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Interbike: Outdoor Demo Day 2

Day 2 of the Outdoor Demo gave me a chance to try eight more bikes. The photos of the five bikes contained here are the ones I liked well enough to mention. They were the Specialized SL3, the ...

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Interbike: Outdoor Demo Day 1

Day 1 of Interbike’s Dirt Demo at Bootleg Canyon is upon us. Normally Bootleg Canyon is a pretty dusty affair, but this year it is a dusty, windy affair and left the road bikes looking less ...

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Interbike: The Exodus

The bicycle industry’s largest annual trade show, Interbike, is the show of record. It has fended off upstart shows such as the BIO show of the 1990s, as well as challenges to its supremacy by ...

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Shimano Takes Stand on Doping

In a move most unusual for the bike industry, the world’s largest component manufacturer, better known as Shimano, has announced a policy regarding doping by athletes and teams it sponsors. Until ...

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Garmin Goes Good

Among American cycling fans Jonathan Vaughters’ Garmin-Slipstream formation has enjoyed the loyal love afforded a hometown team. That love has been based more on the team being “American” than on ...

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Ocean Potion Clear Zinc Oxide

Since writing the post “Lines” the comments I’ve received here on the blog and on rides from friends have led me to write a little something on the zinc oxide I use. It’s a 45spf clear zinc oxide ...

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Blackburn Camber CF Cages

When painted matte finishes first appeared on bikes in the mid-1990s, I found the look novel. Then I tired of it, the way we all tired of florescent colors. The lack of a clearcoat over the ...

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‘Cross Season

No matter where you live, the summer heat has broken. Maybe there’s even a bit of a nip in the air. It can only mean one thing: ‘Cross season is here. Of all the brands out there, one ...

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Lines

My morning routine before a ride has a script as rehearsed as a prime-time sitcom. The very first thing I do is put on sunblock. While it’s true years of childhood thick-headedness has left me at ...

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