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Technical Features archive - 2003 & earlier

Welcome to cyclingnews.com's section devoted to everything else bike related other than the rider. Frames, wheels, groupsets, saddles, handlebars, pedals, tyres, helmets, clothing, shoes, glasses, accessories - you name it, we'll cover it.

In the following reports, the latest innovations in the bicycling industry are described, with plenty of pictures of beautiful machines to drool over.

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December 5: Fassa's new bikes, Fire 1 Bike 0, Phonak on Speedplay, Winter gear from Bergamo, Litespeed gets back into duallies, RAGT to ride Look, Answer gets seven inches, First Endurance introduces Ultragen
November 20
: Brown's Frankenbike, New for women, Descente & Health Net
November 7: Van Dessel, Syncros, RNM, Niterider, Inova, Princeton Tec and IRD
October 21
: T-Mobile Giant photo, Cannondale cull and more
September 25 : New bikes, new pedals, new everything,
August 29: A sneak-peak at Eurobike
August 20 : 2004 Specialized MTB, more new Shimano, pedal museum and more
August 15: 2004 Specialized & Cannondale, lawyers and more, Specialized 30th birthday,
August 8 pt II: Track World's, Hincapie clothing, Cervelo fork recall, Tour books reviewed: L'Equipe Tour de France box set, l'Equipe English version, Yellow Jersey Companion
August 8
: Colnago's latest carbon
July 28 Tour Tech News
- Hamilton goes Compact, Mick Rogers Time, Oakley and more
July 25 Tour Tech News - Trek's new forks, Lance's bike?, Ritchey & SRAM podium, 2004 Dura-Ace answers
July 10 Tour Tech News: 2004 Cannondales, Cervelos, Colnagos and more
June 20: 2004 XT, SRAM, Race Face, Zipp, FSA and more
June 13: Bikes, saddles, pedals and hubs
June 5: 2004 XT, trading in your bike, a frame recall and more
May 30: Seats, shocks, Playboy Bunnies and more
May 23: Oval, fi'zi:k, Selle Italia, helmets, forks and more
May 16: Simoni's "Spider" bike, Cannondales, Scotts and more.
May 9: 24 Hour science, PowerCranks, Titec, Cannondale and more
May 2: Even more 2004 Dura Ace, New Salsa and Litespeed frames and more
April 29: More 2004 Dura Ace
April 24: 2004 Dura Ace, 2004 bikes from Burley and more
April 17: 2004 SRAM and Shimano, 2004 bikes from Litespeed and Merlin and more
April 11: Specialized's Roubaix, Trek compact?, 2004 SRAM, Shimano 10 speed, FSA, Optygen & much more
April 4: Mavic and Hope brakes, LeMond a winner, Rolf sells out and more
March 27: Fox rebuild kits, SRAM on the road, Zorin seatpost pumps and more,
March 21 - Cannondale's new owners, 2004 SRAM, 60:aday and Pegoretti and more
March 13 - 2004 Shimano pics, Ritchey folds, Diet Rite on Masi and more,
March 7 - Cannondale back at work, steel is real, stolen bikes and more
February 28 - Hydration, grips, brakes and more.
February 21 - New Cannondale owners? 2004 Shimano and more.
February 12 - Schroeder Iron and Litespeed, Park, XTR and more.
February 5 - Saturn's LeMond bikes, Carbon clusters and more.
January 16, Sponsors, and what happens when you forget to do your paperwork.
January 10: CSC clicks into Speedplay for two years
January 9: Colnago, Specialized, Commencal and more

