The Big Picture

  A bike should fit you. Most riders today are riding bikes that by our standards, are too small. They make you lean over too far, which puts too much weight on your hands, and too much strain on your arms, neck, and back. A bike should be appropriate for how and where you ride it, and your fitness. If you're a mid-50s rider of moderate fitness, but ride fewer than 3000 miles per year, and you want to ride longish and steepish hills, the standard road gearing you'll find on virtually any stock road bike, is too high. You don't need a top gear more than 100 inches. You'll appreciate a low gear of 23-inches or less. Your big...

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Long Shen Factory Tour

In the late teens of March'13 I went to Taiwan and visited the Long Shen lug factory, which I believe makes the best lost-wax (investment cast) lugs, crowns, and bottom bracket shells in the world. Lost wax casting is an ancient technique—at least 5,000 years old, and employed by Indians, Egyptians, Chinese...

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