The 2014 U.S. National Road Cycling Championship was a lively race, full of unexpected twists, attacks and breaks. When Eric Marcotte crossed the finish line and won the title, he was riding his trusty stead the Wilier Zero Nine. The field was strong. He was racing against favourites like Taylor Phinney, Ben King, Phil Gaimon and Alex Howes.…Read More The Wilier Triestina Zero.9
What is it about some designs that they become more beautiful as time goes on. The same could be said of some artists, and some musicians and some songs. It’s true too of some humans. I think of Mahatma Ghandi or Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela. If there is one consistent theme to this blog,…Read More Hans Hartmann, classic design and Machiine
In 2012 British cycling amazed the world by claiming the prestigious Tour de France and 70% of the Olympic cycling podiums. Never before had an English rider won the Tour de France nor had their cyclists performed so well in the Olympics. At the heart of British cycling is Dave Brailsford. He and his team around him…Read More Triangle of Change: How To Achieve The Improbable
I made the mistake of painting my Benotto black after first getting it about a decade ago. Today I’m restoring it back to something fitting of the Benotto name. But first I wanted to research and find out the model of my bike. It’s proving really difficult so I’m documenting what I’m learning about Benotto’s and…Read More Benotto Bicycle Restoration – How to identify a vintage Benotto bike frame’s year and model – Part 2
This is an attempt to document all of Benotto’s pre 1985 models. I need your help, if you have a photo of a Benotto and know the year/model please send it to me or share a link to it in the comment section. That will really help out the community. About 10 years ago I was…Read More Benotto Classic – a growing list of Benotto Bicycles from 1931-1985
The 1960s to 80s were the golden years of Benotto bicycles. By the mid 1980s Benotto had numerous 1st place titles including 11 world championships and countless local, national and international competitions such as the Giro d’italia. In 1968 Ole Ritter famously broke the hour record while riding a Benotto Bicycle. He road a staggering 48.653 kms in one hour.…Read More Benotto Bicycles – The birth of a hero
A few years ago I sat in an auditorium listening to David Graham tell the tale of how he, his son, and a family friend were the first Canadians to summit the peak of Pathangtse in the Nepalese Himalayas. One of the stories he told has stuck with me to this day. The mountains in the Himalayas…Read More Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?
Every year I look forward to the winter snowfall, the reason is that I love to ski, but that all changed about 8 years ago. My friend was teaching me how to ride a dirt bike. A passion of his. Sadly I shattered my knee. The bike was a two stroke and my friend was…Read More How to change your life without changing anything, the scientific way
Have you noticed all this focus on the perfect habits of successful people as if the cause for their success can be summed up as a daily 8 hr sleep, 30 min exercise, and 30 min reflection time? But it’s not real. New Years Eve, Christmas Day, birthdays… we’re pretty good at celebrating important occasions. In between…Read More Is a good life and a successful one compatible?