When the presumptive Democratic candidate for US president fell from his Serotta Ottrott at the beginning of the month, late-night chat-show hosts went into overdrive. Jay Leno said Kerry was fine because he fell on his wallet (Kerry's wife is super-rich). It's likely Kerry's Serotta is paid for and owned by the Kerry family trust. And no doubt it's this trust which is insisting the carbon handlebar damaged in the fall is replaced with the exact same super-expensive model: the brand graphics match Kerry's orange-and-yellow frame and orange-and-yellow Giro helmet...

Nothing but the best for John Kerry

As well as a guitar, Kerry often packs his Serotta on cross-country campaign flights.

And since the well-reported fall at the start of May – see link below – the slightly damaged handlebars have been replaced by Kerry’s favourite bike shop, Belmont Wheelworks, "servicing the greater Boston cycling community since 1977."

Apparently, Kerry insisted that the bars were replaced with exactly the same model, the Modolo KX Carbon

bars featuring the Curvissima design that features a continuous curved lower section to provide superior, ergnomic hand-comfort.

Kerry damaged his shoulder in a bicycle fall in 1992 and last year had surgery to fix a pain flare-up. He’s found the Modolo bars to be the most comfortable he’s tried.

For a pic of Kerry’s Campy-equipped Ottrott see


There’s also a close-up of the Modolo bars.

Incidentally, Wildoo’s Andy Easterbrook is currently seeking a new UK distributor for Modolo. andy@wildoo.co.uk


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