December 15 - Wheels & deals, new Shimano, more sponsors
November 27 - Who is using what product next season
November 17 - New product sponsors, Intense Spider and 1.5" headsets for Cannondales
November 8 - K2 Tirade, fork travel, elliptical pedaling
October 20 - SingleShot & 150mm Marzocchi
August 29 - CSC-Tiscali switches to Cervélo, Britain's Commonwealth Games bike, New Era for Postal, Hide the brake, XTR update, recalls
July 25 - Cannondale 2003, Giant 2003, Lance's pedals, Record carbon mystery solved
July 3 - Giant's ONCE-Eroski TdF special
June 20 - Specialized's new suspension, Litespeed's latest, Other tech news
May 1 - Rebellin's Klein proto
2003 Shimano XTR - a total revamp of the top MTB group
Inside Fi'zi:k's test lab - Simoni gets aboard saddle test program
March 1 - SRAM buys RockShox, Vale Ibis, Answer licenses 5th Element, K2 spreads the wealth, Rotor wins
January 25 - More on Acqua&Sapone's Specializeds, Crank Bros seals. pt 2, Shimano takes a hit, Cyclespin's in-house training, Stella Azzurra updates Vice Versa
January 17 - Acqua&Sapone bikes, Egg Beater seals, SRAM X.0 Experience, FOX seal mod, Former GTer to Speedplay, Shook regains American Classic, Mountain Cycle sells up
December 18, 2001 - Reinventing the (chain)wheel, Stopping gets Spooky, Titec in the drops, Oakley into bike wear, Fox' next Forx
December 7, 2001 - Navigators tap into power, Headsets - why integrate?, Carbon cage update
November 30, 2001 - Paul Tracy, Gerolsteiner's new Kleins, Suspension licensing grows, Profile recalls aero bars
The engine-less Ducati - And its world champion owner
November 23, 2001 - Full Speed Ahead for Bonjour, Fix your bike with Cyclingnews, Eggbeater pedals, King wheels em out, Tool companies at play
November 15, 2001- Cannondale, Yamaha's electric TT bike, Diamondback, SRAM, Magura, Yeti, Continental
November 2, 2001 Cannondale posts loss, Nirve hires ex-GT designer
September 25 - 2002 Campagnolo, New Giants, Cannondale gets 'bent, DT Shock pic, Kreitler & White Bros, Salsa recall, Orbea
August 30, 2001 - Kirk O'Bee's Litespeed profiled, fi’zi:k's latest, UCI weight rules, BigMAT's Looks
August 24, 2001 - DT MTB shocks, new from DT, Ritchey, Truvativ, Giro Pneumo reader feedback, UCI weight rules
August 16, 2001 - Bell, Giro helmets reviewed, SRAM awarded, new FitStik
July 12, 2001 - Scott Sunderland's Viner profiled
April 19, 2001 - Paris-Roubaix bikes before the mudstorm…
April 19, 2001 - … and afterwards
April 12, 2001 - MTB prototypes: new bikes and products from the pits at Napa
April 5, 2001 - This year's model's: new bikes at Milan-San Remo, part two
March 30, 2001 - This year's model's: new bikes at Milan-San Remo, part one
March 16, 2001 - Inside Francesco Casagrande's Pinarello, Cannondale's EPO
January 9, 2001 - Cannondale's new XC racing duallie, Avid disk brake setup warning

Product reviews - bikes

Wilier Trestina Galibier - As ridden by Francesco Casagrande
Orbea Starship Carbon Euskaltel 03 Team - More than a team replica
CYFAC XL8R - 40 Years of French flair
K2 Enemy - Disk-ready Cyclo-cross bargain
Fondriest P4 Carbon
Road test: Specialized's S-Works E5 - So very special
Merlin Agilis on test - a titanium superbike
Road test: Giant TCR-Zero - stealth fighter
Road test: Morati SC 12 - Unique Czech titanium
Road test - K2 Mod 5.0 road bike

Reviews - Accessories & components


Sugoi TechniFine Stretch Evolution bib shorts
Cateye Opticube & Compact Safety lights
Northwave Revolution T road shoes
Nike Carnerso mountain bike shoes
Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow and XP saddles
iRULE Ergo pants
Time Impact-Mag-Ti pedals
First impressions: Fi'zi:k Arione and Gobi saddles
Nike Poggio 2 road shoes
Park Tool's MTB-7 Rescue Tool
Maxxis Xenith & Detonator tyres
Thomson Masterpiece seatpost
CycleOps Fluid2 home trainer
Park Tool PFP-3 Home Mechanic Floor Pump
Nalini Flystorm road shoe
Campagnolo Techno Cycling Bib Shorts
Bontrager Race X-lite road wheels
Time Z pedals
Park TL-5 levers
Rotor cranks
Fi'zi:k Plateau saddle
Shimano Dura-Ace "Lance Pedals"
Speed tyres
Rocket Parts gloves


