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    Riding season is upon us in full force. We’ve been exceedingly busy this spring, and we’re certainly thankful to all of our customers for keeping us so! Some notes of interest of developments over the last few weeks: - Pegoretti let us know that they finally cured their tubing shortage problem on the Big Leg Emma. As some of you might have heard, Columbus provided Pegoretti with their seatstays and chainstays for their BLE trade show bikes, but subsequently refused to manufacture the stays for the production BLE’s. As such, there has been no delivery whatsoever on them. After months [...]

    Good news on a couple of fronts here. First off, we’re expecting a small handful of Dogmas to arrive within about 7-10 days. As many of you know, there has been a Dogma shipping drought since the end of last year. Apparently the central cause of the delay has been fork production. We expect to see 50, 55, 58, 59,and 60cm in Lord Blue, as well as 53 and 59 in Racing Red. The other bit of good news is that the first shipment of Pegoretti 8:30am frames have finally arrived. Dario was clearly hard at work this winter, and [...]

    We knew that today was the day we’d be receiving our first Colnago 50th Anniversary bike. What we weren’t expecting, though, was the fact that it’d be arriving in an 18-wheeler. With one glance of the box the bike came in, you’d certainly understand that nothing short of BJ and the Bear’s big rig could handle the shipment. You could’ve all but packed a compact car in it. Unbelievable. Not only was the bike inside the box completely built, but it was shipped with both wheels and handlebars on. After cutting the painful check for $180 in freight (and that’s [...]

    A quick glance at the menu at the top of this page tells the story of what we’ve been up to lately. As you’ll notice, we’ve expanded our product offerings to include a broad selection of accessories, clothing and componentry. Whether you’re looking for bread-and-butter items such as tires, Clif Bars, or chain lube, or if you’re in search of more esoteric gear -- the sort of cool stuff you buy on rarer occasions like lighting systems and rollers, our hope is that we’re giving you one-stop access to the Net’s best selection of high-end bikes and high-end gear. One [...]

    As some of you have learned when calling us, Pegoretti Marcelo and Palosanto availability is a bit thin right now in the US, with some sizes completely out of stock. The good news is that they’re finally on the water now with an estimated delivery date of early February. The new cream-colored Fina Estampas are now in paint and should be ready to ship by the end of January. The 8:30 AM frames are about to go to paint, and should be ready to ship (via air, we hope)around the first week of February. If they end up shipping by [...]

    Free Team Clothing Kit!

    Ahhh, January is a crazy time of year. When the weather is especially lousy, it’s tempting to hang your bike on a hook and leave it there for about 6 weeks or so. But despite the cold and the wet and lack of daylight, our staff here and many of our customers can’t so easily neglect their cycling. Our fixation with the simple act of riding – for better and for worse – defines us. It reminds me of a poem by Raymond Carver, ‘Near Klamath’: We stand around the burning oil drum and we warm ourselves, our hands and [...]

    It’s the biggest piece of news we’ve had to report in a while: effective immediately we’re selling Litespeed frames and bikes. Picking up a new bike brand isn’t something we take lightly -- it requires a significant investment of money and time. Given our reputation here at Competitive Cyclist for being America’s authority on the bikes you see in the European professional peloton, a few customers have asked why we’d choose Litespeed, since their one-year dalliance with team Lotto in 2002 was the only time they were seen ridden by a Division 1 pro team. Granted, that one year was [...]

    A small handful of 2004 Dogmas showed up in the US this week in the new-for-2004 colors, Red and Black. We received them in 52cm and 58cm. This is the drizzle before the tsunami -- we expect that 400 Dogmas in all colors & sizes ought to arrive in the US within 14 days. Thanks to all of our wonderfully patient customers who placed backorders with us -- your wait is almost over! If you haven’t placed an order, but have serious interest in a Dogma, this will probably be the only time in 2004 when we’ll have good supply [...]

