This week we’re asking the question, can a bike be too good for you? Some interesting answers to that one. We’ve also got great new tech of course from SRM and Officina Battaglin among others, and a new induction onto the Wall of Fame!
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Right then, What's hot in the tech world this week?
Well, no pun intended, but Shimano. Literally. There has been a fire at Shimano’s OsakA-Sakai city manufacturing plant, reportedly in the anodising section. 200 hundred employees were evacuated. Fortunately no injuries were reported, we just have to hope now that it doesn’t affect Shimano’s production capacity too much.
Right then, take a look at these. Any guesses? Yes, Look Keos. But, according to Lotto Soudal pro Adam Hansen, these are prototype New SRM powermeter pedals….
No details available whatsoever, but given SRM’s reputation, you’d think that there must be some rock solid tech in there to warrant a change from their crank based measurements. Having said that, the market has swamped in recent years and the SRM patent which allowed them an almost monopoly for so long elapsed a few years ago now so maybe this is another move to get ahead of the competition? We’ll hopefully get a look at them at the Giro d’Italia.
Thinking of Giro, if you’ve been around the sport for a while, the name Giovanni Battaglin will sound familiar to you. Or at least it would if my pronunciation was better. Anyway, Battaglin won the Giro d’Italia AND the Vuelta in 1981 making him a bit of a legend. Brilliantly, a couple of years later he then started building bikes, brazing beautiful steel frames, including for Stephen Roche who did the Giro Tour Worlds triple in ‘87. A bike that then latterly survived the Matt Stephen’s treatment 27 years later.
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Can Your Bike Be Too Good For You? | The Gcn Tech Show Ep. 13