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Last Post 11/09/2022 11:13 AM by 79 pmooney. 0 Replies.
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79pmooney

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11/09/2022 11:13 AM
I'm impressed.  Just read Will Jone's article "Buy it for life cycling tech", then his article on CX tires.  He opens his "Buy it for life" with the steel frame he built that includes many features I incorporated into my Peter Mooney; a bike designed to work for me in the lower 48 states 12 months of the year.  Now he is a big fan of DT shifter bosses and I say (and told Peter) no, go just the stop for a clamp.  And 4 years after I received the Mooney, I saw the top-mounted DT shifters with the magic narrow width and paddles I couldn't hit with my knees!  And while those options are more limited than the regular shifters, they are SunTour and seem to have the usual (rather boring) SunTour lifespan.  He wants friction shifters.  (I say Power Ratchets are OK also.)

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/buy-it-for-life-the-antidote-to-black-friday/

Other component/accessories he sees as lifetime:

Kryptonite U-locks (except over there they approach the alphabet from the other direction and call them D-locks).  Paul.  Square taper cranks.  He likes the Renee Herse.  Chris King headsets.  (But not the Gripnut - Ben.)  Silca pumps.  (No, the HP/HPX are better and more durable but he has the right idea.)  King cages.  (Yeah.)  Rapha jerseys.  Chrome Industry and Caradice bags. Brooks Pro.  (Not for me.  I prefer to not take "riding the rivet" literally.  My soft parts really don't like hard leather stretched over steel.) 

Cup and cone hubs.  (Yeah but Phil Wood's "disposable" bearing go so long and are so trouble free.  Maybe the company will vaporize soon.  Mr. Wood is not young. But they've been in business and serviced their products for what? almost 50 years?


Then I read his article on CX tires.  Very informative.  https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/cyclo-cross-tyres-explained/

He comes across as being very grounded in a lot of different types of cycling, both competitive and not.  Builds frames part time.  Good reading. 
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