Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Best Stories of 2009

Our man of the year, Lance, caught in the shadow of his nemesis. It’s been an interesting year in the world of cycling. There have been some duels for the ages between larger-than-life figures. I ...

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The Overhaul

One of the greatest adventures of my newly minted career as a bicycle mechanic was when I was walked through my first overhaul. One Saturday just before New Year’s Eve, after we closed the shop ...

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By Accident

    Some of the aftermath. This is how I got hit. It was raining. She came by me on the left, slowly. She signaled. I thought, “Oh, Christ! You’re going to let me get by ...

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Friday Group Ride #2 Summary

A true mixed bag of Xmas gifts this year. I was shocked, but not surprised, at how many claim not to have received any cyclorific surprises due to a year-round schedule of bike-related ...

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Friday Group Ride #2

Welcome to the Christmas Ride here on RKP. As a special gift, we’ll not point out that, rather than logging on here for your Xmas time bike fix, you ought to be paying more attention to ...

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Happy Holidays from RKP

On behalf of everyone at RKP, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. And if Santa left a Pinarello Dogma equipped with Super Record under your tree, then so much the better.

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The Routine

I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle—Zen proverb The discipline of cycling is a learned apprentice in all aspects of the sport. Part of our discipline, is that of “the routine.” The routine for ...

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SmartWool Flagstaff Bibs

Plain black shorts went out of style for me somewhere between 1992 and 1995. I can’t recall the specific season, but by the time Miguel Indurain stood on the winner’s dais on the Champs Elysees ...

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Faith

When I think about descending and what is required to go downhill with the abandon of a pinball, what I think about are the turns, not the straights. Once the road arcs with the lazy bend of a ...

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