Initially I felt disappointment at having to miss the Puyallup Cyclopath Skate Creek ride. Until I heard the post ride weather report. And I was happy to spend a long weekend with family in the Gorge. Hood River is a great place to windsurf, get outdoors, and relax. We did most of those.
The Editor purchased this wheelset second hand. He spent a couple summers riding (not racing) on them in the mountains. At the end of that time a number or cracks in the rear rim were discovered. The full story follows.
Without much information The Editor purchased this frameset from an online auction service.
In the late 70's Takara bicycles were known for being exceptional values. The model 732 did not employ top of the line tubing in its frame yet it still featured quality components.
The 'Professional' was Bottecchia's finest model in the early seventies and included Campagnolo components and Columbus tubing.
The Volkscycle Mark V bicycles were produced and marketted during the seventies 'bike boom' that took place in the United States. Despite the name similarity with a German car manufacturer the bikes were produced in Japan.
There are a number of pedal systems on the market. This is a quick summary of the features that each system provides along with a subjective assessment of each. This is an incomplete list that ignores the less common systems.
This page documents the steps taken to replace the 'G' springs and 'G' spring carrier in a right side Centaur 10 speed shifter. The parts and process are identical for many other Campagnolo Ergo shifters.
Stack height is distance from center of pedal spindle to bottom surface of shoe. Some measured by us, some measured by others.
We like riding 'Sport' style road bicycles when we aren't racing. They are more comfortable, less twitchy, and are more tolerant of less than perfect paved surfaces.
The design of Shimano freehub style rear hubs make them popular for non racing applications. Here's why we like them.
Bicycle wheelbuilding is half science and half art. The best wheelbuilders can start with hubs, lightweight rims, just a few ultralight spokes and create a strong and reliable wheelset.
Shimano has been thinking outside the box for quite a while when it comes to dreaming up new ways to create wheelsets.