Posts by Category: Machine

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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Focus Izalco Max, Part I

Focus Izalco Max, Part I

For Part I, go here. Imagine for a moment that you work for a big bike company. Your job is to develop a new road bike for the market, something that will be ridden by professionals in the ...

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The Sea Otter Classic, ’14

The Sea Otter Classic, ’14

I attended the Sea Otter Classic despite a complete lack of interest on the part of the organizers to have the media actually report on the experience of riding their events. Seems to me it would ...

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