The more things change… Fausto Coppi (5′ 9½”) and Alberto Contador (5′ 9½”) position on the bike.

Coppi Contador bikes

Note that although there is a bigger drop from saddle to stem on Contador’s bike the default modern position in the hoods is actually higher then the old in the drops position of Coppi.


I plugged in the geometry of Coppi’s 1949 Bianchi which can be found in the Winter 2008 issue of BQ and a Specialized Tarmac SL3. It doesn’t look it in the photo but the front and back are equally shorter so weight distribution does not change as was pointed out in the comments. I thought the longer stem on the modern bike might provide additional leverage but Coppi’s stem was 115 and I chose a 130 for the Specialized and looking at the drawing the difference is not dramatic. For a rider switching between the hoods and the drops while racing the contact points are very similar between the 2 geometries.


According to VeloComputer it’s patented dual sensor accurately measures distance, spot speed, acceleration and cadence allowing the VeloComputer mobile application to calculate propelled power and other performance data.

Unlike traditional cycling computer sensors, which measure a full 360° (degree) wheel rotation, VeloComputer’s sensor technology is capable of detecting as little as 1° (degree) of wheel rotation. This unique sensing technology is at least 360 times more accurate than traditional sensors. It measures a spot speed and acceleration with less than 1 second delay comparing up to 7 seconds in traditional cycling computers.

VeloComputer is available for Android as well as the Blackberry, Apple iPhone and other smartphones.


Ready for paint, a Terraferma Corsa GT set up for center mount medium reach brakes.

While the iPhone has a wide selection of cycling apps including 3 ANT+ compatible cyclometers I have not found anything comparable for the Android OS. Anyone developing anything?

Mike was sending this frame and fork off to a customer today.

Viva Italia!

It’s a great day for the tifosi as 3 Italians sit on the top of the general classification at the Giro d’Italia after Liquigas smoked the TTT in stage 4.

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 10:44:00
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:13
3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:20
    Enki Sports has just announced a new smart phone app that will integrate ANT+ cadence, speed and heart rate sensors with a web based training application.

    Enki Sports iPhone Training System