Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Steel Langster Frame????

Riding a single speed bike is pure simplicity. 1 gear, two wheels and you. I have three single speed bikes and two of them are Langsters, the single speed offering from one on the bike worlds major players, Specialized. Langsters are loved by their owners ('cos they're great to ride) but looked down upon by the trendy "hipsters" that only seem to ride multi-coloured, steel framed brakeless, fixed gear bikes. This is a fad/trend/fashion that started out echoing the style of bike messengers, simple, cheap and practical bikes and clothing... not forgetting messenger bags (I use a Chrome Industries Messenger bag to cycle to work on one of my Langsters but I am closer to Hippo than Hipster). Anyway... Specialized has obviously heard the moans about their Langsters and it looks like they'll soon be offering a steel (tig welded I think) Langster frame with a lugged fork. The hipster community will find this more appealing and reactions on fixed gear forums seem to be positive. I'm not sure if it will be sold as a complete bike as well... but the initial market will probably prefer to build their own...

All I can say is "I want one... or two"

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Giro d'Italia - Stage 2 last couple of kms

Two of the worlds best sprinters Mark Cavendish (Stage 1 winner) and Alessandro Petacchi hammer it out at the finish of the Giro's stage 2.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cycle 2 Work Day - 4 June 2009

As part of Environment Week (1-5 June 2009) we are organising a campaign to encourage people to cycle to work. The Environment Week organising committee has agree that the 4th June will be Cycle 2 Work Day. While we do not expect hundreds of people to dash out of their homes and pedal to their offices, this will be the start on a long road to increasing the number of people who get to work by means other than motorised transport.

Fiji is generally warm all year round and is relatively flat on the coast. Despite this few people in Fiji use bicycles as transport. When asked why people don’t cycle their main concern is safety.
Perception - Cycling on roads is dangerous
Fact - Cycling is much safer than driving and even walking.
The only way to get over a fear of doing something is to DO IT. Cycle 2 Work Day give people the opportunity to do this. A special day to jump on the bike and have a go. Once the initial apprehension is overcome the journey is fast, invigorating and fun. The next reaction is “well, that was easy. I can do that any time”. So, join us on 4 June and cycle to work. Oh.... and Esquires 1 (Loftus Street) will give everyone who Cycles 2 Work, a free drink (coffee, tea or juice) and a light breakfast.
If you don't feel confident cycling to work on your own just look out for our Cycle 2 Work volunteers with their fluorescent ORANGE t-shirts. They will be cycling into Suva from Veisari, Tacirua and Nakasi from around 7am... just follow them.
If you want to volunteer and get a free Cycle 2 Work custom microtex cycling jersey - contact me.
See you on the road

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Crits Results

Race 1 Men’s Sprint
1st Yee Wah Sing
2nd Tony Wier
3rd George Lal 

Race 2 Women's Sprint
1st Jessie McGoon
2nd Susan McGoon
3rd Jessie Sansom

Race 3 Junior boys
1st Thomas McGoon
2nd William Yee 

Race 4 Juniors girls
1st Jessie McGoon
2nd Susan McGoon

Race 5 Women’s Open
1st Sandra Lago
2nd Jessie Sansom

Race 6 Open
1st Yee Wah Sing
2nd Jope Tikotani
3rd Timothy Fong