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Ladies Saddles – Selle Italia X1

17 Jan

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide female specific saddles (the Selle Italia X1) for your bike hire. Simply let us know at the time of booking and we will make sure that it is on your bike and ready to go.

ladiessaddle

 

The great gear debate on Alpe d’Huez

3 Sep

We like bikes here at PROMPT– no surprises there I guess. We also like the poetry and the views that the mountains inspire in us and offer up to us on each ride. Today, after bend 9 on the Alpe, our home town of Bourg d’Oisans was shrouded in the cloud that we had climbed through. The valley was as breathtaking as ever. We also like the technology and the endless debate about the benefits of this or that product, brand and design concept. For instance I love my beautiful hand made Cielo bike. But I also know that the PROMPT bikes ‘out-perform’ it in every possible way around here. They are simply more efficient- up, down and across. Perhaps the most frequent conversation concerns gear ratios and we basically opt for a ‘compact’ and 27/28 rear or a triple up front. There is no doubt that ‘spinning’ up these hills works best for most of our customers. There is also no doubt that the best ‘gear’ available to all of us is our own fitness. If you put the two together some amazing things start to happen in these mountains.

Gravel and descending

3 Jul

The Telegraph was lush today, a classic James Joyce ‘verdant’. The Irish members of the group might appreciate the literary reference! We parked at the top and unloaded and pumped, stretched and smiled. First you go down then you go up. The sound of the ‘humming bee’ as the Chris King wheels spun their perfect mechanical rhythm on the tarmac. Crouching over the bars the bends and trees and the road edge disappeared for a couple of kilometres. But the cloud had not cleared and it created a fog of limited visibility. Limited visibility and freshly laid gravel- curious a few days before the Marmotte. Gravel and fog changed the noise of the bike and suddenly there was very little grip either. Concentrating a bit harder it was another reason to get familiar with the inflection of the PROMPT. With everything whirring nicely we descended into saint michel de maurienne and turned around to climb the Telegraphe. When you know that the Galibier is coming up next it can be easy to ignore the Telegraphe. It is not as exposed or as steep as other climbs but it is the Telegraphe- a place of legend and pain, success and glory. Today it settled our nerves and the group ascended steadily carrying the quiet excitement of anticipation for the Galibier to come.

Five PROMPT D211 on Day 1 of the Marmotte Big Col Tour

17 Jun

More Than 21 Bends had 5 Prompt D211 bikes out today on their trip to La Berarde as part of the Marmotte Big Col Tour.

This photo was taken at a coffee stop in St Chrisophe en Oisans

PROMPT D211 HIRE BIKES With Triple Chainsets for Alpe d’Huez

22 May

We are pleased to announce that from the end of July 2012 we are going to have a selection of Carbon D211 road hire bikes with full Shimano Ultegra Triple groupset. For more information on availabilty and to book online click here

A Peloton of Prompts in Italy

15 May

A group of PROMPT bikes will now be known as a Peloton of PROMPTS. Here are 4 taken recently at the bottom of the Colle di Sestriere in Italy. Look carefully one is reflected in the shop window.

Australian National Champ Victoria Veitch rides a PROMPT D211

4 Sep

Australian national champ Victoria Veitch stayed on More Than 21 Bends Alpe d’Huez to Italy tour and hired a PROMPT D211 from us for the week. For the record she recorded an excellent 54,27 seconds up Alpe d’Huez

New PROMPT D211 Hire bikes delivered

17 Aug

We have just had some new hire bikes delivered from our factory. Some 55cm and 53cm frames. They are available to hire now. Full Shimano Ultegra groupset with compact chainsets. Stay on any of Tour d’Oisans cycling tours for the remainder of 2011 and get a 20% discount on the bike hire (one week hire only)

 

Cycle Hire Col d’Izoard

17 Jul

One of our cycle hire customers provided us with this photo on the Col d’Izoard.

The D211 on the D526

16 May

One of our guest this week staying on the Tour d’Oisans holiday preorder a new PROMPT D211 with Shimano 105 groupset and PROMPT handlebars, seatpost and bottle cages. It went out on its maiden ride today up the D526 to the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer.

PROMPT D211 does the Cotswold Classic

8 May

Competed in the Cotswold Classic while staying in the UK in April. The D211 handled very well over the 166km long distance course. We have just taken delivery of our next batch for our cycle hire in Bourg d’Oisans

Prompt D211 Prototype

7 Dec

After over a year of design we have this week ordered our new road frame the “D211” – named after the official road name of the Alpe d’Huez climb. More news on the Prompt bikes after christmas but while the frames are the traditional low weight carbon designed affair ideal for tackling the big cols in the area the graphics design will be a little different to your usual road bikes.