The Colnago Super was one of the bikes that Eddy Merckx and the Molteni Team rode back in the good old days. This bike rolled into the shop a few days ago to get some new pedals installed and everyone around wanted to take a glimpse and check it out for themselves. Whether it be the Columbus tubing, the Campagnolo components or the matching Silca frame pump that runs the length of the toptube, this bike is certainly super-duper. Check out the photos below!
For this week’s Staff Infection we’re lucky enough to talk to a gentlemen by the name of Peter Barrett. Peter joined Contender just a few month’s ago when he moved back to Salt Lake from Seattle. Even though he’s only been here a short time, he comes to Contender with ten years of bike shop experience; so it’s pretty obvious that the man knows his stuff. Rumor has it his nickname is the man of steel. Let’s find out why:
Where else have you lived besides Salt Lake City?
I’ve lived in a lot of places. My dad was in the Air Force so I’ve spent time in Alaska, Norway, Washington State and plenty of other places.
What was your favorite place you lived?
I’d say Salt Lake. I was here for 14 years before I moved back in February. Salt Lake has awesome snow and awesome bike riding. I love snowboarding here.
How many bikes do you have? Which one is your favorite?
I have six bikes and my favorite really depends on the day. I’m loving my new carbon Scott Scale 720. I also have a steel road bike that I built.
YOU BUILT?? How did you get into building frames?
I started building frames seven years ago. I met a guy who built frames locally here in Salt Lake after an accident where he had almost cut his arm off with a chainsaw. He needed help finishing frames he was working on so I started learning from him. From there I went to the UBI frame building school in Portland. I also attended their wheel building school.
So how many bikes have you built?
Well, like I said, I helped out with numerous frames here in SLC before I went to school and started building my own. So far I’ve built two and right now I just started planning my third; It’s going to be a disc gravel bike.
Peter, let’s get serious here for a second, is steel real?
Yes. Steel is real. Really real.
What are some of your favorite things we have in the shop?
I love SIDI shoes. Nothing like wrapping your toes in some fine Italian footwear. I just got a pair of the Dominators in camouflage. So awesome and so new.
I also like the Giro New Road line of clothing because of the materials they’re using. I’m a fan of wool. Their mobility trouser is damn comfortable. I own numerous pairs.
If you ride a steel bike, do you have to wear wool?
Favorite bike we carry in the shop?
I have to say that I really like the Cannondale CAAD 10 bike. It’s dollar-per-awesome ratio is super high. Much like myself.
What’s your favorite Pixies album?
The one with the naked lady on the front, Surfer Rosa.
You dig the old school stuff. And I dig that. You’re all about wool clothing and steel bikes. Is it safe to assume that people call you the Man of Steel?
Yeah, I usually I don’t respond to any other name. But that’s the only assumption that’s safe to make about me.
Throwback Thursday – Ryan’s Colnago Carbitubo
When this bike rolled into the shop and was for sale, Ryan’s ears perked up. Having always been obsessed with the downtube design Ryan quickly made an offer and the bike was his. This is one bike that has entered the Littlefield quiver and is here to stay. That is saying something from the man that turns over bikes like no one’s business. At some point the frame will get refinished but for now Ryan is rolling it with the original paint job.
This early 90′s Colnago Carbitubo is a classic Italian road bike with lots of style. A unique offering from Colnago, the Carbitubo was a carbon tubed bicycle with aluminum lugs. One unique and easily identifiable feature is the twin downtube design. Presumably an attempt to make a bike that is horizontally rigid and vertically compliant, the split downtube is eye catching to say the least. Ariostea was an Italian professional cycling team from 1984 to 1993 that rode this particular bike.
Picture: Sarah Reingewirtz, Source: AP
Eloy Teruel was leading the pack during the seventh and last stage of the Tour of California on Saturday when, after just crossing the finish line signaling one more lap to go, he realized that he had made a pretty serious error in his lap count.
The Spanish cyclist, thinking that he had just completed the final lap of the stage and had out-sprinted his competitors for the stage win, began celebrating by pumping his fists in the air and pounding his chest. It took the announcers and fans trying to get his attention shouting, “One more to go!” as well as the pack of riders gaining quickly on him from behind for Teruel to gather that he had made a mistake in thinking it was the last lap.
