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2019 Road Bike Standards Guide + New Podcast Episode!
Howdy, Roosters! While I try to avoid subjecting you to too much ear-beating with my various work and projects, I hope/think this one might actually help some of you. I started writing for Bikerumor.com recently, and just published a super-mega-huge guide for getting up to speed on road bikes:https://bikerumor.com/2019/01/29/2019-road-bike-standards-guide-all-you-need-to-know-to-buy-a-new-bike/#comment-3241043
The idea is to help new-ish folks, or those who are just struggling to keep up with all of the constant changing of "standards" in the bike industry. If you're shopping for a road bike this year, we're trying to help you future-proof as much as possible. I'm working on two more similar guides, for gravel bikes and mountain bikes.
I'll note that there are two things in the Road buyer's guide that I don't *quite* think apply to the average busy triathlete, and that's tubeless tires and disc brakes. I see a LOT of industry support for these (from companies that need new things to sell), but I have honestly never heard it coming from someone that actively trains and races triathlons (and also has a family, kids, etc). It tends to come from tech-focused bike guys that love working on their bikes, and don't have the time constraints of also trying to swim, run, and get to the gym. It's not that tubeless + discs are bad necessarily, there are just a lot of different executions of them, and they tend to take more of your time... and can make traveling with a bike box more difficult. I always err towards simplicity for busy triathletes, and something like a Cervelo P2 (with rim brakes and tubes) is about as simple as it gets these days. If you're techy and know how to deal with the latest gadgets - I'm not here to stop you. I'm just trying to give a heads-up for those who don't have the time or inclination to deal with any new equipment baggage.
Also, I released my latest episode of the Minimal Multisport Podcast a few days ago - with none other than Tyler Benedict of Bikerumor! He's very sharp, and it's the conversation that actually led to me writing for them.https://www.minimalmultisport.com/blog/episode15https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/minimal-multisport-athlete-podcast/id1419762273