    After what felt like an epic wait, we’ve finally taken in our first shipment of 2004 Colnago frames. As of the moment the remainder of our open stock is nearly zero. Rest assured, though, that within 2-3 weeks we ought to have rather decent availability of the two frames everyone is so magnetized to -- the C50 HP and the CT2 HP. Our first impressions? It’s been a long time since we’ve felt this much like a little kid in a candy store. These frames are simply breathtaking. Their beauty is beyond easy explanation. Most impressive is the PR color [...]

    10-speed Dura-Ace is here!

    Our patience has finally paid off — we’ve finally received our first shipment of 10-speed Dura-Ace componentry. Did we get as much as we’d like? Of course not. But supply in the US remains amusingly small. Based on our estimates, less than 100 groups made it to the US at the end of last week. Supplies ought to look better in about 2 weeks, but for now it’s slim pickins, and we were lucky to get our hands on as much as we did. Two questions have been asked of us time and time again: (1) What’s the difference between [...]

    2004 Look Frame Info

    Our friends at Look got aggressive in 2003 with the use of monocoque carbon fiber technology. The 486 and 386 framesets were in decent availability for the 2nd half of the year, and the lucky folks who rode them were universal in their praise of their stiffness and lightness. Look’s lugged frames maintained their widespread popularity as well, with the 381i standing fast in its position as our best-selling Look. For 2004 we’ll see widespread incremental changes, and only a few facelifts to the line. The KG 486 keeps its place at the top of the heap. This was the [...]

    It’s nearly trade show season, so rumors are swirling like mad about product changes for 2004. From what we’ve seen, there’s more carryover than expected in terms of inventory between ’03 and ’04. There’s one overwhelming theme for 2004, though, and that’s steep price increases. As we mentioned previously in regards to Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed pricing, the US dollar has lost upwards of 20% of its value against the Euro and 11% against the Yen in the last 16 months. Wholesale and retail prices for the 2003 season were established right as this tailspin began. As the year wore on, [...]

    Mavic 2004 Revealed!

    Our friends at Mavic certainly hit a homerun with the introduction of their Ksyrium wheelset in 2002. The trickle-down effect of technology came into play in 2003, as the $499 Ksyrium Elite wheelset brought many of the benefits of Mavic’s high-end technology to a mid-range price point. For 2004, the theme will remain the same – Ksyrium technology will make its way down to even lower priced wheels as their top end wheels largely go unchanged. 1. Ksyrium SL The only noticeable change for 2004 in Mavic’s top-dog wheelset is the color. Instead of black rims and spokes, the 2004 SL [...]

    Well-done Euro Pro jerseys have long been intoxicating to us here at Competitive Cyclist. Heck, one of us here still rides in his collegiate team jersey -- a blatant rip-off of the Charley Mottet-era RMO kit, except ‘Swarthmore’ is in place of ‘RMO’, and ‘Speedwhores’ is there instead of ‘Rudy Project.’ We were possessed by the same spirit when we worked with Castelli Squadra to design the 2004 Competitive Cyclist clothing collection. We know we’re not fast enough to be Eurodog pros, but thanks to our team kit we look as stylish as the most expertly-tanned superdomestique -- fully ready [...]

    It’s no secret that the US dollar has been getting hammered against other currencies for the last 12 months. Based on who you listen to, it’s lost 20% of its value against the Euro and 11% of its value against the Yen in the last 16 months. Like many industries, the bike business was put in a terribly difficult spot. Wholesale and retail prices for the 2003 season were established right as the tailspin began. As the year wore on, the steepest wholesale price increases we saw were 4% -- if anyone had tried raising prices any higher, their sales [...]

    I stopped in a bar in St. Michel de Mauriene and drank two cans of the Lipton peach iced tea that’s so popular in France. I consulted the sweat-stained Stage 8 profile I kept in my pocket and began to grasp the gravity of the task ahead of me. I saw that as soon as I headed up the road I’d be at the foot of the Col de Telegraphe. For the purposes of the next day’s Tour stage it was considered only a Category 2 climb — this, despite the fact I’d be climbing 2500 feet in the span [...]