Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nocentini Wins! On My New Bike...

Well my new bike is already showing it's stuff on American soil, albeit under some other rider. The other guy is Rinaldo Nocentini of the French Pro Tour team AG2R-La Mondiale. Nocentini won the seventh stage of the Amgen tour of California today, beating the likes of such notable riders as Ivan Basso and Lance Armstrong. Nocentini and the rest of his team ride the same frame I just bought; not some similarly painted job but the exact same frame. Mine of course doesn't have all of the super expensive additional parts (high-end derailleurs, wheels, etc.), I opted for a more reasonably priced group of components for my ride. This is a big win for AG2R though and great for BH publicity in this country. A write up of the bike can be found at: http://www.velonews.com/article/88449/spanish-conquest---bh-bicycles-take-the-stage-in-california

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Other Valentine!

OK, there is no getting around it, I'm in love! Clare, don't get jealous! It happened immediately actually, the first time I laid my eyes on the new G4 from BH cycles. And so, after several dreamy test rides and with no regrets whatsoever I took the plunge and threw down the credit card for my brand new road bike. BH bikes (short for Beistegui Hermanos or Beistegui Brothers) are relatively unknown in this country, despite the fact that they've been making bikes for 100 years. They were first imported into the US last year, and as far as anyone can tell me, mine is the first sold here in Portland - so it's been a common occurance to have to explain to friends what it is that I bought. As would be expected from a company with that much history, they have their fair share of Grand Tour winners and cycling legends that have raced on BH bikes. My hope is in some small way to add to that pedigree!! Here is a link to their site: http://www.bhbikes-us.com/bikes.php