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Product Testing 101

Product Testing 101

Jon looks at me straight-faced and asks “don’t they have test dummies”? Well, clearly the answer is yes …but unfortunately I am one of them. The good people at Pearl Izumi are pretty relentless in their quest to bring the most durable cycling clothing to market and they also understand that fabric performance is paramount if you ...

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The Sticky Stuff

The Sticky Stuff

So I was away for a week …on a cruise with my lovely partner’s family. I might write about that one day …I might not. Although this is not the right forum for talking about “cruising” I do have one thing to say. There is a lot, really a lot of food. As a cyclist in the height of the season I can only wish that the ship’s buffet was ...

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Turning Rims into Wheels

Turning Rims into Wheels

I am just glad that Eric, who is a mechanic and knows about these things, was as taken with the idea of wooden rims as I was. He offered/I badgered him to help me calculate the spoke lengths needed to turn these rims into wheels. Easier said than done as there is no hey-let’s-Google-the-rim-diameter to be done. An hour of finagling, educated ...

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Art Meets Function

Here they are! Probably the most fitting place to start turning these rims into wheels is in my basement. They are hanging from the old floor joists with the stone foundation in the background. I think Giovanni would feel ok about this. I bought the rims raw so before they can be built they need to be finished. They are pictured here one coat ...

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Ghisallo Wooden Rims

Ghisallo Wooden Rims

I gesticulate haphazardly at the scrap of paper in my hand. The woman behind the desk of the Italian cycling museum by the Madonna del Ghisallo responds in broken English. Apparently, Cerchi Ghisallo is just down the street. I am not sure that I am getting it all but she seems to be saying that we need to go to the auto-mechanic just down the ...

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In Italy, it’s not all abut the bike

In Italy, it’s not all abut the bike

First in a series by Kieran Andrews originally published in 2011 for the Peterborough Cycling Club. I hate to say it but Armstrong was right (really, it pains me). It is not about the bike. Well, not all of it anyway. You see, we went to Italy with a group of local riders to cycle the high passes of the Dolomites and the historic climbs of ...

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Another First

Another First

Twelve years old to the day, I was. My knees weren’t banging off my chin just yet but they were getting close. The trusty CCM Pursuit 5 that I ventured farther and farther from home on was slowly shrinking beneath me. At day’s end (actually, I don’t remember exactly how this part went down so I am making it up) as my Dad came home from ...

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Cafe Legs

Cafe Legs

#yellowlinekieran The term comes to mind today because I just experienced about the worst case of Cafe Legs I have ever had. In use you might hear something like, “Dude, I can’t stop at the Pastry Peddler again. Last time we did that I got wicked Cafe Legs. Man, I almost had to crawl up Prison Hill.” …This statement is purely in jest, ...

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