Weekly Round-up: August 31st, 2012

By: Embrocation Aug 31

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Product pick of the week: Grimpeur Brothers Specialty Coffee out of Austin, TX and Brooklyn, NY. These guys know their way around a bean, with amazing attention to detail and an obvious love of the process and making and consuming coffee.

It's funny because it’s Rambo.

Big Boy Power indeed. good things come in... 4s?

People really do this? No. Say it ain't so.

And to think I just joked about this the other day. Roadies, take note.

Some folks find you a bit too much. But for us, you can do no wrong, Mario. But, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the irony of couching a statement like "original ideas, which we patent (we don’t copy anyone)" inside of a movie that is flaunting its imitation of the 007 movie series.

Yes, the Vuelta is on, and has been a fierce competition with lots of action. But we still have a few one-day races to keep our Classics fix satiated. Check this one out, I had my money on Rui Costa till Eddy unleashed a very well-timed surge.

Mr. Armstrong: you were a true hero. Your courage and strength inspired millions of people, sorry to see you go.


Weekly Wrap and Final Olympic Thoughts

By: Embrocation Aug 17

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Nearly a week after the Olympics have wrapped and we can't say that we're experiencing a hangover from the games. They're sort of just over, and we'll miss the coverage on track cycling especially, but there's plenty more racing to go. We're left thinking a couple things about cycling and the games:

First, the road races bother us a little. The victories were wonderful and well-earned, but here's the problem: We cannot think of another Olympic sport where a team shows up and works as a team for one guy to get a medal. You blow yourself sky high and sacrifice for your team leader to get a medal and you go home with nothing. In pro races, you're paid to do this, but it seems strange to us that trade team tactics are applied to nation-based team format racing. The road races would be far more interesting, exciting and massively popular if it was a team competition like a points race. It would make Olympic team selection really mean something and would make the racing absolutely explosive if it were a team points format.

Moving on to MTB. First, big congrats to Georgia Gould for her well-deserved bronze medal. This was a big goal for her and she prepared big and came through big. One surprising thing, though: the field size. This is the biggest sporting event in the world, right? Athletes wait and prepare for 4 years to do their thing in the Olympics and turn in lifetime best performances. Question for the UCI (who manages Olympic cycling events): Why allow so few competitors? 30 starters in the women's mountain bike race? What's that all about? Look at how thin this start is. Weird, right? It probably would not have changed the top 10, but why not allow more competitors, which will make the race more interesting for spectators and allow in more athletes who could mix things up a bit.

Ironically, Cyclingnews publishes this following the Olympics. Weird, right?

OK, enough musing. Onto your links:

Can’t believe this guy won a gold medal at the olympics and can’t score a better shoe deal for the podium. Seriously.

Still on dirt. Broken bones in 5...4...3...

What is the most refreshing thing to do after a ride?

Speaking of which, them Ritte folks do have a sense of history... and humor.

Sure, you’re not Miguelón, but you can and should still put the hammer down in your 40s or 50s.

Cross is around the corner. But we still have one last 3-week hurrah before donning bib knickers.

Poor L.L. Sanchez. Lady luck is an evil mistress indeed. Sometimes she turns her back on you but he who laughs last, finishes first.

We'd be remiss not including one of our own doing good in the Big Show. From Wompie to the World, showing how it's done. Good job Jake.

2012 TOU Stage4 Highlights from Tour of Utah on Vimeo.


Challenge Cyclocross Tires

By: Embrocation Aug 13

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Over the last couple years, most of our team riders have gone to Challenge tires as their brand of choice for race-day rubber. With hand-made casings and a wide variety of tread patterns available for any course or weather condition, Challenge provides a fine-riding, durable and fast quiver of tire options for any cross rider. For the 2012 season we now carry Challenge tires with 4 different treads, 3 of which have a choice in tubular or clincher type. Use the discount code CHALLENGE2012 in our shopping cart to get a 10% discount on all Challenge tires for the next two weeks. Offer good through the 24th of August.


First and foremost is Challenge's new Limus tire - a dedicated mud tread that has just been introduced and stands to be the most popular mud-specific tire available anywhere. The Limus is available in a 33mm tubular and is also now available in a clincher version, new for 2012. Get yours while you can because these are going to sell out fast and we're not sure how many more will be available this year. READ MORE




The Grifo may be the most popular tread pattern ever developed for cyclocross. It's a great all-rounder: Fast and grippy in dry terrain with good high speed cornering and good performance characteristics in wet and light mud. Really, Grifo is the tire every cross racer should have in their quiver at the beginning of the season. Grifo is available in tubular and clincher versions, both with 33mm casing. READ MORE




The Grifo XS is a file tread for use on dry, fast cross courses. It also retains the side knobs of the standard Grifo for enhanced cornering performance. File treads have gained increased popularity as cyclocross becomes more popular and races begin earlier in the year. Grifo XS is available in a 33mm tubular version only. READ MORE




The Fango has an ardent following in the cyclocross scene and excels on courses with abundant sharp turns and many changes in tempo. It's also especially grippy on wet grass and off-cambre sections, where the aggressive side knobs bite into the ground surface. Fango tires come in clincher and tubular versions, both in 33mm casing. READ MORE



If you peruse the specs for any of the Challenge tubular cross tires, you'll notice that all of them feature latex inner tubes. Why? In short, latex tubes offer distinct advantages over butyl tubes, especially for cyclocross applications:


Latex tubes are more flexible and so are less prone to pinch flats, especially when running the lower tire pressures so often preferred by cross racers. When used in conjunction with Challenge clincher cross tires, latex tubes can provide the performance advantages of tubulars with the convenience of clinchers. It's kind of a no-brainer. READ MORE




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