Posts by Category: Machine

Power by Pioneer

Power by Pioneer

That could have been the tag line for a line of stereo amplifiers in the 1970s, when Pioneer was one of the kings of the home audio market. How times change. If you’d asked me to guess who ...

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Primal Aro Evo Kit

Primal Aro Evo Kit

For ages, Primal Wear’s clothing was produced in San Luis Obispo by Voler. Given how bad so many lines were in the mid to late 1990s, that was a pretty terrific thing. Relative to the ...

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The Real World Solution

The Real World Solution

I used to build a lot of wheels. It’s something I really miss, but in life if you choose to be a great wheel builder you must renounce all other ambitions. I had many ambitions, but being a ...

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Friday Group Ride #290

Friday Group Ride #290

It’s a call I get too often. “Someone broke into my garage and stole all my bikes,” he said. Starting over. He’d lost a Madone of some stripe, a custom Davidson from way ...

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Connex Chain Tool

Connex Chain Tool

When it comes to wrenching, I know my limitations. Changing brake pads, swapping cassettes, tubeless tires, new cables, a fresh wrap of bar tape; I can handle those jobs. A wheel slightly out of ...

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Coolness from Chico

Coolness from Chico

I’ve been eyeing components made by Chico-based Paul Components since even before I went to NAHBS the first time. At this point, I’ve been seeing proprietor Paul Rice’s designs ...

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Friday Group Ride #289

Friday Group Ride #289

There this guy I see. We have opposite commutes, so as I’m flying down the hill, he’s grinding up. He’s a heavy-set guy, not fat, but barrel-chested and substantial. He’s ...

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Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

With 20 years of hindsight at my disposal, I’ve come to a realization. Tandems are a bit like God. Either you believe in them, or you don’t. Either you appreciate the intimate ...

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