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End Of An Era

Wow, so this is it, mechanical road shifting is basically over: Shimano’s recent launch of its next-generation Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 and Ultegra Di2 R8100 electronic road groupsets was bundled with a rather unexpected and especially bitter pill: the news that the much-beloved Ultegra mechanical was being discontinued. This is a big, big deal! For years, we've all... Continue Reading →

Fan Letters And Fanny Packs

This morning I headed out for a quick ride to the forbidding Trails Behind The Mall: I was clad head-to-toe in fancy clothing from Vulpine... ...right down to my socks: This sort of merino extravagance is the semi-professional bike blogger equivalent of attending the Met Gala in a dress bearing the phrase "Tax The Rich,"... Continue Reading →

Brake On Through To The Other Side

By way of concluding my tedious post-mortem on my Jones-themed vacation, I feel it is recumbent upon me to address the controversial subject of disc brakes--or, as Craigslist sellers call them, "dick breaks:" Yeah, yeah, I realize that says "Disk breaks" but the seller obviously made a typo. While disc brakes have only recently become... Continue Reading →

See Ya! [And New Outside Column!]

*** UPDATE: Whaddya know, Outside just published my latest column: TLDR; this city is a hole. *** Well, the end summer is nigh, which means it's time for my vacation--since I work so damn hard and all: Therefore, you can expect to see very little of me in the next two weeks, though I wouldn't... Continue Reading →

Like Water For Gravel

We're now living through what will soon be remembered as "peak gravel." Don't believe me? Well, not only are they pushing suspension forks for gravel bikes, but Campagnolo of all companies is also offering gravel-specific socks: I miss when Campagnolo used to be good at naming stuff. Chorus, Record, Athena...those names exuded class. Now we've... Continue Reading →

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