History of Shimano, February 1921

In February 1921, Shozaburo Shimano opened Shimano Iron Works in Higashi Minato in Sakai City when he was 26 years old. On the site of a demolished celluloid factory, he rented a nearly 40-square-meter area. The monthly rent was 5 yen. At that time, the new establishment had only a single lathe, measuring about 1.8 meters long. He had borrowed that machine from Sano Iron Works, benefiting from his friendship with its owner.

Biking to work linked to reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and early death

A recent study suggests that bicycle commuting, like recreational cycling, is not only associated with a lower risk of serious disease, but with a longer life as well. For that study, researchers from the University of Glasgow followed more than 263,450 commuters in England, Scotland, and Wales for an average of five years. The group was composed of 52% women and 48% men ages 40 through 69.

Echo Custom Frame & Fork 800 grams

Allied Cycle Works custom carbon fiber ECHO frameset weighs in at 800 grams for size 56cm. Hand made in the USA, it is very light for a full custom tube-to-tube bike that lets you choose the geometry.

The Inside Stories from Women in Cycling

Featuring contributions from: Emma O’Reilly, the soigneur for the U.S. Postal Service Team and one of the people responsible for bringing Lance Armstrong down as part of David Walsh’s investigation; Betsy Andreu, wife of ex-professional cyclist Frankie Andreu and another Lance Armstrong nemesis; Michelle Cound, manager and partner of Tour de France winner Chris Froome; Juliet Macur, author of Cycle of Lies: the Fall of Lance Armstrong; and Jen See, who interviews Marianne Vos, arguably the greatest cyclist in the world right now.

Bianchi Cafe Milano

If you are ever in Milan, Italy, do yourself a favor and visit the Bianchi Cafe. Serving Breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner, Bianchi Café & Cycles is open from morning to evening and also offers vegetarian dishes as well as specialties gluten and lactose free. In addition to its food and wine, Bianchi Café & Cycles also features a showroom and workshop.