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Non-Bike Monday Post: I Love Me Some Lego

Non-Bike Monday Post: I Love Me Some Lego

It’s Monday. I love bicycles. In fact, it is argued that I eat, sleep, and breathe bicycles. That’s untrue for eating and breathing because of my food sensitivities and asthma. In celebration of the start of another glorious workweek, we’re going Non-Bike Monday! Today it’s Lego! I love me some Lego.

This particular model is a freakishly accurate Land Rover Discovery from Flickr member Andrej…

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Watching the ceiling fan. #baby

Watching the ceiling fan. #baby

Tripping the Barriers Fantastic-How to Remount Your Cyclocross Bike

Tripping the Barriers Fantastic-How to Remount Your Cyclocross Bike

Barriers and cyclocross go together like peas and carrots. Getting of the bike in the hurry is a pretty easy skill to master. After a few practice runs and falling down several times anyway. It’s the remount of the cyclocross bike that usually gets people. Watching a rider awkwardly jump up into the air and try to plant his or her butt on the saddle makes spectators cringe. Thanks to GCN(Global…

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English: Silhouette of a mountain biker jumpin...

English: Silhouette of a mountain biker jumping. Rider: Lee Collis, Location: Rothbury, Northumberland, UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, mom would have been right about XTR if she was a mountain biker. Regardless of which component manufacturer you ride, Shimano‘s flagship MTB group brings about feelings of envy, dread, pride, and hate. But it works. When set up correctly, it works really well. Then Shimano drops an update.

Now Shimano updates tend to fall into two categories: It’s about freaking time; and Why do we need that? This update falls in between for me. Only because XTR was due to be upgraded because of the stellar upgrades the road groups received, but I’m still on the fence about 11 speed off-road drivetrains.

Either way, let’s dive into this fracas after the break.

Pretty huh?

Some highlights of the new group:

  • 11-40 cassette. 40T on that granny cog. Why? For the option of running 1 x 11 of course.
  • The cassette uses the “rhythm step” profile which lessens the shock of a gear change.
  • New chain with SIL-TEC treatment and asymmetrical plates.
  • Race and trail specific crank arms and can be configured for 1, 2, or 3 chainrings.
  • All-new carbon laminate wheelset
  • Race and trail specific calipers with varying degrees of heat control depending on the application.
  • Shift effort has been reduced 20% by using the same style of cables an housing as the Dura Ace group.
  • New side-swing front derailleur, giving more tire clearance and better shifting performance.
  • Refined Shadow clutch rear derailleur with a simpler clutch adjustment and wider range of adjustment.

You can read the complete press release here.

So there you have it. Read Shimano’s release to get more information. Shimano’s top tier groups never fail to be the best they can be an I am trying to figure out what organs I can live without to get a bicycle with this group.

And call your mom. She’s always right.

Why Mom Was Right About XTR Well, mom would have been right about XTR if she was a mountain biker. Regardless of which component manufacturer you ride, …
Church of Two Wheels. #bike #cycling #MTCC #repentnow http://ift.tt/1swWIVk

Church of Two Wheels. #bike #cycling #MTCC #repentnow http://ift.tt/1swWIVk

What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Bicycle Lights, Part 2

What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Bicycle Lights, Part 2 #bike #cycling #columbusohio

In the last article, I gave you questions to ask yourself to help determine what kind of lights you need. I will use the questions to go over some specs to look at when asking said questions. Meta, right? No. What the heck is up with “meta” anyway. Let’s get started.

Where am I riding?

This question pertains to how bright a light you need. I mentioned that city/urban riding is usually lit with st…

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Cyclocross Photos Make Everything Better

Better days when I’m not wrecking during cyclocross practice. Photo by Rick Jordan. I just felt like sharing a cyclocross picture.

Cyclocross Photos Make Everything Better

Better days when I’m not wrecking during cyclocross practice. Photo by Rick Jordan. I just felt like sharing a cyclocross picture.

Getting ready to go out. #baby #prettyinpink

Getting ready to go out. #baby #prettyinpink