Posts by Category: Machine

Kitsbow Clothing

Kitsbow Clothing

The first time I saw dedicated mountain bike clothing, it looked like the bastard child of motocross gear and a ren faire costume. The cargo shorts lacked a pad, and the pockets, when loaded, ...

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Friday Group Ride #247

Friday Group Ride #247

I didn’t really recognize the words coming out of my mouth. I was saying, “I don’t really want to own a lot of bikes anymore. I just want to have a few really good ones.” ...

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Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots

Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots

I had resolved to ride straight through the winter, mostly because I had spent so much time off the bike, injured, at the end of the summer and into the fall. A mild weather start helped stoke my ...

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BMC TMR01, Part II

BMC TMR01, Part II

What’s in a name? BMC loves it’s jargon. Me, less so. I tend not to be a fan of fancy names, crazy acronyms or technology monickers that do nothing to explain the tech in objective ...

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BMC TMR01, Part I

BMC TMR01, Part I

We’re at a point with carbon fiber bicycles that most dedicated cyclists have had a chance to own one or two of them and get a feel for the material’s strengths and weaknesses. ...

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BIBBITS Number Magnets

BIBBITS Number Magnets

I’m a seven pin guy. Not bowling pins or rolling pins or pin up girls. Safety pins. I use seven safety pins every time I pin on a number for a race. Why seven pins? Because Chris Lotts said to ...

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The SPY Optic Screw

The SPY Optic Screw

Times change. Like it or not, some stuff falls from favor. One day you’re Paul McCartney touring the world with Wings, the next you’re recording with Kanye West and no one knows who ...

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SRAM Force 22 Group

SRAM Force 22 Group

It used to be that any time you purchased one of a component manufacturer’s second-tier groups, you gave up significant amounts of performance. Sure, you got to keep a few sawbucks, but in ...

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Shimano Storm Jacket

Shimano Storm Jacket

You know that song “It never rains in Southern California”? It’s the song we’ve been singing in L.A. for years, especially the last three. There’s a drought going on around here some experts say ...

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Mavic Crossmax XL WTS

Mavic Crossmax XL WTS

Wind tunnel testing has changed the conversation about wheel aerodynamics. It’s no longer enough to look at the wheel. You’ve got to look at the tire on the wheel. Change a tire and ...

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