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It’s hard to throw away a race number. That high-contrast piece of Tyvek symbolizes a lot of work, preparation and the commitment you’ve made to your sport. Maybe you had a good result; maybe your goal was just to finish. Maybe things didn’t work out. But you made it to the starting line and pinned on a number and that means a lot. It means that you participated, be it a century, a bicycle or ski race, a 10K or something else.

It occurred to the clever folks at Elevengear that it would be very cool to be able to re-use these symbols of significant effort for a new and noble purpose. After several iterations they’ve come up with the “Race Number Cap”.

It takes five numbers to make a cap – five less numbers that will end up in the landfill. Send them your numbers and they’ll stitch up a memento that will look better on your head than tacked to the wall above your workbench. For more information about ordering click here.

Don’t forget, Friday is National Bike to Work Day. See you on the road!

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This intricately detailed badge adorns the head tube of a snow bike from Black Sheep Bikes. I’ve never seen snowflakes grace a bicycle before – except the kind  that melt – and am dazzled by the design and workmanship of this badge. It’s like a little piece of jewelry for the bike.

Spotted at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show by BikeRadar.com.

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Don’t you love this card designed by my creative cycling friend, Ann? Have a wonderful weekend everyone. My studio is closed today. I’m taking a few ski runs, decorating my tree and starting my wrapping!

© Ann Howard 2011

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This “mini Masi” photo caught my eye on Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan, not only because of the edelweiss apron the guy is wearing but because I once owned a Masi Gran Criterium made by the Italian frame building maestro, Faliero Masi. I loved that bike and logged well over 20,000 miles on it. I retired it after I crashed it in a criterium in Washington D.C. It belongs to a woodworker now and is sometimes covered with sawdust.

I don’t know the origins of this picture, whether it is an actual miniature frame with components, perhaps being held by the maestro himself, or just a very clever Photoshop job. I’m not actually even sure it is a Masi since I can’t quite read the lettering on the down tube, My quick google search to learn more left me empty handed. If anyone can shed any light on this photo, please let me know!

Mini Masi

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Sometimes the best ideas are so simple that I wonder to myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”. (Bottled ice tea comes to mind). These buttons, from Buzzworks, which celebrate bike racing and its’ heritage are awesome! So simple, yet communicate so much about le cyclisme! The 24mm buttons come in 3-packs.

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(Greg and Joop are also available)

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Note the spare tire laced around the cyclist’s upper torso and the double waterbottle holster on the handlebars in this official 1965 poster for La Vuelta a España stage race. The bulls add a nice Spanish touch. German cyclist Rolf Wolfshohl won the race that year.

The 66th edition of the race begins today in Benidorm, Spain.

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photo: David B. Weaver

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This stylish leather bicycle 6-pack holder was originally designed to hold bicycle polo mallets. It’s use seems more universal for toting brewskis (or rakes and shovels or kayak paddles). You can even have one custom made. Click here for more info.

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I can’t resist showing these fun confections from the Knapp – a new fashion brand from Sofia, Bulgaria designed by ELLE Bulgaria fashion editor Antonia Yordanova. The Knapp Light collection for Summer 2011 features bicycles as design elements! While I can’t see myself riding a century in one of these creations, or even pedaling down to the store to pick up some milk, I applaud Yordanova’s design eye, and of course her bicycle theme! To see more click here.

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Recently I’ve been thinking about buying new cycling shoes. My internet scouring led me to custom made D2 Shoes. I’m completely smitten with the idea of not only having shoes that are made to order for my duck-shaped and bunioned feet, but being able to select the materials and color placement as well!

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I love the sleek design and the wonderful juxtaposition of textures and colors in this shoe; wingtip shoe meet vintage Vans. The gold is a bit over the top for me personally – I might select light colored natural leather instead. The D2 website has a photo gallery of beautiful handmade shoes and extensive choices of materials to mix and match.

Looking down at snappily shod, pain-free spinning feet in custom D2 shoes would make me smile.

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Jan Balet - Ein schoner Sprung

By Jan Balet

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258716 - TOUR DE FRANCE

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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130 year old legendary French sporting brand Le Coq Sportif has something to crow about at this year’s Tour de France. Once again they are providing the prestigious Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White jerseys for the race. Le Coq made jerseys for Le Tour starting in 1951 until 1988 when Castelli moved onto the scene. Nike was involved from 1996 to 2010.

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1951 Tour de France winner Hugo Koblet’s wool “maillot jaune”. Note the pointed collar and button front placket, a style which disappeared a few years later. Jerseys made prior to the introduction of synthetic fabrics in the late 70′s had button front pockets like the ones shown here. The Le Coq label is visible at the neckline.

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An evolution of Le Coq Sportif logo. Via: Cycling Art Blog

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1974 Tour champion Eddy Mercx in Le Coq’s yellow jersey. Via: Le Coq Sportif

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Love this vintage Swiss postcard of feline bicycle racers from the 50′s. The astonished looks on the faces of the contenders and spectators at #15′s blow out, #13′s cool shades, and the mice on the course make it priceless! Have a wonderful flat-free weekend!

Sprinting Felines

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The 98th Tour de France begins today with a 180 km 1st stage in Passage du Gois, and ends on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on 24 July.

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This drawing by famous sports cartoonist, Pellos celebrates the fiftieth year of the Tour de France in 1963. The candles on the cake represent Tour wins and depict caricatures of the then contemporary champions, along with the great winners of the past. Race director Jacques Goddett peeks out from beneath the table while the imposing mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées smile widely in anticipation and memory of cycling’s greatest race.

Jacques Anquetil who won his fourth Tour in 1963 can be found in the far right candles, celebrating his three Tour victories at the time.

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