Here's a random bunch of different big bike brand's new 2009 track / fixed gear / single speed bike models in no particular order for your enjoyment. Or for your horror. I've nothing to say about these. Except that none of these companies are getting any of my hard-earned money.
So here it is finally, fresh from Interbike 2008 Las Vegas, Cinelli X MASH SF collabo bike. There were rumours a while ago but I must say that the bike looks way better than I expected. Gotta love the classic Cinelli crest logo, the forward sloping top tube, no holes for brakes, H Plus Son Formation Face aero-rims & the all-black Campy gruppo. Bullhorns and Vittoria Randonneurs are apparently also a must. And note the low flange front hub. I'm personally not so much into the yellow Live Strong bracelet on the front hub but whatever, the MASH SF guys are friends with Lance.
Anyhow, something tells me that the bike won't be very affordable, if some Hypebeast among you wanted to get one. It's not available anywhere yet anyway.
Last night was already 18th Fiksikeskarit, and this time with probably more people than ever, due to the nice warm weather most likely.
What else? The first HED.3 front wheel was seen, and the official First & Most Legendary Aerospoke of Finland(c) did a comeback too. Many rounds of Foot Down, one super-stuck cog that wouldn't budge, not even with the longest extension on the wrench ever seen. Beers.
And my special shout-out goes to Make, the mysterious yet very generous & friendly plumber from Merihaka we met at the bar later last night. No photos of him, though.
Ok, I'm from Finland and while our country is not known for its glorious cycling history by any means, we do have one very beautiful Velodrome, in Helsinki and built for the 1952 Olymic Games. In addition to that there's been at least one Finnish bicycle company/brand making track bikes. Long long time ago.
Check out the pics above & below for a vintage Finnish Peto track bike. The brand does not exist anymore, the name 'Peto' stands for 'Beast' (for real!) and the bike is probably from 1950s, I guess?
In fact, I do remember reading somewhere that Tunturi, one of the oldest and largest Finnish bicycle manufacturers, did build the bikes for the Finnish (rather unsuccesful...) track cycling team of the 1952 olympic games but I've never seen any pics of them.
In order to celebrate this occasion, click here to see a fun video of the MASH SF crew riding in Austin, Texas, with Lance Armstrong himself. And if you watch the video until the very end, after the credits you'll see Lance learning to skid. For real.
And to top this all off, here's the real party soundtrack for you:
Only thing is that the tap would NOT be flowing with Beck's Beer nor Carlsberg if it really existed, that's for sure. No but wait, knowing Olli, it's that actually a picture of a real tap he already built?
"SAN FRANCISCO -- Jordan McCay was just trying to get back home in San Francisco after a long day at work in Berkeley and an evening seeing off a friend traveling to Asia.
The 23-year-old went from his job at a film production outfit in Berkeley on Tuesday night to say good-bye to a friend in Oakland who was leaving for Asia the next day. McCay boarded BART to San Francisco, then pedaled his bicycle across town to the Richmond District by early Wednesday.
In that normally peaceful neighborhood - just two blocks from his home - he was confronted by two men on the street. After an argument, someone shot and killed him at 1:40 a.m. near the corner of 15th Avenue and Cabrillo Street, police said.
"He was coming home, coming down the street - we really don't know what happened," said Lt. Mike Stasko of the San Francisco homicide detail.
The killer left behind the victim's bike - worth as much of $1,000 - and his backpack. "Everything was still there," Stasko said."
Complete include: frame&fork - Cinelli, vintage "LASER ", steel, tube - COLUMBUS, serial number - 8; bottom brake - Campagnolo, material cap - steel, thread - italian (36x24); front wheel - disk carbon for road, paint. Made by Gipiemme, for COLNAGO, 650C, tubular.
Rerear wheel - disk carbon, paint. Pista, 700C, tubular. crankset - Campagnolo C-Record, PISTA, 165 mm, chainset - 48T ; stem - ITM, light alloy, 130 mm; handlebar - ttt (3t), light alloy; saddle - Selle San Marco ERA, for COLNAGO. seatpost - 27.2 mm, light alloy, brand - no name. Seat tube center BB to top - 55,5 cm. Top tube cent to cent. - 52 cm. Head tube – 100 mm, 1 inch.
Right, I've been posting stuff about those Alien frames here and I agree they do look pretty decent, especially for the price. It's lugged with proper forged Long-Shen lugs, the tubing is supposed to be ok (double butted Cro-Mo) and the geometry is nice and tight, the way it should be.
Well, this where it gets even better:
Jamal from the bikeforums has helped to set up a special 2009 BFSSFG group buy of the Alien frames with a very nice price, 300 USD + shipping, international shipping is also available. Only two colors (or unpainted) available, otherwise it's just like the regular frame they sell, only 185 USD cheaper than normal price.