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Proximity

Proximity

A jerk of shoulders, a pinch of brakes and a fresh sense of wind down your back—disaster averted yet again. Why do we ride so tight? But then, there’s no need to ask. From physics to ...

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Previewing Shimano’s XTR Di2

Previewing Shimano’s XTR Di2

Shimano can’t leave a good idea alone. If indexed shifting is good for road bikes, it must be good for mountain bikes. And if integrated control levers are good on expensive bikes, then ...

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The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Between the comments here at RKP, the emails I receive and then the posts on social media, I get a number of requests for product shootouts and comparisons. At root, these are requests for a ...

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Thule T2 Hitch-Mount Carrier

Thule T2 Hitch-Mount Carrier

After some memorable altercations between my car, roof racks and bikes that were, in most cases, not mine, I elected to start carrying bikes inside my car. This was long before Bill Clinton was ...

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Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40C Wheels

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40C Wheels

The first time I encountered Mavic’s sealed bearings, I was Campagnolo-owning snob working in a bike shop. In short, the worst sort. Historically, this population scores high for low ...

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The Trip I Never Expected

The Trip I Never Expected

“So you want a Pepper Ride?” What could go wrong? It was a beautiful day in Negril, Jamaica. A bit warm and humid, perhaps, but we were about to go play bikes in a foreign country. ...

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