Nashbar: Your Source For Lynskey Titanium Framesets!

You know you want one. Is there any better way to welcome in a new year of cycling adventure than with a Lynskey titanium frameset? It just so happens that Nashbar is the exclusive North American online retailer for Lynskey framesets – and we currently have nine different 2015 road and cyclocross models to choose from.

Lynskey titanium frame head badge

Details, details, details. An exquisite Lynskey head badge.

But first, a bit about Lynskey. The Lynskey name has long been synonymous with meticulously crafted, world-renowned titanium frames and components. They flat out know titanium. They know how it bends and stretches. They know how it reacts and performs. When it comes to bicycle design, Lynskey knows how to influence titanium better than anyone else in the world. The art of machining, cutting, welding, and polishing titanium demands a meticulous focus. And in an age when nearly every bicycle on the market is made in Asia, Lynskey continues to build their titanium masterworks by hand in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

And now, the framesets…

First up is the Lynskey R460 – a pro-quality superbike that will last a lifetime. Built from tough 6AL/4V titanium, the R460 is a true road racing machine that’s quick, agile, and indestructible. Included with the R460 is the perfect fork to match the frame’s thoroughbred pedigree – the #2 Lynskey Pro Carbon Tapered Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey R460 frame

The 2015 Lynskey R460 frame

Looking for a literal twist on a world-class titanium road frameset? The Helix is your dream come true. At the heart of this frameset is Lynskey’s ingenious Helix Technology which entails spirally twisting the 3AL/2.5V grade titanium down tube and seat stays to increase the torsional, vertical, and horizontal stiffness of the frame. Included with the Helix frame is the perfect fork to complement such a magnificent, race-ready thoroughbred – the #2 Lynskey Pro Carbon Tapered Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey Helix frame

The 2015 Lynskey Helix frame

The Lynskey R240 is their most popular frameset as it’s fully capable to handle the performance demands of road competition all the while providing enough comfort to make your longest of rides a superbly pleasant endeavor. This frameset also includes the #2 Lynskey Pro Carbon Tapered Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey R240 frame

The 2015 Lynskey R240 frame

If medium to long-distance road riding is your cup of tea – particularly events like grand fondos – the Lynskey Sportive road frame and fork delivers on all counts. Its 3AL/2.5V titanium tubing features curved seatstays for added comfort while the semi-relaxed geometry makes the Sportive a well-balanced and reliable machine for long days, rough roads, commutes, light touring, and just about any road you decide to explore. This frameset also includes the #2 Lynskey Pro Carbon Tapered Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey Sportive frame

The 2015 Lynskey Sportive frame

The Lynskey R265 frame and fork is Lynskey’s modern rendition of the classic road bike — lovingly rendered in titanium, of course. The frame’s double and triple-butted 3/2.5 aerospace grade titanium tubeset is responsive, compliant, and rides with silky smoothness. This frameset includes the #1 Lynskey Pro Carbon Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey R265 frame

The 2015 Lynskey R265 frame

Perhaps the perfect long distance road bike is the Lynskey R265 road disc frame and fork, featuring all the attributes of the aforementioned R265 but set up for disc brakes. This frameset includes the #3 Lynskey Pro Carbon Disc Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey R265 Disc frame and fork

The 2015 Lynskey R265 Disc frame (with included #3 Lynskey Pro Carbon disc road fork)

Brand new for 2015, the Lynskey R140 road frame and fork provides real-world affordability that is firmly steeped in three decades of high performance titanium bike building heritage from the Lynskey brothers. Included with the R140 frame is a fork worthy of the frame’s pedigree and on-the-road performance – the #1 Lynskey Pro Carbon Road Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey R140 frame

The 2015 Lynskey R140 frame

Light, stiff, strong, bombproof, and built to last a lifetime. That’s the essence of the Lynskey ProCross frame and fork – a titanium dream machine designed for the rigors of cyclocross no matter if you’re seeking the top step of the podium or enjoying an epic day in the woods exploring fire roads and trails. The perfect complement to the ProCross is the fork included with frameset — the #4 Lynskey Pro Carbon Cyclocross Disc Fork.

The 2015 Lynskey ProCross frame

The 2015 Lynskey ProCross frame

Proudly touted as the “Swiss Army Knife” of bikes, the Cooper CX frame and fork is Lynskey’s version of a do-it-all titanium masterpiece. The Cooper CX is not only at home in the cyclocross realm, but its design also makes for an ideal gravel grinding/dirt road explorer replete with all the comfort necessary for long days in the saddle. This frameset features the Lynskey Endurance Carbon Disc Road Fork that’s an ideal choice for both cyclocross and endurance events on dirt or pavement.

