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Power struggle: A devoted roadie wrestles with the joys and perils of an e-bike

I am on the bike path with dusk looming and a guy on a Specialized Tarmac on my wheel. I can hear him breathing. He is working, and not coasting. He has not taken a pull for at least three miles. We are churning into a headwind at 20 miles per hour (32kph). He’s wearing matching …

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VYNL Road frame review: Aluminum, better than ever?

In a cycling industry rife with carbon fiber everything, the idea of launching a premium bike company centered solely around TIG-welded aluminum frames is unconventional, to say the least. Nevertheless, that’s what the folks at VYNL have done with their collection of “honest race bikes, made in the USA.” VYNL’s road model is as straightforward as can be …

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Golden slippers: Assembling Greg Van Avermaet’s custom Rocket7 cycling shoes

When it comes to gear, victory at the Olympics imparts on its winner one inalienable right: wholesale justification for draping anything and everything in gold for the next four years. Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet has already been spotted on a new golden BMC TeamMachine SLR01, and now he has the shoes to match. CyclingTips …

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Eurobike live tech coverage, day three

It’s day three of Eurobike 2016, and US technical editor James Huang and Australia-based tech writer David Rome are once again going to be pounding the pavement to bring you the most interesting items from the show floor — in nearly real time, no less, with a photo gallery that will be continually updated throughout …

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Eurobike live tech coverage, day two

Our live coverage of the first day of Eurobike went off without a hitch so for day two, we’ll be bringing you much more of the same, in essentially real-time right from the showroom floor. We barely covered a third of the show yesterday, and with nearly all of the industry here under one (enormous) …

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Eurobike live tech coverage, day one

Eurobike is the premier bicycle trade show in the world, with nearly every brand in the industry represented and practically every bike-related component product housed under one giant roof. In other words, it’s a dream come true for any cyclist with a passion for gear. Yet unless you’re one of the lucky few to make …

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Origins: How heart disease and a refusal to ski created Boa Closure Systems

Boa shoe closures were little more than curious oddities when they first found their way on to cycling footwear in 2003. More than a decade later, they’re arguably the system to have for high-end footwear – such as Giro’s new Factor Techlace – and the reel-and-cable device is also branching out beyond shoes, like in …

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The man behind the bike: Specialized industrial designer Brian Szykowny

Industrial designers are the magical bridge between how an engineer makes a product work, and how it ultimately looks to the end user. You’re likely already familiar with the Power saddle, Venge ViAS rim and disc, and CLX-series Roval road wheels from Specialized. If you’ve been paying attention on social media, you have probably also …

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The gold-medal bikes of the 2016 Rio Olympics

The Olympics is arguably the grandest competitive stage in the world that pits athlete against athlete. Yet while the men and women receive all the credit for victory (and deservedly so), many events combine athlete and machine — cycling included. Now that this year’s Games are behind us, all the medals are counted, and the …

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The revolutionary Project ’96 GT Superbike — and its lasting impact on bicycle engineering

The 1992 Olympic Games had just finished, and USA Cycling, together with a group of top industry partners, embarked on an ambitious mission to provide its track athletes with the fastest bike in the world in time for the 1996 Atlanta Games. The so-called GT Superbike was a wild departure from conventional design of the …

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