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Steel Bike Weighing 9.6 lbs More Than Titanium BIke Climbs Just As Well!

Bicycle Quarterly

Did I get your attention with that headline? It was inspired by an article I read in the most recent issue of Bicycle Quarterly, a fantastic, niche magazine published by Jan Heine. In this issue, Jan tested a titanium bike

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Worn Bicycle Chain and Cassette

Checking for chain wear

Question of the week: “This past May I bought a hybrid bike. Now, at 2300 miles, I already need a new cassette. The bike shop said it’s all the miles I put in. How many miles can a cassette take?”

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Lugged Frame or TIG-ed frame?

A head tube lug

By default, the bicycles shown on my site are TIG welded. Even though you may see this kind of construction almost exclusively these days on both steel and aluminum frames, you may not have know what it’s called. Here’s a

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A Reader Asks: “How narrow a tire should I use to get a benefit from lower rolling resistance?”

Tire Contact Patch

Tires are one of the most fascinating aspects of the bicycle. They can make or break the comfort and efficiency of the ride. Common sense used to have it that the narrower the tire was and the higher the pressure

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Handlebars for women

A great handlebar for women.

“I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE my new Gale Force.  I’ve done several shorter rides (16 mi to 30 mi) and it fits like a glove!!  My back and hands are better than they have ever

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Short Reach Brakes versus Long Reach Brakes

Short reach brakes and long reach brakes.

The best part of designing bikes is coming up with solutions. Often this comes about from an offhand comment from a rider. When I hear it, I realize I can bring more to the bicycle design than either of us

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Does a Small Front Wheel on a Bicycle Make You a Slow Rider?

1987 Terry Despatch

One question I commonly hear is “Will I go slower on a bike with a small front wheel?” The quick answer is “no”. Suppose we have two identical bikes, one with a 24″ front wheel and a 700c rear wheel

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What Size 24″ bike tire do I need?

Tires

I get lots of questions about understanding and sourcing 24″ tires and tubes. We use this size on our smaller bikes. Here’s all you ever wanted to know about the 24″ size. And if it’s not — leave a comment

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Gobsmacked! Weight and rotational inertia!

I’m “gobsmacked”, as the Brits would say. A few weeks ago, I took a week off to ride my bike. In place of my Coto Doñana Tour, I rode a vintage lightweight steel bike with 650c wheels. For this trip,

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650c Wheels – A Little Bit of History

A few weeks ago, a friend dumped a pile of old cycling magazines on my doorstep. Two articles I read about 650 wheels were quite fascinating and I think provide some insight into our perception of 650 today. When they

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