About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


Review: Praxis Works Forged Chain Rings


At virtually half the price of a single ring from Shimano, Praxis Work’s Chainrings pack quite the performance and value.

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Just In: Cannondale Hooligan 1 Urban Bike


Looking for a responsive urban bike to navigate your way through the city with a small footprint that makes carrying it up stairs and storing it in tight spaces easy?

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iBike PowerStroke Quantifies Wasted motion, Power, and Time


Velocomp last week announced the latest addition to their iBike Newton line, the Newton Powerstroke+. For the first time a cyclist will be able to measure their pedaling style on an outdoor bike ride.

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Chrome Launches Truk Pro Urban SPD Shoe


Available in black or grey, Chrome claims it’s a shoe you’ll want to wear all day, everyday.

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Review: Saris Freedom Hitch Rack


If you’re looking for a solid rack without too many frills that will get the job done, the Saris Freedom should be at the top of your list. It’s manufactured and assembled in the USA, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Cratoni Helmets Back in the USA – Lighter Than Air for 2013


Cratoni Helmets is coming back to the USA, thanks to an exclusive distribution deal with SKS USA, the US subsidiary of SKS Germany.

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Review: 2012 SRAM Red Groupset


The lightest & quietest mechanical groupset available today SRAM Red makes a strong argument to ditch any thoughts you had of going electronic.

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Quick Take: Lazer Magneto Sunglasses


Why you want: You get bothered by tight temple arms and would rather not have the arms of your sunglasses sitting on your ears and interfering with your helmet. Pros: Short arms with embedded magnets is a clever new way to attach eyewear to helmet straps. Lack of arms alleviates any discomfort from tight temple […]

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Just In: Raleigh Clubman Mixte


It was just after Interbike back in 2009 when I stopped by the Raleigh offices just south of Seattle in Kent, Washington. I met with Raleigh’s Marketing Manager, Brian Fornes. Brian was excited to show me a new steel road bike they were shipping for model year 2010, the Record Ace. A beautiful steel bike […]

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2013 Predictions: Tom Ritchey of Ritchey Design


We had the opportunity to chat with Tom Ritchey before he left to attend the NAHBS show in Denver recently. Ritchey was recently inducted into the United States Bicycle Hall of Fame.

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Announced: Shimano Expands 11 Speed Road Wheel Offerings


Shimano today expanded their 11-Speed road wheel offerings to include a new lightweight carbon tubular, several trickle down tech wheels, and a couple of price point wheels.

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Video: 100th Tour de France Trailer Evokes Excitement


The countdown to the 100th edition of the Tour de France has officially begun. ASO, the organizers behind the Tour de France released a stirring and exciting two minute trailer featuring some of the tours most memorable riders and moments. The video does a masterful job of mixing classic images of legends with modern day […]

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Quick Take: Osmo Nutrition Active Hydration


Why you want: You’re looking to stay hydrated on the bike and you like the idea of separating your carbohydrate intake from your hydration. Pros: Already the fastest way to get fluid into your body, Osmo has tweaked the electrolyte ratios to speed it up even more. Active hydration mix lacks the side effects of […]

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Just In: Volagi Liscio 2 Disc Road Bike


Volagi’s latest Liscio2 Disc Road Bike featuring Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2 groupset and TRP’s new HyRd hybrid hydraulic disc brakes has arrived for testing.

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Heijden Confirms Shimano Di2 Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes Exist


Not officially though… Michiel vd Heijden of the Dutch Rabobank-Giant team posted the above photo to his twitter account yesterday, it’s since been taken down, but what it confirms is that Shimano are in fact developing hydraulic disc brakes for the road. From what we can gather from this single image, it appears that the […]

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Just in: Trek Domane 5.2 Road Bike


Trek announced the Domane platform last March, just in time for the Spring Classics. Developed in conjunction with Spartacus himself, Fabian Cancellara was set to take on the famed cobbles of Paris Roubaix aboard the new Domane. Unfortunately, he suffered a collarbone break just a week before the race. Instead, Cancellara rode the Domane to […]

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Review: Norco Valence Carbon 1 Road Bike


You can trace Norco bicycles all the way back to 1964, when it was founded by Bert Lewis, who dreamt of creating a bicycle company committed to quality products and top notch customer service. Better known for their off-road offerings, the Canadian bicycle manufacture has made progress over recent years to expand their road bike […]

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Quick Take: Capo Thermo Roubaix LF Gloves


Why you want: You ride year round and you’d like to avoid frostbitten digits. Pros: Long fingered coverage with Thermo Roubaix fabric featuring hollow core microfiber that traps air, effectively insulating your fingers without having to resort to thicker heavier materials. Silicone palm grip with tiny Capo logos helps maintain handlebar grip even in wet […]

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Quick Take: Knog Milkman Cable Lock


Why You Want: You ride solo a lot and the occasional midride stop into a café or shop to refill your bottle requires you step away from your bike for short amounts of time. Pros: The Milkman fits perfectly into a jersey pocket, so it’s likely you’ll carry it with you on most rides. Polycarbonate […]

