Posts by Category: Machine

The RKP Secret Weapon

  Last winter I placed an order with Panache for some thermal bibs emblazoned with the RKP logo. You may also recall the review I did of the Castelli Claudio Bibs in which I mentioned that ...

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Assos Zegho Eye Protection

Some things in this world are inevitable. Baby-kissing politicians, people going “aw” at pictures of baby animals and Assos introducing its own line of ultra-premium (and expensive) ...

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Selle Royal Contour

Nostalgia isn’t a bad thing. And not all old things are obsolete. Take the ’68 Ford Mustang. If Ford started rolling those off the assembly line tomorrow, I’m sure there would be a line out the ...

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The Studio

One of my favorite studios is Velosmith in Wilmette, Illinois. I’ve always been a nut for great retail operations. In junior high it was hobby shops. High school and college was music ...

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Friday Group Ride #90

After flogging my road bikes around town all summer and early fall, the change in the weather has me thinking about the perfect everyday bike. Of course, where you live has a lot to do with what ...

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Focus Izalco Pro, Part II

Read Part I here. On a detail-by-detail basis the Izalco is perhaps one of the more unusual bikes I’ve ever seen. All of the cables (except for the front brake) are routed internally. The ...

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Focus Izalco Pro, Part I

Focus is one of those bike brands that has fascinated me since they first appeared on my radar five or so years ago. The company is more than 15 years old and was started by a German PRO mountain ...

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The Spy Alpha

I got quite the shock this past summer when I noticed during a visit to Giro’s web site that all the eyewear was gone, save a few pair of goggles. Specialized dittoed around the same time. ...

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No-Drop Zone REI Mini-Tour

    October is turning out to be a busy month for me. The outdoor retailer REI has graciously offered to do a series of talks and signings centered around my new book “The No-Drop ...

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