Posts by Category: Machine

An Afternoon With Zipp

This week I got a visit from Zipp’s head of marketing and media relations. He stopped by with examples of their new designs, in particular, the new Firecrest 808s and the carbon clincher ...

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Zipp 404 Wheels

Author’s note: I began a review of the Zipp 404s in late 2009. Along the way, I ran into a few issues with the wheel and took my time getting answers and assistance from Zipp. My mistake. ...

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Further Thoughts on Brakes

My recent post on barrel adjusters received some terrific and thoughtful responses. I also received a couple of e-mail responses that indicate some riders really give brake set-up some thought. ...

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The Return of Merlin

It is my firm belief that it is within the nature of men to covet things. To develop passions that steal our senses from us and cause us to do things like drive to Montreal by moonlight on a ...

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FSA K-Force Light Crank Set

For as long as I’ve been a cyclist, I’ve been gearing obsessed. Because speed is a function of gearing and cadence, and I liked speed, each of those numbers was as important to me as ...

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The Lowly Barrel Adjuster

For weeks I’ve been trying to remember which mechanic taught me the back door to proper brake set-up. By proper, what I mean is the way that I’ve come to appreciate as superior to all ...

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Nalini Mango Jacket

I have friends racing cyclocross who obsess about tires the way stoner college friends of mine obsessed about the best strains of pot. Neither of those do it for me. Similarly, there’s no ...

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An Afternoon With Cyfac

Any time a shop breaks the routine of business as usual, I get curious. It’s easy to put your head down and spend your days concerned with inventory turn, how many bikes were built and how ...

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Carbon Creations

A great many people I talk to about NAHBS speak almost exclusively of steel bikes built with lugs. To the degree that lugged steel bikes dominate what is displayed at the show, it’s not a ...

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NAHBS: Outliers

Some of my favorite bikes from this year’s NAHBS were items that clearly were not for sale. Don Walker has done a good job of courting companies that don’t seem the typical fit for ...

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