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Silly Fun

Silly Fun

The bike industry’s annual spring trade show just ended. The Sea Otter Classic may have started as a celebration of bike racing, but it’s a good deal more than that now. The racing ...

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The Debacle

The Debacle

Back in the 1990s the Union Cycliste Internationale decided it was time for riders to start wearing helmets. The riders reacted with a strike and the UCI backed down. They waited before taking ...

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On Innovation

On Innovation

I didn’t want pizza. It didn’t matter to me that my father, grandfather, uncle and two cousins were all going to have pizza. It didn’t matter to me that the way you buy pizza ...

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Michelin Revamps Their Rubber

Michelin Revamps Their Rubber

A few weeks ago I received a heads-up that Michelin was about to unleash a whole new series of tires, called Power. They were going to ditch the Pro series of tires in favor of a new rubber ...

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Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Aluminum has an interesting history in cycling. Without it, we’d never have developed lightweight wheels, brakes, derailleurs, cranks, bars, stems and seatposts. So while our current crop ...

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Humbled: Bike Monkey’s SoNoMas

Humbled: Bike Monkey’s SoNoMas

As I rolled toward the crossing, I scanned the scene quickly. The run-in was steep, with a short stretch of mud before giving way to the slates and ochres of the river rock, seen below more than ...

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Why I Am Not at Eroica

Why I Am Not at Eroica

I love bikes. Pretty much all bikes. One of the few bottom lines of my life, along with my love for my wife and sons is that any ride is better than no ride. Thusly, any bike is better than no ...

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On the Hoof

On the Hoof

I’m going to be honest. When Giro unleashed the Empire road shoe on the world, I wasn’t exactly sold. I commented to a friend at the time that, “We stopped using laces for a ...

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