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  • lowlander

    Would love some info on the Silca Tattico mini-pump if they have it at the show. Thanks!

    • James Huang

      I’m sure Silca will have it there, so I’ll make sure to post some fresh photos. In short, though, it’s an Asian-made mini-pump with a rubber u-cup plunger (instead of the leather one on the US-made Pocket Pump), an extendable hose, and a thumb lock reversible head. Retail price is US$55. And this one includes a frame clip!

  • winkybiker

    That pink Van Dessel is one ugly bike. Ewww.

    • Joe Hydrick

      Bollocks. That bike is fire.

  • winkybiker

    They should make those chain catchers that are so essential on the one-by bikes actually moveable, using a button and lever on the left brake lever. Then they could add a second, smaller chainring on the inside. The the chain catcher could move the chain (“de-rail” it, if you will) onto the smaller inner ring at the riders pleasure, thus opening up a wider range of gears! I’m going to patent this idea.

    • James Huang

      Even better, you could potentially connect the actuation device and your proposed chain device with some sort of braided control wire – perhaps even made of steel? It’d be totally revolutionary.

      • david__g

        What about that dastardly electrickery?! Surely if man can make light appear from nowhere he can make legs spinneth easier using the unseen forces!

    • david__g

      It’ll never get much traction (unless you machine some ramps and stick some pins on the rings)

  • Eat More Lard

    Those Masi bikes. Nice. Where can you get Masi bikes in Melbourne?

    • Iain Treloar

      Distributed by Sheppards I believe (same as Avanti or Scott). However, the last couple of years they’ve only brought in a pretty narrow selection of singlespeeds and not the nice stuff they have in the US. Hopefully that changes!

    • winkybiker

      The fenders on the randonneur are fitted for style, not practicality. You’d always be pulling wet leaves out of them around these parts. And 47mm slicks? Surely this rush to be softer and wider has overshot?

      • James Huang

        Aside from their rather short length, it seems to me like those things would be fine if we were just talking about wet roads and not debris. As always, speccing a bike isn’t always a 100% thing given the enormous range of regional wants and needs.

        And those tires are file treads, not slicks, which I’ve found so far to be pretty surprisingly capable provided the surface isn’t too dry and dusty (or wet and muddy). The grip on pavement is incredible, and they’re pretty surefooted on dirt, too.

        • winkybiker

          Yeah, too short at the back for group rides, and too short at the front to prevent your shoes being hosed.

          Debris is a fact of life on the road. Stuff jamming in the fender can be annoying at best, and dangerous at worst if the fender doesn’t have breakaway mounts.

          A 47mm tire with limited use off-road or on gravel (not too dry and not too wet?) is a bit of a contradiction to me. Perhaps if you rode a lot of corrugated dirt roads, very poorly patched roads or cobbles it might just make sense, but really, the configuration of that bike just seems trendy to me.

          Nice to have choices, but that bike (at least set up like that) is not a choice I’d make.

  • George Darroch

    Masi always do beautiful bikes. This year is no exception.

  • david__g

    I wish there was a better selection of Masi bikes available in Canada.

    And that Oakley truck thing is pretty embarrassing. What middle aged midlife crisis exec thought that was a good idea and not at all crass?

    • winkybiker

      There’s a fair chunk of me that considers cars and trucks to be the enemy; a necessary evil. I bristle at commercial relationships between car makers and cycling generally. This includes the CT tie-up with GM.

      • david__g

        I’m a driver (ok, it’s a Nissan Cube so it’s more of a box on wheels) and i don’t *hate* cars and trucks, and I appreciate that Oakley has markets outside cycling but…it just seems so needlessly obnoxious and over the top for a bike show.

        • James Huang

          Fair enough, but just keep in mind that Oakley most likely uses that rig for a wide range of marketing purposes outside of cycling.

          • david__g

            As I said I know they have other markets, but even then it’s sort of…over the top.

  • winkybiker

    The Smiths sitting directly on the rock trigger OCD shudders.

    • James Huang

      If it makes you feel any better, I was extremely careful how I placed everything for the photo! No scrapes or scratches :)

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