Best Of PEZ: Every year someone gets to wear that special Tricolore jersey in the peloton, indicating that they are the National Champion of Italy. Even though it seems that it belongs to Giovanni Visconti – he’s been wearing it for a couple years and won in 2007 – many expect this one to be too hard for the Sicilian to repeat. This year, PEZ is roadside in Valsugana in the Trentino region.
If you’re using Mavic, Bontrager, Campagnolo, Fulcrum or newer Zipp wheels, there’s a good chance that they’ve got Alpina spokes and/or nipples in them. If you’ve got a BMW, Husqvarna or KTM motorcycle with spoked wheels or maybe a set of Borranis, they’re also Alpina’s. How is it that such a prominent Italian company remains virtually unknown? PEZ visits the factory near Milan to find out.
Every year someone gets to wear that special Tricolore jersey in the peloton, indicating that they are the National Champion of Italy. Even though it seems that it belongs to Giovanni Visconti – he’s been wearing it for a couple years and won in 2007 – many expect this one to be too hard for the Sicilian to repeat. This year, PEZ is roadside in Valsugana in the Trentino region.
After restoring a classic Colnago Mexico, several readers asked us for help in starting their own old bike projects. Due to the popularity of vintage racing events like the Eroica and other new ones popping up, prices for old bikes are on the rise. Fear not. PEZ's Mr. CheapOh comes to the rescue with lots-o-tips for finding a reasonable ride.
I’d like to apologize for not writing a Christmas CheapOh. I was reminded by the Pez that it had become a tradition… but what good are traditions, if not for breaking? But this winter which brought some very minus-y temperatures in these parts has given way to warmth and racing. So without further ado, here are some Spring cycling tips to save you money.
Here at PEZ, we are unabashedly Italo-philes. After the racing and the riding and the eating and especially the drinking, comes time to learn some of the language. While pointing and sign language are acceptable ways to communicate with accommodating Italians, throwing around a few choice words garners appreciation, throwing around cycling ones earns you Serious Bonus Points.
My father’s into cars. And car magazines. There must be 5 or 6 subscriptions. Although I like the cars, I am more fascinated by the magazines. The cycling journalist in me is downright envious. Auto journalists are much more opinionated and critical – most likely because they are much less dependant on the industry's advertising. Their budgets, locations, access, perks and everything else is inconceivable in our little niche of the bike world. Yet, one area where we can hold our own is in restoring treasured, old machines. The one featured here is a mid 80’s Colnago Nuovo Mexico.
PEZ sits down with an industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous that offers some unexpected insight, contentious opinions and certain provocations on visual design in cycling.
While many know that the Madonna di Ghisallo is a special shrine to cyclists, only a few realize that another extraordinary place is located just 200 meters away: Cerchi Ghisallo. The Cermenati family has been crafting wheels, fenders and other wooden creations for three generations in the town of Magreglio. PEZ takes a tour and tries their whe
The cycling world harbors many fascinating personalities - it’s one of the more appealing aspects of our sport, our community. Take Marco Balduzzi. Though his wrench genius is known to only a few, he merits a place amongst the celebrated. In a previous article, Marco shared with PEZ some wheelmaking tips. This time, we take a more thoughtful look into his bike brilliance.
Historic racing bikes, their skinny tires crashing over the hills of Tuscany, guided by wool clad romantics is dangerous entertainment. Naturally, PEZ was there – at this year’s Eroica, getting dusty, then muddy and a bit thoughtful.
I dream of having a bike crafted from a hip builder like Vanilla: steely lugs, a classic paint job, relaxed geometry and a cushy saddle. Though I cannot afford such a dream, I refuse to let economic realities impede a potential PEZ article. Over the past year, I have put together a pretty noble compromise, despite a 500 euro budget.
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