Posts in the category Road Bike

Paul Components gets patriotic with Red, White & Blue QR Skewers for 4th of July


The Spirit of Paul skewers are a limited time offering that celebrates the United States of America’s birthday with a special red, white & blue anodized color scheme. OK, so it’s red, chrome & blue, which just makes those colors shine brighter!

No matter how loose you get on the holiday, the skewers promise to hold it all together to get you home safely. Or at least just keep your wheels from comin’ off. Well, your bike’s wheels anyway. They’re made of stainless steel and 7075 aluminum and are available in four widths. More pics and tech specs below…


Interview: Curtis Inglis of Retrotec, Inglis

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit a lovely nest of the small domestic bike industry in Northern California. My first builder to visit was Curtis Inglis, winner of this year’s Best Mountain Bike award at NAHBS with his tangerine fat bike. Raised in a family of roadies, Curtis fell in love with mountain biking later in life after getting out of the Air Force. Within a year of his first ride, he found himself as the new builder for Retrotec, a then fledgling bike brand out of Chico, after its first builder had left. A few years later, Curtis would shacked up with his friends the SyCip brothers in San Francisco. Whereas Curtis had been mostly self-taught, Jeremy SyCip was armed with formal building education and years of apprenticeship. It was there that Curtis honed his skills as a builder, learned how to build in straight tubes (initially a challenge) to establish his Inglis brand, and took control of Retrotec.

Twenty-four years on, Curtis has found a good rhythm in his one-man shop in Napa, at the heart of his which is his tube rolling machine, the vehicle by which he creates all of his obsessively curved, cruiser-style Retrotec frames. READ MORE ->

Bontrager postures for better saddle fit, performance w/ new InForm BioDynamic designs


Built around five postures and three contours, the new Bontrager InForm BioDynamic saddle collection has something for everyone, from the upright cruiser rider to the horizontal professional TT racer.

Using leisure, fitness, performance, aggressive and aerodynamic postures as the different baselines for pelvic rotation, they then looked at the saddle’s curvature, profile and transition to make them as comfortable as possible while also maximizing performance on saddles aimed at more serious athletes (upright comfort riders aren’t really seeking better Strava times, after all).

As they describe it: “The curvature of the saddle is thought of as a cross-sectional view through the saddle at the critical point of the saddle where the rider is primarily seated. The profile contour is defined by the saddle’s shape in side view. The transition contour is defined by the edges of the saddle in the top view.”

Here’s how all that comes together in the performance-oriented Affinity, Montrose and Anja saddles…


Wabi Cycles Releases Lightning RE Steel Road Bike weighing Under 19lbs.

Wabi Cycles Lightning RE steel road bike, red

If you’re fixated on fixies and think steel is real, you may be familiar with Wabi Cycles, a direct to consumer boutique brand from LA, California. The company started out by making competitively priced fixed gear bikes, and based on their successful Lightning single speed model (which we reviewed back in 2011), they’ve recently produced their first geared road bicycle called the Lightning RE.

Wabi’s founder Richard Snook believes people are missing out on affordable bikes that offer great ride quality by assuming non-custom built steel can’t make a high-end product. The Lightning RE is intended for anything from weekend cruising to race training, and to remind everyone that not everything has to be made of carbon to be lightweight and compliant…

Wheelworks NZ rolls out Maker, a lightweight, everything-proof carbon road bike wheelset

Wheelworks NZ Maker carbon fiber road bike wheels with custom builds and hub options

Wheelworks, based in New Zealand, has been building custom wheels for more than nine years. About 12 months ago, they started developing their own rim based on their needs as both riders and as wheel builders.

The result is the Maker, a full carbon rim paired with your choice of hubs and custom built just for you. That includes your choice of 24 decal colors, putting your name or a short saying on the rim, hub selection and color and a build that’s appropriate for your body type and riding style.

But the cosmetics are a small part of the story, it’s really their entire wheel building process that they’re using these new rims to highlight. And once assembled, they say it’s unlikely it’ll ever come untrue (barring any massive hits or accidents, of course) and should provide 50,000 kilometers (about 31,000 miles) of problem free riding. But should something go wrong, they’ll repair or replace it. Heck, they even give you free brake pads if you wear through those…


First Look! All-New Eddy Merckx Cycles Blockhaus 67 alloy road bike


Few names are more synonymous with bicycle racing than Eddy Merckx. With a career that spanned 1961 to 1978, a sum total of 525 victories including every Grand Tour, World Championships, Monuments and countless other races, he is arguably the most successful racing cyclist in history.

One such race, on May 31st, 1967, on Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia included the ascent to the summit of the Block Haus, an old German fortification. It was here that Eddy Merckx won his first stage of a Grand Tour. Quoting the man himself, “Nobody expected that I could pull this off, winning a mountain stage in a grand tour.” It was the beginning of many things to come.

As is, perhaps, the new 2016 Merckx Blockhaus road bike, a departure from their modern carbon offerings that helps make their lineup as diverse as The Cannibal’s trophy case…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycles Bits & Pieces


  • 2015 UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano // Fort William (UK) – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Round Two of the DH world cup makes its stop in the Scottish Highlands for what is always a great event for racers and spectators alike. Will American Aaron Gwin and Frenchwoman Emmeline Rago continue their winning ways and hold off the strong Brits? Log on to or to watch LIVE!
  • Philadelphia International Cycling Classic – The mens’ America Tour Race begins at 8:00 AM and the womens’ World Cup Race begins at 12:30 PM. If you’re in the Philly area and want to check out the race, The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic course is packed with great locations to watch the action and enjoy the day. For more information visit


  • Win a Pair of Shimano Road Shoes – Art’s Cyclery is giving away a pair of Shimano R321 road shoes to one lucky winner. Take the survey for a chance to win.
  • Guess the Distance and Win! – If you can accurately guess Bradley Wiggins’ distance on his Hour Record attempt this Sunday then you may win a free custom Velo Zephyr bar/stem. Submit your guess at


Light Up More than the Road with the The Unique Ding Bike Light

Ding bike light- bottom view

While cycling lights have become much brighter in the past few years, urban riders are looking in a whole different direction when it comes to light innovation- sideways. Recently Bikerumor previewed the Hueray light-up grips which follow this principle, but the Ding goes a step further and projects a large beam of light on the ground around you. The idea was hatched after the Ding’s creator Des Burns was almost hit by a motorist, who said they didn’t see him even though his front and rear lights were on.

The Ding light has typical forward lighting for the cyclists visibility, but a separate light also projects downwards in a rectangular shaped beam that covers both sides of the rider to make you much more visible to drivers. The Ding’s Kickstarter campaign is already in full swing, but still needs some funding to go into production. Check out the details of the Ding below the break…

Lapierre Races into 2016 with New Aircode SL and Xelius SL Road Bikes

Lapierrer 2016 road bikes photo credit Jean Luc Armand (15)

All photos c. Jean Luc Armand

Spanning three generations of the Lapierre family, Lapierre Bicycles has come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1946. Started by Gaston Lapierre more than half a century ago, the company now has bikes and race teams for anything from DH to Pro Tour Road cycling. Going on their 14th year partnering with the FDJ Pro Race team, Lapierre continues to develop new race bikes for the roads of epic races like the Tour de France.

First spinning their legs with the prototype LP 0.9C at the 2002 Tour, the latest additions to the Lapierre road line up have greatly evolved. Building on their Aircode aero road and Xelius race bikes, the new Aircode SL cuts weight while the Xelius SL gets an entirely new frame that makes it lighter and more comfortable as well…