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  • Paul Powerglide Rear Derailluer Sells For Over $1,000


    Holy crap! I’ve spent many a days drooling over the Paul Powerglide only to realize I’d never have the cash to splurge on such a component. Well, this derailleur recently sold for over $1,000 on eBay and the folks over at Bike Mag did a great job of explaining why.

    Make sure to check out the article on Bike Mag.


  • Cyclocross Component Specialist Retroshift Re-Brands as Gevenalle

    Some exiting news from the folks formerly known as Retroshift:
    Cyclocross component maker Retroshift is changing it’s name and face to Gevenalle, and introducing an expanded and updated product line. Gevenalle, derived from two dutch words and translates to “Give All” reflecting the brands commitment to creating innovative and performance enhancing shifting solutions for cyclocross. The name change comes as the brand launches Hydraulic Shift Levers and Cassette Adapters both designed to address the specific needs of shifting in the mud and dirt. All Gevenalle products undergo testing in a race atmosphere before being brought to market.

    “Gevenalle products are the result of a love for cyclocross and desire to offer innovative and problem solving solutions for the sport that road components don’t quite meet. Our products are geared toward the cross racer looking to improve his/her performance with race parts built to better meet their requirements. “We are offering affordable, after market components that better meet the requirements of the muddy carnage we call cyclocross”. -Adam Clement (Founder of Gevenalle).

    See more on their new products below!


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  • Curtis Odom Retro Direct CAD Image


    Looks like Curtis Odom is up to something, and it’s beyond rad! Check out this retro-direct CAD image. I can’t wait to see photos of the real thing. If you’re scratching your head or opening a new tab to “Google” retro-direct, I’ll save you the trouble. Retro-direct is a way of gearing a bicycle so that you’ll get a second speed when pedaling backwards. The technology was developed by Paul de Martin, an inventor from France.


  • Wooden Campagnolo Derailleur

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    This is absolutely incredible. A student and mechanic at Bicycle Pro Shop, Max Hoffman sculpted this beautiful wooden Campagnolo derailleur as a Sophomore at Evergreen State College. It’s carved from a small block of walnut and took nearly 50 hours to complete! See more on Max and this wooden derailleur at Bike Rumor.


  • Map Bicycles Constructeur Custom Quill Stem



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    This stem right here by Map Bicycles is as custom as they get. The bike, built by Bill Stevenson in Olympia, WA, was originally outfitted with a threadless stem and the customer wanted to up the aesthetics a bit. The steerer was threaded, King headset modified for quill compatibility, and a custom 31.8 clamp was fabricated. I especially like the “ears” on this thing (seen in the second photo).

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  • Curtis Odom Hubs & Magneto Bearings

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    Photos: Michael Graves
    Maybe you’ve heard of Curtis Odom hubs (seen on this Cinelli Supercorsa), but if not you’re in for a treat. There’s not doubt that modern bicycle technology has continued to advance at a rapid rate on all fronts, that’s a fact.  But do modern bicycles continue to look as beautiful as their ancestors? That depends.

    Curtis Odom creates gorgeous bicycle hubs with an obvious nod to some timeless classics. Take a look at this wheelset built up with Holey & pepper Pot hubs lased & soldered to some wooden Ghisallo rims. Also, get a close-up of the Magneto bearings below and be sure to have a look at the Curtis Odom Flickr – you’ll be there for a while I bet.


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  • Moment Industries Rotors

    Moment Industries is a new component company out of California specializing in mountain bike rotors, stems, cable guides and shoes (made by DZR). The rotors come in 160, 185, and 203 with the 160 being made with ‘cross bikes in mind. Check out this short video featuring the Storm and Moment rotors.


  • Drillium Revival: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear Derailleur

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    I came across Drillium Revival the other day on Flickr and spent a good half-hour, at least, sifting through tons of milled and drilled high-end components. Drillium Revival focuses on a1970′s style milling and drilling process for classic racing components utilizing hand tools, a drill press and a manual milling machine. I highly recommend heading over to the photoset on Flickr with caution; this happens to be one of those “black holes” of the internet, and you will get sucked in. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.


  • Busyman Bicycles: Black and The Fern


    Busyman Bicycles is some good stuff. If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the custom bicycle saddles. This black perforated saddle sports the Silver Fern of New Zealand.


  • Acros Hydraulic Drivetrain – Shifters & Derailleurs

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    Anyone have any experience with the Acros Hydraulic bike shifters / drivetrain? Linear pulll hydraulic shifters and derailleurs. Read more about the tech on the Acros website. What’re your thoughts on innovations like these?

    I personally love seeing new tech like this, I mean I posted the Colnago C59 – a road bike with hydraulic disc brakes. But, the fact of the matter is technology as such isn’t always practical. I’ve spent close to 10 years working in bike shops earlier on, and will attest to the fact that the more complicated things get with a bike, the more that they’ll potentially bite you in your ass later on; especially if you’re not mechanically inclined. Bikes have always been relatively simple.

    Cables, levers, shifters, clicks, no clicks, indexed or friction…but now mineral oil in the shift lines? I’ll pass, unless someone wants to magically gift me a grouppo. Until then, I’ll keep things simple with my 1×9.



  • Colnago C59 Disc

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    The new Colnago C59 Disc brake road bike has been stirring up quite the commotion lately. Many are skeptical of hydraulic disc brakes on a road bike, but I love seeing innovation like this. Sure, this is probably causing some old-school curmudgeons to roll over in their graves…but think of the benefits here. You’ll have a perfect excuse to spend way too much money on a new frame and set of wheels…not to mention brakes/shifters.

    I can see the argument of the wheels being faster (read:lighter), due to less rotational mass from the lack of a braking surface…although something tells me you’re not going to notice the difference. What do you think of think of this whole concept? I’m still still unsure of the need to make a completely simple machine slightly more complex for minimal gains. I mean I barely used my brakes when I was racing…


  • Vintage Cinelli Track Stem

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    A vintage Cinelli track stem, functional artistry via Italian Cycling Journal.