Happy Late Spring! This is beginning to be the best time of the season for cycling and the event calendar reflects that. We’ve listed our events as far forward as December in the hopes that you will find an event that fits you and put it in your 2018 calendar. Our cover features the gorgeous Mito frame from the Italian brand ALAN, sent to us for testing by Velosport in Boulder, Colorado. We received the ALAN Mito shortly after arriving home from last issues’ cycling travels in Italy, and I can understand why ALAN frames have such a legacy. The craftsmanship is impeccable and built in the same shop where the company was founded, even after equipping more frames for winning World Champion cyclo-cross athletes than any other manufacturer. Speaking of high quality, we also have a hands-on review with Rob Templin as he continues his journey getting to know trike bikes. His review of the First Avenue trike is really informative for anyone considering adding on a wheel to their life.
In anticipation for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, Kelley gives us a primer for the 2018 edition, as well as a recap of some of the excitement from last year. The men’s Stage 1 kicks off at Shoreline Drive in Long Beach and the route mirrors the Long Beach Grand Prix, held a month prior. This 11-lap circuit offers great opportunities for spectating up close, you might find a spot up front if you line up on E. Ocean Blvd. Stage replays and live coverage is available of the race on NBCSN and on nbcsportsgold.com.
Rick Schultz’s comprehensive article covers the tools you should bring with you on a ride along with some corresponding icons to help you get the big picture. It’s a lot of information, but worth knowing.
Speaking of Rick Schultz, Kelley got a chance to find out what it’s like to get a professional level bike fit at Rick’s garage. Rick has certainly earned his reputation for being a great bike fitter with results and he has a wide array of tools to compliment it. Be sure to check that out on the Last Page.
We continue our new column ‘Lost Tech’ with another look at an important bicycle tool that has faded out of relevance today, but was imperative back then. The size and weight of the ‘Cool Tool’ is a reminder just how far we’ve come in tool design since the 1990’s. But of course none of our lightweight, mini bike tools might not be possible if not for this invention.
Though you might not need Richard Duquette’s advice on how to use video evidence now, the adversaries we face on the road can lend themselves to the kind of situation where you’ll need to defend your claims. In any case, the article is an overview of all the important things you should consider when using video evidence in a court of law.
Duquette also brought us an event profile for the upcoming Wildflower festival that centers around an epic triathlon competition. This was a particularly notable read for me as I previously competed in the bicycle portion of the team triathlon in 2009, the 30th edition of the event. The race was memorable for me because my college buddies and I took home 7th place in the team competition. I don’t remember if there was a field of 8 teams or 80. Important detail lost to the sands of time.
Besides the revelation in John Woodson’s article that Acoma is pronounced ” ACK-uh-muh”, was how riding in this monolith landscape is a special experience that us in the West are fortunate to be in reach of. This is a really special opportunity and an experience I look forward to personally enjoying. Read more about it and so much more in this 147th issue of the BICYCLIST magazine.
See you on the route. Stay Safe. Peace.