CyclingTips U.S. technical editor James Huang
  • Gustavo Cinci

    Excellent Piece, and we as readers expect nothing less. Been reading you for a long time and the Angry Asian fits you well, in quite a positive role. I can see that little by little cyclingtips has increased its viewership share, adding a new avenue of top-standard cycling news source. Plus, with the recent hires (mr huang, rogers, etc), cyclingnews might be getting nervous. Now you need to convince Mr Delaney to join and the whole crew will be more or less back together, but in a most powerful iteration. Keep up the awesome work.

  • olmowebb

    Looking forward to your write ups James. I always enjoyed your work on Bike Radar, you always seem honest, critical, and articulate. Would love to continue to see unique bike projects by smaller builders. Cheers.

    • James Huang

      I’ve got a few in mind already :)

  • Jordan Hukee

    Congrats James and I look forward to reading more!

  • AC

    Excellent introduction. Can’t wait to read some reviews.

  • RayG

    Shall we have a game of Huangism Bingo?

    • James Huang

      Are there prizes for me, too?

      • RayG

        Wouldn’t that be “literary doping”?

        • James Huang

          I would think probably more like insider trading, no?

  • Kellen Hassell

    fantastic piece. looking forward to the continuation & expansion of what’s been great here on CT! Thanks!

  • jules

    “What makes us all utterly insane and distinctly unhappy, however, is when our bikes distract us from the riding.”

    ok then explain power meters

    • James Huang

      No one said you had to keep looking at that field on your computer, you know ;)

      • jules

        I’m not looking at the numbers, I’m looking at the stupid thing that keeps dropping out and getting angry :)

        • James Huang

          Well then stop coasting so much :)

    • Sam Young

      Stages life

      • jules


        • 900Aero

          Turn it off, take it off, tune in.

  • VT3

    “…even the best thing can always be better” – indeed. You just add bacon. Welcome James. Best of luck with getting the Aussie humour. Took me bluddy ages.

  • spartacus

    Great intro piece James, I’m really looking forward to reading your work here. This line “It’s the reason we … return to work on Mondays more physically exhausted than when we left the previous Friday” rings so true.

    I’m going to throw out a challenge to you as well. As you know, with tech reviews there is always a small but vocal minority who seem utterly convinced that it is all a conspiracy by which “evil bike manufacturing corporations” (lol – usually it’s a couple of engineering grads in a shed, but anyway) buy-off reviewers to give over spruiked write-ups (it is endlessly ironic that those commentators are very often not actually in the market for the product in question). Matt and Wade have done a noble job at CT in responding to those comments by relentlessly pointing out that the reviews aren’t paid for and are not actually overwhelmingly positive. But here’s the rub for you James – you used to work for a website where some of the reviews (not under your byline, I might add) were transparently reprints of manufacturers’ press releases and so criticisms were justified. I suspect you may suffer some personal “brand taint” by association and so it may be worth you deliberately sequencing early into the cycle some of your less favourable reviews in order to dispel that up-front.

    • James Huang

      Yep, I absolutely agree that for a certain subset of the cycling population, there’s no convincing otherwise that all reviews are bought and paid for (and yet ironically, there’s often just as much criticism that the reviewer didn’t properly test the product when the conclusions are negative). That said, there’s a reason why those attitudes are so pervasive. I’m not going to dive into the topic of who I think is objective and who isn’t but I will say that I don’t think everyone is properly doing the job they’re tasked with doing. In light of that, I can hardly fault people for believing that everyone is on the take. Readers deserve to be treated like the intelligent people they are, not naive lemmings who can’t make their own decisions and merely want/need to be fed rehashed propaganda. The sniff test is rarely wrong.

      I can’t promise that my first review(s) will be negative, though, and I’m certainly not going to intentionally plan as such (if for no other reason than the fact that there’s no way for me to know something is bad until I start using it). All I can promise is to do my absolute best to present a well-supported argument for whatever my conclusions may be. I’ve always felt that a review is only done properly when you’ve argued your case so well that it leaves little room for debate. Someone may *disagree* with the opinion presented (and let’s be clear here that ultimately, reviews are generally opinions of the reviewer) and that’s ok. But what I don’t ever want to do is open myself up to the criticism that I wasn’t being genuine with my thoughts or that my views are so out of touch with readers that they aren’t useful.

      If I suffer from guilt by association, so be it. Like I said, I’m not interested in pointing fingers. But I’m also not in this to score quick points with anyone and I’ve always believed in playing the long game. At least in theory, readers use what I write to help the figure out how to spend their hard-earned money and that’s not a responsibility that I take lightly. If I do my job with integrity and am honest with people, that will show through – however long it takes. Trust is funny like that.

      On a related note, if anyone here ever feels like I’m doing otherwise, then I sure hope that they call me out on it. Are there reviewers out there who think their job is serving the interests of the bike industry and not their readers? Probably. Likely. But the responsibility also falls on those readers to voice those concerns. Crappy reviews absolutely exist but you don’t have to sit quietly and put up with them, either.

      • Paul Smith

        Nail + big hammer = On the head.
        Reviewing and/or testing product is something to be done for the consumer/reader, not the supplier/manufacturer. I’ve always kept in mind when reviewing product that I am working for the reader, and they expect me to do a better job than they could. And much like you in the respect that if I like something I test, I buy it – sometimes from an incredibly privileged position of paying trade + tax, but also sometimes in my local bike shop (who currently owe me beers).

  • Johnny

    […] and why we buy the latest cycling kit while our street clothes are
    10 years old. Durability suddenly becomes top priority when shopping for
    household products, because any problems would cut into saddle time.

    Spot-on. You nailed it.


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