Danny MacAskill Insight 2012 Presented by Lezyne
Danny Macaskill, world trials sensation and amazingly talented bike rider, has signed with Lezyne for 2012 accessories. The combo is a knockout and we hope that you’ll agree. Take a few minutes out of your day and enjoy the pleasures of some fluid and amazing bike riding. Cheers.
The Alloy Floor Drive wins “Best on Test” with Cycling Plus
“Lezyne brings its typical elegance, efficiency, and styling to this design.”
“This excellent pump is a joy to use. The Lezyne Alloy FD takes top honours for its balance of design, efficiency and performance.”
“It’s a straightforward, very well made design, with a superb wooden handle, a long hose and a very stable base – but it’s Lezyne’s Flip-Thread Chuck that we really like. The screw-on design provides a fantastic seal and can be used on valves where only small amounts of thread are showing. It’s flippable for Schrader valves plus has an extra screw-on head that pushes onto valves in the more usual way. For it’s balance of design, efficiency, and pumping performance it takes the top honours.”
“Lezyne really delivers with this classic pump. It has a superbly reassuring feel, aided by its comfortable varnished wooden handle, while the CNC-machined base and 15mm shaft make it very stable and the gauge is clear to read. Add in a long hose and great build quality and you’ve got a more than competent pump, but what really makes it is Lezyne’s excellent Flip-Thread Chuck. This does away with a locking lever, the reversible head screwing directly – and very securely – onto Presta valves for leak-free pumping every time.” www.upgradebikes.co.uk
The Sport Floor Drive in the test, although it didn’t win, surely made “top honours” as well, earning itself 5 starts and a very well-bolstered reputation.
This isn’t really even news considering Ina is the winningest woman in the world….she just recently claimed the final stage at San Dimas.
Ina kills it…..proper. And she’s got a stacked list of talent following her both up and down the mountain. Yikes. Thank goodness they’re not hot on my heels.
The blog post from Velocio Sports/Specialized lululemon can be found HERE
Lezyne Micro Caddy Review by Road.cc
“Not everyone needs to take several rounds of sandwiches, a phone, a camera, a waterproof, a spare gear cable, three tubes, patches, a lucky Gonk and all the other saddlebag detritus that some deem necessary on a ride all stuffed into a saddlepack that would trouble a budget airlines baggage allowance. Others like to travel fast and light,…the Lezyne Micro Caddy (Small) is for those people.”
“With a capacity of a meagre 0.5L its cargo potential is plainly going to be fairly minimal. The main compartment is flanked by internal sleeves to hide delicate or pointy things away from the scrummage of the hold, the left-hand one ambitiously marked out by Lezyne for an inner-tube while the right-hand side is split into two; each about the right size to slip a slim tyre lever into. Storage space is extended with an outer pocket that’s graphiced up to suggest you fit your micro-tool in there, although it will have to be quite a mini micro tool to squeeze in.”
“The Micro Caddy is constructed from weatherproof materials and has a waterproof zip holding everything in which keeps the contents from all but the world of rain and wheel spray. After particularly moist rides it’s prudent to take everything out and give it a wipe down though to avoid rusting of anything that can rust, it’s no big issue as you’d probably need to give the Caddy a good clean as well anyway after such a ride, especially if you’ve bought the white one, to match your shoes. Reflective piping adds a tenuous level of safety.”
“The twin neoprene arms wrap around the saddle rails and Velcro onto the Lezyne’s body to provide a secure fastening without the need for a seatpost strap or any extra anti-eject security round the saddle rails, not even your favourite old toe-strap. This one has logged an impressive tally of miles and it hasn’t budged at all, and best of all as those neoprene arms can be pulled quite tight it hasn’t rattled in that Chinese water-torture way that goes mostly unnoticed by the rider but makes all your cycle companions want to kill you inefficiently with whatever tool is making the annoying noise.”
“Obviously whether you can get all your preferred ride-saving kit into the small Micro Caddy depends on how much you think you need, it could be a struggle for some. Lezyne say the bag can hold a small multi-tool, a spare road tube and some tyre levers. With a bit of effort you can manage to stuff more in; currently this test one is holding a turquoise puncture repair box with patches, glue and some spare links hidden inside it, a pair of chunky tyre levers, a not so mini mini-tool with a chain-breaker on, a spoke-key and since that ride where the friend with the deep-section rims didn’t bring any valve extenders, one of them. And despite it bulging quite tumescently it hasn’t thrown itself off or spilled its load into the verge that’s quite enough of that – ed).
For the lightweight rider that doesn’t feel the need to take their entire tool-chest with them on a ride than this is an excellent choice. Small enough to be forgotten about and not cause too much angst for the delicate lines of your elegant steed yet large enough, just, to fit the bare essentials in. And it doesn’t rattle.”
For the review at Road.cc, click HERE
Core77 Features Lezyne Products!
Following our entry mentioning Birzman’s purty bike tools, reader Frank turned us on to Lezyne, a bicycle accessories company that’s just celebrated their 5th birthday last week. Lezyne’s products are borne from “a love for cycling [combined with] a passion for design—exquisitely designed, intelligently engineered, and functionally complete,” says the company, which was started by former triathlete Micki Kozuschek.
