August 2011

Repairing Stripped Threads in BB Shell

A better title would be how to avoid stripping your BB shell’s frame. It’s always better to leave BB installation to those who have 1) the right tools and 2) experience in using the tools and experience with the process. A customer who obtained one of my ladies’ road frame through an internet reseller went […]

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Taipei Cycle design & innovation Awards

The inaugural d&i Awards will take place at the upcoming 2012 Taipei International Cycle Show due to run from March 7 to March 10 inclusive. On the Taiwan side this will be hosted by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBEA (Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association). Internationally this event will be run under the auspices […]

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2011 Mass Ascent of He Huan Shan

This year’s Never Stop永不放棄 challenge ride from Puli to Wuling (武嶺) at 3275m was the most popular ever. Somewhere in the order of 6700 cyclists and their support headed towards the pass beginning 5am Sunday. To get a better idea of what the climb is about, checkout this post from the 2010 edition of this event and […]

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Rim Manufacturing-Visit to Kinlin

Kinlin are not the biggest rim makers around but they certainly are a quality producer with customers that include Dahon, Giant, Ritchey, Reynolds, American Classic to name a few. I currently use their XR-200 rim for a wheelset that I put together two or so years ago which has proved to be very popular. This […]

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Al 7005 and Al 7046 Aluminum Alloy – What’s In the High-End Bicycle Frame Mix?

Al 7005 is the main alloy you’ll find in higher end bicycle frames. An alternative is Al 7046 which is 80% stronger and around 16% lighter. It costs more but not so much more as to make it not cost-effective to use it. Here’s what goes into these alloys in the various % proportions, what makes […]

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