How To Be Slow on a Mountain Bike

I watch mountain bike videos occasionally when I am supposed to be working. They are stunning, featuring people blasting down trails or flying through the air. While in the air, the riders twist their bikes this way and that, as if they wish to examine them from all angles before they land. Every few minutes …

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Review: Fulcrum Red Metal 29 XRP Wheels

I am a simple person. By that I mean that I am often easily impressed. Dangle a set of car keys in my face–or anything shiny really–and I’m likely to laugh and clap my hands. I’m that way with bike components as well. Show me some sweet anodized aluminum or crabon fribé (© BikeSnobNYC) and …

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Review: Tifosi Slope Glasses

As I have said before, I am a sunglasses freak. First of all, I dislike squinting because my face gets tired if I do it too long, and nobody likes having a tired face. Secondly, I have a fear of getting poked in the eye, probably because I jabbed myself in the eye with a …

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Shimano Unzen 6 Hydration Pack

Hang on a second, guys. I’m going to throw on my robe and pointy hat. There we go. Now I’m walking across the hallway to my special wizarding room. Yes, I’m lighting some candles now. What am I doing? Oh, I’m just about to gaze into my crystal ball. It contains the secrets of the …

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Shimano S70x Sunglasses Review

Let me just start by saying this: I am a sunglasses freak. I like to live a relaxed, stress-free lifestyle, and that goes for my eyeballs just as much as any other part of my body. I feel lucky to have good vision, and I want to make sure my eyeballs are still processing photons …

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Strava Creating BOM Award to Recognize Pricey Bikes

Strava announced this morning a few new additions to their popular GPS-enabled ride tracking software. The GPS-enabled application currently awards King or Queen of the Mountain (KOM or QOM for short) to the rider who records the fastest time on a prescribed section, or as Strava calls them, “segments.” Riders can see the fastest times …

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Why Cycling is the Greatest Sport

The clean lines. The beautiful features. The finest components in the land. The very sight of her fills a man with desire, and what could be better, I ask you, than throwing your leg over this fine specimen and giving her a vigorous workout? What am I talking about? Sex, of course. But bicycles are also …

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25 Awful Things that are Better Than Losing Your Fox 15QR Thru Axle Skewer

At the beginning of summer, I finally upgraded my bike to a Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29. There are a lot of little differences between it and my old bike, such as the new one isn’t a janky llama turd, but it also came with a fork that has a 15mm thru axle.Supposedly this makes my …

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Chrome District Backpack Review

Ive had a number of shoulder bags over the years, but Ive always wondered how those crazy roll-top backpack riders live. Thanks to a nasty wreck at the velodrome, my left collarbone is permanently sproinged off my scapula. The injury doesnt bother me too much, usually, but if I happen to have my laptop plus …

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Tifosi Podium Review

Its not often that I put on a pair of glasses and think wow. In fact, I dont think its ever happened before, and Im a guy who tends to spend a lot on fancy-pantsy eyewear. I have a pair for running, a pair for road rides, a pair for mountain rides, and two pairs …

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The Quest for the Rideable Berm

I have identified the biggest problem with my mountain bike riding: turning. Sure, I might also be slow on the climbs because, well, because I enjoy beer more than fitness, but typically when I crash its because I am attempting to change the bicycles direction. Thats why its so nice to come upon a turn …

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