Raphael Orlove
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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.
Jul 13
14

I was going to be a snarky idiot and say “How much have you spent so far? And shouldn’t you have just purchased a new bike?” and then I realized everyone could say this about any car that I buy and then break as I try to fix things... Read more

Jul 7
1

The Tange G-master headset is actually fairly decent and could take a quite a bit of abuse since it has a roller bearing on the lower race. No comparison to chris king though. 

Jul 7
1

Can you guys please advertise a hobby that is cheap? Cars, expensive. Motorcycles, expensive. Bikes, expensive (I just spent more on a fork than I paid for the bike). At this rate, y’all could post an article about knitting and I’d end up with a $3000 sewing machine.

Jul 6
3

I hate to be that guy, but there will be nothing, and I mean nooothing, that will ever be like an Ibis other than another Ibis. A Mojo with a Koski Dura-Trac fork handled like a magical scalpel that made my riding exponentially better through the confidence it inspired. Salsa, Ritchey, Ryghin, Bianchi, Serotta-they Read more

Jul 6
2

The Deore XT-II rings were exremely elliptical, and got progressively less so further down the product range. Pro racers disliked Biopace because they interfered with a smooth spin, and the rings exacerbated knee problems for others. Read more

May 11
1

Yeah, I turned a similar ’88 Spesh Rockhopper into a pretty neat city/commuter bike, retaining the flat bars. I gave it to my friends wife, but regret that now. It has the worst rear brake ever made (the infernal U-brake), but it would have still made a decent budget gravel grinder provided I upgraded the front. Read more

Apr 27
3

The antipodean equivalent (inspiration?) for the El Camino, the Holden Ute, spawned a limited run of pseudo-trars (Holden Overlanderwback in the late ‘70s. It didn’t ride on an actual truck frame, but the vehicle was pretty close to a truck anyway:

Apr 23
7

That’s a real early Clubman too, the external hinges and sliding windows place it as a 68-69 which were the first of that shape; the colour is Applejack Green, I had a 1275GT the same colour.

Apr 17
24

Having had the opportunity to drive one for a couple of weeks, I would say the car was both exciting and terrifying. Exciting in that it was feast and smooth. In a strait line. In the curves, it was a handful. Read more

Apr 17
12

It’s fascinating that the graphics are monochrome, but then again that was the tech of the era.  And it speaks to how quickly computer technology began to evolve once we got through the ‘80s.  I’m old enough that I can remember when EGA color was spellbinding.  My family computer was CGA, which was groundbreaking for Read more

Apr 17
30

The Lagonda electronics saga is always worth highlighting. What’s less known is that Aston’s engineers had to jump through more hoops to get the drivetrain to work. They moved the engine as far back as they could, which forced them to install an inferior air intake. They then had to enlarge the valve openings to Read more