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Bike Post: What I Really Should Be Talking About

Sure I’ve worked in some climbing gyms and I’m from a family of ski instructors, but what I really know is bikes.

And the season is really warming up, both here and in the pro ranks.

I’ve been a Boonen fan for some time now and have been hoping he’d turn things around – if you haven’t been following cycling Boonen was THE dominant classics rider and a TDF Green Jersey winner, who through some bad luck (crashes and negative racing in the classics) and some questionable choices (cocaine and parties… neither of which are illegal in Monaco) hasn’t been able to find that special kick that brought him so much success in past years.

But this year looks to be different.

(Via Rev. Big Ring)

Last year Boom (in the orange and blue of Rabbobank, then in the ditch) would have owned Boonen, but the Tornado is on form and in his element here and Boom’s got nothing.
With some back-to-back big wins (Boonen wins Ghent-Wevelgem over Sagan, Breschel; Boonen on cusp of decisive year)
in the last weeks and Roubaix and Flanders just up the road the stoke is raging back!

I’ve already written about some of the bikes that The Girl and I have out on the road, but there is more to say. I’ll just start with a rundown of what’s in our stable.

My bikes:
2009 Specialized CruX
2010 Specialized Tarmac
2011 Specialized Stumpjumper 29er Hardtail

The Girl:
Specialized 29er Hardrock with a much upgraded build
Cervelo R3
Felt F1X


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