Images of Thomson’s New Handlebars Surface

first_imgIn the realm of quality light weight stems and seatposts, Thomson has long set the benchmark. They’ve been teasing new handlebars and a dropper post for a really long time, and their new handlebar options will finally be available starting Sept 1st.Updated:The aluminum and titanium models are still built here in the United States, but the new carbon bits will be produced in  All of the new handlebars will be produced in Taiwan for now, but they plan to bring carbon fiber production in house by 2015.Hop past the break to ogle.RoadCarbon Road Bar, 195 – 205 gm, $249.95Available in 40, 42, 44, and 46 center-to centerCyclocross Carbon Bar, 200-210 gm, $249.95Available in 40, 42, and 44 center-to centerMountain  Carbon XC flat bar, 185 gm, $149.95730mm x Flat/8mm drop x 6° backsweep x 31.8Carbon Riser bar, 210 gm, $149.94730mm x 12mm Rise x 6° backsweep/4° upsweep x 31.8Titanium MTB Bar, 295 gm, $249.95730mm x 6° backsweep x 31.8Titanium MTB Bar, 295 gm, $249.95730mm x 12° backsweep x 31.8DH Bar, 295 gm, $109.95780mm x 6° backsweep 4° upsweep-12mm rise x 31.8Why not a carbon fiber downhill bar?“We could and we may, but downhill riding and racing involves the potential for fairly frequent, big crashes. Every time you crash on a carbon bar you may damage it, but may not know. Aluminum is close in weight and a much safer bet long term” – ThomsonDropper Post UpdateFrom their facebook:“It is looking bad like a bag a money. Should be at Eurobike and Interbike. Will have the guts to play with as well. As far as that goes will have bars sawed in half to look at.”For More Details Visit Thomsonlast_img read more

Cape Flats Child

first_imgChristo Williams, OtteryYou will rise from the dustMove out of the shadowsIt’s your time to shineYou will stem roots in the mudGrow tall on uneven groundCape Flats ChildGo higher despite the stormYour dream doesn’t have to die Cape Flats ChildExhale those fumes of unworthiness Life for you is not worthless neither meaningless You can go from the bottom step to centre stageCape Flats ChildYou’ve seen blood flow, all the heroes in your life goIt’s hard to say no when gangsterism, drugs poverty is all you knowCape Flats ChildRemove that label you won’t be part of the status quo Lift your head listen to me, this is not your endCape Flats ChildThey call you many thingsBut today we call you set aside from the rest, you have it in you to do your very bestCape Flats ChildI can you are blessedlast_img read more

Top 5 position battles to watch during Browns camp

first_imgWith teams breaking camp all over the country this week, marking the official return of NFL Football. For the Cleveland Browns, the 2018 seasons comes with an unusual optimism following a disastrous 0-16 campaign and an offseason that featured heft changes.That change started with the personnel. From under center to the secondary, the Browns roster underwent a noticeable remodel. Training camp will be critical for the new faces to gel with familiar ones ahead of the regular season. As always, it will also encourage competition.Cleveland enters camp with a number of starting positions still up for grabs and a handful of others could be subject to change if standouts emerge. That should provide plenty of reason for fans to follow along with Browns’ camp either in person or via HBO’s Hard Knocks. However you choose to watch the team prepare for the upcoming season over this next month, these are the top five position battles you’ll want to keep an eye on.1) Left Tackle Joe Thomas’ Illustrious career came to an end this offseason. The future Hall of Famer announced his retirement at the beginning of free agency. There’s simply no immediate way to replace a player of his caliber, but the Browns will have to try. Left tackle is without question Cleveland’s biggest question mark at the start of training camp. It’s more than likely that Shon Coleman will start camp as the favorite at the position – he moved from right tackle to fill in for Thomas when he went down with a torn bicep last season. By no means is Coleman a lock though and he’ll have plenty of competition. One challenger is second-round pick, Austin Corbett. Greg Robinson, who the Browns signed last month should see somerun there too. For what it’s worth, stout left guard Joel Bitonio took some reps at left tackle during the offseason program so perhaps the Browns consider him for the job. Lineman battles certainly aren’t the most exciting thing to watch at training camp, however, this one will be worth keeping an eye on. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related TopicsAntonio CallawayAustin CorbettBaker MayfieldBrowns Training CampCorey ColemanGreg RobinsonJarvin LandryJosh GordonShon ColemanTyrod Taylor Spencer Germanlast_img read more