Cardgirus indoor trainer
Power Tap
Sci-Con Aero Comfort bike bag
Pearl Izumi Channel jacket
American Classic 350 Road Wheelset
Thomson setback seatpost
Pariba Pro-Course tyres
Koobi PRS saddle
Specialized Pro Road Shoe
Park CN-10 Cable Cutters
Specialized S1 helmet
Fi'zi:k Aliante saddle
Thomson SM-E125 stem
USE Alien carbon seatpost
Limar F111 helmet
Pearl Izumi Vaper shoes
Titec Malone bar and Miller stem
Keywin titanium pedals
Selle Italia SLR saddle


Cateye OS 1.0 computer - a data-junkie's dream
Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals - Four-sided, mud-proof, light weight
Park Tool belt - Keeps your trousers up
Park Tool MG-1 Mechanic's Gloves - protection for your fingers against crud and chemicals
Shimano R150 road shoes - Pro stiffness at an amateur price
Speedplay Zero pedals
Deuter Hydro 2.5 water pack

Book, film and video reviews

The Rás - The Story of Ireland's Unique Bike Race by Tom Daly
Spinervals 8.0 - Recovery & Technique
Put me back on my bike by William Fotheringham
Lance Armstrong - Every Second Counts
Phil O'Connor's 21 years of cycling photography
SBS and World Cycling Production's Tour de France highlights DVD and video
Le Tour - A century of the Tour de France by Jeremy Whittle
Day of Glory or Day of Pain
Team On The Run

