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Abu Dhabi & Bahrain. Where are the UCI ethics?

Calling Brian Cookson at the UCI. Hi, Brian, WTF? There is no applause here at Twisted Spoke on the news that TJ Sport squad (formerly Lampre-Merida) has found a last minute sponsor in UAE Abu Dhabi. Along with the new Bahrain-Merida, that makes two teams at the highest level of pro road cycling who have sponsors from countries […]

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Doping, punching, slashing, cheating and dirty secrets.

That sounds like a mini-vocabulary for pro cycling, doesn’t it? We got a small pop of amusement when we read the CyclingTips story about their top ten most read stories of 2016. When you read the top ten, you realize for the millionth time that we’re not fans of a normal sport. If this was […]

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BMC’s Ochowicz, with feeling.

Over the years, at the Tour of California, US Pro Cycling Challenge and Tour de France, I had the opportunity to do a number of short interviews with BMC boss Jim Ochowicz. He always struck me as a basically nice, down-to-earth guy but also a careful, conservative CEO in his dealings with the media. Ask Ochowicz […]

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Review: Ibex Arrivee Merino wool bib short

I tried my first pair of Merino wool bib shorts about five years ago. They were made by Icebreaker, which at the time had a number of cycling specific wool pieces — a jersey, bib, arm warmers. I still love all the Icebreaker Merino base layer stuff but they stopped making bibs and jerseys. I never wore the […]

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Porte to surprise Froome at Tour? That’s a surprise.

All his bike racing talents aside, nobody has ever described BMC’s Richie Porte as “Contador-like.” Unlike the Spaniard, Porte does not have a reputation for the unexpected attacked, the tactical surprise or improvisational aggression. That’s not to say that Porte can’t change up his style of racing — a methodical one he learned at Team Sky […]

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No biking stuff for Christmas. Daughter gets it all.

Yes, it’s the non-holiday shopping guide. I’m getting zilch. It’s a form of capitalist torture to read and view every single Best Gifts for Cyclists guides. Man, I want just about everything — even gear for cyclocross and I don’t even have a bike like that. So many delicious goodies tempting my credit card and willpower. […]

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My clean bike obsession

I knew this would happen with a new bike. I’d get anal about keeping the bike clean, just like I did with the last few bikes I’ve owned. Usually, this obsessive bike hygiene wears off after a few months. You get a scratch or two , some dirt and grime gets in the corners of […]

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Bike lock down. New locks from RockyMounts

RockyMounts, better known for their — wait for it — bike mounts is now coming into the bike lock category. introduced at Interbike, these babies should be headed your way soon. We’ve highlighted the top three RockyMounts locks we think would do the best job with your high-end rig. Or that old Stumpjumper that’s loaded with […]

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Dehydration weirdness

It’s a sick sport, professional road racing. Sometimes it seems so extreme and bizarre that you wonder whether you should be watching it. (Maybe go back to the NFL and all those concussions.) Such was the case when we read Team Sky’s team doctor Roger Palfreeman talking about the benefits of functional dehydration. Here’s a sport where GC […]

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