You can actually see the elation of winning leave his face as he slowly realizes that he’s got another lap to go, and the pack is coming up quick. No doubt exhausted and finding himself misplaced by his early bird sprint, Eloy ended up finishing 56th, while lovakia’s Peter Sagan went on to win the stage.
Pretty embarrassing stuff. But we’ve all been there. Maybe not in front of a massive crowd during the last stage of a major tour, but hey, we’ve all had our moments.
Most embarrassed I’ve ever been on a bike:
I was flying west down 4th South right here in majestic Salt Lake City, trying to race my friend back to his home at the end of a very long ride. It was a Sunday afternoon and there wasn’t too much traffic out; we hit mostly greens as we started to ramp up our end-of-ride sprint through downtown. I had pulled ahead of my friend across a couple city blocks when I noticed two particularly attractive girls perched at the corner of 4th and Main waiting for the light to change so they could cross the street.
Now, am I hot dog? No. Do I usually embarrass myself? Yep. Is it worse when girls are around? Most definitely. But since I knew I was going to fly by these beautiful birds and because I was feeling pretty damn good about out-sprinting my buddy for three blocks, I had taken my eyes off the road in front of me and was putting in some solid time throwing out the mojo to the babes. I decided the best way to impress them was to fly past in my spandex and shout a wazzup; knowing that I would go by like a shot and they’d be left wondering who that devastatingly handsome blur was. Perfect friggin’ plan. I’m a genius.
It went pretty well. Up to a point. Basically the point where I shouted out my greeting, “What’s up, ladies!” and they turned their perfect heads of cascading locks to see the human bullet preparing to pass them. As soon as I had herald my compliments, I heard my friend scream my name as loud as he could from behind. I instinctively looked up ahead just in time to see the light had long since changed and a Trax train was passing right in front of me.
I grabbed my brakes as hard as I could and skidded to a stop just feet from the passing train. My friend pulled up leisurely behind me, called me an idiot in between chuckles, and then I had to endure sitting there as the girls passed in front of us, making serious efforts not to acknowledge the giant douche who just screamed at them and then almost hit a train. As they crossed, I put my helmeted head down. realizing my matching team kit didn’t really impress anyone but me.
At least Eloy was actually in a race.
For this weeks Staff Infection, we’re going to spend some time with Mr. Blake Vatne, a native Minnesotan who moved to Utah to pursue his degree in Exercise Physiology. If you’re a regular at our store than you’ve probably benefited from the man’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things bike; which is what you’d expect from a guy who started working for Contender way back in ought-six (2006 for those of you who don’t speak prospector). We think of Blake as the Stephen Hawking of the shop. Blake is our go-to for our fits as well as our lactate testing. Which means he must be as smart as a theoretical physicist, theoretically….
Anyway, let’s spend some time with the blue-eyed devil and see what we can learn:
How long have you been doing the bike fits for Contender?
I’ve been doing the Biomechanic Fits for over two years now. It’s been an very positive experience to work with customers so closely. Every body is different and a good fit can make or break your experience on a bike.
Do you ever race your bike?
I used to race mountain and I’ve done a little road and cyclecross. I like to think of myself as a Renaissance man. I think the ladies appreciate that.
I know they do.
How many bikes do you own right now? Do you have a favorite?
I have six beautiful bicycles. They’re like my children. I love them all for different reasons.
Ahhh. So which one is the fat kid then?
I have a Red Schwinn Stingray. He’s a fatty.
Mountain sounds like your favorite discipline, what’s your favorite mountain ride?
I’m a sucker for the Crest Trail
So what else do you do when you’re not riding or working at the shop?
I take my dog out. She has a very active bladder. When I’m not doing that I love to read. I’m real heavy into the classics. Not to brag, but as a Renaissance man, literature is kinda my thing. For instance, right now I’m re-reading the entire Goose Bumps series.
I actually really enjoy cooking. I’ll cook anything new and spicy. I’m really into Thai and Indian lately. I love cooking scrambled eggs or a good curry. Like I said, Renaissance man.
What’s your favorite race?
Paris-Roubaix. It’s a blood fest and it’s badass.
What are some of your favorite things we carry at the shop?
Is that what you ride?
