Bicycling Issue 3 2019

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6 min.
inside knowledge

SELENE YEAGER RIDER, BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE P.2 1 If I feel a twinge somewhere like in my knee or hip, I lightly stretch and roll both sides of my body, not just the spot of the discomfort. Often, the feeling in one site is the result of tightness or knots somewhere else, like when a tight right hip causes left knee pain. ANDREW JUSKAITIS EXPERT, GIANT CONTEND 3 P.27 It’s tempting to be the first one to own the latestand-greatest product, but it’s wise to wait a year or two to make the purchase—first-year product can oftentimes reveal anomalies that machine testing and field testing didn’t catch. It’s not a safety issue, but usually a little detail like a creaky pivot that prototype testing didn’t catch. BEN FARVER EXPERT, ARGONAUT ROAD DISC P.90 When buying…

4 min.
the selection

I wanted to ride as much of that sunny spring Friday as I could, so that morning I’d logged in for eight hours of vacation time and that’s how it was that a little before noon I’d already looped back into town after about three hours out and stopped at the bike shop for an espresso. There were other people there from other rides, mostly people I knew, sitting like me at one of the two rickety wood-slat tables on the sidewalk, or on the concrete steps leading down to the shop door or leaning on the railing, and we had all decided to go back out together on a favored route once some of them finished eating. A mother and a daughter walked in among us, holding hands, both of…

3 min.
what we’re riding

JIMMY CAVALIERI IMAGE EDITOR HOMEMADE HOT SAUCE AFICIONADO 1 / Chrome Delta Backpack $110 For the last six years, my Chrome Delta has been my main bag. I can easily pack my laptop, a kit, cycling shoes, and my lunch with room to spare, yet it remains small and compact. 2 / Slica Seat Roll Premio $48 I don’t like to carry too much in my jersey pockets, but I like to be prepared. On every ride, I carry a tube, a patch kit, levers, a tool with chain breaker, and a spare link. And it all fits nicely into the Seat Roll Premio, creating a compact package that’s rattlefree thanks to the Boa Closure SySTEM:. 3 / Bontrager Circuit MIPS Road Bike Helmet $150 I have different helmets for different types of riding. The Bontrager Circuit MIPS…

3 min.
the test zone

Specialized Exos $499 You have to hold these 150-gram (each) shoes in your own hand to experience just how shockingly light they are. The upper is very supple but has less support than most race models. Light shoes are great, but not if your feet slide around. These shoes just arrived, but we’re already pushing them hard to see whether there’s enough support for all-around use.—Matt Phillips Engineered to Last In our recent test of minipumps we found a few exciting new options, like the Bike Tube Air Handler Mini, an inexpensive pump with an aluminum barrel that outperformed more expensive models. Our favorite, though, is still the $120 Silca Pocket Impero. It’s expensive but the best we’ve tried. It’s small, feels solid, and pumps smoothly. It’s a nice piece of U.S.-made gear…

1 min.
2019 bike buyer’s guide

THE THRILLING, MOMENTOUS, life-altering, rapturous, almost inconceivably soul-satisfying event of buying a new bike has an essential requirement: finding something that fits your needs within your budget. The financial calculus is up to you, but we have you covered on finding the absolute best bike for your needs. Our experts tested more than 275 of the latest bikes over the past 10 months (and researched hundreds more). Then we looked at every component down to the tires and BOTTOM BRACKET:s to identify the ones with game-changing performance at an exceptional price—ending up with 51 of the greatest bikes out there, arranged here for you by price. You’ll also find answers to the most vexing bike-buying questions and illuminating opinions on the latest bike tech. Whether you want to spend $600 or…

4 min.
spawn yoji 16

WEIGHT: 14. 7L B FORK: SPAWN 4130 CHROOLY CRANKS: BROOD ALLOY 3-PIECE CHAINRING: BROOD 24 TW / GUIDE CASSETTE: SHIMANO-COMPATIBLE 12T BRAKES: TEKTRO MINI-V BOTTOM BRACKET: SQUARE TAPER WHEELS: SPAWN 16H SINGLE-WALL ALLOY, SHIMANO PATTERN FREEHUB, 10MM AXLES TIRES: BROOD LOAM STAR 1.9-INCH SADDLE: BROOD PERCH PIVOTAL BAR: 22MM ALLOY STEM: FORGED SHORT-REACH SEATPOST: ALLOY, 25.4MM T THIS LITTLE SHRED sled is built to rip. While old-school kids’ bikes were mostly toys—heavier than they needed to be, with lower-cost brakes and tires, and geometry that made them feel tippy—the Yoji is something else. It’s a smartly designed bike for kids who ride hard (or who have parents who hope they will one day). It has an aluminum frame and wheels to keep weight low, front and rear rim brakes, wide knobby tires,…