Our supply of FSA Tension Gauges is finished. As many of you know, this is actually the Jobst Brandt Tension Gauge that FSA made for a few years. A nice job but it's been discontinued. I want to maintain availability, so we're working on domestic production. Hope I can soon announce restored supply with all the accuracy, convenience, and features that make it so desirable.
USA Cycling recently wrote a nice little profile of me (Ric). There are minor miss statements, for example, I worked with FSA for 7 years, not 12. But all in all, it is quite nice and I'm flattered.
Speaking of this organization, it needs our support. Like similar governing bodies, from charities to sports to education, USA Cycling exists to meet important needs that industry, alone, can't address. It benefits all members, the sport at large, and zillions of cyclists who never enter races or meet it face to face. The health of the World Cycling Scene is owed to volunteers, advocates, evangelists, and brave daily riders. USA Cycling is one of those key agencies that develop and defend the scene we enjoy.
On that subject, James Stanfill, Operations Director of USAC, has just announced a Neutral Support Mechanics Program to run from his office. This sort of effort has been maintained, on and off, by numerous industry players (Mavic, Shimano, SRAM, etc.) and regional groups through the years. These programs are contracted to provide mechanical support at events (charity or competition, road, CX, MTB, tri, track, etc.) to all comers. Neutral = without bias.
James has wisely determined that USAC should run a program of its own in connection with USAC Championships and other selected events. So, look for a red, white, and blue mechanical support program coming to an ride near you. Just a sign of progress and growth in the cycling events world.