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Waxing, or re-waxing, a bicycle chain

I use a slightly different method to wax/re-wax chains than I’ve seen from other guides out there. It’s a simple, one-step, process that has served me very well both in convenience and chain longevity. While it’s possible that there is a marginally better approach to doing it, the easier the process is, the more likely we are to actually do it :).…

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Bike Stand “Shootout”

What’s better than beer and bike stands? Unfortunately, I can’t share the beer through YouTube, but you can benefit from this quick walk-through of the five bike stands that made it to my backyard comparison. Conquer Portable Home Bike Repair Stand: 0:28​ Spin Doctor Pro G3 Bicycle Repair Stand: 3:01​ Bikehand Bike Repair Stand: 5:44​ Feedback Bike Repair Stand: 8:07​ | Park Tool PCS-10: 10:41​ Wrapping up: 12:47​ An interesting edge-case: 13:17​…

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Reconciling Garmin Training Status?

One of the reasons I bought a Garmin fēnix 6 was so I could more accurately track my activity levels, which I hoped would lead to better insight into my fitness level, workout recommendations, and a better handle on my training status. What I seem to be getting though is borderline useless… Below is a table indicating the last month of activity: what Garmin suggested, what I actually did, how it impacted…

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When Failure Nets Success

I failed my winter goals. Well, partially anyway. After hitting the first target, I set a new one, and that’s where I just couldn’t do it. Perhaps it was just too lofty, a technology barrier, or my fortitude too weak. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter, a fail is a fail. Right? Pessimistically; hell yes. Optimistically; that’s crazy talk. Setting hard to reach training goals is just a tool to motivate action towards…

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Farsports (Wheelsfar) Feder FSD45CM-T-SUD Wheelset

It’s hard to make the argument that a ~$1,000 wheel set presents good value for money, but that’s exactly what I consider the Farsports Feder FSD45CM-T-SUD with DT Swiss 240 EXP hubs to be. Not because they are cheap, but because they are the things that a well made, high-quality set of wheels should be at roughly half the prices of a comparable set from a “premium” manufacture like Reynold, ENVE, Bontrager,…

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Why Canyon? Why make it worse?

I’m generally pro-Canyon. I have a 2018 Aeroad, and it’s a great bike. I’ve had no issues with the bike that weren’t my own making. The story with the 2021 Canyon Aeroad, on the other hand, hasn’t been as peachy. First there was the self-destroying seat post, then there was the integrated handlebar that falls apart. I totally understand why they issued a stop-ride order afterwards, broken handlebars are not something to…

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No Spoke Holes, No Problem

One of the concerns that I and, I imagine, many others have around buying a set of Far Sports tubeless rims without spoke holes is the potential for massive hassle when it’s necessary to replace a nipple. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I got the chance to experience this process first hand today. I have no idea what happened to the spoke/nipple above, I didn’t even notice it myself until a sharper-eyed friend…

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