Hello and welcome to the 2013 RoadBikeReview.com Sea Otter Classic Live Blog. During this four-day celebration of all things cycling at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, we’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest cycling technology. Whether it’s new gear or apparel, celebrity sightings, or updates on events, this is the place to stay up to date on all the action. Make sure to check back early and often. The newest updates will always be on the top of the page.
4:00 pm | by Jason Sumner
Innovate or die is the motto at Specialized and this aero tandem certainly fits the bill. The creation of top Big Red S designer Robert Egger, it has a Venge inspired down tube, internal cable routing, and one piece bar and stems. Don’t expect it to go full production any time soon, but it’s sure fun to imagine what if.
3:56 pm | by Jason Sumner
The 2013 Sea Otter Classic is coming to a close here in California. Thanks to all of you for checking out the Live Blog. Stay tuned for lots more beta on new and cool products.
2:02 pm | by Francis Cebedo
Stand By Me – compact, removable bike stand. Adjustable length $34.99 aluminum. Bikestandbyme.com.
12:14 am | by Jason Sumner
Here’s SRAM’s Michael Zellman giving the full video download on the new hydraulic disk and rim brakes, the new 22 speed, and updated Zipp 303s. Look for the full video soon on RoadBikeReview.
11:52 am | by Jason Sumner
California-based Giro is expanding it’s product offering with a new line of technical but casual cycling wear. The idea is to be technical but not look technical. Pictured are the 5 and 40-mile shorts, which indicate the length of ride they’re intended for. Neither have a chamois. Retail is $120 and $130. All told there are 14 pieces in the line, including a wind shirt, shoes, and a bib short that has pockets so you can carry gear underneath your shirt or jacket. Giro is also working on a helmet they’ll debut later in the year.
And here is the Giro Republic shoe. Retail is $190.
The new Giro wind shirt.
10:27 am | by Jason Sumner
Meet Endurance Conspiracy. This husband-wife operated company from Boulder has an array of cool T shirts. The designs are primarily the creations of Tony Deboom brother of pro tri star Tim Deboom. At Sea Otter shirts are priced at $25 each or 2 for $40. They run $30 online. More designs in the gallery below.
10:22 am | by Jason Sumner
Living legend Gary Fisher spotted this morning here at Sea Otter. The 62-year-old says he still rides 6 days a week and has fallen in love with using Strava. He also believes the lack of qualified mechanics is one of the biggest problems facing the bike industry. As for wheel size, he’s a 29er man, but thinks 27.5 is a great addition to the market, creating bikes for people who enjoy a more playful ride.
9:00 am | by Jason Sumner
Raleigh CX team stars Ben Berden and Caroline Mani scored victories in Saturday’s Sea Otter pro cyclocross race. But this guy wins the award for best trick.
8:51 am | by Jason Sumner
Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. No doubt the crowds on Saturday were huge.
8:42 am | by Jason Sumner
Lake Shoes is making a big push back into the US market with new road, MTB and cyclocross-specific shoes. That’s right, cross-specific. The new MX331Cross is essentially a lighter version of the popular MX. It comes with replaceable cleats, heel spikes and toe spikes. Pricing and availability to be determined.