The 2015 Lynskey Cooper CX frame

The 2015 Lynskey Cooper CX frame

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Value Bike Spotlight: Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike & Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike

What exactly constitutes a “value” bike is definitely a subjective measure – what is value-priced for one person could be high-end for another (or even the other way round)! But when we talk about value bikes here, we are thinking about both performance and bang-for-your-buck. The 2 bikes that are spotlighted here, the Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike and the Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike, each have that perfect blend of out-of-the-box ride-ability and a super smart component spec that isn’t begging for an upgrade any time soon. Basically these are 2 bikes that almost any cyclist would love to ride, at a price that almost anyone can fit into their budget!

Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike

What makes the Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike such a great value bike? It starts with a well-crafted aluminum frame that is nearly as light, plenty stiff, built to last, and puts a much smaller dent on your bank account than carbon.  There’s a carbon fork with the corresponding tapered aluminum steerer tube that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. Component-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a finer choice than Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed and we’ve spec’d it where it counts: shift/brake levers, crankset, front derailleur, and rear derailleur. We finish off the kit with a rock solid Mavic Aksium S alloy wheelset with light and durable Mavic Aksion tires to create a no-nonsense aluminum steed that’s good to go out of the box for racing, fondos, spirited group rides, or just fast riding whenever you feel so inclined.

Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike

On the mountain bike side of things, the Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike sports an equally killer combo of design and components. This high-performance hardtail is built off of a tried and true 6061-T6 aluminum frame with custom formed and butted tubing that exemplifies strength and light weight. Up front, the Fox 32 Float CTD 29″ suspension fork gives you 100mm of travel, while the Shimano 2×10 drivetrain is the epitome of reliability, strength, and precision. Rounding out the package are Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes, complete with XT rotors, and fast-rolling 29″ wheels sporting Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29×2.25 tires. All in all, this is a mountain bike begging for some sweet singletrack.


So whether it’s road or mountain that’s calling your name, you can’t go wrong with either of these value bikes! And if you’re reading this before the end of the day on 12/31/15, you could have a chance to win one of these sweet rigs in our Treat Yourself Giveaway! How’s that for a great value?

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Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop

The role of the bike mechanic on a pro cycling team is complicated and often stressful – they are part psychologist, part gopher, part technician, and always busy. When the team goes to sleep at night, the day is only halfway done for the team of mechanics that work on cycling’s biggest stage. The book Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop shares some of the most riveting, captivating stories from the highest levels of professional cycling as told by the mechanics and Rouleur‘s Guy Andrews and Rohan Dubash. Packed with prose and behind-the-scenes photos, the book documents the tales from ProTour-level bike mechanics at the Classics and Grand Tours, as well as practical advice for the home mechanic. Read on below for an excerpt from this fascinating book.

Excerpt from Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop republished with permission of VeloPress. See the book on


The wheel change is a pressure situation; practice and a calm approach is essential.

The wheel change is the one time that a mechanic can really help his riders during a race. Good changes take a few seconds. Rear wheels and time trial bikes create another set of problems but the essential aim is always the same: to get the change done as quickly as possible.

Calmness is required to achieve this aim — not just from the mechanic, but from the affected rider. Riders know to wave for attention to the commissaire’s car before they stop. They hope that their team car also immediately sees the problem although either way the commissaire will radio to let the squad know that one of its riders has an issue. The rider will stop on the right-hand side of the road, allowing all the team cars, motorcycles, press, TV, and race cars to pass safely to the left.

If it’s a rear wheel puncture, the stricken rider will shift his chain into the smallest sprocket to enable the wheel to be removed quickly. If the team car is a ways down the string of following vehicles, he will probably remove the wheel and hold it up in the air for greater visibility. If it’s a team leader who is affected, the action will be even quicker: teammates will drop behind and usually give their own wheel or even bike. This allows the leader to return to the race more quickly — and leaves the domestique behind to receive the service and then endure the long slog back into the race.


Photo by Taz Darling |


Photo by Taz Darling |

During the 2013 Milan–San Remo, Pablo Lastras of the Movistar squad finds himself with a puncture. Time for the mechanics to spring into action. First of all his flatted front Campagnolo Bora wheel is quickly removed and unceremoniously dumped on the road while the new wheel is installed. The mechanic assisting Pablo presumably has to wrestle with the “lawyer’s tabs” on the fork ends — the lips  that retain the front wheel should the quick release lever come undone. In the past, many mechanics filed off these tabs to assist quick wheel changes. New legislation from the UCI intends to stamp out this practice, however. Now the mechanics have to reset the quick release correctly. The result will undoubtedly be slower race service.


Photo by Taz Darling |


Photo by Taz Darling |

Once the change is done, it’s time to get the stranded rider on the move as quickly as possible. A push usually helps him on his way. In addition to the mechanic, the directeur sportif will normally have gotten out of the team car. That means that as one finishes up the change and picks up the wheels, the other can push the rider back up to speed. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that Pablo is in a reasonably large sprocket at the back so he can get on top of the gear quickly. If it is a rear wheel puncture, the rider will have to be pushed until he can shift into the correct gear and start pedaling.

