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Geek Warning: Flat bottom chains don’t make the wheels go round

Many new bikes, but we’re reminded that simplicity is often best.

The tech never stops. This episode Brad Copeland and Dave Rome discuss a handful of new dropbar bikes, a recall, common mistakes with fitting chains, and their favourite… grease. Oh yes, it’s Geek Warning!

Those new bikes include the fascinatingly simple Specialized Crux DSW, a refreshed Bianchi Arcadex gravel bike, and OBED’s entry into the endurance road space. Meanwhile the geeks discuss Ellsworth’s recent return and entry into gravel.

Following a repair during the week, on Brad’s mind is how chain direction matters and it spurs a larger conversation about other common chain-related mistakes. Then Dave asks the hard hitting questions, asking Brad to pick a single grease of choice.

The episode wraps with a recall from Kuat and a tease for the upcoming Spoken Show (formerly Handmade Bicycle Show Australia) in Melbourne, Australia.

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Time stamps:

5:25 – Specialized’s new alloy bike and why simple wins
20:00 – Bianchi new Arcadex and why UDH is now the common feature in gravel
26:48 – Ellsworth returns to the dropbar world
33:00 – OBED RVR is another option with a taller stack height
39:25 – Chain direction is on Brad’s mind
46:40 – Pick one: Grease. Yes, grease.
53:50 – Roval releases a Team version of its Rapide CLX II road wheels
58:32 – Kuat has a recall that impacts 86,000 racks
1:01:30 – High-fives await in Melbourne

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