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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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Verve Cycling InfoCrank powermeter review

Verve Cycling is a relatively new Australian company and their first product is the InfoCrank powermeter. Rather than emulate strategies adopted by other companies, the InfoCrank was conceived as an integrated powermeter purpose-built to provide accurate power measurements without the need for ongoing calibration, or indeed, zip ties. After taking a look at the first …

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A tale of two bells: Spurcycle vs. the counterfeiters

Spurcycle launched its bicycle bell in August 2013 as so many companies do these days: via the crowdfunding web site, Kickstarter. When the campaign ended, the company had 8000 orders on hand — 16 times what was originally forecast — all thanks to the bell’s distinctive design, small-batch artisan construction, and one hell of a …

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What the Specialized Venge ViAS Disc suggests for the future of aero disc road bikes

Specialized recently unveiled a disc brake-equipped version of its Venge ViAS aero road bike. The claims of identical weight and nearly identical aerodynamic performance to the rim brake version are impressive, but the reality is we’re still in the early days of aero disc road bike development. How much more aerodynamic can bikes get, and …

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Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was

Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney — the parents of current cycling phenom Taylor Phinney — were the runaway favorites to win the men’s and women’s Olympic road races in 1984. It was a dream scenario with all the ingredients for a fairy tale ending: a popular American husband-and-wife duo, a first-ever road race for women …

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Why Felt spent years developing new non-aero road bikes — meet the new FR and VR

The 2017 Felt lineup will feature two all-new collections of carbon fiber and aluminum road bikes. The FR is a wholesale redesign of the longstanding F-Series range of traditional light-and-stiff road racers, while the current Z-Series of endurance bikes will be replaced by the more multisurface-friendly VR. US technical editor James Huang flew out to …

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Examining the myth: Why are punctures more frequent in the rain?

There are many reasons why riders abhor the rain, be it the discomfort of wet clothing (wet socks are the worst), the risk of coming unstuck, or the extra maintenance required to clean up the bike and keep it running smoothly and quietly. Having spent several years as a year-round commuter, I thought I was …

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Stats and storytelling: How Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France

CHAMOUNIX, France (CT) – In this era of smartphones, high-speed internet and ‘Big Data’, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. This is true in many facets of life, and no less so when it comes to bike racing. For many fans, watching the Tour de France is no longer simply about …

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