Posts by Category: Machine

Friday Group Ride #241

Friday Group Ride #241

I know guys who break things. What I mean is, I know guys who, by virtue of their size, strength or hell-for-leather riding style, go through parts like a college bar through cheap, American ...

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Previewing Scott’s 2015 Line

Previewing Scott’s 2015 Line

Back in July I got a chance to spend three days riding bikes from Scott’s 2015 lineup. I began writing up my observations while there, and then in one of those intersections of ...

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Friday Group Ride #240

Friday Group Ride #240

I am, despite whatever lingering swash-buckling notions of myself I still might harbor, a serial monogamist. I had two high school girlfriends. I had three in college. The last became my wife. ...

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Friday Group Ride #239

Friday Group Ride #239

I used to think that all my bikes, forever, would have white bar tape and white saddles. It’s PRO, right? It’s what you’re supposed to do. Except that, over time, it became more ...

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The Seven Cycles Airheart

The Seven Cycles Airheart

Every now and then you get one of those phone calls that seems beyond unlikely. Robot works at Seven Cycles, which gives us a fair excuse to get on the phone, though we don’t take advantage ...

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Friday Group Ride #238

Friday Group Ride #238

The old saw goes something like this: “The best reason to get a job in the bike industry is to get the 30% discount that comes along with the 50% pay cut.” The percentages vary but ...

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Rolf Prima Ares 4 Wheels

Rolf Prima Ares 4 Wheels

In the late 1990s, Rolf Prima wheels were getting spec’d on a great many Trek road bikes, most of them, at least according to my memory. Their approach of pairing spokes at the rim, rather ...

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Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Two years ago, while on a ride that took in some of Malibu’s most fearsome descents, I had a conversation with a product manager from one of the big three bike companies. The occasion for ...

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Friday Group Ride #236

Friday Group Ride #236

I live in a bubble. There’s no doubt about that. Working for a custom bike builder means I see a LOT of custom bikes, not only ours but lots of others, too. It’s almost all I look at, ...

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