Posts by Category: Machine

Friday Group Ride #491

Friday Group Ride #491

I’m convinced there’s alchemy involved. It’s so hard to articulate what will make a great bike great, much easier than it is to look back, once the bike is built and say what ...

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Handlebar Evolution: the Wave Bar

Handlebar Evolution: the Wave Bar

Back in the early 2000s FSA, which has been the home to more creative ideas than the industry gives them credit for (see: subcompact cranks, etc.), came out with a handlebar called the K-Wing. ...

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Friday Group Ride #483

Friday Group Ride #483

It was a simpler time, one crank option, 53-39 rings, what was known as “standard,” although it isn’t anymore. Coupled with a narrow range cassette, you earned all your vertical ...

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Assemblage: Factor Vista

Assemblage: Factor Vista

Recently, I’ve been building up a Factor Vista gravel bike for review. As I shared on a recent episode of the Paceline, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the frame module, which is ...

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Bike Work

Bike Work

I began working in bike shops in the 1980s when index shifting was still relatively new and the integrated control lever was at best a technical drawing. Sealed bearings were uncommon and to this ...

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Friday Group Ride #475

Friday Group Ride #475

It’s 2019, and sentiment is in recession. All the forces of progress are chipping away at the value of physical things as we convert long, personal letters to terse emails and frivolous ...

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Fresh Face: the Ocoee Baseline

Fresh Face: the Ocoee Baseline

Imagine for a moment that you were a product manager for a bike company and you were charged with making a sub-$4000 road bike aimed at consumers who would never road race, but might want to do ...

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