Category Archives: Equipment & Parts

Taming a Noisy Tacx Genius Trainer

This winter I noticed my Tacx Genius growing louder and louder until it eventually became such a nuisance that I contacted Tacx support.  As it turns out, Tacx trainers have a tendency to become very loud over time.  The trainer’s … Continue reading

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Road Shoe Shootout!

In an effort to find the perfect cycling slipper, I’ve tested a few recently and figured I’d share the experience. Of course, shoes are highly subjective to the foot occupying them so I’ll try to keep an empirical tone. Tested … Continue reading

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She’s Not Wasted! … An Addict Emerges From Rehab

Trying not to go too much into detail but the Addict SL frameset that I rode throughout Europe for several years turned up stateside with a crack in the seat tube, originating from the front derailleur tab. It sat in … Continue reading

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Specialized S-Works Shoe Review

I determined that my Sidi’s were not going to last another season and thought the S-Works would be a nice return to innocence. After all, the Specialized “Pro” model from 2000 was my first real road biking shoe. Around the … Continue reading

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The Addict is Dead. Long Live the Addict.

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Sobering Diagnosis for the Addict

This fall I noticed a small crack starting from the front derailleur tab on my Addict SL. Immediately following the “this isn’t cool” moment, I tried to be optimistic… “it’s just the clear coat” I tried to convince myself. It’s … Continue reading

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Hiding in the Woods

Since I’m temporarily homeless now that I’ve arrived in the USA, I’ve decided to lay low until I know where I’ll eventually end up. The jury is still out. In the meantime, there is some mountain biking to summon. Of … Continue reading

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Garage Archeological Dig Discovery: Schwinn Homegrown Limited

After being away for sometime, I ventured into my parent’s garage and noticed a bike lodged between a lawnmower, an outboard motor, and a decommissioned wood stove… my old mountain bike. It’s been remarkably preserved in the second millennium catacomb … Continue reading

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Some New Climbing Gear… (Reynolds, MCFK, Veloflex)

My Reynolds clinchers seem to get stage fright as soon as I hit the “register” button for any bike event. This time was no different with the DT240s freehub body imploding after a long climb the day after registering for … Continue reading

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New Wheelset Arrives: 2011 Reynolds Forty-Six

After my DV46C UL’s had a little melt down, I was able to choose between another set or wait 1 month for the 2011 Forty-Six. I had only spotted a few photos from Euro-Bike at the time and specs were … Continue reading

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The 25€ City Bike

My GF was wishing for a city bike the other day and perused the ‘for sale’ listings when she came across one that fit our criteria: rideable, charming, cheap. We came across this 1977 Triumph TrafficMaster made by Raleigh with … Continue reading

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Guests with Bikes are Best

At least I know there is room for more bikes if I decide to get a MTB. This is actually an older replacement for the bike that got stolen last week. Luckily, security is much tighter on my balcony than … Continue reading

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Race Preparation…

I’ve decided to enter my first event here in France. Of course, my registration was right around the time of my VumaQuad chainring turning egg-shaped. But thankfully a replacement arrived today and after only 2 rides in 2 weeks, I … Continue reading

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This is What it’s Like… The 53T Hilly Century Ride… On Purpose.

Since my new 39T Zipp chainring won’t be arriving until next week and the current one is completely out-of-order, and because I have absolutely no front brakes… Really, I should just be holding tight, waiting for the new products to … Continue reading

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Another One For The Fail Tag

So after my Reynolds front wheel lost its ability to brake, I contacted the warranty who are apparently caught up in all the fall trade-shows showing off their more durable heat-resistant rim surface so they won’t get back to me … Continue reading

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RIP, Reynolds DV46C UL

Looks as though my front wheel has seen it’s last ride. Although only 100 days span between it’s first frisky ride to its final frolic in France, it lived the high life that many wheels dream of. It will be … Continue reading

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New Gear, Summer Riding (Finally)

It’s been a while since my last post and even with a week off in May and crazy rain all month (worst flooding in 100 years), I still somehow managed to fit in 10 century rides in May. Don’t ask … Continue reading

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The Century Ride That Went To The Dogs

A very attractive nurse held a squirt bottle… It was…
very dirty. … the hand, the hand… geez, what did you think I meant? Continue reading

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