I just finished listening to the Spokesmen podcast #7. Recently, I recommended episode 6 and, though I don’t want to sound like a broken record, I will take this opportunity to recommend the Spokesmen once again. As always, the guys cover a wide range of topics on the roughly hour-long show. Of particular interest to readers of this blog will be the discussion, which takes place toward the end of the podcast, about carbon composite as a frame material. During part of the discussion, you will hear mention of these cut away frame pictures, which generated a lot of interest when they were first posted. I could ramble on and on about my thoughts on the subject of carbon fiber, but I think they covered it well in the podcast. I will just repeat one point that I have made before. All of the commonly used materials in the bike industry can be used to produce great frames or really bad ones. No one material is magic and each has its pros and cons. That is why the design and engineering that go into a particular bike are more important factors in its performance than just the material from which it is created.
There is one more link that I want to pass along while I am at it. Carolina Triathlon is a great bike shop here in Greenville, SC, and now they have started a blog. At this point, there is not much content, but I expect great things from these guys. If you have ever seen the downtown shop, you will know exactly what I mean; they are definitely not your average bike shop (and that is coming from someone with absolutely no interest in running or swimming). Sure, I like almost all bike shops, simply because they are full of bikes, but I think that Carolina Triathlon has done a great job of designing an environment that is truly inviting. I don’t have time to elaborate right now on why I think they stand apart; maybe that will be a topic for a future post. In the mean time, if you are interested, check out this older Brand Builder post for a little background on the shop.
I probably won’t have a chance to post again until next week, so if you are reading from the United States, have a great Thanksgiving. Just don’t forget to get in a nice long ride after the big meal.