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Quick Take: Serfas Thunderbolt Tail Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a bright tail light that’s durable, easy to maintain, and can be mounted almost anywhere. Pros: A 30-LED strip in this light produces a 35 lumen taillight, plenty bright to be seen from a far. An internal lithium-ion USB rechargeable battery means the days of disposable batteries are gone. […]

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Quick Take: Blink Steady Bike Tail Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a quality taillight that is as clever in operation as it is in looks. Pros: Use of an accelerometer means you never have to remember to turn on your light, or more importantly turn it off. Secure install means it won’t easily get stolen from your bike. Designed and […]

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Quick Take: Serfas TSL-200 Bicycle Headlight


Why You Want:You commute on your road bike, you’re looking for a powerful light that won’t take up a lot of space on your handlebar and won’t waste disposable battery after disposable battery. Pros: Self contained lights are covenient for commuters, and the TSL-200 is just that, weighing very little but packing quite the punch […]

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Lance Armstrong Still Lying According to Travis Tygart


Lance Armstrong recently admitted to doping on Oprah, but according to USADA CEO Travis Tygart he’s still not telling the truth on many key issues. On last night’s episode of 60 Minutes

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Roundup: 2013 Commuter Lights


Commuter lights can be broken down into two different categories, the to be seen lights and the to see lights. The first, ‘To Be seen’ light are usually smaller lights that emit enough light to catch the attention of motorists, but aren’t exactly powerful enough to be your sole source of light.

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Roundup: Best Indoor Bicycle Trainers


Most cyclists loathe the indoor trainer. It’s unnatural. It lacks the pure visceral feeling we get when we’re out on the open road pushing ourselves to the limit, whether it be on a climb or trying for our fastest time on a particular stretch of pavement. Once you get into the benefits of cycling though, […]

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Transparent Clarity Bike Brings New Meaning to Ghost Riding


Ever wonder what materials the bicycles of the future would be made of? We’ve seen many concepts this year, including several made of cardboard, but this may be the most interesting of them all. This is Clarity, a transparent proof of concept road frame built from a polymer called Trivex. The transparent material is the […]

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News: Lance Armstrong Admits to Doping – Reactions


Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night. During a quick fire line of questioning to open up the interview, Armstrong answered “Yes” to using banned substances, EPO, blood doping, testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormones during all seven of his Tour de France wins. It was an admission that […]

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News: Armstrong Confesses to Doping


UPDATE 1/14/13: Lance Armstrong has confessed to doping. Anonymous sources close to the situation have told news outlets that Lance Armstrong has come clean and confessed to doping during his interview with Oprah. The interview was filmed over 2 and a half hours in a hotel in Austin, Texas on Monday. The Interview which was […]

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News: Lance Armstrong to Tell-All on Oprah


The Lance Armstrong saga continues to drag itself out. The 41-year-old disgraced cyclist is scheduled to appear on Oprah’s Next Chapter on January 17th. The interview will take place at Armstrong’s Austin home and will be the first “no-holds-barred interview” since Armstrong was stripped of his 7 Tour de France wins and dropped by sponsors. […]

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CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro Trainer Review


CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro Trainer – MSRP $399 If you’ve been researching indoor trainers, it’s almost a certainty you’ve come across CycleOps in your research. CycleOps makes training products ranging from the PowerTap on the road to full on indoor cycles to rear wheel trainers and rollers. They offer a range of trainers from their classic […]

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RacerMate CompuTrainer Pro Review


RacerMate CompuTrainer Pro – MSRP $1629.00 CompuTrainer by Racermate is perhaps one of the longest running training products on the market. Originally making it’s debut in 1986, it’s the first electronic bicycle trainer/ergometer with interactive motivational software and course creation all in one bundle. Over the years, the product has been tweaked and improved and […]

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US Pro Champion Timothy O’Donnell To Ride Trek in 2013


It was announced recently that multi-time US Pro Triathlon champion and 2009 ITU long-course World Champion Timothy O’Donnell has signed onto the powerhouse Trek/K-Swiss triathlon team. After a highly successful 2012 season where he won a second US Professional 70.3 Championship and several podium finishes, O’Donnell looks to carry the momentum into 2013. “We’re proud […]

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Specialized S-Works Chicane Saddle Review


Specialized S-Works Chicane Saddle – MSRP $299 A Chicane is defined as a series of tight turns in opposite directions on an otherwise straight stretch of a road. So it’s fitting that Specialized’s newest S-Works saddle should be called the Chicane—it represents a few rapid changes of direction when compared to other Specialized saddles. First, […]

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Smart Stop p/b Mountain Khakis To Ride Wilier in 2013


Wilier Triestina announced this week their sponsorship of the Smart Stop presented by Mountain Khakis professional cycling team. The team will ride atop the Zero9 and Cento1 SR road bikes when they race the National Criterium Calendar in 2013. “Partnering with Wilier Triestina, a company that embodies Italian passion for the sport of cycling, a […]

