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Mountain Cycle San Andreas Redux

I am more than amused about my thinking at the time. Why?

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To the fuckwit who called me a dickhead; Or entitlement and mountain biking do not mix.

I called him out on not being sharp enough, and his response was to be rude.

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Talking the 9 Speed drivetrain

What better way to mark a sporadic comeback to writing about bikes, than to write about something totally foreign to many in this, the age of 12x gearing.

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Data Overload.

I had a new lust… a gleaming new Polar ‘device’ that is due out, the V650. A long time fan of Polar, as their HR kit is some of the best going, so the idea of bundling that with a good GPS and barometric elevation tracker was too good to be true. Bliss! Then I thought about it. The past few months has seen me back on the bike in anger. ‘Winter’ was a write off, three months of being constantly sick wiped out any form of riding, so when I finally got back to riding, I said to myself…

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Fold That tub!

“35 years on tubulars and I’ve never seen one folded the way you did. Share with us the techniques, please?”

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SIT – Sprint Interval Training

I, like many out there, have been riding for far too long and have always worked to the accepted basics of mileage establishes base fitness and targeted sessions build strength etc. etc. Nowhere, in all those years, did I ever hear or read anyone saying sure, 2 minutes a session is all you need.

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Pivot Point

Quite literally when this frame, a pre-production sample, was being welded up, frames for 27.5″ were already in production. That meant at least a year and a half prior, the ‘industry’ had already decided that the 26″ wheel was dead.

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Cycling with diabetes – an exercise in calories

Cycling with diabetes, with cycling being an aerobic activity and all, is high on the list of activities that don’t play nicely together.

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Wrapping bar tape – MTB edition

To all those young spuds out there, you probably have never known anything other than ‘grips’, regardless of the shape or form. But back in the early to mid 90’s when mountain biking was making its mark, using bar tape on your bars was not unheard of.

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Wrapping bar tape – a guide

I thought I’d add my tuppence with this photo sequence of how I wrap mine…

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How To Tidy Cabling

G’s Note: This is NOT one of the articles that I have written, rather it was penned by my friend Rich. Rich wrote some great ‘how to’s’ for the old company blog, so I’ve put it here rather than loosing it to the ether of time and space. A little while back, my good lady wife’s bike was in need of a spring clean so I took the opportunity to finally cover something I’ve been meaning to do for ages – cables. But this is not so much a ‘how to setup and tune your brakes and gears’ and more like…

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Bicycle design… is boring

Bicycle ‘design’ is boring and I mean both in terms of visual appeal and in terms of design and designing…

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Enclosed Ecosystems

Does the bike world need another half baked ‘standard’?

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40 Minutes

The crisp, fresh smell in the air, the early morning light and knowing that the chance of bumping into any of the interstate interlopers I saw heading in with bikes strapped to their cars would be nowhere in sight.

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Road Raging

Lately there has been a lot of hoopla about the supposed war going on between ‘cyclists’ and drivers…

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Bike Shops

Now this might come as a shock to some retailers but I have a theory about just why you might be loosing business. The theory is simple and goes something like this – you suck.

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