Posts by Category: Machine

Investigation

Investigation

A big piece of reviewing gear is being on it long enough to forget that you’re on it. That sounds like a stew of hippy-dippy doublespeak, self-delusion and unrefined BS. Trust me, I know it ...

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The Power to Impress

The Power to Impress

We have reached an era in road bikes where there is very little to differentiate between road bikes. The worst carbon fiber production road bike out there is a pretty darn good bike. The biggest ...

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Two By Two

Two By Two

In the early 2000s I despaired of bike racks. There had been a proliferation of racks that allowed you to leave both wheels on the bike and an arm swung up and clamped the down tube. Fine for ...

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Friday Group Ride #365

Friday Group Ride #365

I was having dinner with some industry people, a small bowl of fried pig’s ears in front of me, a plate of clams. Then one of them used the phrase “spec drift fatigue.” I nearly ...

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Just Add Power

Just Add Power

I am to disciplined training what politicians are to humor. My intersections with it at this stage of my life are almost entirely accidental. I ride as much as I’m able, but unless ...

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So Wrong It’s Right

So Wrong It’s Right

We say not to judge a book by its cover. It’s an admonition not to jump to a conclusion, or several of them. I’ve learned not to do that with shifting systems, tires, helmets and, ...

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Remarkable: a First Ride

Remarkable: a First Ride

Since the announcement of the launch of Allied Cycle Works I’ve been wondering the same thing everyone else has. Just how good are the bikes? Based on the information I had, knowing the ...

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Same Reliability, Less Weight

Same Reliability, Less Weight

Buying wheels as a set has become a given. That’s a relatively recent phenomenon. And back when I built wheels from scratch, one of the best choices you could make was to use Mavic hubs and ...

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When Same Isn’t Same

When Same Isn’t Same

When it comes to saddles, I have a bunch of go-tos. There are saddles I know will work, provided I set them up properly. The Fi’zi:k Aliante and Antares, and the Specialized Romin and Toupé ...

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The Fall-Line Guy

The Fall-Line Guy

Last year my cohort Fatty interviewed the now-former Editor-in-Chief of Bicycling, Bill Strickland, for the Fattycast. In the interview, Strickland revealed that he had trimmed his stable to just ...

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