Jun 21, 2013

Totally Rad Friday: Custom Leave It On The Road Vanilla Speedvagen


Vanilla Bicycles produced this custom Speedvagen as part of their association with Leave It On The Road.

The aim of Leave It On The Road is to ride from 3,450 miles from Oregon to Massachusetts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against colon cancer.

See more about this bike and learn more about Leave It On The Road at leaveitontheroad.com

~VL

Photo Credit: leaveitontheroad.com speedbloggen.com

Jun 16, 2013

Rapha Chris King Espresso Tamper


As far uber-desirebale super unnecessary accessories go, there are few that match the unexplainable pulling power of the Rapha Chris King Espresso Tamper.

Superbly finished, this professional grade espresso tamper is a 446 gram hunk of finely machined stainless steel and aluminium, the top is finished in the iconic style of a Chris King headset.

Jun 4, 2013

Alessandro Ballan Returns


I was very pleased to learn earlier today that Alessandro Ballan of BMC Racing will make a welcomed return to the pro-peloton later this week at the Swedish GP du canton d'argovie.

Ballan suffered a huge crash in December last year at a BMC training camp. He had an extended stay in hospital after he broke his femur and a rib, not the mention the removal of his spleen!

Chapeau Alessandro, hoping to see you back up the pointy end of the peloton soon.

~VL

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spox.com

Jun 1, 2013

Getting Back on the Bike

3 Months have passed since my last post. The busyness of work and building a new house aside, my intention was to get back to writing regularly updates on the blog... it seems my body had other ideas.

Sitting in the emergency ward.... not in great shape

In mid-february I came down pretty sick with a bacteria that decided to have a fair-old go at taking over my entire body. Initially it was suspected that it wasn't such a big deal, that quickly changed and after a lots of doctor's visits, a truckload of medication and a trip to the emergency I was slowly on my way back to health.

Feb 28, 2013

A Break in Transmission



So you may have noticed things have been a bit quiet around here lately.

It's been a big summer and I've been riding a whole lot more really trying to improve as a cyclist. In addition my day job (as opposed to the pro-cycling fantasy I live in my head) has been unbelievably busy, together with Mrs Liberte and I deciding to take on the challenge of building a house.


On top of all that, I've recently taken ill in a pretty serious fashion;  all of which has sadly resulted in  negleted blog in recent times.

Hoping to be back on the horse and posting again shortly.

~VL

Jan 17, 2013

Totally Rad Friday: Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Goes Track Cycling



How good is this... as part of the 2013 team presentation, QPQS held a team track racing championship at the Eddy Merckx velodrome in Gent.

Tom Boonen was the eventual winner taking the title ahead of Mark Cavendish.

I'm so excited to see what results the star studded team can produce this year.

~VL

Photo Credit: Omega Pharma Quick Step / Tim de Waele tdwsport.com

Jan 8, 2013

Garmin Edge 810 & 510 - The Edge

Garmin has just released this snazzy little film to coincide with the release of their new 510 and 810 GPS cycle computers.

I'll take a look at the 510 and 810 devices in more detail when I get my hands on them in the next few weeks. In the meantime be sure to check out this beautifully shot film, it's well worth a look.


~VL

Video Credit: Garmin Ltd

Dec 3, 2012

Firefly Bicycles - Titanium Road Baby Blue


I'm totally digging this Firefly Titanium Road in baby blue. I especially love the colour treatment on the decals and the use of the H Plus Son Rims is a nice touch.

If by chance you're not familiar with Firefly, they are a relatively new bicycle manufacturer specialising in handmade titanium and stainless steel bikes. You can check out more over at fireflybicycles.com

~VL

Photos: Firefly Bicycles, Flickr




Nov 26, 2012

Rate This Bike - S-Works SL4



I wanted to try something a little bit different with the blog in support of a side project I'm working on. I'm looking to develop a bit of a rating system for bikes based on a simple 1-10 scale and a poll something akin to what I one I have inserted below.

I'll start with my SL4 as a test mule (please be kind); if you have a moment it would be great if you could give the bike a rating and if so inclined,  add any you comments you wish below.


Thanks for your help, I'm looking to work on testing and developing this further over the next few weeks.

~VL




Nov 18, 2012

Neon Yellow 2013 Sidi Wire Road Shoes


I'm totally loving the new hotter than hot 2013 Neon Yellow Sidi Wire Road Shoes.

RRP $499... a small price to pay for the street cred that comes with rocking these bad boys.

Foot note: the pair above are owned and modelled by my friend and cycling style icon KGB.

~VL