Buy It From Your Local Bike Shop

SRAM PC 1071 chain, showing list price of $69.99.  The name of the local bike shop has been whited out so as not to embarrass them.

Over the last few years I’ve spent a lot of money buying, building, and fixing my various bikes.  Too much money, really.  But if you have to have a vice, I guess one that makes you healthy is the best kind to have.  And being a local business owner, I always try to shop locally if possible. As I began writing this article, I decided to check Quicken to find out exactly how much I’d spent.  I was astounded to find that I’d spent $33,239 supporting this addiction of mine over the last three years or so.  Fortunately I’ve sold quite a few bikes and lots of extra parts.  I also pulled up the receipts from the two local bicycle shops that I try to support, although truthfully one has received the bulk of my business. Again, I was surprised to learn...

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Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro SRAM 1×10

Raleigh 1x10 - 3

This bike is my cross country geared race bike.  It has a twin sister that is a single speed version of the same bike.  This one features a 1×10 XX group with one exception: The rear derailleur is XO with clutch, a feature not available in XX.  This setup is essentially the 10 speed version of the new XX1 11 speed group from SRAM.  I’m running a Rotor 34t Q-ring up front and KMC hollowpin chain. Wheels are American Classic Race 29s, brakes are Hayes Prime, fork is Manitou Tower Pro with remote lock, crank is RaceFace Evolve, seatpost is Thompson Elite, and bars are Easton Monkey Lite Carbon.  Tires are Kenda Karma 1.9″ and running tubeless.  Pedals are Xpedo titanium.  The bike weighs in just under 21 pounds ready to ride and there...

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Uno! Single Speed Road Bike

Sweet looks, stiff, and light!

I love my UNO! single speed road bike. Stiff carbon fiber frameset, American Classic Road Tubeless wheels, Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless tires, Adamo saddle, FSA drivetrain, Xpedo titanium road pedals, ZeroGravity brakes, Jagwire cables, SRAM levers, Syntace bars and mostly just plain looks awesome! Better yet, it weighs in at 14lbs 10oz with pedals, Garmin mount, cadence sensor, bottle cage, and pump. This bike is my go-to road bike and is just plain bad@ss!

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