Archive for October, 2010



Keith (Bearcat) Manuel have a great day, I know everyone back in Basile is thinking about you today. Have a great one.

Honestly, I think there must be some type of competition over at Park Tool headquarters, because every year around Interbike, Park rolls out an incredible amount of new tools. Now, obviously the world of bicycles and bicycle wrenching is rapidly evolving and as such, new standards bring new tools.

However, when you look at a new tool like the BO-5 bottle opener shown above you could say that no one really needs a bottle opener with a built in cap catcher, but damn it, I want one! The idea is simple, mount the BO-5 on your wall and every time you open a beverage with the top of the bottle cage, the cap falls into the specially made water bottle and doesn’t end up rolling around on your workshop floor. Simple, yes. Clever and awesomely executed? Definitely.

I found this post on Bikerumor and thought it was worthy of posting,

because some of us just can’t get enough of unique gadgets…


This Thursday night at 6pm 2XU Rep. Michael Lax will give a talk and Demo on 2XU Compression and clothing, all are invited. Michael will be able to answer all your question on compression. Refreshments will be served.

Just a quick note of some of the finishers this weekend at the Ironman 70.3 Austin. Kelly Rhodes-6:14, Chris Biggerstaff-6:01,Felix Soileau-6:36, Monica Morgan 6:01, Claudia Thomas 6:45 and Tim Thomas with age group winning time of 5:43 which qualifies him for the Championship in Las Vegas next year. Great times guys!


The end of October brings us to another presentation of the stages for next edition of Tour de France. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 19th at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

What is known now is that the Tour de France will take place from July 2nd to July 24th, and that the the race will begin in the Vendée department and end, as always, on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The presentation will be streamed live beginning at 11:30 a.m. (French time) on the Tour de France website.

There are rumors that the Tour will be visiting Italy as follows:
- Wednesday, 20 July: from Gap or Embrum (France) to Pinerolo (Italy) via he Col d’Izoard, the Col de Montgenèvre and the Colle Sestriere.
-Thursday, 21 July: from Pinerolo to a mountain top finish on the Col du Galibier; this would mark 100 years from when the Galibier was first used in the Tour de France. In 1911 the Galibier came on the 5th stage which was 366 km in length. Only one rider made it over the Galibier without walking. Keep in mind that the bikes then were single speeds! Out of the 84 riders who started the tour, only 28 completed the race.

If you can’t wait until Tuesday and like like to read predictions I recommend a visit here, where the above information of the possible Italian stages comes from.



Jennifer Lastraps was on the course representing this morning at the UL Triathlon. Congrats to all who competed and to Dave Suter and the UL Triathlon Team for putting on the event.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Sunday 4-9 at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia. Rosary will be at 6pm. Viewing will be from 8-1:30 followed by the funeral at 2 at St. Peters Church also in New Iberia. A more detailed schedule can be viewed at Pellerinfuneralhome.com. Smitty is part of the family here at Precision Bikes and he and his family are in our prayers.

We’ll be riding tomorrow,
Saturday 10-16-2010
Roll out from Red’s at
6:30 AM
Winds: 0 MPH NW
Temperatures:Lower 60′s
Chance of rain: 10%

Photo of Dave Millar’s bicycle seat, as signed by Mark Cavendish before yesterday’s Individual Time Trial at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Dave won, probably thanks to this inspirational message.

Link submitted by Gary T., found on this Tweet photo.