Paralysed Martyn Ashton Inspires Homage (Video)

PHOTO: Courtesy Bike Magazine

Last September, Martyn Ashton, the legendary UK mountain bike trials rider and former World Champion, was finishing work on his second short film of trials style riding on a road bike, Road Bike Party 2 (embedded below), when a fall from a platform ten feet off the ground left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Falling backwards off a platform during a trials demo at the Animal WD40 Action Sports Tour, Ashton was airlifted to a local hospital where he spend the following six weeks recovering from the accident. In the interim, he grabbed some friends to help him finish the stunts in the video, which he edited and released earlier this year.

It’s pretty #$%&ing rad:

It turns out Ashton’s awesome stunts have inspired some folks out there. Especially a dude from Italy named Vittorio Brumotti, a trials star himself, who’s done his best to pay homage to the infamous Ashton by putting together his own little piece of road bike insanity that he just released:

Pretty amazing stuff to be riding around a working quarry, jumping onto bulldozers, and not even having to wear an orange safety vest. Italians are the coolest.

Brumotti is a big fan of Ashton. In fact, Brumotti says that, “Martyn was one of my inspirations and I was a huge fan of everything he did on Road Bike Party. My new film is my dedication to Martyn’s work.”

Brumotti is right to pay the man such high regard. All it takes is one look at Martyn Ashton’s Facebook posts, where he’s currently inspiring folks to try something that gets them out of their comfort zone before July, or even reading over a couple quotes about his accident and how he’s dealt with the aftermath, to realize he’s a particularly rare person. I’ve long held the belief that trials riders have a supreme ability to look at something -whether it’s terrain, an object, or a ridiculously precarious drop- and allow themselves to think positively enough about it that they pluck up some courage and go for it! Where most of us see an absolute no-pass-nightmare and go pedaling in the opposite direction, our heads full of self-doubt and negative talk, trials-minded folk will smile, hop on their bike and give it a shot. How would it be to have that outlook on things? I can’t help but think that attitude is helped Ashton during his recovery from the fall. It seems like it’s continuing to serve him well now with his new endeavors.

No doubt it’s been an adjustment, but judging by the photos of him hitting a velodrome on a hand cycle, swimming, rowing or trying out some canoeing, you can’t really say Ashton has slowed down.

All of us at Contender are huge fans of this guy. We’re excited to see what he does next.

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A Very Special Staff Infection: Jeff Perry (Video)

We hate goodbyes. But they’re part of life. Things change, people move on and we get to watch them ride off into the sunset and bid them adios. It sucks, but so do flat tires. And we deal with those, get back on our bikes, and finish our ride. So I guess we’ll have to do that now too.

It turns out our very own, Jeff Perry, the man known for his love of 80′s bands, rocking shoe lace belts and who shames anyone else on the group ride when he busts out his sweet bike handling skills, is leaving in search of greener pastures to Minnesota. I was trying to think of a good Minnesota joke here and all I could think of was the Vikings. Sorry, Jeff. Since you’re leaving, I guess this will be the last time I let you down. Unlike the Vikings who will continue to do so. Hope your not a fan.

Before he leaves, we thought we’d spend some time with the man behind the myth. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Mr. Jeff Perry:

Is Jeff holding up his favorite cross wheels from Stan's or have we just trained him to do tricks for treats like a seal?

Is Jeff holding up his favorite cross wheels from Stan’s or have we just trained him to do tricks for treats like a seal?

Where are you from? 

I’m from Waukon, Iowa. I got here back in ’95. I came out to snowboard. I’d been boarding since I was 15 so coming out here was a dream. I had been out twice before and loved it. I fell in love with the mountains and the snow was so great. So I had this opportunity to work as a maintenance guy in Park City which meant I got to board for free. That was the first season they allowed snowboarders at P.C.

So rumor has it that you were actually a pro snowboarder at one point. Is that true? What else are you hiding?!?!

Very true. I was a pro for a little over two years. When I came to Park City, I happened to ride with a bunch of guys that were really good and I had the opportunity to turn pro. But I was pretty low totem-pole. I didn’t really compete. I just traveled a lot for free and had a lot of fun. I competed in the half-pipe and slope style. That was the era before everyone had cameras attached to everything so I never was filmed; I never had that chance.

So there’s not pictures of a twenty-something Jeff wearing the latest ’90s snowboarding fashions? 

No comment.

You ARE hiding something! So what happened? When did you start riding bikes? 