Tech letters


June 19 questions - Campagnolo/Shimano mix, Lance at the Dauphine, Frame strength, Crank length, Team Shaklee GT, Prescription eyewear, Chain slipping in big ring only, Argon in disguise?, Khan Kuota, Transporting magnesium bikes, Tufo sealant
June 19 answers #1 - Gluing Tires, Auto degreasers, Chain slipping, Hard to find bits
June 19 answers #2 - Kinky tubulars, New Ksyriums, OCLV creaks, Campagnolo Pro-fit pedals, The best road bike, Train on tubulars or clinchers?, Which saddle
June 10 questions - Gluing tires, Train on tubulars or clinchers?, Saddles on pave, Which saddle?, D-A 10 and Record, Hard to find bits, Short axle Time Equipe pedals, OCLV creaks, New Ksyriums, Carbon wheels at the Giro, Chain slipping, Campagnolo Pro-fit pedals, Kinky tubulars, Nexave alternative
June 10 answers #1 - 2004 Dura Ace, Auto degreasers, Bianchi/Campy upgrades, Bike Racks, Bottle mounts
June 10 answers #2 - Campagnolo ten speed, Frame upgrade, Lance's bike at L-B-L, Mavic Helium Rim, Mavic Paris-Roubaix SSC rims, Pedals, Transporting carbon bikes, Wearing out tyres on trainers
May 28 Questions - Lance's bike at L-B-L, What did Eddy use?, How about 135mm spacing?, Pedals, Auto degreasers, Bike Racks, Frame upgrade, Wearing out tyres on trainers, Campagnolo ten speed, Mavic Helium Rim, Bottle mounts, Bianchi/Campy upgrades, Mavic Paris-Roubaix SSC rims, Transporting carbon bikes
May 28 Answers #1 - 2004 Dura Ace, 'Burping' tubular tires, Carbon upgrades, Computer mount, Dura-Ace hoods, Flight Deck problems
May 28 Answers #2 - Flying SRM cranks, Heart rate monitors, Integrated Fork, Mystery crank, Orbea bikes, Polar heart rate monitors, Ritchey
May 28 Answers #3 - Shimano nine to Campagnolo ten, The best road bike, Top tube length, Simple bikes
May 14 questions - 'Burping' tubular tires, Carbon upgrades, Computer mount, Dura-Ace hoods, Flight Deck problems, Flying SRM cranks, Heart rate monitors, Integrated Fork, Mystery crank, Orbea bikes, Ritchey, Shimano nine to Campagnolo ten, Where to find a simple bike?, Top tube length
May 14 answers - 2004 Dura-Ace, Frame Materials, The best road bike, Tough tyres
April 30 - Orbea Team 03, Frame Materials, Sprocket hunt, 2004 Dura-Ace, Adjustable Seats, Campagnolo goes electronic, Dura-Ace 9 speed cassette, Mavic Brake Pads, The best bike, Tough tyres, Why so much grease?
April 23 - Adjustable Seats, Why so much grease?, The best road bike, Mavic brakes, 650C vs. 700C wheels, Campagnolo goes electronic, Campagnolo 10 speed chain links, Campagnolo 10 speed upgrade, Dura-Ace 9 speed cassette, Rapidrise with Gripshift, Tyres, Tough tyres
April 16 - Rapidrise with Gripshift, Campag goes electronic, Campy 10 speed upgrade, Dura-Ace 2004, Trainers, Campy 10 speed chain links, Electronic everything, Headlight computer interference, Lefty rack, Pro wheel choice, Shim vs post, Tacx IMagic and Windows XP, Tyres
April 9 - Electronic everything, Pro wheel choice, Shim vs post, Lefty rack, Campy 10 speed chain links, Codes on bolts, Crank length and knee angle, Headlight computer interference, Roof rack bike holders, Spinergy Spox, Tacx IMagic, Tyres
April 3 - Codes on bolts, Bike engine, Spinergy Spox, Roof rack bike holders, Crank length and knee angle, Campy 10 speed chain links, Headlight computer interference, Play in Campag wheels, Simplifying a bike frame, Speedplay problem, Tacx IMagic, Triple cranks, TT double chainsets, Tyres, Zipp 303 hubs
March 27 - Simplifying a frame, Campy 10 speed chain links, Carbon fork and grease, Dedaccai EM2 vs U2 tubing, Measuring Q-factor, Suspenders/Braces, Triple cranks, Building up shoes, Tyres, Tacx IMagic, Headlight computer interference, TT double chainsets, Speedplay problem, Play in Campag wheels, Zipp 303 hubs, Ten speed chains, Tyre wear, Pedal/shoe position, Rotor cranks, Frame for a big rider, Crank length, Chamois cream
March 4 - Rim failure, Frame for a big rider, Avid brake, Chamois cream, Integrated headset durability, Crank length and knee angle, Measuring Q-factor, Relative frame sizes, Rotor Cranks, Chrono-Systeme hub, 650C vs 700C wheels, Carbon rear stays and Scandium Frames, Dedaccai EM2 vs U2 tubing, Crank length, Cross brake set-up, Flight Deck bracket, Lance pedals, Pedal/shoe position, Speedplay Zero vs SPD SL, Crank lengths - Murray adjustable, Time Impact pedals, Tyre wear, Wheels, Wippermann ten speed chain
February 18 - Flight Deck Bracket, Cross brake set-up, Wipperman ten speed chain, 650C vs 700C wheels, Bianchi Levitation wheels, Carbon rear stays, Crank length, Deda Synapsi handlebars, Pedal/shoe position, Speedplay Zero's V's SPD SL's, Time Impact Pedals, Tire wear, Wheels
February 11 - 650C vs 700C wheels, Buying race wheels, Speedplay Zero's V's SPD SL's?, Crank length, Pedal/shoe position, Carbon rear stays, Deda Synapsi handlebars, Fork/headset compatibility, Pedal Axle Length, Pedal platforms, Rolf wheel noise, Time Impact pedals, Tire wear, Titanium frame, Wheels, XTR concerns
February 4 - Wheels, Carbon rear stays, Deda Synapsi handlebars, Fork/headset compatibility, New Ultegra pedal?, Pedal Axle Length, Pedal platforms, Rolf wheel noise, Shimano XTR, Speed tyres, Time Impact pedals, Tire wear, Titanium frame


