaling in a too-high gear combined with that spring tension and ...

..quite often, even to the pros, right after BAM! is the feeling of pedaling against no resistance (or worse, a jammed chain) as the chain falls inwards so violently it misses the small chainring and ends up around your bottom bracket shell, leaving you without any forward momentum. OOOooops!

At best (like the pros) you stop, dismount and manually pick the chain up and put it back on the chainring while at worst, the chain jams and you fall over!

Don't let this happen to you or your bicycle! Take the advice of the website and use your compact (or triple for that matter) the way it was designed to work by using the smaller cogs with the larger chainring and vice-versa, avoiding cross-chaining except in an emergency.

Buona pedalata!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Don't miss out!

This just in from our friends at SOIGNEUR --

Order your Christmas jerseys now to make sure you receive them in time!.

We will be closing down for Christmas on 11th of December! Yes 11th of December so if you want to give one of our awesome merino cycling jerseys as a Christmas present your order needs to be made by next week Monday 5th December.

Happy Holidays!