I kept getting a bunch of knee injuries which meant I had to stop riding. I didn’t get on a bike until I was 31. My first bike was a jumping bike with five inches of travel. It was awesome. But I liked to climb up -so I always made sure it was light enough to get up the mountain too. Then I got an inexpensive crossbike for commuting and really lked it. Then I got talked into racing cross. I did five races in the C flight and they made me move up.

So you’re saying you dominated? 

I had a fifth place finish, two third place, and then I kept winning. So I got bumped up. I wouldn’t call it not dominating…

How long have you been at Contender? 

I’ve been here for a year and a half. I wish it was longer. I love it. I love teaching our spin classes in the winter. My favorite is making awesome 80′s mixes to listen too during the class.

Let’s hear about some of your hobbies

My wife Briana and my daughter Charlie. I love playing with my daughter; even though she’s kind of a crazy animal right now. She’s one and a half and she’s everywhere and into everything. Her favorite thing to do right now is point to stuff and ask, “What’s that?”

I used to coach kid’s snowboarding too. A couple of my kids even went pro. I was actually the legal guardian for Bode Merrill from when he was twelve to eighteen. He needed someone to sign wavers for him to enter contests so he basically lived with me. It’s been cool to see some of my kids grow up and turn pro. I still judge snowboarding for USASA too.

Other than that, when I get a chance, I like to go on surf trips. The coolest place I’ve surfed is Lower Trestles.

Also, wine and beer, that’s a hobby, right?

It was for Betty Ford. What are your favorite things that we carry at the shop? 

My favorite bike is the Cannondale Super X disc. I like it because of the low bottom bracket- it corners like it’s on rails. Plus it’s light. It feels little, like a BMX bike.

Mr. Perry gettin' all fierce with the Cannondale Super X disc.

Mr. Perry gettin’ fierce with the Cannondale Super X disc. Jeff looks cranky because we didn’t give him a treat promised from the last photo…

 I’m down with ProBar! I love their Fuel bars. They actually taste good so they keep me fueled on my long rides.

Jeff doing his best to frighten everyone into NOT buying ProBar Fuel bars...

Whoa, Jeff, these aren’t going well. We’re not trying to scare people. Let’s get a ProBar into you and try this again. Is that a gang sign?…

...And there we go.  That's a much less frightening endorsement. All he needed was a little ProBar Fuel goodness in his belly

…And there we go. That’s a much less frightening endorsement. All he needed was a little ProBar Fuel goodness in his belly.

I also love Stan’s No Tubes Cross wheels. You can actually ride them at a lower pressure during cross races so you get better traction and a better feel for the terrain.

What else are you into that isn’t cycling and snowboarding or the fam? 

I love 80′s stuff -movies, music- love it.

What’s your favorite 80′s movie then? 

I’d say North Shore or Rad. When I was young I wanted to be Rick Kane


Do you still say ‘rad’? 

Oh hell yeah. And before cross races I listen to the Rad soundtrack.

So what’s your favorite 80′s band? 

The Cure.

Were you a goth in highschool? 

No. I listened to Public Enemy.

Anybody ever call you a loose cannon? 

Yep. Nick [Contender employee who's profile is forthcoming] calls me a loose cannon all the time. You never know what I’m going to do next. I like anarchy. My wife agrees. But she’s a loose cannon too so we work well together.

Is that why you have shoelaces for belts? 

Nope. that’s just ’cause it’s easy -especially when I was fat. I’ve done it for ten years now.

So your wife hasn’t decided you need real belts? 

She has. I have two now. I only wear them to fancy events.

What kind of belt did you wear to Julian’s wedding? 


Anything to say about your upcoming move?

I feel like a hobbit going on an unexpected journey

Really? And the biggest difference between you and a hobbit is…? 

I have harrier feet

You are a loose cannon. But we will miss you. 

Assos North America

Assos North America Headquarters

Assos North America Headquarters

Since I started working for Contender Bicycles nearly 6 years ago, I have always been impressed with the quality and following Assos has at the shop. Year to year there seems to be a new product in the line that impresses any level of cyclist. Upon first laying eyes on the display and feeling the fabric, craftsmanship and quality incorporated in their clothing, I have always know that it is nice clothing from feeling the fabric and admiring the craftsmanship. However, I had never worn the clothing, only seen others wearing it and speaking very highly of it. That changed a week ago today as I was riding mountain bikes in Bromont, Canada with the Assos crew. I gained a new understanding of what the company is all about.

Ryan and Alison gave me a great opportunity to travel to Montreal, Canada to visit Assos North America and learn more about their clothing and the company’s rich history. If you are after a product that has been tested and proven to amplify your cycling experience, Assos is a no-brainer. From the comfort of their chamois’ to the outstanding durability of the clothing, Assos has pioneered a new way of how clothing should feel while riding your bike.