December 7 - Compact Frames, Touring options, Aerodynamics, American Classic Wheels, Computers, Crank length, DIY bike building, Front derailleur problem, K-2 Cross Bike, Mavic Bladed Spokes, Pearl Izumi Channel, PowerTap, Scicon Aerocomfort, Shimano BB compatibility, Tyre pressure
November 21 - DIY bike building, Aerodynamics, Tyre pressure, Rim sidewall thickness, Mavic bladed spokes, MTB pedals for Paris-Roubaix?, American Classic wheels, Chain scrapes on a Quantum, Computers, Crank length, Creaking Mavic Ksyriums, Bike choices, Pearl Izumi Channel, Shimano BB compatibility, Sloping frames, Washing waterproof garments
November 5 - American Classic 350 wheels, Computers, Weight distribution, Chain scrapes on a Quantum, Shimano BB compatibility, Crank length, Creaking Mavic Ksyriums, MTB Downhill brakes, New Bike choices, Once bar tape, Pedals, Rapid Rise, Rear clusters, Shimano XTR, Sloping frames, Washing waterproof garments, Top-pull for 'Cross
October 29 - Creaking Mavic Ksyriums, Crank length, MTB Downhill brakes, Washing waterproof garments, Rapid Rise, New bike choices, Once "special rubber" Handlebar tape, Pedals, Upgrading an old bike, Sizing, Sloping top tubes, Campag Hiddenset problems, Rear clusters, Top-pull for 'Cross
October 17 - Creaking Ksyrium SSC, Sloping top tubes, Top-pull for Cross, Rear clusters & climbing, Campag Hiddenset problems, Koobi PRS, Pedals, Road Tire Tech, Shimano XTR, Sizing, Squealing brakes, Upgrading an old bike
October 1 - Shimano new XTR, creaks, sizing, review feedback, upgrading
July 4 letters - Fizik Aliante, Shoes, handlebar drop, squeaky pedals
May 31 answers - Aluminium disks, Creaks, Lever positioning, Dura Ace 2004
May 29 - Is that really an S-Works? Mechanic courses, Excell tubing, Pedals
May 2 - Parts for smaller riders, Brake lever positioning, Dura-Ace?, Aluminium discs in the pipeline?, Suspension seatpost, Bars and stems, Indoor Training, Shoes, Crank Click Noise, Handlebar/stem creaks, Tire weight, Carbon handlebar clamp woes, Pedal stroke theories, Handlebar drop, Wheel choice, SLR saddle, Tyre pressure, Frankenbike, STI problems
Keywin pedals - readers responses to our review
March 20 - Wheel choice, Tyre pressure, Pedal stroke theories, Leg length, Crank lengths, Adjusting to new kit, Frankenbike, Tandem computers
February 12 - Wheel regs, Tandem computers, Crank lengths, Steerer choice, Sizing, Speedplay Zero pedals, Adjusting to new kit, Rear derailleur adjustment, Tyre pressure, STI lever repair, Sidi Shoes, Leg length, Frankenbike, Anquetil
January 29 - Leg length, Look cleats, Cables & Housing, STI repair, Pedalling style
January 15 - Cable housing, Disk brakes, Fit & frames, Integrated headsets, Inner tube tips
December 20, 2001 - Fit & frames, Integrated headsets, ROTOR, Inner tube tips, Chainstay protection
December 10, 2001 - Integrated headsets, Frames, Pegoretti, Carbon cage, Pennzoil, Park gloves, Inner tubes
December 3, 2001 - Carbon cage, Park gloves, Inner tube tips, Pegoretti, Speedplay, Cinelli plugs
November 23, 2001 - Cyclo-cross brakes, Pegoretti frames, Speedplay & other pedals
November 15, 2001 Speedplays, Road-going MTB, Deuter, Pegoretti?
November 2, 2001 Wheels – Light, strong, cheap?, Campagnolo steel, The 10.5lb bike, An even lighter bike, Bike weight

New Arrivals


December 19: Campagnolo, Giro Bontrager, Look & Topolino
December 11: Bontrager Race Lite Flat Top handlebar, Bontrager Race X Lite stem, Bell Ghisallo 50th Anniversary, Rocket7 Super Stock
November 24: Giant TCR-1, Specialized Turbo Pro, Rudy Project Freeon, Inova 24/7
November 10: Books by Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael and Kendra and René Wenzel
November 4: Park, Bergamo, Cateye, Specialized and a new book
October 30: Orbea, New books, fi'zi:k, Gravity Dropper
September 30: fi'zi:k, Thomson & more
August 21: New goodies from Nalini, iRULE, and Park
May 8: Clothing and saddles from iRULE and Selle Italia
April 23: New gear from Campagnolo, Nike, Specialized and Selle Italia
April 16: New gear from SRAM, Campagnolo, Nike and the Mont 24 Hour Challenge video
April 9
: Clothing from Campagnolo and Nike
April 2: Pumpin' with Park, hold-on to Oury & more dashboards from Cateye
March 19
- New goodies from Park, PowerCranks and Cateye,
March 13 - New goodies from Campagnolo and Cateye,
March 6 - Park CRP-1, TIME Impact Mag Ti, Slime for tubeless, Nike Carnerso shoes
February 26 - SRAM cassette & chain, Bontrager wheels & tires and ProLink lubes
February 19 - Orbea E1 Euskaltel Team, Time's Z pedals, Park MTB-7 multi-tool and more

