Total Recall

It seems like only just last week when we were discussing cranks, because it was, and of course the big news in bike parts is that Shimano is now recalling a shitload of them: I guess Ultra-Torque doesn't look so bad now, does it? ["In faccia, Shimano!"] But the problem isn't the whole Hollowtech II... Continue Reading →

Lock And Key

As the creator of the Chris King Headset Composite Index, I was dismayed to learn (several days after it was reported, I'm pretty checked out these days) that the Chris King headquarters has been robbed: I'm loath to even mention this, since last time I mentioned a stolen show bike I got in all kinds... Continue Reading →

One Tough Nut

Further to yesterday's post, my other Rivendell is an A. Homer Hilsen (there's a bumper sticker for you, Rivendell), and that too has evolved over the years, going from twee country rambler to slightly less twee urban workhorse: And no, I couldn't live with the orange pedals anymore: On Monday I mentioned how we're all... Continue Reading →

Stop Hitting Yourself

Over my 36 years of semi-professional bike blogging I've amassed tens if not dozens of loyal followers from all walks of life, from sports heroes: To scoundrels: Then there's Jeremy Vine: Frankly, I'm more worried about Jeremy than any of my other followers. I try not to look at Twitter, but every so often I... Continue Reading →

Shifting Into The Weekend

It's mid-September, and there's an autumn crispness in the air, like piercing the skin of an apple or cracking the binding on a new school textbook. Yes, this bracing sensation confirms what you already knew, which is that summer's over and you've got to start wearing pants again, which is kind of sad, but it... Continue Reading →

Gnashing Of Teeth

No matter how well something works, the bicycle industry seems determined to reinvent it. Consider the quick release, an utterly reliable component which allows you to attach and release a wheel in seconds that has now all but vanished from the performance bicycle, only to be replaced by the thru-axle...which for all practical purposes works... Continue Reading →

One Hand Washes The Other

Good morning. We've all had a lot of laughs here over the years, but it's important to stop every now and then and consider the less fortunate among us. Consider professional cyclist Lachlan Morton, who has been forced to undertake his outrĂ© publicity stunts endurance rides on a shitty disc brake Cannondale with a stupid... Continue Reading →

The Lure Of The Open Road

For the past week New York has been like a windowless bathroom after a hot shower, and from a cycling perspective the best way to cope with these conditions has been to wear athletic clothing while riding a bicycle on the road: When it comes to road bikes, it can sometimes seem as though there's... Continue Reading →

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