Posts by Category: Machine

Michelin Revamps Their Rubber

Michelin Revamps Their Rubber

A few weeks ago I received a heads-up that Michelin was about to unleash a whole new series of tires, called Power. They were going to ditch the Pro series of tires in favor of a new rubber ...

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Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Aluminum has an interesting history in cycling. Without it, we’d never have developed lightweight wheels, brakes, derailleurs, cranks, bars, stems and seatposts. So while our current crop ...

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Protection Made in Spain

Protection Made in Spain

I get a little suspicious when I read a review and the writer claims a product is so good it seems to disappear.  Something like, “The tires rolled so nice, I forgot I was on pavement” or “The ...

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On the Hoof

On the Hoof

I’m going to be honest. When Giro unleashed the Empire road shoe on the world, I wasn’t exactly sold. I commented to a friend at the time that, “We stopped using laces for a ...

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A Saddle With Wings

A Saddle With Wings

As technologies go, slotted saddles are relatively new. Basically, 20 years. In that time we’ve learned a lot about where pressure needs to be relieved, how long a channel can be helpful ...

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Hooked

Hooked

It’s hard to make a bike that does everything. If it’s great in the tight quarters of racing, it’s no good at carrying loads. And if it’s good at carrying loads, ...

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Practical Transportation

Practical Transportation

A couple of years ago I was asked to write about the bikes created by a bunch of toney design teams for the Oregon Manifest. My comments were pointed and not, shall we say, the warmest. I chafe ...

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Bootie-licious

Bootie-licious

The bootie is a piece of gear so essential to winter riding that my inability to locate a pair in my dresser has caused me to skip a ride on more than one occasion. Trying to explain to my wife ...

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Carbon for the Non-Race Set

Carbon for the Non-Race Set

Look Cycles deserves credit for being one of the first European manufacturers to see the promise of carbon fiber and do more than dabble in it with a model or two. Their first carbon frame was ...

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