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  • Bartali eyes Coppi. Image from the Cycling Art Blog

    Today the sweet sounds of San Francisco alumni Huey Lewis and the News have been echoing in my head. Which song you ask? “Back in Time”, the official Back to the Future theme song that skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard charts for 1985.

    Normally, one should never question why the sweet stylings of the News are buzzing in ones head. But today the “buzz” has purpose- and that purpose is Aldo Ross and his amazing blog http://49giro.blogspot.com/. Aldo is recounting the ’49 Giro D’ Italia in “real time”. Each day the blog is “Updated daily through the end of the 1949 Giro”. There are race reports, articles and other great tidbits. The ’49 Giro is especially interesting as it pitted the young Fausto Coppi against reigning champ and cycling darling Gino Bartali. I won’t spoil the outcome.

    '49 Giro- Coppi and Bartali

    '49 Giro- Coppi and Bartali

    So hop in the DeLorean, pop in the cassette sound track to Back to the Future I, II, II, or the animated series (reader’s choice) and head back to 1949 Italy… or just click on that linky thing above and be done with it.

    Fun Facts. Huey Lewis made a Cameo in 1985′s Back to the Future and Crispin Glover is creepy.


  • Velobase as previously posted in another recent blog post great for researching what group that certain Campagnolo headset may have come from, but for you all you rear derailleur gear-heads out there, Desraeli Gears is for you. Michael Sweatman, the author of this website is a big derailleur fan and geek, particularly rear derailleurs. Here’s what he has to say in the introduction page of his homepage:

    “The rear derailleur is, in many ways, the definitive bicycle component, it defines the ‘groupset’ and that in turn, defines the bike. Cyclists often use the shorthand of talking about an ‘Ultegra’ road bike or an ‘XTR’ mountain bike. In addition to this the rear derailleur is the most complex and machine like bicycle component, unlike handlebars or hubs it is a real ‘mechanism’, with plenty of mechanical action going on. Finally there may be something to Arnfried Schmitz’s whimsical idea that ‘collecting derailleurs is fascinating because they are small, complex and have two wheels – like a bike!’”

    The photos of all the various rear derailleurs as managed by brand and years are fantastic. He has worked in bicycle shops since the 70′s and provides for a wealth of knowledge on most rear derailleurs known to man. Please check out the website!


  • Everyone knows that the “go to spot” on the interweb for bike info is Sheldon Brown’s site. Even after his passing it is THE PLACE for anyone who needs to know anything bike related. However, once you’ve tackled the basics and need to sink further into nerdtopia it’s time you check out Velobase.

    Velobase is the 2007 brainchild of John Fischer and it’s grown to be quite a robust toddler. Consider it a visual dictionary of classic bike parts. Almost like that wik-a-thing-a-majig all the kids like.

    Here’s how it works. Users join and upload photos of classic parts. Then title and tag them by Manufacturer, Date, Gruppo, Component type, etc. Other users can add info, update, correct, etc. Just like that other encyclopedia place, but with big pictures, not as many words, and ONLY BIKE PARTS!

    Need to know what the difference between a first gen c-record derailleur and a second gen one is. Go to Velobase. Curious what a Genestoux Criterium C is? Velobase. Need some decent pics of a Pinarello Headset? You guessed it, Velobase.

    John has also put together an amazing collection of headbadges, tools, jerseys and catalogs.

    So check it out, browse some stuff and contribute. It’s grown to be an amazing site in the last two years, I look forward to what it will be in two more.

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