Yep. I’ve got an RXR that I’ve had for three seasons. I love it. But I also love Ritchey components. I think they’re really smart. Tom Ritchey is the man. He has the sweetest mustache in all of cycling. I’m a big fan of DZ Nuts InHeat. I use the high heat formula.
Doing the fits and studying Exercise Physiology, I think it’s great that we offer the eSoles footbeds for cycling shoes. It’s the best investment you can make for comfort on the bike. Your feet are the most important connecting point on the bike and the eSoles take care of your feet.
Hmmm. All this leads us to the inevitable question: Who’s your favorite rapper?
Bone Thugs. Always has been. Always will be.
If you were a Bone Thug, what would your name be?
Pretty sure It’d be B-Money Tha Viking Thug.
That sounds legitimately menacing. Any advice to the kids?
Yeah. Practice good posture. It’s honestly really important.
Spoken like a true viking…
New bicycle symbols and radar sensors were installed on roads in Southern Utah by the Utah Department of Transportation Wednesday. This means no more waiting endlessly at intersections waiting for the light to turn green!
Despite what most people may think, traffic signals are activated by the metal content of cars, not weight. Cyclists don’t have enough metal on their bikes to trigger a magnetic field in the ground (too much carbon fiber). Thanks to this new change, cyclists will be detected on the radar and the light will turn green. Lastly, the painted bicycle symbol is a reminder to all motorists that they need to share the road. Hopefully we will see more of this new technology incorporated on our roads here in Salt Lake City and other areas throughout the state.
As the world’s second most prestigious tour moves into it’s first full week of racing, we’ve already noticed a few familiar faces hanging out with the pros in the peloton. We’re not talking about the riders, we’re talking about the bikes and gear that they’re riding (we’re gear heads, that’s why we have a shop). It’s always fun to see what the pros are riding -especially when you carry the brands they’re using.
Let’s take a look at some of the bicycles and technology that have already made a mark in the 2014 Giro:
The Scott Foil
Svein Tuft, gave his team, ORICA-GreenEDGE a win at the opening team time trial held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Not a bad way to celebrate the Canadian born rider’s 37th birthday. To celebrate, Scott decided to give him a very special Foil Team Edition decked out in Giro pink and complete with custom graphics.
Who else was given a special pink Foil? With the points garnered for his team from the Team Time Trial and his top ten finish in the second stage, Tuft’s teammate Michael Matthews has also been on top of a specially decked out Giro Foil as the race leader for the first six stages of the Giro.
You may remember a few weeks ago when we were lucky enough to grab some Scotts at a great price. We still have some left! And the Foil is one of them. As Scott’s aero road frame, the Foil has proven itself as a lightweight, fast road frame for the pros of ORICA-GreenEDGE. With the frame weighing in at only 980 grams and the fork at 390 grams, the Foil retains stiffness while still providing an awesome ride quality and a significant weight advantage by utilizing Scott’s HMF Carbon Fiber. Is it the perfect bike? Come in, ride one, and find out.
With 30-40% off regular retail prices, these Foils won’t last another sunny weekend. Trust us.
You Can’t Talk About The Giro Without Mentioning Pinarello
Ahhhh. Nothing like Italian craftsmanship showcased in an Italian race. Like drinking a fine Chianti in the middle of the Tuscan hills that produced it, riding a Pinarello in the Giro d’Italia is pretty damn poetic. Team Sky must be a band of warrior-poets then because they’re lucky enough to be riding the absolutely stunning Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2. The Dogma features an assymetrical design that helps minimize stress and flex on areas of the frame that are subject to heavier loads. The result is one of the smoothest riding yet responsive frames out there.
And what’s this? What did we spot on top of the Vittoria neutral support car’s rack? What is their bike of choice for helping riders from all teams neutrally? Looks like a Dogma to us. Neutral never looked so good:
The Super Sick SuperSix
Cannondale is also showing up in the 2014 Giro with their team riding the SuperSix Evo Hi-MODTeam. A bike that weighs an incredibly light 700 grams, yet has the best stiffness-to-weight ever recorded, at 142.3 Nm/deg/kg, the SuperSix Evo is a more than competent road race frame.
What else has been spotted so far?
