Monthly Archives: September 2009

A Meditation on The Pain Cave

I planned to do a short ride. On the flats. After all, yesterday I did around 5000 feet of climbing. Tomorrow I will do around 3000. So it was clearly a good idea to do a nice short spin, ...

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Fear Me, Gary Fisher

Tomorrow I will be heading up to Park City for the 2010 Fisher 29er Ride Camp, which, if I understand correctly, will be an opportunity for select, very important (and handsome) members of the ...

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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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The Shade Problem

There are many good things about being a Beloved and Award-Winning Internet Cycling Celebrity, such as myself. There’s the adoration. The respect. The way a room goes quiet upon my ...

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The Institution

The average European road is built more for helping cars navigate communities than turning traffic into high-pressure hydraulics. The narrow roads, roundabouts, median strips and occasional ...

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When Bike Companies Go Good

A Note from Fatty: The 2010 Fat Cyclist Apparel Pre-Order extravaganza is now over. Thanks to everyone who ordered something! If you missed the pre-order somehow, you’ll get another chance ...

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