Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Sprint

There’s a sequence in the great La Course en Tete, the documentary on Eddy Merckx, in which the filmmakers show a sprint unfold in a head-on view as the riders barrel toward the finish line. To a ...

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Friday Group Ride #1 Summary

And so,  the RKP cycloscenti have spoken and what they most want in 2010 is for 1988′s US U17 Road Race Champion to become 2010′s Paris-Roubaix winner. At 36, one might guess that the ...

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The Friday Group Ride #1

Dearest Friends, We at RKP count ourselves enormously fortunate to have such a thoughtful and passionate readership. In an effort to give you more of a forum for your thoughts and ideas, we have ...

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Job Review: Lance Armstrong (Humor)

It seems that dumpster diving isn’t just for TMZ and freegans anymore. Da Robot happened to be passing by a locked recycling bin contained within a password protected-room in a building ...

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A Jersey With a Message

There are a great many of us who have something to say to the cars that pass us as we ride. “Come a little closer, would ya?” or “Not like I’m a person or anything,” ...

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Giro Filter

In the last year the MBAs on Wall Street have fed us a number of interesting stories followed by dire predictions for increased disaster should we insist on continuing our wayward course. They ...

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The Crucible: Tarmac vs. Roubaix

The final switchbacks of Malibu’s Decker Canyon Road After months of riding on both the Roubaix and the Tarmac SL I was dismayed. I had yet to determine a preference relative to my own ...

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The Specialized Tarmac, Part II

The Tarmac’s massive tapered fork steerer requires a 1.5-inch lower bearing. After doing some group rides in which I knew the roads well, I ventured out to do some of the longer rides that ...

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Hunger Artists

Sean Kelly with Claude Criquelion at the 1981 Liege-Bastogne-Liege There is a covenant between us. The pros suffer. We watch. They will not suffer if we do not watch. We will not watch if they do ...

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The Specialized Tarmac

The Tarmac SL, the bike that won the green jersey at the Tour de France. I’ve worked in the bike industry for more than 20 years. In that time, I’ve had more exposure to Specialized than any ...

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