Posts by Category: Machine

Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

From a sniper’s distance, all bicycle touring is of a piece. You need a bike, some bags, gear to keep you more or less self-sufficient and, finally, a willingness to forego the ...

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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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Protection Made in Spain

Protection Made in Spain

I get a little suspicious when I read a review and the writer claims a product is so good it seems to disappear.  Something like, “The tires rolled so nice, I forgot I was on pavement” or “The ...

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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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A Saddle With Wings

A Saddle With Wings

As technologies go, slotted saddles are relatively new. Basically, 20 years. In that time we’ve learned a lot about where pressure needs to be relieved, how long a channel can be helpful ...

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Hooked

Hooked

It’s hard to make a bike that does everything. If it’s great in the tight quarters of racing, it’s no good at carrying loads. And if it’s good at carrying loads, ...

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