Tagesarchiv: 17. Dezember 2007

see who is doing some serious training laps

thats what happened saturday night ..

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Calfee Bamboo Bike

  • This is not just a cool bike. It is appropriate for everyday use and for racing. The vibration damping is a performance advantage on longer rides. Each frame is built to order and every frame is a unique. Tubes are selected for the weight of the rider. The geometry of the frame can be any of our usual geometries: Pro, Tri or Cross. Custom frames can also be made.
  • Details. The bike is made from Bamboo that has been smoked and heat treated to prevent splitting. Lugs are available in carbon fiber or hemp fiber, for the all-natural look. The chainstays are available in carbon fiber for extra stiffness in the drivetrain.
  • Finish. We coat the bamboo with Tung oil to seal it up.
  • Awards. Calfee Bamboo bikes have won awards for Best Road Bike, Best Off-Road Bike and Peoples‘ Choice Award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
  • A Calfee Bamboo bike won 1st place in the open class at the Great Western Bicycle Rally’s Concourse d’Elegance show.
  • If there were an award for „Bicycle with lowest carbon footprint“ (least amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the production of the frame), this frame would win, hands down.

From Calfee Design

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Meanwhile, up in Alaska

Later, I veered off the road to the Mendenhall Wetlands, a long mudflat at low tide, thinly blanketed in snow. This kind of terrain is difficult at best, impossible at worst, and I locked into the single-minded pursuit of staying upright amid shallow channels of water, snow-covered clumps of grass, sudden steep banks and pockets of sand so deep it felt as though someone had lassoed my back wheel and was trying to pull me backwards. The landscape was so barren and yet so intricately detailed. My goggles had long since become uselessly wet, and I squinted against the sharp snowflakes, focusing on abstract shapes through my blinking tunnel vision until I lost all concept of where the ground ended and my bike began. Then, suddenly, like a white explosion, a flock of seagulls erupted from the snow right in front of me. I jumped off my bike, completely startled, and paused a moment to let my heart rate slow as the birds swirled and tumbled and settled again on the snow.

From : Up in Alaska . This should give us some courage to ride out here in Japan in winter. There seems to be more worse weather conditions elsewhere in the world.

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Togebaka No. 4: Kazahari (Honjuku up)

For this coming weekend, I’m planning to add & attack Togebaka No.4…a very obvious one: KAZAHARI (Honjuku up). Anyone joining?

Two more variations for Kazahari: KAZAHARI (Okutamako up) and KAZAHARI RINDO (with 18%)

For those unfamiliar with the latter, this is the notorious 18%+ rindo (in perfect paved state – totally devoid of automobile traffic) on the Kita-Akikawa side of Kazahari. To get there, turn right at Honjuku direction Kanato (here is another Bakatoge to be added) and continue along the Kita-Akikawa river until you hit the following spot where the REAL climbing starts. This is the startline…..

….and 4.7km further up….is the finish line, the gate at the Kazahari Parking Lot.


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