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Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Welcome back. God, I can relate. Two Marches back, while in some of the best shape I’d had in a decade, I went down hard, blowing my elbow apart. Eight hours of surgery, three plates and about 16 screws later, I was taking the first steps on the long road… »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. I’ve found myself increasingly riding alone and shirking the weekend group rides. Probably just the result of dealing with the same folks on the same loop through the Spring and Summer months and needing a break, but there’s something about the solitude o… »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. @cantona Time. Everything’s made in their factory outside Lyon. »

  2. @Gianni Roland was inspired by the slotted chainstays of the Masi’s from the 1970s. He said in a vacuum the stays (which are sleeved, filted, and then filed down) are stiffer than non-Ossobucco stays. But, in his words, “Once you weld them into a triangle… »

  3. I wholeheartedly agree, though I am agnostic on material choice. My Time VXR is every bit as excellent as some of my custom steel bikes. That being said, something about custom steel from experienced hands, especially when he talks you into boring some ho… »

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

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  1. @john Sean Kelly never rode for Team Z, that’s Millar. »