Riding in Italy: Where the Gran Fondos are Inexpensive and the Camaraderie is Incomparable

One of the upfront differences between U.S. and Italian gran fondos is cost and swag. U.S. events are pretty pricey and you’re lucky to get a water bottle and wrong size polyester t-shirt. Italian events on the other hand are only about €35 ($40) and come with a bag chock-full of Italian goodies. But the best part of an Italian gran fondo is the people. Italians love cycling like Americans love baseball.
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Modern Vintage: Finding Perfection With Italian Framebuilding and Japanese Components

The Gilco formulation of Columbus steel was a high-point for frame-building, but the vintage drivetrain of the era left much to be desired. We built up a vintage Colnago Master frame with an assortment of carbon fiber trim and modern components to keep the performance high, and the price down low. A few tricks are required to make the adaptation, but well worth the entry fee.
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TBE Episode 161: Cars Parked in Bike Lanes: A Solution, the Joys of Outdoor Cycling, Peloton’s Predicament, and Watts of Watt Talk

Is an app that allows riders to report cars parked in bike lanes a public nuisance or a beneficial tool? We discuss the implications of apps like these, plus a tip on potentially avoiding the cost of medical transportation, a listener question regarding watt measurement, and the future of virtual cycling.
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TBE Episode 160: The Latest Iteration of the ‘Rules of Cycling’, NYT Nods Towards eBikes, and A Record-Length Post-Show for the SuperFans

We review all of Phil Gaimon’s “11 Rules for Cycling” and reveal our thoughts on the relevancy of these new rules. We cover the increasing popularity of electric bikes, and our record-length post-show delves into the mechanics behind our recording setup and the similarities between audiophiles and bicyclists. 
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Charity, Cycling and Community at the Tour de Palm Springs

Are charity cycling events a lost cause? Not yet, at least at the Tour de Palm Springs. Since 1999, the nonprofit group behind the event, CVSPIN (Coachella Valley Serving People In Need), has given more than $3.2 million to charities including Boy Scout troops, homeless organizations, high school bands, Desert AIDS Project, United Cerebral Palsy, and countless others.
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TBE Episode 158: Steel Bikes and Direct Mount at the Tour de France, the Busiest Bike Lane in North America, and the Importance of Mental Health in Sports

We summarize the finale of the 2019 Tour de France, along with a discussion of some unusual gear and bikes that were spotted at the Tour. We also dive into how the so-called ‘busiest bike lane in America’ was once considered a bad idea, how one group in congress is proposing federal funding for bike transit, and finish up with an emphasis on the need for mental health care for professional athletes.
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TBE Episode 156: On Defense, Mountain of Hell, The Rungu Ride Coming to a Beach Near You and the Lubri Disc – Yay or Nay

We return for another episode covering the latest cycling news and events coming across the wire. We touch on our thoughts about negative reviews, and then move into our topics for the episode including the viral Mountain of Hell video, the new Lubri Disc, the Rungu three-wheeled bike (not a trike) and the latest discovery on purchasing helmets online.
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TBE Episode 155: Fueling Your Adventure Need Not Cost an Arm or a Leg, Unthreading Tariffs on Bikes and Rationals for Economic Forecasting.. Exciting!

We discuss making bike-packing and touring foods taste good, why it’s important to have good tasting food on the road and trail and we discuss the ways to spice up your meals while you’re touring the trails and roads. Additionally, we dip a toe into the latest news impacting Giant Bicycles, the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world. BAT Patrons will learn why @chrsrnlds is looking to buy a sewing machine.
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TBE Episode 154: Notes on Lighting, Bar Tape Hits and Misses, and the Products that Stood Out at Outdoor Retailer

We follow-up on some of our lighting discussion from last weeks episode, as well as reviewing some corrosion on new bar tape and why this might be happening. We finish up the episode with a discussion on some gear to try (or toss) from this past week’s Outdoor Retailer. In the post-show, Victor and Chris pontificate on mountain bikes, cycling apparel, video games, and Marco Pantani’s iconic look.
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