Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

Born in America, Made in Italy

Monday, March 12th, 2018

A little cross-pollination can be a marvelous thing. You only need a quick glance at somewhere like Silicon Valley to see that. Apple, Google, and eBay are just a few of big hitters that were founded by newcomers, who discovered in America the inspiration, and the market, for something new. In cycling, too, fresh ideas from abroad have had a huge effect on how the sport has developed in this country over the last few decades. Few have had a bigger impact than Giorgio Andretta, who came to the US, via Canada, in the 1970s and he’s been leading the way in terms of cycling apparel ever since.

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Rocket Espresso’s Andrew Meo – powering the peloton one coffee at a time

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

If you follow any of the world’s best cyclists on Instagram, you’ll no doubt be very familiar with Rocket Espresso, because the glistening chrome of their exquisite espresso machines can regularly be seen popping up in the feeds of the peloton’s fastest stars. They can also be found adorning the counter-tops of classy coffee shops around the world, and in the homes of the most sophisticated caffeine aficionados.

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Pinarello’s GRS Disk: A classic for the cobbles

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Peer pressure is a terrible thing. Growing up in Ireland, any silly action carried out in imitation or at the behest of someone you liked or admired was always admonished with the same phrase, uttered by stern-faced adult, possibly while exasperatedly grabbing at some part of the guilty party’s clothing while dragging them home: “And if he stuck his hand in the fire, would you do that too?” Which is a stupid question, obviously, as it would depend entirely on how much fun he said the fire was.

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Winter is coming: enjoy it while it lasts!

Monday, November 7th, 2016

This year, we closed out our season with an awesome little weekender in our own backyard. We were excited to revisit Russian River, and to explore more of what this incredible corner of California has to offer, but apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. Driving out of the Bay Area with a mind to do some serious riding, the forecast was for rain, rain, and more rain.

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adjusting to life away from inGamba

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

It’s funny how quickly you get used to the good life. Actually, no. It’s not. It’s not funny at all. There’s nothing fun about washing your bike. You can’t laugh at a laundry bin full of dirty kit. And there’s nothing amusing about standing on the side of the road with your arm raised, signalling a puncture to a non-existent mechanic. Even ordering in a restaurant can be a pain in the derrière, once you’ve become accustomed to having all those world-class chefs you met over in Europe just set out a menu for you.

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Fresh thinking and big ideas: Stan Day and the SRAM success story

Monday, August 1st, 2016

We’ve all had those moments, mid-ride, when we annoyed at our bike or our kit not working quite right and think: “there has to be a better way.” Most of us never get past the complaining phase of that thought process, but Stan Day isn’t like most people. Frustrated at having to reach for downtube shifters, he did something about it and with a group of friends and family, he set about revolutionizing the bicycle industry. The Grip Shift was born in 1987 and 29 years later, SRAM is still at the cutting edge of cycling technology.

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etap – shifting the paradigm

Monday, June 6th, 2016

 

We’re a forward-thinking bunch at inGamba. And while we’d never just jump on a bandwagon for the sake of it, we like to embrace the new whenever we can. Sometimes, that means taking the sommelier’s advice and trying a new wine from little-known producer, and sometimes it means equipping our fleet of Pinarello Dogma F8s with red-hot new tech.

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