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For the Simple Pleasure of Discovering Yourself

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12:00am

Cascade Courier March 2011 / Vol. 41, No. 03

Have you ever wondered what it takes to ride 100 miles, or to spend five hours or more on the bike! Do you know want to know if you can challenge yourself, and emerge amazed by your own mental and physical capabilities? What is the path one should take in order to ride 100 miles or more?

Exercise keeps us healthy and more importantly, helps us live to its fullest. Life is a journey, and we must challenge ourselves so that we can discover what moves us. In this talk you will learn how you can build a strong a strong base in cycling, including riding. strengthening, and mental workouts you can implement in order to ride 100 miles or more. You will also learn about efficiency on the bike using the proper food and equipment during long rides.

Interbike 2010: Road Bike Disc Progress

Monday, January 24, 2011 (All day)

by AlbiRacer on January 25, 2011
Original link

Sorting through the Interbike 2010 coverage (and post coverage), one can pull a few different threads together to weave a more complete vision of the Bliggity Blog ROAD BIKE OF THE FUTURE. In any event, a couple of interesting “proof of concept” type things popped up…as well as the first, full-fledged, market-ready framesets it would seem.

Let’s start with the disc-ready framesets, because that is probably the most exciting – or certainly the most important in terms of reasonable disc-ready bikes getting to market. There are now two bikes out by the Volagi company, which it appears was started by two engineer types who left Specialized. I assume they are in Northern CA as the pictures on their site are straight out of Sonoma County – Geysers and Pine Flat would be my best guess. Volagi seems to be aiming for the high-end endurance/Gran Fondo market opened by Specialized’s Roubaix and Cannondale’s Synapse lines a few years back. Here is the Venga SL model, shown at Interbike: via procyclingnews.com

There are many great things about these bikes even apart from the disc brakes; the quick rundown would be:

- full carbon construction

- taller headtubes for comfort and position, without having to resort to crazy high post or a riser stem

- BB30 bottom bracket

- cool looking cantilevered seat mast design that probably offers a supple ride

- integrated fender mounts

- ability to run most any size tires without worrying about clearance

In short, you’ve got all of the features that are becoming standard for high-end carbon frames (and presumably this could quickly include a tapered steerer setup as well).

Then, of course, you’ve got the disc brakes:

That fork in particular seems really nice. Would love to know about how it works in practice, as the road disc skeptics usually argue that standard forks can’t handle the torque from braking down at the tips. More on this to follow…

So, what else do you need?

hydraulic discs
shifting options that work with hydraulic
fork (and frame) redesign that can take advantage of the options opened by hydraulic discs
I’ll take each in turn in the posts to come!


VeloNews tech department predictions for the new year: disc brakes and electric shifting everywhere

Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 4:00pm

By Caley Fretz
Published Jan 3rd 2011 7:01 PM EST — Updated Jan 4th 2011 10:57 AM EST
The future
Disc brakes — everywhere!
Mountain, cyclocross, and perhaps even road. The UCI rule changes this summer have paved the way for discs in ‘cross. Now the technology just needs to catch up. Redline has had road and ‘cross bikes with discs for years, and Volagi showed a sweet new disc-brake-equipped road bike at Interbike last fall. But those bikes have cable-activated discs. I want to see hydraulic road levers.

Redline's Conquest Classic shows how it's done with cables.
We’re a few years down the line before discs make a dent in the ‘cross market, and even farther away from seeing them on the road in a big way— if we ever do. The UCI would have to legalize them for road racing first, of course.

Right now we’re pegging SRAM for the first hydraulic-equipped road lever. Hydraulic brakes, for ‘cross first, make sense. Even with a tiny, light little rotor (100mm? 120?) they’d have plenty of power in all conditions. They’d also be lighter than the cable-actuated options currently available.

It could be a team effort for SRAM. Avid, owned by SRAM, does disc brakes better than just about everyone already. Plus SRAM owns Zipp, who could perhaps be the first major carbon rim manufacturer to ditch the brake track.

That said, we see the greatest opportunity for hydraulic discs with road levers in conjunction with electronic groups. There’s enough space for a master cylinder in those levers, which are devoid of the mechanics required for cable actuated shifting. Come on Shimano, hup hup!

Why hydraulic discs? Because cantilevers are terrible, as a rule, and get even worse as conditions get wetter or icier. Plus, as carbon rims continue to gain market share both inside and outside of racing circles, their deficits in the braking department are becoming alarmingly clear, even during normal road riding. Overheating can cause tubular glue to soften to the point of danger, and carbon clinchers to blow tires right off. Braking performance in the presence of water is downright shameful. Imagine how light carbon rims could be if there was no need for a brake track at all (although that would be balanced a bit by the need for beefier stays and forks). Mountain bike rims are largely disc-specific these days, making them lighter and stronger than ever. Road rims could easily follow suit.

To read the full article go to http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/01/bikes-tech/velonews-tech-departme...

