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Jeff’s Tech Update – 1/22/14

This year my efforts have changed to focus on racing. I took the leap and joined the Cycle U/Apex racing team and I have some rather lofty goals for the season. I plan to upgrade as quickly as possible so that I can focus on my other passion in cycling, the wrenching. I want it to be known that when Cycle U teams show up at races we come not just with our talented racers, but with a service component that keeps our members out there in tough conditions. Many of you know that I went to Colorado Springs in November to attend the USA Cycling Race Mechanics Clinic. I came away with a new respect for the racing side of the work I do as Service Manager at West Seattle. This certification is shared by only 8 other people in the State of Washington, which means that I will have to spend more time to stay on top my game.

A new development in cycling technology that interests me is the Hydraulic road brake recently introduced by SRAM. It is a fascinating innovation and something that I will try to keep my eye on this year. It suffered a bit of a setback with SRAM’s recall but it is not unusual for something so complex to go through some growing pains. I am eager to see how this plays out in the near future and can’t wait to see how Shimano’s version integrates into the market.