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Taipei Cycle Show 2017 live tech coverage, day two

Day one of the Taipei Cycle Show offered up a whirlwind of new bikes, parts, and accessories, including new ultralight and disc-equipped models from SwiftCarbon, slick stem and seatpost designs from 3T, heaps of new tires, and more than a few wheelsets with suddenly-fashionable carbon fiber spokes. Plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings have reinvigorate the alloy …

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Taipei Cycle Show 2017 live tech coverage, day one

We’re not yet even three months into 2017, but yet the 2017 bicycle trade show is already kicking off today at the annual Taipei Cycle Show. Held at the Nangang Exhibition Center in the industry epicenter of Taiwan, the Taipei show hosts an intriguing mix of aftermarket brands and OEM manufacturers, and always offers up …

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Photo gallery: 2017 NAHBS custom bikes, part 4

One of the great ironies of custom bikes is that the true mark of an artisan’s skill is often hidden beneath a thick coating of paint, hidden away, perhaps never to be seen again. Often, it’s a matter of necessity. For example, builder David Kirk works exclusively in steel, which, aside from a few select …

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How Milan-San Remo transformed Castelli’s Gabba jersey

It was over dinner at La Trattoria after a scorching hot day of stage 3 of the Tour Down Under when we settled in for a long night of socialising with one of the men in charge of Castelli, Soren Jensen. As I began asking about how their famous Gabba jacket came to fruition I …

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Photo gallery: 2017 NAHBS custom bikes, part 3

One of the most striking things about the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the diversity of materials and construction methods used by the builders. Whereas once custom bikes were predominantly made out of steel and titanium, carbon fiber is becoming more common than ever before — and even aluminum is making a strong comeback for …

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Photo gallery: 2017 NAHBS custom bikes, part 2

NAHBS may be North America’s largest gathering of “hand built” bikes, but what exactly constitutes “hand built,” anyway? Depending on your interpretation, even molded carbon fiber bikes, mass-produced in Asia, would qualify, as more sets of hands touch those than many of the metal frames produced by the most famous names in the business. Perhaps …

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Photo gallery: 2017 NAHBS custom bikes, part 1

Now in its 13th consecutive year, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show has grown from humble beginnings in Houston, Texas, to one of the largest gathering of bespoke bike builders in the world. Bikes on display at the 2017 NAHBS, held March 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah, spanned the full spectrum of usages and materials, from …

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Paris-Nice tech: A prototype Cervelo R5, the Factor Slick, custom colours and more

When the professional racing season kicks off in Australia in January, it’s not uncommon to see teams riding bikes from the year before, or decked out in kit that’s different to what they’ll use later in the season. Why? Sometimes it’s just not possible to get enough bikes and kit ready in time. But come …

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Bikes of the Bunch: Bianchi Oltre XR4

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, Shu Chong Tang tells us about his new Bianchi Oltre XR4 — not the first Bianchi he’s owned. This bike was a totally unexpected surprise for me; a huge shock with enormous sentiment. It was a gift from my father-in-law and one that he surprised me with …

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Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky’s hopes of a high finish in the team time trial at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico were shattered — quite literally, in fact — when not one, but three riders suffered dramatically catastrophic front wheel failures on the 22.7km-long route around Lido di Camaiore. While the team managed to finish, it placed deep in the …

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