August 2012

Premium Rush – Fixed Gear, Steel Frame, No Brakes

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“Brakes are Death” says Wilee, the main dude in this frenetic portrait of a NYC bike courier being pursed by a mad-as-a-hatter cliched corrupt NYPD cop who wants to wrest a wee slip of paper, destined for a drop-off across town, from him. It’s the sort of line you might expect from The Duke in, […]

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The Green Machine is Not the Most Efficient Thing in the Universe … But So What!

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You’ve probably heard the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. It applies to anything “free” actually, not just lunches. Even if you don’t pay for something yourself, there is still a price to be paid by someone, or a whole bunch of people, somewhere behind the scenes. Out of sight, out of […]

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2012 Wuling Cup – One High Mountain Test of (Cycling) Truth

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The silence of the mountains is unique. As a kid I grew up by the ocean, on the ocean. The ocean is restless, noisy, like a schizoid dog. Not so the mountain.  A bit like a cat, it sits, broods, and judges. Unlike a cat, though, it is a formidable beast. I have an ambivalent […]

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Facing the Great Mountain – A Training Ride to 3275m to Prepare for the Wuling Cup

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Everyone looks forward to this 55km and 2800m of elevation climb in central Taiwan. This is because they’ve largely forgotten how they felt at the finish the last time they did it The average gradient of around 6% sounds ok. But the numerous 12-15% sections along with the altitude soon take their toll. For many […]

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Schwalbe Road Tires: Lugano is Good; Blizzard was Fantastic

Schwalbe has recently announced an improved lineup of entry-level tires.  This is yet another example where more advanced technical features of the higher-end models migrate down to the cheaper end of the market in a number of brands. SRAM has done this with elements of the their higher-end gruppos trickling down to the lower-level offerings […]

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