Posts by Category: Machine

Ritchey Multi-Bit Torqkey

Ritchey Multi-Bit Torqkey

As happens on occasion, I’ll write a post and leave out a point I meant to make, some detail I thought of while out riding, and because I was riding, I couldn’t write it down. Back at ...

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Previewing Shimano’s XTR Di2

Previewing Shimano’s XTR Di2

Shimano can’t leave a good idea alone. If indexed shifting is good for road bikes, it must be good for mountain bikes. And if integrated control levers are good on expensive bikes, then ...

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Thule T2 Hitch-Mount Carrier

Thule T2 Hitch-Mount Carrier

After some memorable altercations between my car, roof racks and bikes that were, in most cases, not mine, I elected to start carrying bikes inside my car. This was long before Bill Clinton was ...

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Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40C Wheels

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40C Wheels

The first time I encountered Mavic’s sealed bearings, I was Campagnolo-owning snob working in a bike shop. In short, the worst sort. Historically, this population scores high for low ...

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Friday Group Ride #217

Friday Group Ride #217

We were talking about sub-$500 bikes, whether independent bike shops (IBDs) need more of them on their floors. How much business do IBDs lose to big box stores? Is that business they want? Is ...

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SPY Optic Frazier

SPY Optic Frazier

When I think about all the brands that made a splashy entrance to the world of cycling and then failed to capitalize on their promise, the list is longer than the credits at the end of a Peter ...

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Focus Izalco Max, Part II

Focus Izalco Max, Part II

Hangin’ around Focus offers the Izalco Max in several spec levels. At the top end there is the Izalco Max Team, which the AG2R team rides, a bike equipped with Campy Super Record and carbon ...

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