Results tagged “Look” from spare cycles

LOOK 566 Urban

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I did a writeup for RoadbikeReview on the LOOK 566 Urban. No the bike hasn't actually been released, but they might, so head on over there to find out what might be.

Brooke Miller's National Champion LOOK

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Brooke Miller's Look

Brooke Miller's LookWe already had the lights setup, Brooke Miller's Look 595 was just sitting there looking pretty, and you can see the rest. I shot these real quick and would have liked to spend more time catching every stars-and-stripes detail, but ain't it a sweet ride?

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Look 596 Track

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Look 596 Track

I shot some more Looks last night. I was only supposed to shoot the 576 and 566, but the 596 track bike was looking oh-so-hot. I also got some shots of Brooke Miller's stars-and-stripes bike. It almost makes me want to build my 596 up as a track bike, but I prefer gears.

First print ad

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It's better to be lucky than good and also have good friends to back you up, so thanks to all of those (especially RBR-extraordinaire Thien) who helped get my first print ad: a three page foldout on the inside cover of Bicycling magazine. And thanks to Look for making a bike that's a whole lot prettier than the P4. There were free issues at Interbike, so you can guess why my suitcase was heavy coming home.

Storck Absolutist 0.9 Photos

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You may have noticed the Storck Absolutist 0.9 photos appearing in my Flickr photostream. I got a bit corny with the photo above going for the visual pun, "The Storck Takes Flight," aka the E.T. shot. I was looking to take a different shot as I despise catalog-y shots, so I raised the bike up and shot upwards. You'll also find a flash-fade experiment -- shooting faster than flash sync speed so you see the light wave -- in the set as well. Thien keeps telling me ever since I shot the Look Mondrian bike that I have a "Ken Conley" shot, so I try to defy him however I can.

I'm wrapping up the test riding and will start writing up the review for RoadbikeReview soon. You'll have to wait for that to get the official word, but I will say that I shattered some PRs on the bike.

I also shot the new Look 2009 line: 566, 576, 596, and 966. They are some beautiful bikes and I can't help envisioning myself pulling up to the line on a 596. That bike can split a hair. I was never much a fan of the 496, which seemed oddly chunky for a TT bike, but the 596, that's aerodynamic sculpture art. I hope to share those sometime soon.

The hottest my bike will ever Look

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My bike, not my wheels

I was shooting some bikes for Look, so we took the opportunity to play dress up with my bike as well. As you might have guessed, the Zipp 808s aren't mine, but whenever I want to make someone jealous, I can break out this photo and pretend that I left them at home. I could have shot them with Lightweights instead, but I happen to think that Zipps look far cooler.

I'm still learning the whole studio lighting thing. We used two Pro Foto Acute 2Rs with softboxes, black bed sheets, a garage door, and some custom hangers I made out of fishing line and rope. I should have used a backlight to better define things, but I didn't have an extra remote to trigger another light. Also, a note when you're using fishing line to hold the bike because you think it will be easy to Photoshop out: it's not, so try your best to keep it from crossing any part of the bike.

Look - Bike porn gets around

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I'm dumbfounded a bit to see my photos of the Look 586 Mondrian circulate on the Web. I originally took the photos as a last-minute favor for a post on roadbikereview. How could I turn down a chance to play with a limited edition (1 of 50) bike way out of my budget?

Now the photos are on the worldwide Look Web site as well as on VeloNews. I've always wanted to get my photos in a VeloNews article, but now I really wish I got every beam of lighting perfect. Such is the nature of hindsight and experience. Next time, next time.

Bike Built!

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My Look 585 is built, with all credit to Francois/Francis and Thien of MTBR/RoadBikeReview, who soldiered through a long Friday night to make sure I looked pretty on Sunday's group ride. I've posted a photo below that makes it look like I actually did a lot of the wrenching, but, truth be told, I probably spent more time cleaning up my spilled beer. Thanks also goes to Sports Basement, which is rescued us from having to abort when we discovered that the threads on the bottom bracket needed to be chased.

