Tag Archives: Shimano

Variations on a Theme

Much about professional cycling can be understood in terms of the Brady Bunch, that late ’60s, early ’70s television confection that taught a whole lot of us American types exactly ...

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The Venerable Bike Shop

San Francisco landmark American Cyclery A love of gear is an expansive love. And it’s not a love that blooms in isolation. It grows from our infatuation with an activity and the gear is nothing ...

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The Department of Goods

Back in the early ’90s I ran across a catalog for a Utah operation called Sierra Trading Post. It was the very first mail-order retailer I had run across selling closeout products from ...

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SRAM’s New Group: Apex

Twelve years ago the Sea Otter Classic was a collection of bike races with some industry friendliness thrown in. It is an unusual event in that it embraces nearly every discipline of bike racing ...

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Sampson Sports s5 Pedals

My first experience with Sampson products came back in 1987 when a coworker at the bike shop I worked at bought a Centurion Ironman spec’d with Sampson pedals. For those of you who don’t recall ...

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The Specialized Tarmac, Part II

The Tarmac’s massive tapered fork steerer requires a 1.5-inch lower bearing. After doing some group rides in which I knew the roads well, I ventured out to do some of the longer rides that ...

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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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