Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cascade 1200: This Year’s Big Ride

Last weekend, I rode in the Cascade 1200 km brevet. I like to make one ride every year my “main goal” – a ride for which I train, around which I plan my calendar, a ride that is special. This … Continue reading

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New Products: Stainless Crowns and Connector-Less Wide-Body Hubs

We are excited about a number of new products that are now available. They have been in development for a while, and we think they were worth the wait! We really like the SON Delux “Wide-Body” generator hubs. The wider … Continue reading

Posted in Components, Framebuilding supplies, Lighting, Product News | 3 Comments

Summer 2012 issue of Bicycle Quarterly magazine

If there is one single topic that summarizes Bicycle Quarterly, it is the search for the best solutions. The Summer 2012 issue focuses on the “ultimate” bicycles. Note the plural form: There seem to be as many “ultimate” bikes as … Continue reading

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René Herse Cranks Sold Out

The first production run of the new René Herse cranks has sold out. Reports from users have been very positive. The cranks work well with current 10-speed drivetrains, as well as classic setups with 5-9 cogs in the rear. The … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly: Performance of Tires

Perhaps the most influential topic in Bicycle Quarterly has been our research on the resistance of tires, first published in Vol 5, No. 1 (above). It is not a coincidence that 5 years after that issue was published, professional racers … Continue reading

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New Dura-Ace: Inspired by Classic Technology?

A few days ago Shimano presented their new Dura-Ace group. Many reports focused on Shimano finally matching Campagnolo with 11-speed rear cassettes. To me, other features are more significant: The group reintroduces a lot of classic technology. Look at the … Continue reading

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Preventing Flat Tires: One Year of Tire Wipers

Supple tires with relatively thin tread greatly contribute to the joys of cycling. They roll much faster and are more comfortable. However, they also tend to be more prone to punctures. On the other hand, “flat-resistant” tires are harsh and … Continue reading

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Cyclotourist Magazine: The History of Randonneuring

Yesterday’s mail brought a nice surprise: the May issue of the Japanese magazine Cyclotourist, with an article I wrote about the history of randonneuring and of randonneur bicycles in France. Unfortunately, I don’t read Japanese, but from what I can … Continue reading

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