Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tour de France 2012 daily stages & teams

The most prestigious bicycle race of the world, The Tour de France 2012 is upon us. For 2012, the race starts from Liege (Belgium) and will gt to France the second day. From June 30th to July 22nd 2012, it is the 99th edition. 20 stages and 1 prologue to cover 3497 kilometers.
The stages:

Christopher FROOME Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Name: Christopher FROOME
Nickname:  Froomey, Froomdog


Mark Cavendish Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Mark Cavendish is one of the fastest sprinting professional cyclist and has won 29 Tour de France stage. This makes him the second most winning stages of the Tour de France history.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Alejandro Valverde Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Name: Alejandro Valverde
Nickname: Balaverde (The Green Bullet)
El Bala (The Bullet)
El Imbatido (The Unbeaten)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Vincenzo Nibali Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Name:Vincenzo Nibali
Nickname: The Shark
Vicenzo Nibali is a professional road bike racer who won the Giro D'Italia 2013 and the Tour de France 2014 and Vuelta Espana in 2010. 

In cycling history, only 6 riders have won the 3 Grand Tour; they are Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.

Peter Sagan Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Name: Peter Sagan
Nickname: The Terminator, Rambo, Cannibal

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Japan Mini Velo Trend for 2011

Japan is famous for fashion trend setting, for few years now there are a specific Japanese bicycle niche, the so called "mini velo"
Usually they are diamond frames designed and equipped with 20" wheels, featuring drop bars or flat bars or even mtb models getting trendy recently.

Mini-velo are not foldable bikes, if so then it is called "folding bike".
The word "Velo" is french for bicycle, so rather than calling it a Mini bike, japanese have branded it "mini Velo", a good sense of history, culture and chic wording.

If you want to sell bicycle to Japan, whatever the brand, it must includes "Mini Velo" in your catalog.
Most mini velo in Japan are the product designed by the local distributors and wholesalers, which explain why the bikes are not on another market catalogs.

Most of the bikes are small size frames, rarely bigger than 51cm.
However, I think there are some good opportunities for playing with mini velo design.
Carbon frames would be nice visually.

Here a quick look at the Mini Velo currently sold in Japan:

Bianchi, Made in China and Taiwan bikes, cromoly frames.
Drop bar, Brooks saddles, shimano gearing.
Flat bar, sora gears, spring saddle

Bruno is very popular, you can see the bikes every where in japan cities.


Fuji, also have colorful drop bar mini velo which features lugged forks and cromoly frames

The bike retails for about 69,000 yen in Japan

9 speed Shimano Sora, 20" wheels, drop bar, looks like a real bike but in mini version.

Gios, playing with Cromoly 4130 Taiwan made frames, Gios coloring, these are a getting pricey.
This model retail for 138,600 Japan Yen.
This model is Retailing at 76,440 yen in Japan in 2011

Kuwahara, the company that is famous for having being featured in the movie E.T. (the bmx that flies front of the moon).
Well the bike is an Allien machine, it is a MTB mini velo, retailing at 268,800 yen.

Louis Garneau, the japan company that use "Lous Garneau" name to sell bicycles, sells also 4 models of mini velo. All are built with Aluminium frames.
Road model equipped with Shimano 105 gropu retails at 144,900 yen.
The full suspension MTB mini velo retail at 120,750 yen.

Seraph is a brand from a japanese wholesaler, they sale cromoly lugged frame and fork mini velo.

Frame/fork retail for 60,900 yen.

Sugimura, makes some reasonable priced mini velo
Road model retail at about 63,924 yen
The MTB mini velo retail at 66,780 yen.

Don't forget to check the Masi ones that I already featured few weeks ago here:
Masi Speciale Mini Velo
Masi Speciale Mini Velo Fixed Japan Edition

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Crane Suzu Lever Strike Bicycle Bell

Knog Beetle 2-LED Bicycle Light

The Practical Cyclist: Bicycling for Real People

Brooks Team Pro Alpe d'Huez Saddle

Brooks Leather Bar Tape

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Mini Velo Bible Japan

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