ECO Shoe Dryer

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You experienced the problem before. Your cycling shoes are soaked after a wet ride or race. Up until now the best way to dry them was to either load them up with paper towels or completely open them up to dry. A company called L.I.D (Life In Detail) created a shoe dryer primarily for folks who suffer from sweaty feet. Athletes such as cyclist, triathletes, runners etc. who battle the elements can use something to dry out their wet shoes other than an extra pair.

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Cycle-Sexualist

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Hey, we all have bike lust. I’ve been know to drool on a very sexy top end Colnago, Cervelo, Pinarello or anything along those lines. There is a line that all cyclist don’t go beyond, and that it to keep your pants on. Apparently one cyclist just needed to show his bike the ultimate affection. No he did not upgrade any special components or clean it with a gentle cleanser or give it a tune up. He literally made love to his bike. Now people, bikes are expensive today, but please save some cash to spend on a real date. Also, I did not know it was illegal to have sex with a bike. Did the bike want to press charges after being abused? I won’t go into any jokes about what type of lube was used…sorry…

Mr Stewart was caught in the act with his bicycle by cleaners in his bedroom at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr.

Gail Davidson, prosecuting, told Ayr Sheriff Court: “They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.

“They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white t-shirt, naked from the waist down.

“The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex.”

Both cleaners, who were “extremely shocked”, told the hostel manager who called police.

Sheriff Colin Miller told Stewart: “In almost four decades in the law I thought I had come across every perversion known to mankind, but this is a new one on me. I have never heard of a ‘cycle-sexualist’.”

Stewart had denied the offence, claiming it was caused by a misunderstanding after he had too much to drink.

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BBC News: Bike sex man placed on probation

Red Lights Optional?

Should cyclist stop at all stop signs and red lights? The Wall Street Journal asks and cyclist and other folks respond. My take is that it is a case-by-case basis. Some lights especially in busy intersections should be obeyed. The faster the traffic the more you should obey. On smaller streets with slower traffic then it is optional. European roads have been slowly removing traffic lights and stop signs in favor of the roundabout which Phil and Paul love to call traffic furniture.

WSJ: Should Cyclists Run Red Lights?

Le Tour 2008 Parcour: Italian Influence

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Le Tour Parcours

The Tour de France 2008 route was announced today in Paris. The big highlights of the route include a start in the Brittany region of France which is home to the likes of “The Badger” Bernard Hinault. There is no prologue time trial to kick things off, only a flat stage that will favor the sprinters. Things should not be too hectic since a team such as Milram or Quick-Step would be just as eager to control things to get a sprint victory early on.

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More White Shoes For The US!

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Euro-Style alert, as I was reading cyclingnews.com on some new shoes coming out from Interbike I came upon a line that struck a chord with my Euro-Style sensibilities.

The bright green-and-pearl white shoes are arguably a bit garish, but undoubtedly Euro-chic and proved to be surprisingly well-received by the decided US-centric crowd at Interbike. This may also serve as a more general indicator of changing US tastes, as Sidi will also bring in a number of bright hues formerly considered to be Euro-only stateside.

Nice, the same feature also has white shoes from Shimano, Northwave and Adidas. The trend is catching on in the US, which is good as I need to replace my Sidi HT 5.5′s since they have a slight gash on the toe from the Thater crash.

Interbike 2007 Part 10: Eat your heart out, Imelda

Lance Has A Manly Name

Lance Armstrong and Dick Pound are on the list of Top 10 Manliest Names on Cracked.com. Here is Lance Armstrong’s analysis.

The Name:
It’s impossible to hear this name without picturing many men getting impaled on a battlefield. He’s got the lance, and he’s got the arm strength to drive it through you and the four guys standing behind you.

The Man:
Some will argue that we should have gone with the guy who walked on the moon instead of the guy who rides bikes for a living. But, come on. Neil? Please. Come back when you’ve got a man’s name, space cowboy.

Anyway, Lance got cancer in his testicle, abdomen, lungs and brain, and then, instead of curling into a little ball and giving the hell up like a lot of us might have, he beat the cancer (in our imaginations, with a hammer).

Then, he went on to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times. Nowadays, Armstrong is retired from cycling and does speaking tours and writes inspirational books which make us feel really inspired and happy, and then a little later as we microwave last night’s pizza and settle in to watch America’s Got Talent, really shitty.

Does He Live Up to It?
Lance doesn’t rank higher because, quite frankly, cycling just barely involves using your arms. So the Armstrong thing is kind of wasted.

The Only Way It Could Have Been Manlier:
Lance Legstrong? No, that’s more accurate, but also ridiculous. In fact, most of the names we came up with sound weird in English, like “Lightning-Legs.” But, maybe in another language … Babel Fish tells us “Lightning Legs” in German is “Blitzbeine,” and Lance Blitzbeine does have a nice ring to it.

Top 10 Manliest Names

Jan Rides Again

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AP Photo/Daniel Maurer

Yes, its only for charity but Der Kaiser is back on the roads. He won’t be racing anytime soon, but here is a glimpse for old times sake. He is riding his own “Jan Ullrich” brand bikes which have fat tubes in the winter and get skinner in July. Jan, send me over a bike so I can test it, help get the new Bike Reviews section going strong.

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Blue RC4: Best Handling Bike Ever Designed?

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Blue is a new bike company that has only been around for a few years. Two or three as the Blue reps told me last month at the Chris Thater both. But that did not ring true even as I was feeling the after effects of my crash. My Lemond Chambery was not in the best shape (back to working order now), so the test ride offer seemed enticing. Its a company I’ve heard of before and I even had a chance to purchase one at a Team Colavita discount when Maxpowercycling.com was a Colavita Regional Amateur team in 2006. I did not know too much about Blue at the time and passed on the offer.

Blue bikes have been around for at least four years as they have been sponsoring the Colavita Women and previously the Quark team since at least 2004, so greater that three years if the answer.

In 2006 only the Colavita women’s team were riding Blue bikes. In 2007 the Colavita men switched from Felts to Blue and the name recognition grew at least in my realm of influence. So, I dropped my info and took the bike for a test drive. I figure this would be a good section to start for Velochimp.com. I can setup test rides and have every major dealer send me their bikes to test.

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Leipheimer on Doping

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Doug Pensinger, Getty Images

Levi is rumored to be switching to Astana along with Johan Bruyneel and defending Tour champion Alberto Contador. Meanwhile he is living it up by eating “blue cheese crusted tenderloin of beef and chocolate mousse cake” in Utah.

Levi is asked about doping particularly the Landis case:

“Yep, that’s pretty much all we talk about,” he said, only half sarcastically over dinner. “I hope now that Floyd’s deal is kind of over, that we can move on. Everyone acts like we’re the dirtiest athletes in the world, when I think the reality is we are the cleanest. We get tested all the time. They show up at your door unannounced and test you. We’re tested before races and after races. We’re tested all the time.

“When someone gets caught it gets all the attention,” Leipheimer said. “But do you really think we’re dirtier than football players who hardly even get tested?”

Amen to that, it is a tough break that when doping in cycling is in the spotlight while many other sports either don’t testing or have very lax testing rules. Just because there is no testing does not mean that the sport is clean. Meanwhile NFL players get cortisone injections (which are banned in cycling and other Olympics sports) like they drink water.

Deseret Morning News via TDFblog