Posts by Category: Machine

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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Hitch Rack Meets Refinement

Hitch Rack Meets Refinement

Those early hitch racks were a lot like trunk racks: not terribly attractive. It was the same way with roof racks. It wasn’t until some time in the 1990s that roof racks became status ...

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The Cycling Cap, Improved

The Cycling Cap, Improved

I’m a fan of the cotton cycling cap. Even though jerseys that flutter in the wind and ankle socks are as fashionable as hoop skirts, the cotton cycling cap is no less stylish now than when ...

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The Fastest Rubber Yet?

The Fastest Rubber Yet?

Last fall I began riding two new tires from Vittoria. The venerable tire maker is now using graphene in their top-of-the-line Corsa tires. I’ve been riding the tubeless-ready 23mm Corsa ...

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Sea Otter Classic 2017, Part III

Sea Otter Classic 2017, Part III

That lead image is a bit odd, no? It requires a bit of explaining, and whatever you’re thinking it is, you are probably wrong. It is, in fact, the new waterproof sock from Showers Pass. ...

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