i did not run into michael ball on sunday in santa rosa. needless to say, i am quite disappointed. i did, however, talk to some of michael ball's cronies... but it isn't exactly the same thing...
here is me sneaking up the rock racing car. please observe the jeans i am wearing that are too long and very wet.
and here is me trying to sneak into the back right door. unfortunately, it was locked. as you can tell that security is high, with the car being behind a cage (even though it was pretty easy to get through there)
what i was most struck by, seeing all the new rock racing marketing, was the rock racing trailer.
and the anarchy symbol is even all over the new kits. here is a picture from ken conley:
i didn't know michael ball was so into anarchy! sweeeeeeet!
michael ball, you must looove "days of war, nights of love?" pretty classic, huh?
see, look, he is even into Rock Racing tagging at UCI headquarters.
this gave me a sigh of relief that ball is totally all about disregarding the law! he must be totally into tagging. i think this means that michael ball would totally be in support of tagging "keirin cut" outside Rock & Republic headquarters. sadly, i don't live close by... but if you are in LA, feel free to tag "keirin cut" at the corporate office located at:
127 E 9th St # 1111, Los Angelesor at their main distribution store located around beverly hills:
103 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angelesi mean, nothing says anarchy like protesting $300 jeans that don't fit!
so not am i only bummed about not getting to chat up the ball-ster... but the rain has really been a damper on my parade. i mean, it must suck for all those guys racing in the rain. but it really sucks for me who was banking on some mass chalking of "keirin cut" on the road. i haven't seen any. someone did post a comment about using a bag of flour on the road in substitute of chalk; however, i have some concerns about the safety of riding over wet flour, so, i don't really advocate this.
i did, however, get this emailed to me. not sure if this is even on the tour route, but let's hope we'll see it on versus in the next couple of days.
i don't think some people get it how much these jeans are actually needed. now the anonymous comment i posted seemed to think my big quads are an anomoly. now, i like to think i am special and unique, but really, let's be honest, i am pretty average all around. i hear from many, many women time and time again about the improper "quad to waist" ratio of jeans. i hear this especially from girls who do sports of all varieties.
let me give you a concrete example, because i don't think some dudes really understand. graphics are always helpful.
so today i finally got to try on my first pair of rock & republic jeans. this is the perfect example of why "keirin cut" jeans are needed.
now, i have been trying to get michiko to go try on designer jeans with me for awhile to try on some R&R jeans...cause she is my only high class friend. and she told me she didn't want to take me to boutiques in downtown san francisco that actually carry these jeans, because she actually shops there regularly and doesn't want to be embarassed by my shanaingins. fair enough.
so i just saw an old friend who was in fact wearing some rock & republic jeans. now, i was quite astounded she could afford these, but she said they were "on sale." i promptly told her to take off her pants, as i needed to try them on.
here is a back shot, so you can see, that, yes, they are in fact "rock & republic jeans." i also put a tape measure around them and wore my orange shoes so you know it is me. most importantly, you can also see that this is a size in which the quads fit adequately, as does the butt.
now let us take a side view. here is a shot showing how enormously huge the waist must be for my humongous quads to fit. that is quite a poor "quad to waist ratio" in normal R&R jeans.
question: how big is the R&R quad to waist ratio off? answer: the width of a large size kleenex box. no belt can help that situation.
the kleenex box is 7.5 centimeters. these jeans were a size 31-- which is what fits my quads; however, something that fits normal on the waist would need to be trimmed down by approximately 7.5 cm, which is about 3 inches, which would be about a size 28.
this, of course, is just a quick experiment showing how the sizing of keirin cut jeans would need to be seriously altered to accomadate for the large quads, and adjust to a proper size "quad to waist ratio."
i hope this demo was informative and displayed some useful information on how different keirin cut jeans would be designed.