Sunday, December 12, 2010

Would A Friend Let A Friend Buy A Redline?

Most of us work in software, many in testing or engineering, so we know how hard it is to get something right, and how much work is involved in quality. I have a lot of respect for someone who puts a product out on the line for daily use and abuse, and I don't feel comfortable panning a brand for an occasional quality or design defect.

But what gives with Redline, and by association, Seattle Bike Supply?
I don't know what SBS's role in this is, or their relationship to the Redline brand and to the manufacturer. Does SBS purchase the frame & components from various sources, assemble them, and slap the Redline stickers on them? Any elucidation would help. I am ignorant.

Normally, I wouldn't hold it against a company for recalling products; in fact, I'd view it favorably, as a sign of being a conscientious citizen,

But in this case, I wonder whether SBS should continue distributing bikes.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gotta love Cipollini

If you haven't read this little gem of an interview with Mario, you should.  Whether you agree with him or not, you've got to love his passion!  I have to agree with the observation that much top of the heap these days (with some exceptions like Vinokourov and Cancellara) seem to be relatively subdued in competition.  Is it the money?  Or is it as Mario suggests, a result of human evolution towards hermaphroditus?

Monday, December 6, 2010

product review from a product review hater

"Don't upgrade your ride, ride up grades" --Merckx

Great quote. I'm exceedingly tired of all the shills with their holiday 'reviews', trying to get you to buy another thing instead of just getting out the door.

I'm also discouraged by how stupid my bikes look this time of year: covered in fenders, lights and batteries and wires, and layers of road grime. (This from a gutter bunny not at all known for his elan.) Old broken-clavicle ache has me sporting a rear rack on my commuter, arrgh.

Nonetheless, I just got a rear blinky that I love--the Radbot by Portland Design Works. It should help keep me alive, as it's intensely bright (and wheel suckers will be blinded!) It's not a DiNotte, but was $18 at MEC. (Some reader will show their Maple Leaf and point out that the BLT Ultra Wazoo DX is brighter for a few bucks more, but supporting a US manufacturer right now makes me happy.)

OK, that's it for my product review career...

Living Dangerously

This spring, I injured myself gardening. Last week, I injured myself sitting down. I've got to stop this high-risk behavior. Maybe I'll take up sky-diving.

Sigh. But am still riding. Have been doing 100+ minute sessions on the trainer. Riding and stretching backward over a Swiss ball really help ease the pain.