The moment the rider is clear, the car chases after mechanic Francesco, who thoughtfully collected the flatted wheel. He may have had to run 200 meters down the road to get Lastras back up to full speed.


Photo by Taz Darling |

All this takes a few minutes at most, although it still normally leaves the rider facing a long chase back to the race. Often the rider therefore calls for more service from the mechanic once back up to speed. This could be regarded as a bit of gamesmanship, as invariably there is nothing wrong with the bike, but it allows the rider to hang onto the car and get some needed assistance for the chase. The race judges will usually turn a blind eye if it’s following a crash or puncture, but riders certainly can’t hold on for a free ride all the way.

“Usually, in the car during quiet moments, we chat or talk by radio with the guys in the other Vittoria cars, exchanging information and commenting on the race. But that day we were all tense. It was freezing cold, and the riders were racing in unbelievable conditions. We helped them to dress, to open their energy bars, to shake off the snow from their backs and shoulders. In the car the heating was set to maximum level so my hands were warm enough. And then Lastras of Movistar had a flat — I had no problems and replaced his wheel in seconds. As I pushed to get him started again, I saw his eyes: he was really overwhelmed by the effort, from the cold and from that absurd situation. I saw him again at the Giro this year and he thanked me for that help. I just remember the intense cold, the heavy snowfall, and the tension of it all.” — Francesco Villa, Mechanic Vittoria Neutral Service, on the 2013 Milan-San Remo

Bike Mechanic: Tales for the Road and the Workshop is available from

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Inside the Peloton: 2015 Tour de France Videos by GoPro

Stage 3: Antwerpen > Huy, 102nd Tour de France (WorldTour), Belgium, 6 July 2015, Photo by Thomas van Bracht /

Stage 3, 102nd Tour de France, 6 July 2015, Photo by Thomas van Bracht /

With the advent of tiny and rugged personal video cameras, we’ve been able to get closer than ever to action sports. The Tour de France is leading the way with their partnerships with GoPro and Velon – mounting GoPro video cameras on multiple riders during each stage and posting edited videos by the end of the day!

From what we can tell, it looks like a few teams have created videos of their own (focusing on their riders or mechanics), but most of the teams are using the compiled footage provided by Velon. That’s why each video can have footage filmed by riders from multiple teams, and why teams are often posting the exact same video (we edited out the duplicates for you below).

We think that it’s only a matter of time before live GoPro videos will be incorporated into the race coverage, but until them check out some of the 2015 Tour de France videos below, sorted by stage. Tell us which of these Tour de France videos you find the most interesting in the comments below!

Stage 6 Tour de France Videos:

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The Rider by Tim Krabbe

Arguably the most famous date in literary fiction is June 16, 1904…Bloomsday…the single day James Joyce steers protagonists Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus throughout the streets of Dublin. “Ulysses” is a fearsomely lengthy, legendary tome: dense, complex, employing different literary styles for each of the 18 chapters, the object of a landmark obscenity trial. Yet it’s also a love affair with his native Dublin, penned in exile. Says Joyce, “I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.” Buried hundreds of pages into the book, the date is revealed to the reader in a solitary mention. And why June 16, 1904? It was the day of Joyce’s first date with his wife-to-be Nora Barnacle.

The Rider. By Tim Krabbe.

The Rider. By Tim Krabbe. A book every cyclist should read.

Style-wise, Tim Krabbe’s elegantly crafted novella “The Rider” is the anti-Ulysses: stripped down prose, crisp sentences, a sleek and svelte 148 pages in length. It, too, takes place on a solitary day, June 26, 1977, revealed in the very first sentence. Thirty-eight years ago today, in fact. It’s a book which can be comfortably digested in a single sitting. It’s a book which definitively addresses what it means to be a racing cyclist. And it’s a book which will stay with you for as long as your passion for cycling flickers.

The plot encompasses an entire 150 km. race in the foothills of the French Alps from the point of view of a marginally accomplished amateur cyclist who came to the sport too late in life. Oddly enough, or maybe not so oddly enough, the protagonist is also named Tim Krabbe. Throughout the course of the race Krabbe reflects on his previous races, legendary professional cyclists and their successes and failures on the bike, superstitions, and just the random and occasionally bizarre thoughts that course through one’s brain while the body endures episodes of immense suffering.

If someone unfamiliar with the sport of cycling asked me what racing a bicycle is all about I’d hand them this book. Krabbe was an accomplished Dutch amateur cyclist and his keen insight into the physical as well as psychological facets of the sport is all too evident. Krabbe is probably most well-known for writing the novel upon which the excellent film “The Vanishing” was based. Make sure you see the original Dutch version, not the American re-make. If one pays attention to the radio frequently playing in the background noise, one can hear the play-by-play of Bernard Hinault’s and Joop Zootemelk’s epic duel in the 1980 Tour de France.

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