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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
I hope you find my Tweaks and Tips section helpful. If there is something you want to know about, send me an email and I will try to add that to one of my upcoming articles.

Happy Holidays to everyone! 2009 will be an interesting year for the industry to say the least. Exciting new products are now available (or are soon to be) such as the Hammerschmidt 2 speed internal front drive.

I can't wait to see how this system will effect future frame designs. I can't say I'm not worried about the increased drive train wear associated with a single granny front drive. That poor 24/26T is under extreme stress and riders are going to destroy chains constantly. Only time will tell.

Being a rider all my life and running the shop for ten years, I've seen my share of shady designs that thankfully died out. It is amazing to watch the evolution of the bicycle unfold before my eyes. You can buy an amazing MTN. bike for around $750!

This crazy economy may end up benefiting all cyclist in the long run. I'm sure you'll see more people building their own bikes and components from garages (this is how most industries start out in the first place). If America has one thing going for it, it is innovation. What we now need to survive is pride.

Many companies that advertised "Made In The USA" have buckled and now use overseas companies to build their bikes. I know they need to stay competitive, but this must have been a painful decision for them to make. Frankly, I have to wonder if some of their decision was based on greed.

Every US rider should rally up and purchase goods made only in the USA! I'm proud to say that all the bikes in my quiver are built right here!

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