Posts by Category: Machine

Cervelo R3, Part II

The squoval tube shape takes some getting used to, at least, visually. My favorite bikes are of a piece. They’ve got sharp handling. They have enough stiffness in torsion that when I stand up at ...

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Cervelo R3, Part I

The world changed when the bike industry moved to carbon fiber for fabricating most high-end bicycle frames. The shifts were myriad. Many of the bigger companies began employing engineers for the ...

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Hincapie Arenberg Warmers

I need to level with you. I take a very skeptical view of most arm/leg/knee warmers. Even though I wear arm warmers for a good nine months of each year (people have no clue how cool the South Bay ...

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Hibros Presport Warming Cream

On a couple of occasions in my life I’ve seen old-school soigneurs in action, up close. Their pre-race rituals are impressive less for what they are than what they betray about consistent ...

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Chris King

The headset pictured above was manufactured the year Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. The year the U.S. celebrated its bicentennial. The year Frampton Comes Alive! was ...

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Easton EC90 SL

The carbon fiber clincher is a problem child. It shows flashes of brilliance, can be faster than a power outage and melts down under high stress or when taken out of its preferred environment. ...

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Specialized Tarmac SL3, Part II

Before I jump too far into the second half of this review, I need to mention that the bike as shown here was shot after I’d put a good 2000 miles on it. Normally, I shoot bikes as soon as I get ...

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Specialized Tarmac SL3, Part I

First, a brief note on why this review is hitting as the new Tarmac SL4 is being released. I began riding this bike in July for a review that ran on Map My Ride’s site. The reviews I penned ...

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