Jazz hope to start fast against Chicago after 3 straight sluggish starts

first_imgYou expend so much energy trying to battle back. Guys get tired, you try to sub and keep guys fresh. (There are) offensive rebounds, turnovers, those things at some crucial times that stop runs. Those things take your energy too. – Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — Following a second-straight dispiriting loss Saturday night — a 106-94 defeat to New Orleans a night after losing convincingly at Golden State — the Utah Jazz need to figure out how to start games faster.In both losses, the Jazz fell behind by big margins in the first half that were too large to climb out of in the second half.On Friday, the Jazz trailed by as many as 29 points before closing to 12 in the final quarter. On Saturday, the Jazz closed a 17-point deficit to five points heading into the fourth quarter, but could never get any closer in the final period.It’s the same problem the Jazz had against Oklahoma City earlier in the week, but in that game they were able to overcome an early large deficit and come away with a victory.But the Jazz know they can’t keep digging themselves big holes and expect to have any chance of winning — especially with top NBA teams like Chicago (Monday, 7 p.m.) and the L.A. Clippers (Saturday night) coming to EnergySolutions Arena this week.“We can’t work our way into it,’’ said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “It takes too much energy when you play like that at the beginning of the game. It takes too much energy to come back and then you’re drained.’’On their five-game road trip back East a week earlier, the Jazz got out of the blocks early, enjoying a lead after the first quarter in four games and being tied in the other.However, since returning home, they’ve had a problem getting untracked in all three games.Against Oklahoma City, the Jazz only scored 14 points in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half.Against Golden State, the Jazz were never in the game, falling behind 12-0 out of the gate and trailing by 15 after the first quarter and by 22 at halftime. Against New Orleans, the second quarter was the killer as a 27-27 tie turned into a 57-40 halftime deficit.“You expend so much energy trying to battle back,’’ said Snyder. “Guys get tired, you try to sub and keep guys fresh. (There are) offensive rebounds, turnovers, those things at some crucial times that stop runs. Those things take your energy too.’’The Jazz players are aware they can’t keep starting so slow and expect to win games.“We dug ourselves too big of a hole,’’ said forward Gordon Hayward. “We fought back and I’m proud of the effort we had in the second half, but we didn’t have enough to get enough stops. We made a furious comeback in the third quarter, but we just have to play the whole game like that.’’Hayward led the second-half charge, scoring 21 of his team-high 31 points in the second half. But other than second-year guard Trey Burke, who had perhaps his best offensive game of the year with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Hayward didn’t get enough help on the night.Burke agrees that the Jazz have to figure out a way to get started quicker.“We came out slow again and that’s something we have to get better at,’’ he said. “Collectively as a group we have to make a choice, we have to come out with a different mindset with a high level of focus. It’s not one thing you can point to, it’s not one individual, it’s a team thing that we’re going to have to make a constant effort to come out with more focus.’’JAZZ NOTES: The Bulls come to Utah with an 8-5 record after losing to Portland 105-87 Friday night. In that loss, only two players scored in double figures — rookie Nikola Mirotic with 24 off the bench and Aaron Brooks with 12. … The Bulls have been ravaged by injuries this year with Derrck Rose out several games with a sprained left hamstring and Kirk Hinrich (chest) and Pau Gasol (calf) both missing Friday’s game. Then in that game Taj Gibson suffered a sprained ankle and will miss the Jazz game. … Hinrich is listed as doubtful, Gasol as questionable, and Rose as a game-time decision for Monday’s game. … Fourth-year guard Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 20.4 ppg game on 49.7 percent shooting. … First-round draft choice Doug McDermott is averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. … Former Jazz first-round draft pick Nazr Mohammed is playing in his 17th year in the NBA with his eighth team in Chicago. … In between the Chicago and Clipper home games, the Jazz will play at Oklahoma City Wednesday night. … The Jazz and Bulls play again in Chicago on Jan. 7. Related Rose, other injured Bulls could play against Jazz tonightlast_img read more