Friday, June 30, 2006







Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2007 Campagnolo Record Rear Brakes

It looks like Campagnolo has radically redesigned their Record brakes for 2007. They've taken this year's rounded shape and have made it more triangular with cut-outs. The weight is speculated to be 250 grams for the pair, down from 308 grams for the current Record brakes.

And here are the 2006 Record brakes for comparison:

Monday, June 26, 2006

Nulla Tenaci Via est Via

Here's the mystery bike: a Spyker Aeroblade by Koga-Miyata.

Spyker is a Dutch builder of exotic supercars. Their motto, "Nulla tenaci via est via" is engraved on the bicycle's chainring guard and means: "For the tenacious no road is impassable". Interestingly enough, this also happens to be the motto of Team Dual-Threat (except when it is snowing, raining, or simply overcast, of course).

Only 50 examples of this bike will be built at a suggested retail price of $12,540 USD. Here's your chance to make all of the Serotta MeiVici owners jealous, so what are you waiting for? Click here to learn all about Spyker and the Aeroblade or visit Koga's Website for the full specifications.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Unpimp Your Brikos

Tony Rominger proves that style is never out of fashion.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Floyd, Levi & the Polka dot jersey

Just a few seconds behind Lance!
2005 TDF

Just a little taste of what is coming next week. One week from today. Who will win this year?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Can You Name the Mystery Bike?

Alright, who can guess the exotic bicycle this wheel belongs to?

Ok, here it is from another angle:

And another:

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Alex Finishes Up Strong

Today was the final stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Alex finished 28th, 1:54 off the winner. With this finish he took over the lead for the Best Young Rider classification and earned 23rd in the final General Classification. Way to go Alex!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Alex Keeping Pace

Local Omaha pro and part-time Highgear employee, Alex Boyd, is running well at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. He finished 19th today, 2:00 minutes behind stage winner, Karl Menzies, of Health Net PB Maxxis. This puts Alex in 22th place overall and 2nd in the Best Young Rider classification, 28 seconds behind Stefano Barberi of Toyota-United. Tomorrow is the last stage. We will wait and see how it all turns out. Keep it up Alex! We are all cheering for you.

Tilford Just Keeps Going!

Officials, spectators and racers knew it was coming, but the question was when.

And 17 minutes into the hour-long race for the men's third stage of Great River Energy's Nature Valley Grand Prix, the race was called while sheets of rain drenched a happy Steve Tilford who laughed at the elements and won the Minneapolis Downtown Classic.

"It's like fat boys at night," he said, referencing the mountain bike races he also does. "You never know what's going on. You have to watch the lap cards."

That might have been easier said than done. With dark clouds draping downtown Minneapolis throughout the evening, a usually day-lit course was darkened into a twilight criterium, and as rain started to fall just 7 minutes into the race, visibility dropped even further.

Expecting the rain and a sketchy race along the 1-mile, 6-corner course, Health Net/Maxxis sent all their riders to the front, riding single file into all the corners and protecting their GC leader, Nathan O'Neill. When the rain started, O'Neill's teammates continued the high pace, stretching the peloton quickly and shelling riders off the back early.

When the rain started, officials gave no indication they would shorten the race and, in fact, rang the bell for the first sprint prime 10 minutes in. With bonus seconds on the line, the racers did challenge for the prime, with Nevada's Martin Gilbert - the most aggressive rider in Thursday's second stage - taking the 5-second bonus for first, and Health Net's Greg Henderson and Gord Fraser following suit for the 3-second and 1-second bonus, respectively.

Then the rain began to fall harder. Twelve minutes in, Jelly Belly's Andrew Bajadali attacked with Fraser on his wheel, but it was quickly pulled back. Sensing the urgency as the weather began to worsen - with lightning directly above the course - Van Ulden then attacked and got a 5-second gap, which grew as he came around for a second solo lap.

By the next lap, though, Van Ulden was nowhere at the front as his back wheel succumbed to the rain slickened course.

"You could see his back tire just bouncing out of the corners," Tilford said.

That is when Tilford saw his opportunity. A veteran bike racer a background in mountain biking and cyclocross, he attacked into the first corner and held it straight through. His lead was enough that 150 meters from the line, he sat up and began celebrating, with Henderson and Fraser cruising in behind for the bonus seconds.

Tilford said it wasn't a calculated risk that he took, just a chance for the win. "You just don't want to let everybody come up on the back of you," he said, crediting both his skill and his tires for the win. "If I'm riding good, in the rain I can ride with anyone."

Danny Van Haute, director sportif for Jelly Belly, said the officials made the right call to end the race.

"It's a safety issue," he said. "Just let everybody start tomorrow."

On Saturday, the riders head to Mankato, Minn., for an 86-mile road race that finishes with a 4-lap circuit that includes a climb of 14 percent. The Nature Valley Grand Prix finishes Sunday in Stillwater, Minn.

TREK Midwest is sponsored by the TREK Bicycle Store of Omaha.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Swanson Trail Maintenance

Swanson Trail Maintenance this Saturday, 7:30am.

Swanson’s big event is less than two weeks away, and it’s time we get together to whack a few weeds, replace or repair any logs, and do anything else that needs work. Mr. Swanson (Martin Bixby) is out of town. Saturday at 7:30am would be a good starting time before it warms up. Tools: weed-eaters, pruners, and anything else you can think of.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Alex in Philly

Alex finished 67th in Philly. With results like that he'll be up to Dual Threat standards in no time!
Way to go!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Alex Boyd @ Reading Classic

Local Omaha Pro Alex Boyd Finished 57th at the Reading Classic. 1:34 down from the winner Health Net's Greg Henderson. WAY TO GO Alex! The link will take you to the results.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

α = Δv / Δt

Highgear / LBC Team racers, Kent McNeil and Steve Jarrett, provide a visual lesson in acceleration.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Criterium Crash

Here's an unfortunate fall at the Flatiron corner of today's Dave Babcock Memorial criterium. Ouch.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Highgear sponsored athelete Jon Randall of Lincoln Plating-Lemond won the final stage of the inaugural Monumental Memorial Cycling Weekend, giving him a 2nd place overall finish. Micheal Grabinger of Spearfish, S.D., took the overall victory. Congrats Jon!

You can watch more exicting local racing this weekend by attending the Dave Babcock Memorial stage race. For more details visit

Thursday, June 01, 2006

2007 Shimano XTR Gruppo

Here's a look at the complete 2007 Shimano XTR Gruppo.