Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Elephant

The British have given us this expression “Elephant in the room” (also, according to Wikipedia,  “elephant in the sitting room”, “elephant in the living room”, ...

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Garmin Goes Good

Among American cycling fans Jonathan Vaughters’ Garmin-Slipstream formation has enjoyed the loyal love afforded a hometown team. That love has been based more on the team being “American” than on ...

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Ocean Potion Clear Zinc Oxide

Since writing the post “Lines” the comments I’ve received here on the blog and on rides from friends have led me to write a little something on the zinc oxide I use. It’s a 45spf clear zinc oxide ...

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Blackburn Camber CF Cages

When painted matte finishes first appeared on bikes in the mid-1990s, I found the look novel. Then I tired of it, the way we all tired of florescent colors. The lack of a clearcoat over the ...

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‘Cross Season

No matter where you live, the summer heat has broken. Maybe there’s even a bit of a nip in the air. It can only mean one thing: ‘Cross season is here. Of all the brands out there, one ...

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Lines

My morning routine before a ride has a script as rehearsed as a prime-time sitcom. The very first thing I do is put on sunblock. While it’s true years of childhood thick-headedness has left me at ...

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Zipp SL Bar and SL145 Stem

A few years ago I got to spend a few months riding Zipp’s Contour SL bar. It was the first carbon fiber handlebar I had ridden that weighed less than 200 grams and one of the more comfortable ...

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The Paceline

Before I entered my first race, before I’d joined my first club, indeed, on my very first group ride I began learning that most elemental of pack riding skills, the paceline. At first, my ability ...

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