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Pro Tour Helmets

Being one of the more obvious pieces of kit the pro riders use I thought it would be interesting to see who is using what in 2011. Why do I appreciate this is largely driven by sponsorship deals, it is still interesting to see what is in use.

As a summary the Specialiized S-Works Prevail seems to be the helmet of choice with 4 teams using it. Followed by the Giro Aeon with 3 teams and the Bell Volt and BBB Falcon with 2.

AG2R La Mondiale – Spuik NexionSpiuk Nexion  - AG2R BMC – Bell Volt
Bell Volt - BMC
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI – Orbea Odin
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GARMIN-CERVELO – Giro Aeon
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HTC-HIGHROAD – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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Team KATUSHA – Lazer Helium
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LAMPRE-ISD – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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LEOPARD TREK – Bontrager Oracle

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LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE – Rudy Project Sterling
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MOVISTAR – Catlike Whisper
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OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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PRO TEAM ASTANA – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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QUICKSTEP – BBB Falcon
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RABOBANK – Giro Aeon
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RADIOSHACK – Giro Aeon
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SAXO BANK SUNGARD – Bell Volt
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SKY PROCYCLING – Kask Vertigo
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VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO – BBB Falcon
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I did look into the weights but these seem to be all over the place, depending on the size and which particular marketing blurb you read at the time.

 

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PayPal woes

I know this isn’t a cycling article but I would like to share my PayPal woes and warn others

I recently sold something on eBay and the transaction was paid for through PayPal. The transaction has now been disputed. Now I have no issues with the transaction being disputed except that the buyer does not have to provide any evidence that the goods were not received.

I was able to provide evidence to PayPal showing that I had paid for the postage and given I posted 2 other items that day for eBay sales it would seem a little ridiculous that I wouldn’t have sent the third.

But here is the kicker, PayPal have now requested information from me that cannot be provided. They have asked me for proof that parcel was delivered. The parcel was sent regular mail as advertised. Anyway I took the drastic action of phoning PayPal at 2000h 10/03/10 to discuss this and the customer rep admitted  that the requested information cannot be provided, yet without this information they will find against me. The rep also admitted they are trying to resolve the situation with Australia post, so they are aware of the issue but are still willing to use it against me.

So how can they request information from me which cannot be provided and then use the fact that it cannot be provided against me?

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Also here is a screen shot from my PayPal account. What’s wrong with this picture? Well you’ll notice they have already closed the case and yet the “requiring your action” box is highlighted. So even if I could produce this evidence it doesn’t matter they have already made their decision and closed the case.

So good luck with PayPal and eBay I wont be using them again.

For the record I have already reported them to the financial ombudsman. I doubt anything will come of it but at least there will another official complaint recorded against their name.