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menko

Vitus rides again!

Vitus rides again!

Vitus rides again!,

While my cycling career is long behind me, I stumbled across a surprisingly powerful reminder of my early days—my first racing bike! The 54cm black Vitus 979 Duraluminum that I bought back in 1988 has been under the tendor care of my brother Pieter since about 1991 when I upgraded from that frame to a carbon version, the 990 (that frame met an unfortunate end in my sophomore year in the San Luis Obispo Road Race—the A field had a high speed crash which found me boxed with people falling across my front and rear wheels. The frame cracked in 4 places and the wheel tacoed). When I visited Pieter in Colorado, the Vitus was a nice piece of wall candy, but he wasn’t riding it. I packed it up in a box and shipped back to Redwood City, hoping that after nearly 20 years, I could ride it a bit again, with some modifications. I purchased an upright stem and flat bar setup, and immediately set off on rehabilitation. However, I find that not having STI shifters is sort of disconcerting, but I’m not converting to a single speed simply because I need the gears for pulling up the hills. As you can see by these pics, its almost ready to go! Some of my old racing stickers that Esteban Chavez and I put on back in high school are still attached, albeit a bit ragged. I think I may debadge it entirely and run it stealth. I still get that rush of adrenaline when I hop on it! Its amazing that after all this time, simply hoping on that race bike gets my heart pounding!

menko

Pieter gets another publication

Pieter has released some data from studies he has done at CU, that yes are about frog defomities.While this is not the first time Pieter has been featured in the media (see articles here, here, and here) this newest one features him in two new roles: Assistant Professor at CU Boulder, and action hero. Ok well maybe action hero is a stretch, but this article does feature an excellent photograph of Pieter maning the con on his research vessel (it appears to be unnamed, but I’m sure he’s thinking of a name for it). He reports that his tan lines were a little pronounced, but hey, you don’t see the rest of us getting any good pictures on feature stories either, so I still think he’s the stuff. Congrats Pieter!
Deformed frog Pieter on the boat
To read more about Pieter’s professional work, please visit his website