Send a reporter to Monterey during Sea Otter week and you'll get a short history of the region; photographs of rejuvenated couples shopping at Cannery Row; furled sails against blue skies; flags flying over Laguna Seca; colorful tech things lined up in tents; Traffic officials in yellow vests; and lots of people riding bicycles, posing as if they believe that like-minded others actually care that they are riding bicycles.
Send an artist and you'll get three men with tattoos and tan lines changing into spandex behind a sprinter van, pasted top to bottom with logos, some of them representing sponsors who actual pay money; Latino men pushing huge plastic trash carts; smoke billowing from food trucks; contrasting colors reflecting from a tent city erected on the shore of an ever brown pond, broken by the wakes of three Canadian geese; bicycles locked to chain link fences; and bearded men holding craft beer. Sea Otter classic is all of that and more. Here's some of the "more" part.
| Bikeexchange.com is a cycling only resale outlet for riders, shops and warehouses who wish to sell their stuff (new or used) to other cyclists and avoid the multitudes on EBay or Craig's List. - Candice Gordon|
Shimano Di2, take two: When the subject of our conversation turned to Shimano's Di2 XTR and XT, Sea Otter visitor Francesco Schirru said he was a fan of electronic shifting, but he had a different opinion than Shimano does:
| Shimano needs to make Di2 - everything - like Deore XT brakes: Simple, good working and reliable - working every time.|
Sometimes I have only one day per week to ride my bike. I don't have the time to spend to program my bike. I need to ride it. - Francesco Schirru
| Kenda actually makes tires, which is an advantage that I didn't have before. Presently, everyone is using nylon in the casings, so it's all about compounds, and most tire makers have figured that out. We are exploring next-level casing materials now. I can't say what it is, but we are looking at one with strength that is somewhere between Kevlar and Nylon and that bonds well with rubber. |
- Alan Clark
| Riding keeps me slim, fit and healthy. I feel and look my best - and, I'm burning fat, not oil. |
- Freelee the Banana Girl