Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Mongodamus had a down year in '08 with his prognosticating. As a matter of fact, if anyone named Vito comes looking for me, tell him I moved to "the islands."
With the '09 season right around the corner, there's no better way to clean the slate than with my first bold prediction.
Breakthrough Rider Of The Year*...Stijn Devolder
*(As long as he doesn't abandon the Tour again like a little girl)
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mongo is a sucker for a hot chick with a British accent. Luckily for me, I've scored the trifecta with all of the above...and she's a World and Olympic Champion cyclist.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
There's a funny thing that all road cyclists do when they get passed. We look at the bike before we look at the rider. It's as if we are looking for an excuse for our performance based on equipment. If they're riding a Time VXR with Zipp 404's, then you don't feel so bad. But if it's a rusty Univega with clip-on aero bars, flat pedals, and a gel seat cover, well...you've got bigger problems.
There's nothing sadder than watching a bunch of dorky, forty-somethings, sitting around on TV discussing Heavy Metal music with musicians, who themselves, are at least in their fifties. Actually, what's even sadder, is that I've managed to catch all four episodes of the new "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic. (It's actually a pretty good show...Jim Florentine is hilarious)
I have to face the fact that I am also one of the relic metalheads from the '80's, who if given the opportunity, will gladly listen to Lita Ford babble about stupid shit because...she rocks!...and I still want to bang her.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
For all that the Internet is or isn't, everyone can agree that this reverse-engineered alien technology is a magical tool for information gathering and topical exploration.
Such was the case today when I went to the Zero Gravity website to "gather information" on their new Gravitas carbon fiber brakes. Already the makers of some of the coolest, lightest, and most expensive CNC brakes on the market, ZG now makes the coolest, lightest, and most expensive carbon fiber brakes as well. At 156 grams per pair, these bad boys will only set you back one large and two bills...that's $1200.00 for those of you not familiar with hip street lingo. Anyway, my point is this...
When I was on the Zero Gravity website, which is very smooth and has a a vibe like a Tool video, I noticed several links to other projects by ZG owner, Ted Ciamillo. At forty years old, Ciamillo is an inventor, an entrepreneur, an engineer, a visionary, and very rich.
He has parlayed his ZG fortune into the study and development of underwater propulsion. Using the science of Biomimetics, which allows man-made systems to replicate the movements of Dolphins and Whales, Ciamillo has already invented, and has planned, some amazing things.
If you want to check out some cool shit, click...Here
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008
Appearing in what might become the benchmark photograph for the ugliest combination of team kit, bike color, facial hair, and full body tattoos ever rocked by a professional cyclist...Kayle Leogrande, of the "Here to stay"(For now) Rock Racing Team, gets a two year suspension for EPO.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Every serious road cyclist out there knows that there's no better feeling on your bike than to have your saddle dialed in properly.
Oh, you can have a professional fitting where measurements are taken, angles and positions are set, and money leaves your wallet, but true satisfaction only comes after a nightmarish, OCD obsession, manifesting itself in hundreds of micro-adjustments over an infinite period of time. Until finally...it's perfect!
Mongo affectionately calls this..."A little slice of Heaven." No matter what else is going on with your riding that day, ass problems won't be a factor.
Mongo's been rocking a Specialized Alias saddle for a couple of years. Once it got dialed in, I never had a problem with it. It was the perfect combination of a light race saddle with just enough padding. Then I crashed a couple of times, broke the saddle, repaired the saddle with electrical tape and Macgyver know-how, and eventually lost my "little slice of Heaven."
I've known for a while that I need a new saddle, but I haven't really wanted to drop a hundy on on a new Alias...with times being tough and all. So what did I do?
Mongo, as always, found himself a deal. Being a Masters cyclist, my prostate and my package are always a priority when choosing a saddle. For that reason, I am a lifetime Specialized user. Unfortunately, I am not made of money, so economics always play a factor in my cycling purchases.
I got myself a Specialized Phenom saddle.(Pictured above) It is based on the Toupe, but is marketed as a racing MTB saddle. It is lighter that the Alias, but with cro-mo rails versus the ti rails found on the Alias. The only way to make up for the weight is to remove practically all the padding. This sucker is hard as a rock. My butt hasn't been this uncomfortable since someone slipped me a mickey at Backstreets in '97.
Oh well. As a famous French philosopher once said..."If you ain't sufferin', you ain't cyclin'."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
As the only action sports outlet on television, Fuel TV has to be all things to all people. Because of this, the message gets diluted and the product suffers.
That being said, there are a few gems to be found in this pile of rubble.
My second favorite show on Fuel, behind Drive, (W/ Mike Vah-la-lee. Not Va-lay-lee...for all you young punks out there) is Built To Shred.
Jeff King and his crew prove every week that any obstacle can be made skateable, and most importantly, fun.