Upon arriving in Montreal Sunday afternoon, I didn’t have much time to explore the town since we would be headed to the office the following morning and later Bromont to go mountain biking and learn more about the company. I headed downtown Sunday evening to attend an amazing dinner with the rest of the individuals on the trip and covered a lot of ground by foot to explore as much as we could. Montreal is simply great. The town had a very European feel and every building was lit up to show off the architecture. Little to my knowledge, the F1 Grand Prix was being held in Montreal the day before I landed which meant for a very busy setting downtown. The street were lined with super-cars I had never seen before, checkered flags decorated the buildings and the town was buzzing with excitement. Kids were running around wearing their favorite Ferrari memorabilia, race cars rallied up and down the roads, and all the while I just sat back and grinning ear-to-ear. Here I was in town for a couple days and I get to witness the aftermath of one of the biggest sporting events in Canada at the time.

Montreal post F1.


After walking inside the Assos North America Headquarters in Montreal, I knew I was in for a treat. The Assos office features a showroom displaying all the clothing Assos has to offer. Just like anything Assos, the showroom was stunning and made me want to own one of everything. Among all the clothing were also a few items such as an Assos road bike frame, vintage titanium pedals Assos created in 1986, and espresso. Lots and lots of espresso. After seeing the clothing and gaining more knowledge on how they design and execute a near flawless design, I quickly began to understand why Assos is leading the pack in the cycling clothing industry.

If a product is not going to benefit the cyclist in the aspect of comfort, fit, style or durability, Assos will go back to the drawing board rather than releasing a product that isn’t quite up to speed. The company has access to fabrics and materials that other manufactures simply don’t, and the time and testing that goes into creating these products goes above and beyond what I ever imagined. While Assos seems to be the pinnacle of what you would expect from a cycling clothing manufacture, just wait until you see what is in store for the upcoming 2015 season. Taking a great idea to the next level is what Assos is all about, and they are doing just that for the upcoming season.

Assos Showroom



After touring the headquarters and processing everything I had learned about the clothing we shuttled off to Bromont, home of the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. I was lucky enough to ride a mountain bike through the twisty singletrack trails – the same trails the pro’s had conquered just a few years before. The riding was quite different than anything I was used to. The trails were technical with lots of roots and rocks to avoid which made it very fun to say the least. After returning back to the hotel, I enjoyed a very tasty Assos cookie that was made with perfection (just like the clothing) and attended dinner with everyone else who was on the trip. We spoke more about the company, our personal experiences with the company and the clothing and prepared for the ride in the morning. Unfortunately, the rain decided to damper our plans and I didn’t end up riding the second day, however that gave me time to try the local Poutine and get to the airport on time. Overall, the short trip felt a lot longer thanks to Assos! And like I mentioned before, stay tuned for 2015 Assos. You’re going to like the way you look.





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Staff Infection: Zane Enders (video)

When Zane Enders came on to Contender’s staff earlier this Spring, who knew he had so many talents? Not only is the young man ridiculously enthusiastic about riding his bike, but it turns out he’s particularly fast and commonly airborne on the ski slopes too.

AND, judging by at least one of his nicknames, he get’s along pretty well with the ladies.

Let’s take a closer look at the enigma that is Zane Enders:

Zane! Are you from Utah orginally? 

Yessir. Born and bred in Ogden and Pleasant View. I came down to Salt Lake for school. I’m studing Computer Science at the U. I’m nerding out.

Is that Mark Whalberg pimpin' some Assos T.equipe bib shorts? Nope. It's our very own Zane. Don't worry, folks make that mistake all the time.

Is that Mark Whalberg? Nope. It’s our Zane showing off one of his favorite bib shorts: the Assos T.equipe. Don’t worry, folks think he’s Funky Bunch all the time.

You must really like computers. Have you ever wanted to be Matthew Broderick in War Games? 

I absolutely have. I also thought the kid from Live Free or Die Hard was pretty cool too. He could hack into anything.

Have you ever hacked into anything? 

I jail-broke my iPod Touch…but I don’t think that counts.

So how long have you been riding bikes? 

I’ve been mountain biking since I was 13. My cousin, Lea Davison gave me a bike. She now rides for Specialized’s pro team. But that was my start. From there I was talked into doing the 24 Hours of Moab race when I was 14. It was a lot of fun. After that I did it six years in a row.

Your cousin rides for Specialized?!?! Very nice! How does it feel to be that close to fame? 

Well, there’s actually a YouTube video of me doing a jump at Mammoth Mountain. It went viral for a month. So I’m fairly famous too:

So (ahem) it looks like you ski a little too. I love that you’re viral. 

