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Kill 'Em With Kindness

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Is "perfectly nice" the new buzzword?  Some of the stuff I'm reading lately reminds me of a Victorian romance novel - "I DO find you ever so agreeable."  Take, for example, the recent CyclingNews review of the Canyon SLX.  Is it even possible that they've read this site and realized what a joke review verbiage has become?  They even take it out of invented acronyms.  Canyon's been doing what they do for a while, and it isn't just out of the blue that they are prominent to the point of sponsoring a ProTour team (at an approximate cost to the...

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The Great November Ride

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Mark your calendars for 11/13, the date of the First Ever Inaugural and Otherwise Premier Great November Ride.  What is this Great November Ride of which I speak?  I will tell you. The Great November Ride is a coming out party of sorts for November Bicycles.  We will be closing our first order period right around then, and we want a way to celebrate getting things off the ground.  The Great November Ride will be a fun way to ease back into starting the training year and have a good time on some great roads.  Think of The Great November...

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Communists

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This one's got a full scoop of left field in it.  Cut me some slack, it's Friday and I've got to go get paddled on the behind up and down the hills of WV by Gunnar Shogren tomorrow.  Yeah, that ought to be a real howl. Some funny guy out there on the interwebs calls racers "racists," which is funny if it avoids offending you.  Of course Bert got all tweaked at people who called "cyclists" "cyclers" a while back, which of course launched a recent car ride into a full discussion of why swimmers aren't called "swimmists" and why...

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Spy Photo #1: The Wheelhouse Frameset

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We've made no secret of where our bikes come from. In fact, we've gone out of our way to be very clear that we're sourcing from open molds out of a catalog, from Taiwan. So are a lot of other brands - the difference is that many of them are blowing smoke about the engineering decisions "they" made or how the geometry was tweaked from the input of "their" elite racers. Where we add value is knowing which catalogs to shop from, and being able to order the quantities the suppliers require in order to do business in the first...

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GoogleJuice and Bicycle MarketingSpeak

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Author and Bicycling Magazine columnist Bill Strickland tweeted the other day that he found the first reference to "laterally stiff, vertically compliant" used in the magazine back in 1972 in a review of a bicycle by Atala.  That got me thinking about how many bicycle brands today use that phrase. The reviewers of course get more mileage out of it than a set of Conti Gatorskins, but I wondered if the brands themselves ever fall back on it. So I did a Google search on "laterally stiff vertically compliant bicycle." Now I know the internet is big, so I expected to...

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