Saturday, December 22, 2012

2013 Team AG2R La Mondiale Pro Cycling

Ag2R Cycling Team is part of the UCI Pro World Tour in 2013.
The Team is the only french team to compete in the 2013 UCI World Pro Tour.

The team main sponsors are: Odlo cycling wear, Focus bikes, Fulcrum Wheels, Campagnolo Super Record 11 EPS groupset, Michelin tires, San Marco saddles, Deda, Ekoi helmets, Elite bottles, Look pedals 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Japan Mini Velo 2012 trend (Part I)

Here is the second post specific to japan market only Mini Velo.
These are getting a lot of attention abroad recently.

A quick reminder of what is a Mini Velo category bike.
To sum it simply, it is a 20" wheels sized diamond frame style bicycle.
It is an adult bicycle designed with 20" wheels.

(Diamond frames refer to the frame shape featuring 2 triangle, hope this helps to understand)

Ok, back to Mini Velo Show!
The range of Mini Velo available in 2012 have grown up significantly in Japan.
More brands, more models, more exciting designs.


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)
One of the best Spanish professional cyclist of its era. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

André Greipel Pro Cycling Racer Profile

Name:André Greipel
Nickname:  Gorilla

One of the fastest sprinter of the road racing planet often winning sprint stage on the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta Espana.

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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Thursday, April 26, 2012

eRockit electric bicycle that reach 80km/h

The current trend is definitively toward making electric bicycles as the popular thema is to "save the planet" with green vehicules.

 Today subject is about what is the most advanced electric bicycle in the world.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

AG2R LA MONDIALE Pro Cycling Team 2012

Ag2R Cycling Team is part of the UCI Pro World Tour in 2012.
The Team is the only french team to compete in the 2012 UCI World Pro Tour.

The team main sponsors are: Odlo cycling wear, Kuota bikes, Reynolds Wheels, Sram Red groupset, Michelin tires, San Marco saddles, Deda, Ekoi helmets, Elite bottles, Look pedals 

Amstel Gold Race 2012 Complete StartList and Race Informations

The biggest cycling event in Netherlands is the Amstel Gold Race, held for the 47th year this April 15th, 2012.
 The name is the one of the main sponsor "Amstel beers".

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cofidis Pro Cycling Team 2012

The team will race as a UCI Professional Continental team. (Meaning, not participating the UCI WorldTour ranking, but could get invited to participate at major races like the Tour de France since it is a France based team)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Trek Modane 6 2013

The Trek Domande is a bike that was dsigned for the Paris-Roubaix race.
A bike than can go fast as a road bike but can absorb as much shocks as possible to keep the racer fresh and fast.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Paris-Roubaix 2012 Complete StartList and Race Details

Who will win the 106th Edition of the "Day in Hell"?
Winner were:
1- Tom Boonen (Omega-Pharma-QuickStep)
2- Sebastien Turgot (Europcar)
3- Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
The 2012 Paris-Roubaix is held on Sunday 8th of April.

Haimar Zubeldia Pro cyclist profile

Name: Haimar Zubeldia

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Oliver Zaugg Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Oliver Zaugg

Robert Wagner Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Robert Wagner Pro cycling career data and racing bicycles specifications.

Jens Voigt Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Jens Voigt

Jesse Sergent Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Jesse Sergent

Thomas Rohregger Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Thomas Rohregger
Nickname:Der Kaiser von Tirol

Joost Posthuma Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Joost Posthuma

Nelson Oliveira Pro Cycling Rider Profile

Name: Nelson Oliveira
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