There was push-back against discs on mountain bikes, remember. That seems absurd now, but the technology wasn’t there. The same applies here — once manufacturers catch up, we’ll wonder why on earthy we hung onto cantilevers for so long. I just wish they’d hurry up.

Congratulations, Laura Harris, winner of our Name the Volagi Bike Promotion! LISCIO is the winning name!

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 4:00pm

Laura Harris winning entry was LISCIO, which means SMOOTH in Italian. The Volagi bike is all about a smooth compliant ride while being lively and quick for all those miles logged on the bike. Laura wins a Volagi Liscio bike and we look forward to seeing her on her new Volagi bike this coming spring!

Laura manages Cross Country Cycle in Holland, MI and has been in the biz many years. She decorated her first bike shop window when she was 9 and received her first paycheck at the shop when she was 14. Laura jumps on the bike every Wednesday night for a women’s ride which is usually 20-30 miles in length. Although working at the shop and having 2 children that are involved in mountain biking keeps her hopping, she still tries to get in some long rides on the weekends. For Laura cycling is all about being social and having fun while on the bike. Her joy is infectious! Her goal for 2011? Laura completed her first metric century this year and hopes to complete her first century – perhaps 2 in the new year. She will sure look great and perform well on her new Volagi Liscio!

How did Laura come up with the name liscio?

Laura saw us at Interbike and loved the concept and technology. When she received our email about naming the Volagi bike, she immediately thought of a smooth ride. Laura didn’t want to submit the name smooth, so she looked up smooth in Italian, and voila, Liscio was born!

Thank you, Laura, for your winning entry! From all of us at Volagi, CONGRATULATIONS!

WIN a $3,595.00 Volagi Bike

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 4:00pm

Greetings Fellow Cyclists!
We have decided to change the name of our new road bike and we need your help.

We're offering you the opportunity to win one of the first Volagi bikes ever produced by coming up with the name that best communicates the spirit of Volagi to our riders!
Simply check out our website, www.volagi.com, think about one of your most challenging rides where you have done what seemed impossible, and email us the most incredible Volagi bike name ever. Before you know it you'll be styling down the road on the hottest new road bike anywhere out there!

Rules and Regulations: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
Promotion Period: Name the Volagi Bike Promotion starts on November 30th, 2010 at 1pm Pacific Time and closes on December 15th, 2010 at 12:00am Pacific Time.
Eligibility: Promotion is open to all cyclists, bike shop owners and employees. All entrants must have reached legal age in the state in which he or she resides at the time of entry into the Name the Volagi Bike Promotion, and be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States with a valid email account.

Prize: You will win a complete bike equipped with Ultegra components. Name will be selected by Volagi’s founders and the selected name will be announced on January 3rd, 2011. If the same name is submitted by different individuals, the first name received will be the winner. Taxes, shipping cost and other fees are the responsibility of the winner. Winner of the prize will be issued an IRS 1099 Form and may be required to provide Volagi LLC with social security number. Prize will be awarded in May, 2011, Winner will have five (5) choices for best bike fit.

How to Participate: Name the Volagi Bike Promotion is offered electronically via the internet. Entries should be submitted to , You will receive an e-mail confirmation when we receive your entry. All entries become the exclusive property of Volagi LLC and could be used in the future for any of their products. Only three entries per person/per email account will be allowed.

Personal information, including contact name and e-mail will be publicly announced as part of the disclosure of the winner on our website, www.volagi.com, Facebook page, twitter account and print media. In the event of a dispute, the winner will be deemed to be the legal holder of the email account.

Winner Notification: Winner will be notified by email within 15 days of the selection of the name. The winner will have thirty (30) calendar days from notification to accept the prize by email. The winner’s notification email will include instructions on how to claim the prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant confirms compliance with these Promotion Rules and Regulations and gives permission to Volagi LLC, except where prohibited by law, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by Volagi LLC or its advertising agencies. If prize notification letter or any prize is returned as undeliverable, the corresponding prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Volagi LLC is not responsible for any change of email, mailing address and/or telephone number of entrants.

Volagi Bike Promotion General Rules: By entering the Promotion, entrants agree to abide by these Promotion Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Volagi LLC are final. As a condition of entering, entrants agree (and agree to confirm in writing): (a) to release and forever discharge the Releases from any and all liability, loss, damage, claim, demand, or causes of action incurred, arising out of, relating to, or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, and/or use or misuse of any prize; (b) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards to, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Volagi LLC is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network servers or other connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions or technical failures, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Promotion or the operation of the www.Volagi.com website, in Volagi’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Volagi LLC reserves the right to terminate the entrant’s eligibility to participate. Volagi LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Promotion in the event any portion of this Promotion is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Volagi LLC, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Promotion.

Volagi LLC reserves the right to disallow all names submitted if deemed inappropriate for the purposes of promoting Volagi products.

By entering, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, participant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By entering, entrants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in California.