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Minoura LR760 trainer and LiveTraining App for iOS Review


Minoura LR760 Trainer – MSRP $380 The Minoura LR760 trainer is the second trainer in Minoura’s LiveRide series. It shares many of the same features as the top of the range LR960, with one exception. The LR760 utilizes a mono leg design instead of the infinitely adjustable U-leg design of its older sibling. The mono-leg […]

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Quick Take: Serfas CP-300 Combo Light Set


Why You Want:You’re looking to be seen and need a no frills convenient package of a front headlamp and a rear taillight. Pros: Relatively inexpensive combo light set which includes a bright LED headlight and taillight. The headlight uses two Nichea LEDs and the rear taillight uses 7 smaller LEDS. Both work in steady and […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Macrodrive Front Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a little bit of versatility in your light. You want a well-built light with a CREE LED emitter and USB rechargeable all in one package that works well as a commuter and can double as a helmet light off road as well. Pros: Well constructed CNC housing that holds […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Micro Drive (Front and Rear)


Why You Want: You’re looking for a small, affordable, and capable light to “get you home” on your commutes. Pros: Much like all things Lezyne, the Micro Drive lights are well engineered. The Micro Drive (front) features a claimed 150 lumen output, in a compact CNC’d aluminum housing. The Micro Drive (rear) shares the same […]

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Quick Take – NiteRider Lumina 650


Why You Want: You’ve used previous NiteRider’s Minewt series of lights, and are looking for a brighter self contained light with output that will not only illuminate the road for you, but will be seen by motorist. Pros: Great improvements over last year’s Minewt 600, actual output of 647 is very close to 650 claimed […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Urban 550


Why You Want: You’re looking for a serious commuter light packed with features that matter most to you as a commuter. Pros: The Light & Motion Urban 550 is the latest version of the popular Urban 500. It features excellent light output and a very sensible beam pattern. Dedicated amber side lights are a great […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Taz 1200


Why You Want: The ultimate commuter crossover light. A light that packs in plenty of punch, refined for the road, but rugged enough to hit the switchbacks too on the way home. Pros: The Taz is a self contained, dual purpose light that Light & Motion dubs a “Crossover” light. Designed to play double duty […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Mega Drive


Why You Want: You want a powerful light that features the convenience of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, but also the ability to use multiple batteries. Pros: The Mega Drive measured an impressive 1100 lumens, 100 more lumens than the claimed 1000. The two CREE LEDs provide a wide spill light and far throw light with excellent […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 360+


Why You Want: You’re looking for a complete package, 360 degree visibility, seen from all angles. Pros: The Vis 360+ offers, as you can guess, 360 degrees of visibility by mounting a small 250 lumen light head to the front of your helmet and a small taillight to the rear of your helmet. The package […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 180


Why You Want: An SUV of features, in a compact package. Pros: Compact one piece unit that houses a rechargeable li-ion battery, rear light, amber side lights, and a built in locking mount clip. The rear taillight is rated at 50 lumens, the system weighs just 100 grams, and is built in the USA. Cons: […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 180 Micro


Why You Want: A smaller version of Ligh & Motion’s 180, pack many of the same features in an even more compact package. Pros: Smaller one piece unit that houses a rechargeable li-ion battery, 25 lumen rear light, amber side lights, and a built in clip/strap that makes mounting a breeze. Cons: Half the lumens […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Femto Drive (Front and Rear)


Why You Want: You’re looking for lights that you can mount and forget. Stealthy lights that disappear into your bike, until you find yourself roaming the dark streets, and then they’re there to get you where you need to go Pros: Small and affordable 15 lumen headlight that comes in headlight and taillight colors (taillights […]

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Quick Take – Dinotte 300R Taillight


Why You Want: It’s a 300 lumen taillight! You want one of the brightest taillights available? This is it. Extremely bright in the dark, this light is also more than capable of being used during the day to be seen as well. Pros: The Dinotte 300R is a self contained li-ion powered 300 lumen taillight. […]

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Featured User Review: 2013 Cannondale EVO Hi-Mod Dura Ace


Featured User Review: 2013 Cannondale EVO Hi-Mod Dura Ace by DirtDad MSRP Price: $7990 Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 4 of 5 Strengths: Lightness, efficiency, comfort, geometry Weaknesses: It does all things well, but it is not as aero as a full aero bike (which are heavier), or as comfy as a more […]

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Quick-Step Cycling Team Unveils 2013 Kit


Quick-Step Cycling Team recently came together for one of their first 2013 team training camps. At the camp, the team unveiled their new look for the 2013 campaign. The kit is similar to their 2012 attire with minor tweaks here and there. The most striking changes are the choice of black dots that seem to […]

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Bipo Helmet Earbud Mounts


While we do not condone the use of ear buds while you’re on the bike, we know there are a fair amount of road cyclists that do use them to liven up a ride. By doing so though, you become less aware of what’s going on around you, traffic, hazards, or maybe even other cyclists […]

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