epic battle

October 22, 2009

Tubed vs. Tubeless

Most semi-serious serious cyclists you talk to will be gear-heads of some sort… I think we’re all guilty of a little gear lust. After all, who doesn’t want the crispness of the new SRAM XX components, or the bling of a Crank Brothers wheelset. But until I started racing with some level of regularity I didn’t realize that most of the gear talk surrounds only one component on the bike… The most discussed, the most contested, and arguably the most important component on the bike… The tires.

Now, either I’m a ‘bad’ cyclist, or I’ve just been fairly fortunate with my choices. I’ve never really experimented with tires. I always just got what I thought was a good tire and rolled with ’em (pardon the pun ;-). Now that I’ve been immersed in the race scene for a while, I’m realizing just how crazy cyclists (especially cyclocross racers) are about their tires. I’ll leave the pandoras box of tread pattern for another post (I find many times it just comes down to personal preference), but today let’s focus on tubed vs. tubeless tires.

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September 15, 2009

Hairy vs. Smooth

I always joked that I should do an article on hairy vs.shaved legs. Being the one who was potentially going to be “field testing” this article everybody I explained the article to thought it was a fantastic idea. In all likelihood, they just wanted to see my cleanly shorn legs and potentially embarrass myself in-front of the internets.

As I immerse myself in cycling culture, I find more and more of it intriguing. Of course I’m a total gear and tech head (who isn’t), and despite being too slow for it to help I’m interested in understanding race strategy and psychology, but there are other things that I wanted to get to the bottom of as well. Bib shorts was one, those silly hats might be another, but today the focus will be on why cyclists believe the shaved leg to be superior to the hairy one.

After some brief research I discovered that there are ultimately 7 reasons cyclists turn to the blade: – Read More –