Posts by Category: Machine

The Specialized Roubaix, Part II

The flowing lines of the Specialized Roubaix are accentuated by striking graphics. It’s only natural that a bike meant for longer days would be designed to eat vibration the way a whale sucks ...

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The Specialized Roubaix

When Specialized introduced the Roubaix in 2004, it was the first bike on the market to combine top-of-the-line carbon fiber construction with a more relaxed geometry aimed at riders doing ...

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The Assos intermediateEVO Jacket

Long sleeves are as inevitable a part of my cycling life as chamois cream. I may not need them for every single ride, but more often than not, my arms are covered. That may seem an odd statement ...

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Did LeMond Languish?

Greg LeMond is suing the Trek corporation because he claims the company didn’t exert its best efforts to promote his brand. Whether or not LeMond turns the suit into a referendum on all things ...

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Fi’zi:k Antares Saddle

As I mounted Fi’zi:k’s newest saddle on the seatpost of my bike, I tried to take it in. It wasn’t as flat fore-aft as their ultra-popular Arione, nor as curvy as my favorite, the Aliante. It was ...

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Blackburn Flea Light Combo

When Jim Blackburn started his eponymous company in 1975, his mission was to create lighweight pannier racks welded from aluminum. They were, for their day, very hi-tech. By 1987, when I bought ...

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A Study in Geometry

To the degree that this site might struggle to find a broad readership within cycling, I take full responsibility. I can geek out on aspects of equipment that some cyclists couldn’t care less ...

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Zipp SL145 Stem: Update

When I reviewed the Zipp SL145 previously I noted its steller performance. It’s stiff like a belt of Scotch and light enough to keep weight weenies quiet. However, it was not without flaw. ...

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Road Feel

I’ve ridden dozens of frames made from each of the four frame materials. In the case of steel and carbon fiber, it’s more than three dozen of each. There’s a reason why carbon fiber is king these ...

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Interbike: Day 3

Multiply one guy by three days by more than 100 exhibitors who rank somewhere between curious and fascinating and the result is a negative number. The show really can’t be fully digested ...

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