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Road Cycling Digest: Making A Carbon Frame, Washing Cycling Kit, Fuelling a Grand Tour & More

Road Cycling Digest: Making A Carbon Frame, Washing Cycling Kit, Fuelling a Grand Tour & More

What’s going on in the curly bar world? Road Cycling Digest showcases articles from our sister sites, CyclingTips and VeloNews . In each installment, you…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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What’s going on in the curly bar world? Road Cycling Digest showcases articles from our sister sites, CyclingTips and VeloNews . In each installment, you might find endurance coverage, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike tech and, of course, lycra.

By: Dave Rome / CyclingTips

The topic of bike washing is weirdly controversial in cycling. Take a deep dive on YouTube and you’ll find a range of advice that spans everything from using only the finest lavender-scented organic wet wipes, all the way through to blasting your bike with a high-powered pressure washer while headbanging to AC/DC. And there are situations where each recommendation is correct.

A short Instagram clip recently posted by Peter Sagan shows him ‘lovingly’ caring for his bike at a car wash station. The three-time world champion brandishes the high-pressure wand to get foaming detergent into all the hard-to-access nooks and crannies of his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7. He pays particular attention to the left-side bearing of the bottom bracket, then (correctly) cleans the chain on the chainrings, before blasting the snot out of the often-dirty spot above the front wheel (also known to bicycle nerds as the lower headset bearing).

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By: James Huang / CyclingTips

For better or worse, there are just three major players when it comes to drop-bar groupsets. Shimano is the undisputed volume leader, and the company just celebrated its 100th anniversary after kicking things off with a simple single-speed freewheel in 1922. SRAM is the relative new […]

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