Yeah. My friends thought I was going to break my knees on that jump. I was the only one who did it. They were too scared. I ski raced for 10 years until I graduated high school. I did the Junior Olympics when I was 15 and I placed 3rd in the Western Regions for G.S. My dad’s had me skiing since I was two years old.

No road biking? 

Not yet. Growing up, my dad always thought it was too dangerous.

I get that, totally. Why risk the harm of doing 20ish miles an hour on a paved road when you could really play it safe and do ridiculous jumps at 60 mph off of mountains on your skis? Makes total sense. So what else do you do besides mountain bike and play it safe on the bunny slopes?

I recently got into Warhammer 40k. Yep, kind of a nerd.

Zane admits to playing this game. The nerd's faces have been cut out to protect them from cyberbullying

Zane admits to playing this game. The nerd’s faces in this photo have been cut out to protect them from cyber-bullying. Zane, however, should be bullied relentlessly.

Kind of? Is that like Dungeons and Dragons? Do you use a twelve-sided die? 

Kinda. It’s pretty interesting actually. It’s like, set in a dystopian science-fantasy universe and you have these miniature characters that you can buy and paint an–

–Let’s stop you right there. You are now a galactic nerd. Changing subjects completely,  what do you like that we carry in the shop? 

I really want a Pinarello Dogma XC. It looks so cool -not like anything else on the market. I love how the seat stays are separated.

Zane is a little too excited about the Pinarello Dogma XC. Not sure if you can blame him though

Zane is a little too excited about the Pinarello Dogma XC. Not sure if you can blame him though. Sooo many ladies wishing they were that bike right now…

I have an Osprey bag that I really like too. The back support is awesome and it has tons of pockets. The material is really durable. I’m rough on stuff. To quote my dad, I go through $#!+ like candy.

Do you like candy? 

Not really. Not much of a sweet tooth.

Zane or 'Zanye' to the ladies, letting everybody know that winners don't use drugs but they do use Osprey bags. Yeah!

Zane or ‘Zanye’ to the ladies, letting everybody know that winners don’t use drugs, and they pack their dreams into Osprey bags. Yeah!

I really want a pair of the Assos shorts; the T.équipes. I’m sold on the chamois they’ve built into that. I love lightweight, race-y stuff and those shorts are designed to be raced in.

So I know we have a couple nick names for you at the shop: Zané, Ender’s Zane, Easy Z, Dwayne Zane, Zanetopia, Zanye (like Kanye; obviously our apologies to Kanye), Zanskrit, The Ender from Contender. Fort Zane -the list LITERALLY goes on forever- My question is this: Have you ever had a nick name before working here? 

Yeah. A girl called me Loverboy in high school.

That’s because you’re irresistible. One last question I know everyone wants to know, why did your parents name you Zane? 

They’ve never really had an answer

Well it’s equal parts mysterious and classy. It fits you well.

Throwback Thursday – Giovanni Pinarello

In 1951, Giovanni Pinarello was racing in the 34th Giro d’Italia which was won by Rosa Fiorenzo Magni. Giovanni came in last place in the race, which in that time was not a dishonor, instead, a competition to wear the Maglia Nera (Black Jersey) which was awarded to the rider in last place overall. Cyclists would purposely hide out or give themselves flat tires in order to finish last in a stage. While not practiced anymore, this victory was recognized just as much as winning the Giro overall. Upon arriving in Milan on the final day of the race, Giovanni Pinarello rode a “lap of honor” with the winers in the Viogorelli Velodrome.

The photo below is from the Pinarello Family Store in Treviso, Italy. In the store, a quote from Gino Bartali (a good friend of Giovanni) is visible and says: “The Black Jersey of Cycling … but the Pink Jersey of Life.”

The history of Giovanni Pinarello in the Pinarello Family Shop in Treviso.

The history of Giovanni Pinarello in the Pinarello Family Shop in Treviso.


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Introducing Your New Dream Bike: The Pinarello Dogma F8 (video)

Fresh back from a trip to the Pinarello factory in Treviso Italy, Ryan and Alison were lucky enough to attend the unveiling of Pinarello”s new flagship, the Dogma F8. By the size of their eyeballs when they came back, we could tell this was a pretty special bike.

Let’s take a look…

The new DOGMA F8 from Pinarello is built out of Toray's new T11001K Dream Carbon

The new DOGMA F8 from Pinarello is built out of Toray’s new T11001K Dream Carbon.


