Monthly Archives: August 2009

Le Grand Bornand Photo Gallery

Perhaps no other stage in the 2009 Tour de France was as pivotal as Stage 17 to le Grand Bornand. It's easy to argue who was right or wrong, depending on your view of the tactics employed, but ...

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The Quill Stem

I’m not a Luddite. I need to say that as a prelude to the defense I am about to mount for a technology that has been abandoned as thoroughly as the Conestoga wagon. I’ve missed the quill stem for ...

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Giro Eyewear: The Havik

When I think of the cycling brands that have consistently set the bar in design, Giro is one of the first names that comes to mind. I can't think of a single dud during the company's history.

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Who’s the Boss?

The ongoing talk and writing on the subject of Lance Armstrong vs. Alberto Contador has pretty well played itself out. The world is full of two alphas fighting for dominance. Whatever. The most ...

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Beljum Budder

The first product I ever used as a chamois cream was Noxema. My teammates let me in on their little secret after I confessed that I was battling multiple saddle sores. The revelation improved my ...

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Book Review: Custom Bicycles

One of the great tragedies of the bicycle industry is that most of the best work being done in bicycles is presented to readers on crap paper. So, when I heard that someone was finally going to ...

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Withdrawal

When I was a kid the Fourth of July was summer perfected, a day devoid of household chores where my family and I moved from one party to the next, and ending in the mother of all parties ...

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Great Teams of the Past

Discussions of the strength of the 2009 Astana squad regularly bring up mention of the great teams of the past. The most commonly cited “greatest team ever” is the 1986 La Vie Claire team of ...

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