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What's hot this year: 2020 Gear Review with Max 

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In the world of cross country skiing, innovation is constant. This model year, both Start and Fischer have made noteworthy innovations in their race models.

New from Start this year is the Race Ultra ski pole, which improves upon the previous year’s high performance racing pole, the Race 1.0 pole. The Race Ultra pole keeps Start's industry-leading design of reducing carbon layering at the tip of the pole, which serves to save precious ounces without compromising either stiffness or durability.

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New Year, New Bike ... and what a year!

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2020 took us different places and to different races than we expected in January. This article, written early January 2020, has a new twist, read now, given the test of personal grit we've all been put through this spring, summer and fall. 

My dad and Vance, for one, completed a full Ironman on their own - no virtual competition needed - for the pure joy of the sport and what can be learned along the way, just as Shane put into words so well back in January. 

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My first race skis: Rossignol's X-ium Skate 

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Megan here! I skated my first 50k Ski Marathon this year at the Noquemenon. 

I selected a Rossi Xium with perfect flex and took them on a test run at Iola Sports Center in Waupaca. I’m a beginner. I had been skate skiing for a season and a half. I worried I wouldn’t notice a big difference between the Fischer CRS and Rossi Xium. In just one blue loop, however, I had two immediate conclusions.

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Replacing your old ski boots with the PERFECT new pair


-Review by customer, Rick Flayter

Finding the right pair of boots, I feel, is more important than a pair of skis. I have been in the same boots for 11 years. For five years, I have been trying to replace them, but haven't found the right pair. 

Believe me, I've tried - from demo days at the Birkie to borrowing Doc's personal boots, to walking or roller skiing around Bicycle Doctor for hours.

I finally found that magical pair in the 2019-2020 Fischer Speedmax Skate boot.

It conforms to my foot without pressure points or looseness that would cause blisters to develop. The support is incredible. I have full ankle flexion while maintaining lateral stiffness that transfers power perfectly during those push offs.

The boot makes me a better skier. I have better control, balance, and hold my V2 glide longer and with more efficiency. Most importantly, I climbed faster and with less effort. 

The funny thing about these boots is the lack of padding around the ankle and lower leg. I thought for sure I would have problems, but I can happily say that after putting in over 100k with the longest ski being a 45k effort a week ago, that I was completely pain free with no areas of irritation.  

A big thank you Bike Doc for patiently helping me find the perfect boot. 

Tour de Jo - Tips for staying safe on your bike

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Words by Jody Mayers

Resident blogger, cycling enthusiast, and mom

"As the momentum of biking seems to be on an uptick, so does something else, something we have to encounter every day, every ride, every minute, It often shifts our attention from obtaining record speeds, splits or simply enjoying the scenery around us. I’m talking about distracted drivers."

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Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 - Stability Matches Speed

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The engineering that went into the Aeolus XXX 6 wheelset is neat stuff. This is our account of Bontrager's premium wheels.

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Co-Motion Divide Pinion

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"No wear, zero adjustments and minimal maintenance for an entire bicycle life. That is our promise. We also offer the longest manufacturer guarantee on transmissions anywhere in the market" –PINION
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Copenhagen Wheel by Superpedestrian

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Inspired by the world's most bicycle-friendly city. Great tech is intuitive, effective, and user friendly - the same attributes that make great bicycle infrastructure.

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2018 Trek Emonda SLR

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More than just the world's lightest production road bike. Completely redesigned carbon layup is better in every way. World's best all-around road bike?

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Laws of N+1

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The concept of "one more" isn't something new to cycling. One more mile, one more hill, one more loop. One more is always just enough. How is one more bike any different?

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Why Do We Build Custom Bikes? -- Project Gunnar Hyper-X

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a custom bike is worth a thousand more. Perhaps you've thought about getting a custom bike, or maybe you already know what you want and are putting some money aside for it. Here is why you should consider a custom bike if you haven't yet.

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Vittoria Corsa G+ Tires - Graphene Tire Technology

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When it comes to the rubber keeping your bike connected to the road, wouldn't you prefer to have the world's most advanced material working for you?

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Watts Up with Electric Bikes?

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The bicycle is a simple solution to many complex problems. It's the world's most efficient form of transportation, but is only used for about 1% of all trips in America. Although a car or truck is much less efficient and costs a lot more money, many people still prefer to drive two tons of steel two miles across town to cash a check, get a haircut, or pick-up food.

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ZIPP 404 Firecrest - Get to Know Speed

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Speed is one of humankind's greatest obsessions...

...And there's no better way to feel speed than on a pair of ZIPP wheels.

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Norco Search - When You Only Need One Bike

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The universal equation N+1 is commonly recognized among cyclists. It's about as straightforward as math gets and represents the number of bikes a cyclist needs, with N being the number of bikes currently owned. But what if there was a bike that caused a mathematical fallacy?

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Domane Deluxe - Getting to Know SLR

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Every so often an invention comes along that, truly, is a game changer... For the endurance road cyclist, that came in the form of Trek's ISO Speed decoupler. 

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TIME for TIME

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Passion has led people to unbelievable experiences beyond basic utilitarian needs, and France has it in spades...

...French artisanship is a lifestyle founded on the principle of producing an exquisite experience. We've partnered with TIME Bikes to bring that experience to Wisconsin.

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Trek Emonda ALR - A New Age of Aluminum

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On an unseasonal ride along Lake Michigan, I find salt, dirt, and grime deposited on my face from the wheel I was hugging. A misty winter crosswind being thrown our way was a good reminder that we were still alive. Though most cyclists wouldn't consider 50 degrees and damp to be favorable for riding, this sort of weather brings out...

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Ritchey Logic - Makes Perfect Logic

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Repeat after me ... Steel bikes are heavy. Steel bikes are heavy. Steel bikes are heavy. It's fun to say because everybody is saying it, and it feels good to agree with others. But where is the logic in that?
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Weight matters in cycling. It affects how easily you can accelerate from a stop sign, which power zone you need to ride at to hang with your fast friends going uphill, and...
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