We’ve seen some TIME Xpresso pedals on the bike of Team Colombia’s Fabio Duarte:
…A Garmin 500 on the bike of Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Italian climber, Gianluca Brambilla:
…And a Garmin 510 on the bike of Lampre-Merida’s Jan Polnac:
Get What The Pros Got
Watching the Giro d’Italia and seeing all the good stuff the pros are using is pretty exciting when, A) you know you can head down to your favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop and grab the same stuff for your bike, and B) you realize the pro you’re watching is riding the same frame you have.
That’s where we come in
We’re stoked to offer everything we’ve mentioned above. So if you find yourself molding TIME Xpresso pedals out of mashed potatoes during dinner…
…you know who to talk to.
So, as always, if you have any questions on anything highlighted here, stop in the shop or give us a call.
Remember: real men wear pink. Enjoy the Giro! Andiamo!
Throwback Thursday – Lemond Maillot Jaune
This early to mid 90′s Lemond Maillot Jaune is a hand-made classic road bike with lots of cool features. For those that may not know, Maillot Jaune translates to yellow jersey. The brightly painted frame is constructed with Columbus tubing and is equipped with Shimano Dura Ace 7400 components. This bike was ridden by the Z Team in the Tour de France by Greg Lemond and other great riders during that time. This particular frame was in production before Lemond was later purchased by Trek making it a collectors item.
For the record:
We love Alec Baldwin. Is he more handsome or is he more funny? We don’t know and that’s why we love him. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get into some $#!%.
Apparently Baldwin was arrested in NYC Tuesday after riding against traffic (the wrong way) down 5th Ave and 16th Street on his bicycle. When the police stopped and tried to cite him, he decided to give them an ear full, which resulted in Mr. Baldwin being arrested. He received a summons for disorderly conduct as well as a summons for riding against traffic.
Not one to shy away from criticizing the police and photographers that follow him, after his release the 56 year old actor tweeted, ”New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”
What bike was he riding when all this went down?
The Cannondale Bad Boy. Not kidding. You can’t make that up:
Hopefully this makes your humpday just a bit more enjoyable; perhaps a little more benign.
And if you have any questions about this or any other Cannondale, stop in or give us a call. Because we love when celebrities getting arrested gives us a chance to sell bikes
CNN has the full story HERE
Contenderites: We’re starting a new feature on the blog where we highlight a member of the staff and give you a glimpse into their life and loves. We’re calling it Staff Infection (I’m sorry) and it’s coming to you hot off the Contender press -watch out. This week, we’re talking to a tall drink of 22 year old water named Mr. Julian Fowkes. The man rolls deep. Let’s find out more…
How long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding my whole life. I used to do BMX when I was younger and now I do Mountain and race a bit of Road.
What do you like best, road or mountain?
I just like riding bikes.
What made you start racing road?
I ran cross country in HS and a good friend of mine started talking to me about how much fun he had racing road bikes. I met Ryan [Littlefield] and he’s been a friend and mentor ever since. So I decided to come work for him a couple years ago.
What else do you do?
Well, I’m getting married in June (que the audible sound of hearts-a-breaking… everywhere) and I’m working on my generals at community college.
What’s your favorite race you’ve ever done?
The Tour of the Gila. Because it has lots of cool climbs and the locals were all really nice. Plus there’s not a lot of amateur 5-day stage races in the U.S., so that’s cool.
What’s your favorite piece of gear at the shop?
I love the TIME ZXRS. For me, it’s the highest quality bike money can buy. That’s why I have one. It’s choice. Plus it’s hand made by little french grandmas so you know there’s a lot of love in that frame.
I also love Mavic wheels. They’re such a good bang for the buck, they’re super aero and they’re really durable. And they’re french, just like the TIME. I wish french grandmas made them too. But still cool. My favorite are the Cosmic Carbone 40s because they’re race wheels that you can ride everyday. So it’s the Porsche 911 of bike rims. That’s a good thing.
…And Probar Meals are amazing. I like the Peanut Chocolate Chip.
Let’s get real. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I’d be an Aspen tree. Because they’re all connected underground.
And finally, if a zombie apocalypse occurred, do you think you could take ‘em down with a shotgun from your bike?
With a shotgun? No. Give me a .45. I’d fall off with a shotgun. Unless I was on something with full suspension, like a Scalpel. But either way I’d be a zombie destroying machine. Pretty sure I was born to fight zombies on a bike.
We couldn’t agree more Julian, we couldn’t agree more…