September 22, 2009

Day two of Interbike took place under more beautiful blue skies. Word was out that a Euro Rabobank rider was showing up  to cherry pick tomorrow nights 'cross race. Today is also the day when the celebs (Levi Leipheimer, Axel Merckx, Bobke and many others) start flying in to make their rounds on opening day. Until then, tonight is the night when the red wine starts to pour and we plot the RBA attack.

Always looking for an opportunity to get his photo taken, Felt Bicycles namesake Jim Felt showed up again on Tuesday morning to get some face time with members of the Garmin-Slipstream cycling team that included (l-r David Zabriske, Will Frischkorn and Christian Vande Velde. Not too far out of the demo compound and I laid down a Mexican hammer and dropped all the skinny team riders. Frischkorn showed real class when he dropped back and fixed a flat for a Garmin rider.

Here's a quick shot of the new Garmin 500 which looks like a real winner as it is chock full of most of the usual Garmin features, but is smaller, lighter and cheaper than the popular 705. Look for a full review in the pages of an upcoming Road Bike Action. For more info head to Garmin.

Chris King poses along with a rack full of his beautifully anodized and machined hubs while he holds a sample of his new Swift road hub. The Swift features a 45 tooth titanium ring drive engagement along with low friction seals, and the usual King easy serviceability. The hubs have a claimed weight of 320-grams per pair and have a five year warranty. Head to Chris King for more on their hubs and legacy headsets.

QUOTE: “I love that you hate them.” Giro's Greg Shapleigh as we spoke of his silly leather gloves intended for the silly urban/fixie crowd of which I do not include myself.

I have nothing to say about this Look TT bike other than it looked exceptional as it caught some rays outside the SRAM booth.

Check out the sweet Bontrager white stem spacers on the Trek Madone. Word is that the mechanics hate them because they have to ensure that all the tell-tale Bonti B's are lined up when they build a bike.

Fizik was engaging the crowd with a seatpost set-up contest which had contestants going against the clock to see how quickly they could install and adjust a saddle with their new Cyrano seatpost. Last time we checked the fast time was at 21 seconds. The Fizik seatpost has a cool adjustment system and is available in a variety of sizes and lengths.

QUOTE: “No handouts or feeding allowed in cyclocross - this includes dollar bills and alcohol.” A warning from the Cross Vegas people putting on Wednesday nights cyclocross race. Races start at 7:00 at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex. Cross Vegas Baby!

Tomorrow the real party begins when the show moves inside. The RBA crew will be hard at it until late in the night. Nothing will come between us and the deep rooted desire to keep typing as everyone else heads out to have fun... and what's that? A Rock Racing Party?!

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