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The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us.  Unfortunately, cycling does not get as much coverage as

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

more popular events such as gymnastics or swimming.  This year may be different though.  NBC intends to televise the bulk of the games online, including prelims and heats.   Supposedly all online coverage is viewable during and after the events providing Tivo like capability.  That would be a godsend for the Olympic obsessed working masses. NBC Online Schedule


I have been struggling to find a comprehensive list of cycling related TV broadcast and events list for cycling events.  To save you some trouble, I’ve compiled a TV schedule from various sources including AP posts and ESPN’s website.

The full NBC 2008 Olympics TV broadcast schedule for the following channels:  CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish), USA Network, Oxygen, Universal HD and sport-specific channels for basketball and soccer. All times are Eastern Daylight Time and are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 8

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball – USA Match; Men’s Cycling – Road Race; Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final; Rowing

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. China (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. China; Women’s Cycling Road Race; Women’s Weightlifting – 53kg Gold Medal Final; Men’s & Women’s Badminton; Rowing

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men’s 200-meter Breaststroke, Men’s 100-meter Freestyle, Women’s 200-meter Butterfly, Women’s 4×200-meter Relay and Men’s 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball – USA Match (LIVE); Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling – Individual Time Trial
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Baseball – USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women’s Volleyball – Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men’s Weightlifting 77kg Competition

Friday, Aug. 15

  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. Croatia; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final; Women’s Badminton – Singles Gold Medal Finals
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field – Men’s 20k Walk; Men’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women’s Field Hockey – USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Table Tennis Team Semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball – USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Poland; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian – Team Jumping Competition; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals
  • 12:35-2 a.m. — Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 10K and Women’s Triple Jump; Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Triathlon
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Beach Volleyball; Men’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Handball – Russia vs. Germany; Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Playoff

Monday, Aug. 18

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. — Men’s Diving Springboard Semifinal; Men’s Triathlon
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Russia (LIVE); Women’s Soccer Semifinals (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. China; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Denmark; Men’s Weightlifting 105kg Competition; Men’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. – Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final; Men’s Cycling – BMX Competition (LIVE)
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals (LIVE); Canoeing (LIVE); Women’s Handball Quarterfinals; Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal; Table Tennis Singles, First Round Competition; Women’s Water Polo Semifinal; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 200-meter, Women’s 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition; Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE); Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal (LIVE); Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Friday, Aug. 22

  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal Match (LIVE); Baseball Semifinal; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Women’s Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women’s Modern Pentathlon; Women’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Handball Semifinal

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:30-5 a.m. — Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (LIVE); Men’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Table Tennis – Gold Medal Match

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • NBC and NBC HD 7-11 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Events Schedule

Road Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 9 11:00 PM ET, Road Cycling – M Road Race – M Indiv
Aug 10 2:00 AM ET, Road Cycling – W Road Race – W Indiv
Aug 12 11:30 PM ET, Road Cycling – W Indiv Time Trial – W Indiv time trial
Aug 13 1:30 AM ET, Road Cycling – M Indiv Time Trial – M Indiv time trial

Track Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – First round
Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Qualifying
Aug 15 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for bronze
Aug 15 6:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage summary
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage
Aug 16 5:40 AM ET, Track – M Points Race – M Points Race
Aug 16 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Second round
Aug 16 6:50 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 16 6:55 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 7:15 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round heat 1-6
Aug 16 7:20 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round 7-12
Aug 16 11:05 PM ET, Track – W Sprint – Qual round
Aug 16 11:20 PM ET, Track – M Sprint – Qual round
Aug 17 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final
Aug 17 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 17 5:10 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 17 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final
Aug 17 5:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – First round
Aug 18 4:30 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – W Points Race
Aug 18 5:05 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:00 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 18 6:20 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 18 6:30 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 18 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 19 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 1
Aug 19 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 4:55 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 3
Aug 19 5:30 AM ET, Track – M Madison – Madison
Aug 19 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3
Aug 19 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 6:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3

Triathlon Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 17 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – W Triathlon – W Indiv
Aug 18 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – M Triathlon – M Indiv

BMX Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 19 9:00 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Seeding phase run 2
Aug 19 9:45 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 1
Aug 19 11:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 2
Aug 19 11:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 1
Aug 20 12:05 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 2
Aug 20 12:32 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 3
Aug 20 9:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 9:38 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 10:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Final
Aug 20 10:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Final

Mountain Bike Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 22 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – W Cross Country – W Indiv
Aug 23 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – M Cross Country – M Indiv

Allez915

I’ve been refurbishing a stable of bikes for a client to get them ready for the summer. There were eight bikes in all, six which were being ridden by members of the family to one degree or another. The bikes include two hybrids, three kids’ mountain bikes and two Trek 2100’s. It was requested that one of the hybrid bikes be derustified top to bottom. That bike took hours and quite a bit of EBay and internet time to find compatible parts. The other hybrid was well used and needed a scrub, lube and a few basics. The three kids and the road bikes were in near new condition requiring basic service to bring them to road ready.

It was the last two bikes that got my interest. The first was a Trek 950 mountain bike. This bike was ridden by my clients’ son who had passed away some years before. They wanted to restore the bike to its best self as a remembrance best I could tell.

He had taken the bike to the city and had taped nearly every tube with yellow duct tape in an effort to disguise it from would be thieves. He had also used an old chain to secure the saddle to the frame. I had to wrestle with how far to go to preserve the bikes’ original character but still bring it back to life. I opted to replace as little as possible in an effort to preserve its unique personality.

They gave me this bike stripped of the tape but not of the glue. I stripped the bike to the frame, cleaning each part to put it in the best shape possible. I used carb cleaner remove the tape glue leaving a rather nice royal blue finish on the bike. I then added a couple of new handlebar grips, tires/tubes and a wheel truing.  There you have it a new Trek steed. Below is a picture of the finished bike.

Refurbished Trek 950

Refurbished Trek 950

The prize for doing the 950 was to get to work on the last bike. The last bike was an old Columbia kid’s bike circa late seventy’s maybe. This gem was the sons’ first bike. It was a faded red color with ripped up tires, rusted chain & chopper bars and banged up and rusted wheels. This poor thing had seen better days.

I was able to derust the bars and wheel rims using tin foil and simple green. Rust on chrome comes off nicely that way.  Some tripple zero steal wool will also work but leaves a bit more mess. The rest of the work included a top to bottom scouring, a new chain, tires/tubes and a spit polish. Here is a picture of the final bike.

Columbia Kids Bike

Columbia Kids Bike

It was a real pleasure to work on the bike as it brought back memories of my first bike and its later modified incarnation. My first was a sky blue Schwinn Jr. Sting-Ray with chopper bars, a white banana seat and sissy bars. Here is a picture of a similar bike in red. I loved that bike and rode it everywhere.

Schwinn Junior Sting-Ray

Schwinn Junior Sting-Ray

After I had grown out of the bike, my brother modified it to be more of a BMX bike. Here is a pic of something similar to what he put together.

Modified Schwinn Sting-Ray

Modified Schwinn Sting-Ray

I had always thought it was cool of my dad to give me and my brothers a free hand to work on our bikes. I think both of us took pleasure in it at the time and made good use of the skill in later years.

Allez915

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