It's time to start getting the bike ready for spring. Last weekend, I attended the St. Louis Bike Expo over in Collinsville, IL. There were a lot of shops out selling new equipment, plus clubs and other selling used and "vintage" equipment.
I was looking for tires and pedals. I needed new tires because one of the relatively expensive Bontrager Hardcase tires on my bike has developed a bad "bump". The tire is starting to come apart from the inside out. This is very disappointing, as the tires do not look to be terribly worn otherwise. And even though the tire was a bit heavy, I had zero flats over 3500 miles.
Anyway, I did not find any tires I liked at the expo. I did order some tires this week from Jenson USA. I am fond of 700 x 28 tires, and Jenson has some Serfa Seca's on sale for $9.99. But they are pink. More specifically, they have a pink stripe and lettering. I ordered them anyway. They should contrast nicely with the sky blue frame on the Gary Fisher.
I had forgotten how great of a pedal design these things were. Look was the first to make a clipless pedal. They orignally made ski bindings and adopted a design for cycling pedals. I believe these were first used in the Tour de France by the La Vie Claire team in 1984, led by Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond.
Easy in, easy out, and secure grip. I remember purchasing these after my feet came out of a toe clip during the final 200 yards of a race. These were great pedals, even though they were a little heavy (518g).
So, as I was wandering around the expo, I found a guy with a bin of these, including two pair of the original white with the removable axle cap on the outboard bearing. Here's a page from the 1985 Performance Bike catalog.
The Look pedal is one item that no one has been able to improve over the past twenty-five years.