July 27, 2019

Early mountain bike were relatively a limited evolution of touring and cyclo-cross bikes of the same era with few modifications mainly:

  • 26” wheels with bigger knobby tires

  • Cantilever brakes adopted from cyclo-cross and touring bikes

  • Triple cranksets with g...

July 4, 2019

1980: I am getting close to turning 18 and finishing high school, having outgrown the first quality bike I bought when I turned 13 (a 53cm Pink Mercier “service course” with the best of French racing equipment of the time Stronglight 105bis, Simplex SLJ, Maillard, Mafa...

May 23, 2018

Titanium Frame + 650Bx35mm + Selle Anatomica = Flying Carpet?

One of the things I very much enjoy is to rethink a vintage bike and turn it into something new and exciting that the original manufacturer did not intend…

Titanium bikes have a special place in my heart.  It...

April 22, 2018

With carbon wheels users now have many more choices: regular spoked wheels come in a variety of rim depths (from 20mm, 24mm, 30mm, 38mm, 50mm, 60mm, 88mm), but there are also rims with solid carbon spokes (5,3, even 2!) and of course full carbon disk wheels), so which...

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