Chainlinks: Best of the Bike Web, June 6, 2014

6 Jun

It’s Summer. Time For a Book.

RKP reviews Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong:

What Macur shows is that Armstrong was that rarest of phenomenon, the one-in-a-million personality who, with the help of the machine behind him, skewed the whole of the sport, tilting the entire enterprise toward something reprehensible, as pointlessly selfish and self-serving as a Bond villain. Keep Reading >>

Fat Cyclist reads The Loyal Lieutenant:

The biggest problem with The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris, by George Hincapie (co-authored by Craig Hummer) is that the title promises one kind of story, and then doesn’t tell it, instead telling you another. Keep Reading >>

The Inner Ring covers Shadows on the Road:

Timing. Had this come out years ago it could have had the sensational impact of Tyler Hamilton’s Secret Race given it details doping on the US Postal team. But coming out in 2014, long after the USADA report it’s a very different matter. Keep Reading >>

More Matte Black?

Seriously, am I the only one tiring of this trend? Every bike is matte black these days. Enough. We don’t need this. The pendulum of taste is going to swing back towards shiny any day now.

SRAM’s X1 Group Now Available … and it’s Black

Sigh. Can’t win. Full review here, over at Bike Rumor. Meanwhile, RKP has a preview of the still-silver XTR Di2. Just get your wallet out.

Orange You Glad I Don’t Need Oil?

Check out more great suggestions for rusty-chain slang over at Bike Hacks.

Don’t Need Data Either?

Man, with Strava and power meters and heart rate monitors, everything can be tracked. But should everything be tracked that could be tracked? Fat Cyclist makes the case against heart rate monitors.

4mm Makes a Difference

At least is does for Frank over at Velominati:

Four millimeters over a saddle height of of 830. I climbed aboard her and set off, amazed at how good she felt. Immediately the power was back, the inherent comfort of riding a bike returned. Keep Reading >>

How About 4 Tons?

Bikeyface talks about big hauls.



Needs a paint job and a polish, of course.

[Fuji Feather CX 1.1 on Urban Velo]


[Tire art featured on Bike Rumor]

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