Over the past two years, Pinarello’s last DOGMA, the 65.1, has earned the distinction of being the most titled bike on the planet. It’s been ridden to victory in the Tour de France twice, as well as having a World Championship and more than 100 Pro Tour race victories under it’s wheels as well. The bike has been hailed as an instant classic. It’s so ubiquitious with the world of high-end road bikes that many utter “benchmark” just as readily as they say DOGMA.

So what do you do if you’re Pinarello and you want to build a worthy follow up to legendary bike?

You impress the hell out of everyone by introducing a bike with the same winning pedigree but that’s also lighter, stiffer and ridiculously more aerodynamic.


The new DOGMA F8 offers it’s riders: 

Pinarello is very proud of how the new DOGMA F8 improves on the 65.1 in a few categories. But we were most impressed with:

A stiffer frame than the previous DOGMA, but 120 grams lighter (frame + fork)

By utilizing TORAY’s new T11001K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, Pinarello has been able to give the new F8 a stiffness to weight ration that is 12% higher than the DOGMA 65.1. The TORAY T11001K that Pinarello chose for their new DOGMA is utilized heavily in the aerospace industry on plenty of the jetliners in the sky today. The frame is 80 grams lighter than the 65.1. And Pinarello also designed a new fork for the F8 that is, again, not only stiffer, but 40 grams llighter and more aero as well.

A Massively More Aero Frame

And that leads us into the other big news on the DOGMA F8, Pinarello has worked very hard to improve the aerodynamics of the frame. So hard, in fact, that the new F8 has an astonishing 47% improvement in aerodynamics over the DOGMA 65.1. By redesigning not just the fork, but each tube shape utilized on the frame, the F8 has adopted a “flatback” style of tubing. Where the front of the tubing is designed to cut through the wind and the trailing edge of the tube is shaped to allow the wind to dissipate over it without creating much turbulence at all.

The new tube design for the DOGMA F8 creates an phenomenal aero advantage over the older 65.1

The new tube design for the DOGMA F8 creates an phenomenal aero advantage over the older 65.1

Forks That Act Like Wind Sails

It sounds like Pinarello have really done their aero homework. In fact, the fork they designed for the F8 is giving riders a very special advantage. According to Pinarello:

‘With aerodynamic sections derived directly from the Bolide, the F8 fork legs act as sails that promote forward motion in crosswind conditions. This effect is amplified when riding in stronger winds. The wind has always been an inevitable resistance that increases rider fatigue and hinders performance. Now with the Dogma F8, cyclists are able to exploit it.”

That’s some very impressive engineering from an already impressive company. But the Dogma still maintains its legality with the UCI (it’s officially been approved -and even sports a graphic to tout it!)  and even throws out some cool features like a removable front derailleur support for time trial applications, a 3rd hole on the seat tube to choose where you place your water bottle cage, a (very!) comprehensive 13 different sizes to choose from and even an option to customize the color of your F8 with their MyWay program.

Pinarello have definitely done it again with the Dogma F8!

The bike debuts at the Critérium du Dauphiné, beginning in Lyon on June 8th. And you’re favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop is going to be getting some of these gorgeous frames in! Call us or stop by to check them out!

Throwback Thursday – 1973 Colnago Super

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!

Colnago Super

Columbus Tubing

Concor Saddle

Colnago Concor Crankeset

Colnago Super Bar


Colnago Super ChainStay

Dawn one of our exclusive Contender shirts and be prepared to have folks ask, "Excuse me, are you a Contender Bicycles employee?"
"No, but I do wear their sweet tees."

Staff Infection: Peter Barrett


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:

Two legends coming together at Contender Bicycles: Peter Barrett and his favorite bike, the Cannondale CAAD 10.
Two legends coming together at Contender Bicycles: Peter Barrett and his favorite bike, the Cannondale CAAD 10.

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.

Peterbuilt: Peter shows off the custom steel bike he built himself and his favorite Giro New Road wool shirt.
Peterbuilt: Peter shows off the custom steel bike he built himself and his favorite Giro New Road wool shirt.

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.

Peter showing off his brand new SIDI Dominators in Camo. If it looks like he's not holding anything up, it means the camouflage is working.
Peter showing off his brand new SIDI Dominators in camo. If it looks like he’s not holding anything up, it means the camouflage is working.

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.

Peter showing off the Mobility Pant from Giro. How could you NOT buy pants from this guy?
Peter showing off the Mobility Pant from Giro. How could you NOT buy pants from this guy? Adorable.

If you ride a steel bike, do you have to wear wool? 

You should.

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

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.









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Picture: Sarah Reingewirtz Source: AP

A Premature Celebration At The Tour of California (Video)

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.