The Blog — Pro and Cons

Reflections on the bottom brackets of Mark Cavendish and Katy Perry

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I write about Mark Cavendish here a lot - not so much because of who he is, but because of what he represents as a rider. Above anything else, Mark Cavendish represents an unmitigated desire for power transfer. Comfort and weight be damned - he needs his bike set up exclusively to optimize the last 200M of a race. It's got to be hard to take a bike that Mark likes and sell it out in the real world, since most riders can't be so narrowly focused in their needs. Absolutely we want something that doesn't whip around when we...

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Lessons from Le Tour on Purpose-Built Bikes

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What riders endure at Le Tour de France is legions apart from what an amateur racer faces. Some of us build our entire season around a 3-day stage race or a 100 mile gran fondo. These guys knock 7 of our stage races in a row, each comprised of 3 stages the length of a gran fondo but ticked off at 5-10 mph faster than we'd do them.  But in some ways, the demands on the bikes can be pretty similar. The crashes at this year's Tour make it look like turn 3 in the Cat 4 Crit Championships. Bikes...

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All-in-One Mythbusting with Cav

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I'm slowly becoming a Mark Cavendish fan. Whether you like his personality or not, at least you know what it is - the man is as transparent as a pilsner glass, a trait we hold in pretty high regard here at the November Bicycles World Headquarters and Craft Beer Museum. I started to warm to Cav when I read his book. No doubt some careful editing went into softening some of his natural asshattery, but the insight he affords into a day in the life of a sprinter is remarkable. Once you read the book you may - like me...

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