Tag Archives: disc brakes

Mass Extinction

Mass Extinction

The Union Cycliste Internationale has just greenlighted the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton for the 2016 season. This is arguably the single biggest technological change in the pro peloton ...

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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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Friday Group Ride #264

Friday Group Ride #264

At my  day job, I spend a fair amount of time discussing the merits of emerging technologies with customers putting together their dream bikes. Electronic shifting, disc brakes, thru-axles, these ...

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The Giant TCX SLR 1

The Giant TCX SLR 1

As I rounded the bend in the trail, I noticed the singletrack tilt upward at an angle that was going to require a compromise of some sort. The intersection of that grade, a 36×28 low gear ...

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Friday Group Ride #240

Friday Group Ride #240

I am, despite whatever lingering swash-buckling notions of myself I still might harbor, a serial monogamist. I had two high school girlfriends. I had three in college. The last became my wife. ...

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Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Two years ago, while on a ride that took in some of Malibu’s most fearsome descents, I had a conversation with a product manager from one of the big three bike companies. The occasion for ...

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Friday Group Ride #236

Friday Group Ride #236

I live in a bubble. There’s no doubt about that. Working for a custom bike builder means I see a LOT of custom bikes, not only ours but lots of others, too. It’s almost all I look at, ...

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Friday Group Ride #203

Friday Group Ride #203

I was on the phone with some folks at a bike shop today, and they asked what I thought would happen with disc brakes for road bikes. This happens to be a sore subject for me, and not because I ...

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Friday Group Ride #142

The bike industry has this funny habit of trying to sell me things I’m not sure I need. It is all change, all the time, and the trick of it is that some of the change is good and some of it ...

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