Posts by Category: Machine

One Bike, All Conditions, Part II

One Bike, All Conditions, Part II

For Part I, click here. What the smart folks think How good an idea is TwinLoc? Consider that among the many features that Shimano built into their MTB version of their Di2 is the ability to use ...

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One Bike, All Conditions, Part I

One Bike, All Conditions, Part I

When I think about what makes a great road bike, I tend to like the same qualities on the flat, going up a hill or going down a hill. So long as the bike handles well and responds the way I want ...

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Wired for Sound

Wired for Sound

This past summer, as I was heading home from a mountain bike ride, I rolled into the bike lane from the park. As I pedaled I was digging some 1980s rock when a contractor’s white pickup ...

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Gotta Wear Shades

Gotta Wear Shades

Sunglasses don’t make us faster. Maybe that’s why few of us plunk down good money for performance eyewear. Add to that, we abuse them, lose them, scratch them and break them. Sometimes it’s hard ...

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Barrier to Entry, Part II

Barrier to Entry, Part II

You can do a lot with the right base layer, jersey and windbreaker, but they aren’t the sole answer for all conditions. Once temperatures drop into the 40s, I need more than thermal bibs ...

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Barrier to Entry, Part I

Barrier to Entry, Part I

Back in the 1980s when I went looking for clothing that would keep me warm as I tried to ride during my first New England winter, I simply put on four layers—two long-sleeve base layers, a ...

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The Gravel Slayer

The Gravel Slayer

At the point I center-punched the granite block I wouldn’t have admitted to you I was out of control. To admit such a thing would require me to even agree with that statement … or ...

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