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MEET THE BOSS

We have interviewed 12 different athletes, clients, and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us everything about their love for bikes. To end this series of interviews on a high note, we had a little chat with the boss himself, Alberto De Gioannini. “The only Boss worth interviewing is the Cake Boss”’, he said. Alberto […]

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The Seven-League Bike

We asked a few athletes, clients and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us everything about their love for cycling. We met 12 people, who told us about their background, experiences, skills and, most of all, how much they love bikes. Today we are introducing Tom Petrie, Founder of Cantitoe Road and bike enthusiast. Hi […]

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THE XTERRA WARRIOR

Branden Rakita is a strong American triathlete, one of those with a truly powerful physique. 1 meter and 85 cm of muscles make him a rouleur that, he declares, “the longer the race, the stronger I feel”. In 1987 he ran his first triathlon, driven by legends like Ned Overend who ran through his Colorado […]

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LUCIANO

We asked a few athletes, clients and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us everything about their love for cycling. We met 12 people, who told us about their background, experiences, skills and, most of all, how much they love bikes. Today we are introducing Jacek Berruti, one of the founders of Museo della Bicicletta […]

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Mountain Biking is a Lifestyle

We asked some athletes, customers and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us how they live their passion for cycling. We will meet 12 guests who will tell us about their experiences, their skills and how much they love the two wheels world. Today it’s the turn of Nat Ross, an MTB Legend in the […]

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AH, LE VENTOUX!

We asked some athletes, customers and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us how they live their passion for cycling. We will meet 12 guests who will tell us about their experiences, their skills and how much they love the two wheels world. Today it’s the turn of Jérémy Marechal, Enduro and MTB specialist, who […]

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THE COUPLE OF THE MTB

When you’re talking about the history of mountain biking in Europe, it’s hard not to mention the Ravanel couple: Cécile and Cédric, sporting partners who’ve been married to each other for several years, have been around since when the frames were made of steel and the “fat wheels” were not yet recognized as a professional […]

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LOOKING FOR MY EVEREST ON A BICYCLE SADDLE

We asked some athletes, customers and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us how they live their passion for cycling. We will meet 12 guests who will tell us about their experiences, their skills and how much they love the two wheels world. Today it’s the turn of Lorenza Menapace, Elite biker from Val di […]

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When cycling meets writing

We asked a few athletes, clients and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us everything about their love for cycling. We met 12 people, who told us about their background, experiences, skills and, most of all, how much they love bikes. Today we are introducing Paolo Alberati, former professional road and MTB cyclist, coach, sports […]

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24-hour Mountain Bike training after work

We asked a few athletes, clients and friends of Effetto Mariposa to tell us everything about their love for cycling. We met 12 people, who told us about their background, experiences, skills and, most of all, how much they love bikes. Today we are introducing Leonardo Paolino, amateur cyclist part of Team Ridiculous, passionate about […]

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Down the trails like a bomb with needle and dental floss

We asked some Effetto Mariposa’s athletes, clients and friends to show us how they live their passion for cycling. We’re going to meet 12 personalities who are going to share with us their experiences, skills and tell us how much they love riding a bike. Today it’s Stefano Udeschini‘s turn, ICF’s (Italian cycling federation) MTB […]

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Tubeless conversion: the whole truth!

Those who ride occasionally (less than once a week), do not cross lands infested with thorns or – simply – do not want to face the small problems and complications that tubeless involves, can continue using inner tubes and be happy like that. In off-road riding, however, the transition to tubeless and the use of […]

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Which Shelter for my bicycle?

It’s great to have multiple choices, as long as we also possess enough information for a correct decision: this also applies to our Shelter family. This family of frame protections offers different sizes, different thicknesses… but we realized we hadn’t quite explained our idea behind it. Basically there are three types of Shelter: Off-Road (thickness […]

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Caffélatex, valves and inner tubes

Being a synthetic latex, Caffélatex is not as intrinsically “sticky” as natural latex sealants, showing a lower tendency to clog valves and valve mechanisms. Still, it’s important to learn how to use it properly to take full advantage of the puncture protection, reducing the drawbacks to the minimum. General tips for long lasting valves, when […]

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Caffélatex and the “hair dryer” effect

Beside the use of CO2(described here) or contamination of your sealant with other products(described here), the “hair dryer” effect is a common but little-known reason for the decrease in a sealant lifespan. When does it happens? If a tubeless tyre doesn’t immediately inflate after having inserted the sealant, some people using a compressor might be […]

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The correct quantity of Caffélatex for each cyclist

Tyre sealants are a must-have for the performance-oriented cyclists, to avoid the feared and annoying punctures. The big question is: how much sealant do I need? Parameters that influence the necessary quantity of sealant: Several parameters should be taken into account, for example the outside humidity, temperature and tyre inflation routine/regularity. However, the main factors […]

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A Caffélatex cocktail

The most common reasons for polymerization of latex sealants (synthetic or natural) can be divided into two groups: physical (related to temperature changes, evaporation, etc.); chemical. Physical: a sudden temperature drop, e.g. when using CO2 cartridges, as described here; a quick evaporation, e.g. when the sealant comes out from a puncture in the tyre. In this case the […]

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Caffélatex and tubulars

Why Caffélatex rather than other sealants? Caffélatex has some important features which make it a good choice as puncture preventative inside tubulars: non-corrosive: the complete absence of ammonia or any other aggressive chemical makes Caffélatex perfect even for very sensitive latex inner-tubes (quite common inside professional tubulars). Caffélatex is perfectly compatible also with tubulars with […]

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Caffélatex and CO2

While Caffélatex resists well to both low and high temperatures (between -20 and 50°C), sudden temperature changes are not good for its stability. A strong thermal shock could be a polymerization-starter for any latex-based sealant (natural or synthetic), so we suggest to limit the use of CO2 cartridges or, if necessary, to do it with extra […]

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