Bike Magazine’s New Editor is…

… Joe Parkin.  The celebrated author of “A Dog in a Hat,” and seasoned professional road/mountain/cyclocross racer, has just taken the Editor’s position at Bike Magazine.

His first book was an amazing piece of work.  It was a great reflection of what actually happened in the drug-ridden European road racing scene, especially in the fast-paced world of Kermesse (kermis) racing.  Having always fantasized about racing on the cobbles of Northern France/Belgium, and training in the rain and under constant gray skies, just to give myself the designation of “flahute,” Joe’s book was a refreshing addition to my library of cycling books.

After becoming obsessed with Twitter, I discovered Joe Parkin is a user also.  If you get a chance, you should follow him there at  We’ve become casual Twitter-buddies over the last year or so.  I am constantly bugging him to hurry up with his elusive “Book #2,” which I heard is entitled, “Come & Gone.”  I can’t wait until it’s out… bound to be packed with a lot more of the same great writing that Joe’s first book had.  I’ve read that one three times while waiting for the new book.  Joe also writes frequently on his blog, “6 Years in a Rain Cape.” Good stuff.  Check it out if you want a good read or if you’ve got a question about the pro racing lifestyle.

I’m sure Joe’s work at Bike Magazine will be equally impressive, if not (dare I say it…) BETTER than the work he has published already.  Congratulations, Joe, on the new gig.  We’re all rooting for you.

Cane Creek Headset Fit Finder

On VeloReviews Podcast #2, I answered a question regarding the number of standard sizes for internal/integrated headsets and how to find which one is right for your bike.  I advised to contact the manufacturer of the bike, via their website, or to use FSA’s Headset Gauge to find out for sure (as seen below).
In my constant search for technical innovations in cycling, I have stumbled across a new tool that has come into existence. Cane Creek Cycling Components, makers of the 110 Headset platform (which has a 110 Year Warranty – it’ll outlast YOU), has created a seemingly foolproof database of most major manufacturers and models and their headset standards.  It’s easy… you type in the brand, model, and year of your bike, and… voila!  It tells you exactly which Cane Creek Headset(s) will work with your bike.  A screenshot is found below:
You can find this handy tool online at  Enjoy!!!

(Cross-posted at

VeloReviews Podcast #2

Last night, the Four Horsemen (actually, 3 Horsemen and a Horsewoman… myself, David Bernstein of “The FredCast,” Jeff Helfand – VeloReviews Founder, and Jen Moore, Women’s Editor) recorded the second installation of the VeloReviews Podcast.  My segments included an interview with Brian Dallas, Tech Rep for Focus Bikes, and a series of questions from listeners regarding tool selection for a 50 mile ride, internal headset compatibility, the resurgence of steel frames and their possible inclusion in the Tour de France/pro peloton, and should or should you not use singlespeed bikes as training tools.

We had a great time recording it, and we hope everyone enjoys the Podcast.  There are  prizes for the Photo Caption Contest every week and I also get to choose the “Question of the Week” in my second segment.  This week’s winner gets a safety identification bracelet provided by Road ID.

Download it on iTunes by clicking here.  Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

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