Competition winners

Specialized (May 2003): See who won the Cipo replica bike!
Specialized (May 2003): See who won the Cipo replica helmets!
Cannondale (June 2001)
Blackburn (January 2001)
Trek/Nike (July 2000)
Cannondale (June 2000)
Spinergy (April 2000)

Special sponsorship features

Take a look inside the Campagnolo factory
Selle Italia: A Cyclingnews Virtual Visit
Specialized and Super Mario's S1 helmet
Orbea - Inside Spain's co-operative bike company
LeMond Titanium - Behind the development of the 2002 LeMond titanium range
Bontrager - Bontrager wheels at the 2001 Tour de France

Italia Bici

Italia Bici 2008
De Marchi - Innovation and Tradition inspires latest line
Milani - The passion and desire of Milani continues with Natale's son, Celeste.
Selle Italia - New location, new models for 2008
Vittoria Shoes - A true Italian family affair

Italia Bici 2007
Selle Italia - Selle Italia takes Flite again with new Flite saddle
De Marchi - Breaking the rules for cycling clothing
DeRosa - Il Maestro Ugo: Still Motivated To Build Great Bikes
Cytech - Maximum comfort, maximum performance

Italia Bici 2006
Selle Italia - Super saddle maker
De Marchi - Innovation & quality in clothing
DeRosa - Tailor made by Ugo
Cytech - the science of shorts liners
Fi'zi:k - Behind the scenes with Damiano Cunego
Fulcrum - Technology + style in wheels
Battaglin - Over two decades of carbon fiber

Italia Bici 2005
Ernesto Colnago - Inside the Inner sanctum
Wilier Triestina rides again
De Rosa - Straight from the heart
Deda Elementi - Passion + Experience = Innovation

Italia Bici 2004
Campagnolo - The real deal in wheels
De Marchi - Back to the future of high-tech cyclingwear
DMT:Made in Italy, available in the USA
Ernesto Colnago 50th Anniversary Interview
FSA - Pro teams provide input for Full Speed Ahead
Limar Helmets: Light, cool and sexy looking
Northwave - Innovation by nature

De Rosa: The Art of The Artisan
100 Anni Di Corsa: One hundred years and counting
ITM - Italmanubri: High Technology Bike Accessories in the Italian Artisan Tradition

Colnago 2002 - Inside Ernesto Colnago's personal bike museum

DMT Shoes - Polishing the diamond
Limar Helmets - Technology for your head
Colnago - An interview with Ernesto Colnago

Bike repair and maintenance

Repair & maintenance: Rear derailleur overhaul
Maintenance & repair: Freehubs
Maintenance & repair: Fitting & removing cogs
Fixing creaks: Troubleshooting a creaking drive train
Adjusting dual pivot caliper brakes: How to keep them working perfectly
Replacing & adjusting a threadless headset: fix those wobbly-steering blues
Washing your bike: Get that pro-wash gleaming bike feeling
Headset standards and nomenclature: a primer on steering bearings
Front derailleur adjustment: more gear tuning tips
Adjusting your rear derailleur: how to get your gears shifting sweetly
Wheel truing and spoke tensioning: everything you need to know about wheels
Brake and gear cables: How to cut and fit them
Tyres & wheels: Care and feeding
Fitting & removing cogs: How to change your ratios
Mounting tubular tires: The professional approach to this tricky task
Hub Bearings: Overhaul and adjustment
Freehubs: Servicing and replacing a freehub
Chains: Three methods of setting your chain length
Fitting a chain: How to secure your main drive component
Splined-axle cranks: Removing and fitting this increasingly common design.
A torque primer: Everything you need to know about fasteners, threads and torque wrenches
Frame alignment: How to check and fix a misaligned frame.
Recording MTB position: Grabbing all the data for training reference or future rebuild
Recording road bike position: As above, for the road
External bearing crankset systems: Installation and removal of the new-generation cranks
SPD pedal service: Greasing and adjusting Shimano pedals
Spoke tension balance with the TM-I tension meter