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My contributions: I attached the rear brake, right shifter, put ceramic bearings in the wheels, ran and cut some cabling, and did half of the bar tape. A pretty sorry total given the amount of effort that goes into a bike. I got to learn a lot from watching Francis handle a lot of the difficult wrenching, and Thien showed me the proper bike nerd details that one is supposed to pay attention to, such as cutting the rear brake housing so that the Dura Ace logo shows and lining up the tire logo with the valve stem. With ownership of an awesome bike comes great responsibility.

Build list:

  • Frame: Look 585 Origin
  • Group: Dura Ace shifters and derailleurs, Ultegra SL crank/brakes/cassette
  • Seatpost: something heavy scavenged from my old bike
  • Seat: Specialized Gel Toupe, also scavenged from my other bike
  • Wheels: Neuvation M28 Aero2 with Enduro ceramic bearings
  • Cockpit: Ritchey Pro stem and handlebar
  • Tires: Michelin Pro Race 3

This build is not 'final': based on the Ritchey booth at Sea Otter, I'm now eyeing their new Wet White finish for the WCS 4-Axis steam and WCS Logic II road bars. It currently has a Ritchey Pro cockpit and I scavenged a seatpost and saddle are from my old bike. The seatpost is especially heavy and is one of the reasons that the build topped out at 17.15 lbs instead of the planned 16.5 lbs. The frame also came in 0.33 lbs over, possibly due to the white paint. It should be in the 16 lbs range when I'm finally done.

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All the parts on this build were selected by doing research in the RoadBikeReview forums and the wrenching was done by Francois and Thien, so I can truly say, "This bike build powered by the good folks of:"

My build

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All the parts for my Look 585 should be on the way:

  • Frame: Look 585 Origin
  • Group: Dura Ace shifters and derailleurs, Ultegra SL crank/brakes/cassette
  • Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
  • Wheels: Neuvation M28 Aero2 with Enduro ceramic bearings (I've personally confirmed that John at Neuvation does respond promptly to e-mails; customer service + price + local Cali was a big plus for me)
  • Cockpit: Ritchey WCS Logic Road Bar and WCS 4Axis Road Stem
  • Tires: Michelin Pro Race 3

The online tools I've found estimate the final build weight to be about 16.5 lbs. It's about thousand dollars per pound to shave more off of that, so I'm quite happy.

I was originally going to buy the parts from local bike shops, but was a bit shocked by my survey. Two bike shops didn't even having pricing for groupsets, which lead to me getting price quotes that were astronomically high (above MSRP!). One of the two actually told me to buy the parts on the UK site probikekit, which I did after I saw their ridiculously low prices. Another Web site is Excel Sports, which has a closeout on 2007 Look 585 frames.

There were bike shops that were quite good: the folks at Silicon Valley Cycling Center and Palo Alto Bikes were solid, giving me real quotes for parts and labor that were very reasonable. They both also happen to be Look dealers. I will be sending money their way one way or another, so I don't feel too guilty. In the end, the Tour de Georgia forced my hand: there was no way I was going to get riding in before that, and I'll need the extra $$$ to pay for the trip.

Look 586 Mondrian

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Look 586 Mondrian Limited Edition

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Not my bike -- there's only 50 of these puppies, so hunt down your local Look dealer if you want yours.

I don't even have my Look 585 assembled and I'm already taking photos of other bikes to make it jealous. I was a bit of a Mondrian nerd in college, so the idea of a Mondrian-inspired, limited edition, bike of awesomeness appeals to me. The top photo is my favorite because, for me, it evokes Mondrian's "Lozenge" compositions. I would have attempted to steal the Look 586, but the S-sized frame would have been a bit clown-ish for my 6'2" frame.

I should note that I'm terrible at studio shots -- my prior studio lighting experience was two headshots and never anything with bikes. Bikes are more well-behaved subjects, but I had not anticipated the difficulty of photographing spokes on a black backdrop: the 586 appears to be riding on a magical spoke-less Carbones. While the black works for the closeups, a white backdrop is definitely the way to go for a profile shot.

RoadBikeReview: 586 Mondrian Limited Edition

Meet my new frame

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I'm hoping to get to ride this before I take off for the Tour de Georgia...

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