Posts by Category: Machine

Bell Makes Like the Wind

Bell Makes Like the Wind

Over the last five years, maybe more, Bell’s excellence among manufacturers of road helmets has, to put it lightly, slipped. While last year’s Star Pro has proven to be an excellent ...

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Giro Rethinks the Factor

Giro Rethinks the Factor

When I began wearing Giro’s laced-up Empire shoes, invariably the first question friends would ask me was, “How do you adjust them?” My answer: You don’t. Tie them right the first time and you ...

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First Turns

First Turns

I spent a year working in a bike shop in a Memphis suburb where the vast majority of what we sold went to people yet to hit puberty. We had two different sizes of bikes with 20-inch wheels and ...

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More Rules, Fewer Exceptions

More Rules, Fewer Exceptions

Years ago I got a chance to try one of the first compressionless housing systems. It used tiny sections of aluminum tubing, like centimeter-long Lego pieces. It worked fantastically well. Braking ...

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All Charged Up

All Charged Up

I’ll admit, for a long time I didn’t think there were many new ideas that you could cogitate where floor pumps were concerned. Really, how many things could a pump do that they ...

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A Road Wheel for All Roads

A Road Wheel for All Roads

The last year of riding has been an education for me. When it comes to riding a bike with drop bars on unpaved roads, I’ve encountered the toughest terrain and road conditions that ...

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Boarding House Reach

Boarding House Reach

When Mark DiNucci and I were discussing the frame he was going to build for me, I told him I would ask questions and all he had to do was answer them. I trust him. One of the questions I asked ...

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Look Ma! No Wires!

Look Ma! No Wires!

The quest to make shifting quicker, more accurate and more intuitive is hard to argue against. Sure, there are folks tearing up crazy-hard events like Leadville (just wait for this week’s ...

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Friday Group Ride #324

Friday Group Ride #324

This week I’m interested in bar tape, or as they say it here in Eastern Massachusetts, ‘bah tape.’ It’s funny how directly this thin strip of cork/foam/gel affects our ...

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The Kit for the Cool Kids

The Kit for the Cool Kids

If cycling were suddenly easy, if all the days turned perfect, most of us would move onto something else. Golf anyone? The fact is we like this stuff because it is hard and the elements are ...

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