Although based in California, Kozuschek originally hails from Germany, explaining Lezyne’s striking, Teutonic aesthetic.
“‘In the old days, everything just worked. It didn’t look great, but it worked. Now some things look great, but they don’t last,’ Kozuschek told Velo News several years ago, when the company began expanding their product range. ‘We’re doing this differently.’ “
For the blog writeup itself, go ahead and click HERE.
Cedric Gracia Urban DH Video
Check this out guys….amazing. Tight and gnarly. Oh, and wheelies for days!!!
Exergy TWENTY12’s Kristin Armstrong wins the Merco Cycling Classic Time Trial. Evelyn Stevens of Specialized lululemon takes 3rd.
In Merced, California, it was a beautiful day in the California Central Valley. This was home for the Merco Cycling Classic Boosters Time Trial. It was Evelyn Stevens who was being chased down after having just won the Tour of New Zealand and beating the current World TT Champion Judth Arndt, Kristin Armstrong took a very convincing win over Canadian National TT Champion Clara Hughes and current U.S National TT Champion, Evelyn Stevens. Her time was 55 seconds faster than that of Clara Hughes. Exergy’s Alison Tetrick finished a very strong 4th place, behind Specialized lululemon’s Evelyn Stevens.
In an post-race interview, this is what Armstrong had to say: “Everything came together. I already know I’m on the best equipment out there and it was up to me to put in a solid winter of training and show up to time trials well prepared. I felt good today”.
It was an extremely good race weekend for both of the Lezyne-sponsored teams of Specialized Lululemon and Exergy TWENTY12, taking the entire podium for the women’s TT opener. Keep it rockin’ gals.
Bobby McMullen Poster in San Francisco
Bobby McMullen’s face is now plastered in a shop window on Van Ness Blvd. in San Francisco.
This is really awesome considering the fact that Van Ness is one of San Francisco’s busiest streets and that Bobby is such a big inspiration to so many people.
Olheiser, of Competitive Cyclist kicks off the season nice and proper like.
Competitive Cyclist get season off to perfect start.
Competitive Cyclist’s first-year pro Mike Olheiser got his rookie season underway with an impressive solo win Tuesday at the first stage of the Rutas de Americas, a UCI 2.2 race in Uruguay.
Olheiser rode away from the fractured bunch in an effort to take a three-second KOM time bonus about 99 km into the 146 km opening stage from Montevideo to Minas. When no one in the field reacted to Olheiser’s move, the 37-year-old multiple masters time trial world champion pressed the issue and zeroed in on his first professional win.
“They gave him a good-sized gap, and I was like, ‘hmmm, they don’t know this guy can time trial like we do,'” said Competitive Cyclist director Gord Fraser. “It was really difficult terrain with a lot of up and down. He was able to get his momentum up on the downhills and really carry it over the rollers. So he just did a great job.”
The Rutas de Americas marks the team’s first foray into international racing after team leader Francisco Mancebo won the USA Cycling National Race Calendar individual title last year. Fraser said Olheiser’s first professional win in as many tries has already set the tone for a major team goal this season.
“I’ve been big on this word diversification of results, and we’ve certainly got it the very first race,” Fraser said. “So I couldn’t be happier for the guys. It’s good for the morale. We’re having a great time here already. It’s quite an adventure, and it’s certainly different than what we’re used to, so we’re rolling with it and having a good time. This will just set us up for the rest of the week without any pressure now.”
Mancebo started the fireworks Tuesday for Competitive Cyclist, soloing away from the bunch to win the first intermediate sprint at 28 km and grabbing the time bonus. The team continued to force the issue for the next 30 km, working with Porongos de Flores of Uruguay to keep the pace high over the rolling terrain.
Olheiser made his move after the peloton split into two groups. While teammates Mancebo and Chad Beyer rode heard on the ever-shrinking chase group behind, Olheiser battled to an eight-second gap at the finish. With time bonuses, Olheiser climbs into the overall race lead with a 14-second margin over Pablo Pintos of Uruguay. Fraser said Beyer was in position to take second on the stage when a Brasilian rider altered his line, causing Beyer to unclip to regain his balance and losing his spot.
The race continues Wednesday with the 150 km stage from ah9eme P. Varela to Melo. Fraser said his team will not be aggressively patrolling the front of the peloton to defend Olheiser’s lead, but will look for others to animate the race in the coming days.
“I still think it’s kind of a crap shoot, honestly,” Fraser said “There are so many factors that can go into it. We’re just really happy with the win. We’re not going to ride the front by any stretch. We’re going to play a more passive defense and try to engage the competition as much as possible and count on some local rivalries to see what shakes free.”
The six-day stage race ends February 26 with a stage from Trinidad to Montevideo. After the Rutas, Competitive Cyclist will split into two squads, with half the team contesting the Tour of Mexico while the other half heads to the San Dimas Stage Race and then Redlands Bicycle Classic for the USA Cycling National Race Calendar opener.
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