Redefining “Bike Geek”

Wired’s got a story extoling the benefits of steel and Campy. Gripes with the story – the guy didn’t take pictures of his “new (to him)” ride.

He’s got a certain point – there are some technologies that evolve until they’re pressing against actual laws of physics, and bicycle frame construction out of steel hit that in the 70’s and 80’s. I’ll buy his gushing about the frame.

But I don’t necessarily agree with his joy over Nuevo Record. Granted, my only experience with downtube shifting is the Suntour stuff that was on my first road bike. But man – STI… I also haven’t had much of an issue with durability on either my 105 gruppo or the Deore gruppo retrofitted to my mountain bike.

Sure, high-end components may be overengineered. But there’s still durability to be had, even in fancy new stuff. Likely at lighter weights than the old stuff, if not the lightest stuff out there.

6 thoughts on “Redefining “Bike Geek”

  1. Hope you’re having a fantastic time by now. And that you did all day, of course. Can’t wait for all the details.

  2. I can’t wait for your race report!! Way to go, Bill. What an accomplishment. I loved seeing you cross the line. Now–the details, please:)

  3. Thank you Bill, if that was your sister in law on
    the bike I think we must have within close range of each other.

    Congratulations you did an oustanding job. I know what you are saying about miles 21-22. When I saw them moving the cones closer to the curb. I just thought they were making room for the cars :).

    But that last mile, I did not see a anyone infront of me the whole time. An I never look back in a race. So I felt like I was in the marathon all by myself.

    P.S your boys are beutiful

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