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Posts Tagged ‘ components ’

Bar End Shifters

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February 6, 2013
Bar End Shifters

When I was drafting up the specifications for my dream tourer I had pretty set ideas for just about everything I wanted on it – a threaded quill stem, a square-taper bottom bracket, quill pedals, a decaleur to help support a boxy French randonneuring handlebar bag, in short all the usual accoutrements one would...
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When Less is More

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December 15, 2012
When Less is More

I see in the news where Italian components maker Tiso has come up with prototypes of a 12-speed drivetrain with wireless electronic shifting. I would almost have thought the news release was some kind of gag, but there was no April First dateline and although the accompanying video was rather crude, as was the...
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Leather Bar Tape

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October 1, 2012
Leather Bar Tape

Bar tape (for those of us on drop bars) is another of those idiosyncratic components on a bicycle, with everyone having their own preferences for look, colour and style, comfort and feel. Handlebars are a contact point and, as with saddles and pedals, we know what we like and what works for us –...
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Pie Plates in the Mountains

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September 12, 2012
Pie Plates in the Mountains

Encouraging news for those of us who like triples and more generously geared rear sprockets on our bicycles: it seems Alberto Contador the winner of this year’s Vuelta rode much of the course with an 11-28 rear cassette on his bicycle and even used an 11-32 cassette on one of the steeper mountain stages...
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Electronic Shifting?

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July 14, 2012
Electronic Shifting?

E.B. White wrote many a brilliant essay, but one of my favourites of his was called Farewell My Lovely,about the passing of the venerable Ford Model-T which had formed so much a part of his, and the 20thcentury’s, youth. The essay appeared in The New Yorker, in May 1936, but has been republished a number of...
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A Round Three Dozen

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June 14, 2012
A Round Three Dozen

There was a time, and not all that many years ago either, when your standard bicycle wheel had thirty-six spokes laced in the time-honoured three-cross pattern – the main exception being here in Great Britain where bicycles used for touring typically had forty spokes on the rear wheel and thirty-six up front. Even amongst...
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Lugged Stems

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May 22, 2012
Lugged Stems

Whenever I take my Pegoretti out for a spin two thoughts always go through my head: a.) how incredibly lucky I am to possess such a bicycle and b.) the notion that I am pedalling down the street on a work of Italian fine art; a kinetic sculpture in Columbus Spirit tubing, a lovely...
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Three’s The Charm

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March 28, 2012
Three’s The Charm

Henri Desgrange, the stubborn, dictatorial founder of the Tour de France, was famously scornful of variable gears on bicycles, seeing them as a sign of weakness in body and character and for many years – as long as he was in charge of the event – he forbade the use of derailleurs in the...
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