Tech articles


Specialized 30th birthday
50th anniversary bikes from Colnago & De Rosa
Giro Atmos: debuts at 2003 Tour de France
Millar's mechanical: For want of a front derailleur...
Trek's new 5.9 Madone
Fun & games at the Wachovia Cycling Series - and a peek at Mavic's limited edition Ksyrium SSC SL Tour de France wheels
Getting in gear with the Saturn Cyberbike
Dura-Ace 2004: In the flesh
Campagnolo's electronic group V2.0
Giant 2003 - More blurring of bike categories from the Big G


Giant's TCR Composite Gold - from idea to $10,000 superbike
How the bikes were built - four days in the life of ONCE-Eroski's mechanics building the TCR Composite Golds
Shimano's 2003 XTR MTB group - An in-depth first look at Shimano's off-road flagship
The UCI's new wheel regulations - which wheels conform?
Project Frankenbike - Cyclo-cross on a bare bones budget


The Pennzoil Solution - A distinctly tech-in-cheek approach to bike maintenance
Reusing inner tubes - How to, among other things, protect your chainstay for free
The road-going MTB: How to adapt your dirt bike for the tarmac

Pro bikes

2003 Pro bikes
2002 Pro bikes

Bikes of the Peloton

Bikes of the 2003 Peloton

Bikes at the 2003 Worlds
Igor Astarloa's 2003 Worlds winning bike
The bikes of the MTB Worlds
Specialized bikes at the Vuelta
Fassa's Giro weaponry: Pinarello's time trial machines
Team Bikes at the Giro: Zoncolan
Bikes at NORBA round #3
Team Bikes at the Tour of Georgia
Bikes at the Australian/Oceania Track Titles
Petacchi's Pinarello Dogma
Bikes at the 2003 Tour of Belgium
Bikes at the 2003 Australian/Oceania Track Titles
Bikes at the 2003 Redlands Classic
Bikes at the 2003 Spring Classics
Bikes at the 2003 Milan-San Remo
Tech at the 2003 Milan-San Remo
Bikes at the 2003 Paris-Nice: A look at the TT bikes,
Bikes at the 2003 Vuelta a Murcia TT

Bikes of the 2003 Tour de France

Part 1 - Ullrich, Botero, McGee, Simoni, Jalabert
Giant's TCR100 Tour Centenary superbike

Bikes of the 2002 Tour de France

Part 1 - Alessio, ONCE, FdJ.com, Lotto-Adecco
Part 2 - Fassa Bortolo, Jean Delatour, Kelme, Lampre-Daikin, Cofidis
Part 3 - Euskaltel-Euskadi, Tacconi Sport, AG2R, Lance Armstrong, Mapei-Quick Step, Rabobank
Part 4 - TT bikes: Rabobank, Credit Agricole, CSC-Tiscali, Lance, JaJa, Shimano TT rings
Part 5 - Trek TT, Bonjour cranks, Brad McGee, Tacconi Sport TT, Lance Pedals, Lampre-Daikin paintwork, Telekom, Kroon's Kockpit

Trade shows

On Show 2003: Do you need a reason to spend money?
On Show 2002: Shiny new toys from all the big shows
On Show 2002 special report: Gold and silver at the '02 worlds for US bike makers, by Gerard Knapp
Taipei Bike Show 2002 - Taiwan hits the road
Bicycling Australia 2001 show report - new stuff Down Under

Interbike 2001 trade show reports:
Main Report - US industry hits the pavement
Road bikes - Weighing up the options
Mountain bikes - New dirt
The 10.5lb bike - full specs of Speedplay's sub-5kg show-stopper
Division 1 suppliers - US bike makers take on Europe
Trackbikes and carbon - More track bikes and carbon specials
Trek's custom OCLV - New paint jobs and other releases from Trek

Milan trade show - Colnago duallie, Battaglin, Masi, Campagnolo

Eurobike trade show, 2001
First highlights,
Part one
Part two

Eurobike 2000, August 31-September 3
Part I - Colnago, Eddy Merckx, Battaglin, De Rosa, Dedaccai, Campagnolo
Part II - Giro, Polar, LOOK, Blackburn, Specialized, Cannondale, ASSOS, Castelli Hutchinson, Mavic, DT Spokes, Sixtus

EICMA Show, Milan, September 16-19, 2000
Report - Pegoretti, Colnago/Ferrari, Masi, Pesenti, Gios, Opera, Briko, Northwave, SIDI, DMT