Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cadel-egant

Cadel Evans used to be an annoying whiner, prone to piques of anger and spectacular failings of courage when courage might just have won him a race he’d later feel compelled to complain ...

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In Praise of Wrapper Food

Some months back I was at the top of a significant climb, sucking cool air during bites of a PowerBar. Not some variety of energy-type bar, but an actual PowerBar. A friend looked at me with the ...

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Paris – Notes

The Race to the Sun wrapped up Sunday in the pouring rain. It was the second day of wet misery in a row, and it made for a pretty excellent race. I hate to hope for bad weather races. The boys in ...

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An Afternoon With Cyfac

Any time a shop breaks the routine of business as usual, I get curious. It’s easy to put your head down and spend your days concerned with inventory turn, how many bikes were built and how ...

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Friday Group Ride #61

Klöden leads Armstrong on the climb to Bagneres du Luchon The professional racing season is underway in Europe. The pro peloton are all racing to the sun in France or from sea to sea in Italy, ...

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Enduring

Luis Ocaña on the Ballon d’Alsace in the ’69 Tour A bicycle-less vacation. An intractable stomach virus. An ultra-marathoner’s autobiography. And a fellow who cut his own arm ...

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Builder Brand

Some years back during an excruciating romantic entanglement the object of my endurance railed against coworkers who she sniped performed only the work they found easy. When I mentioned the ...

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Carbon Creations

A great many people I talk to about NAHBS speak almost exclusively of steel bikes built with lugs. To the degree that lugged steel bikes dominate what is displayed at the show, it’s not a ...

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NAHBS: Outliers

Some of my favorite bikes from this year’s NAHBS were items that clearly were not for sale. Don Walker has done a good job of courting companies that don’t seem the typical fit for ...

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NAHBS: Great Lug Work

Atmo’s Newvex lugs in a naked frame. Given the way coverage of NAHBS has exploded in the last few years, I came to the conclusion that there’s really no reason for RKP to be an ...

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