Posts by Category: Machine

Giro Filter

In the last year the MBAs on Wall Street have fed us a number of interesting stories followed by dire predictions for increased disaster should we insist on continuing our wayward course. They ...

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The Crucible: Tarmac vs. Roubaix

The final switchbacks of Malibu’s Decker Canyon Road After months of riding on both the Roubaix and the Tarmac SL I was dismayed. I had yet to determine a preference relative to my own ...

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The Specialized Tarmac, Part II

The Tarmac’s massive tapered fork steerer requires a 1.5-inch lower bearing. After doing some group rides in which I knew the roads well, I ventured out to do some of the longer rides that ...

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The Specialized Tarmac

The Tarmac SL, the bike that won the green jersey at the Tour de France. I’ve worked in the bike industry for more than 20 years. In that time, I’ve had more exposure to Specialized than any ...

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The Specialized Roubaix, Part II

The flowing lines of the Specialized Roubaix are accentuated by striking graphics. It’s only natural that a bike meant for longer days would be designed to eat vibration the way a whale sucks ...

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The Specialized Roubaix

When Specialized introduced the Roubaix in 2004, it was the first bike on the market to combine top-of-the-line carbon fiber construction with a more relaxed geometry aimed at riders doing ...

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The Assos intermediateEVO Jacket

Long sleeves are as inevitable a part of my cycling life as chamois cream. I may not need them for every single ride, but more often than not, my arms are covered. That may seem an odd statement ...

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Did LeMond Languish?

Greg LeMond is suing the Trek corporation because he claims the company didn’t exert its best efforts to promote his brand. Whether or not LeMond turns the suit into a referendum on all things ...

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Fi’zi:k Antares Saddle

As I mounted Fi’zi:k’s newest saddle on the seatpost of my bike, I tried to take it in. It wasn’t as flat fore-aft as their ultra-popular Arione, nor as curvy as my favorite, the Aliante. It was ...

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Blackburn Flea Light Combo

When Jim Blackburn started his eponymous company in 1975, his mission was to create lighweight pannier racks welded from aluminum. They were, for their day, very hi-tech. By 1987, when I bought ...

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