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If a gravel bike and and endurance bike hooked up…

You’d probably get something that looks a lot like the just announced Cervélo Caledonia. Of course that’s a bit of an over simplification, because based on the headset, it was probably a ménage à trois involving an aero bike as well… Hey, who are we to judge, whatever works, right? The key take away here is all the space for tires (up to 34mm) and fender mounts (unclear if that’s with the…

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I’m Giving Her All She’s Got Capt’n

Garmin is down, hard down, like something really bad happened in a data center somewhere down. Probably not the best time to talk about distributed cloud services, but seriously Garmin, we should probably have that conversation at some point ;). UPDATE: Forbes is reporting that it’s possible that Garmin is dealing with a ransomware attack. If that is the case, could be down for a long, long time……

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Going downhill with Strava

Believe me, I’m as tired of banging on about how much Strava sucks, as you are about reading me bang on about how much Strava sucks. But, there is so much suck, and I have to write about something ;)… I’ve mentioned before that Live Segments are the only reason I pay for Strava, and while that might seem like an exaggeration, it’s not. Sure, routes are nice, and the “analysis” is…

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Ditching model years is anti-consumer

According to a report on Cycling Industry News, Cannondale is planning to stop using model years. Which, depending on the implementation is likely to be bad for consumers (i.e. us) for a couple reasons. They’re also planning to change the refresh cycle to work off the calendar year, which creates a de facto “model year”, but is probably a good thing. Introducing new/updated bikes in the middle of the buying season either…

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MAP’g Game Theory

IMO, MAP is stupid and anti-consumer. Contractual obligations that extend beyond that to assure that a retail will not sell below SRP, even more so. I understand why OEMs like it, and why dealers have to play along, but that doesn’t really change the fundamentals. It is an attempt to subvert market forces, and while it’s in someone’s interest, it’s not in mine. Ultimately, it’s ineffective too. As long as you have…

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When a discount, isn’t a discount…

As I mentioned last week, I crashed my bike, hit my head, and now I need a new helmet. Fortunately Giro has a crash replacement program. Unfortunately, the discount you get (30%), doesn’t really reflect the reality of street pricing – most of the time anyway. This is actually the second Giro Aether MIPS helmet I’ve owned. The first one took a proper hit when I broke my Aeroad, this one has…

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It’s getting hot in here…

It was my understanding that training in the heat not only helps with performance in the heat (duh), but also performance in the cool. So there’s simple guidance: train hot whenever you can. That might not actually be the case (thanks 182lb Pure Climber for the link), with the study below indicating that there’s no performance benefit to be had from training hot for cool weather events. The sample isn’t massive (only…

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PSA: Know your helmet’s safety rating

I had a little incident while riding in the rain this morning. I’m fine, the bike is fine. Ignoring a few scratches. But, I do need a new helmet, so while I was checking out the site below to find a new helmet, it occurred to me that it was probably worth sharing this gem. Enjoy. In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 102 bike…

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