Monthly Archives: October 2014

Grandfather’s Axe

Grandfather’s Axe

The crunch of finely ground dirt and gravel under my tires seems to amplify my sense of speed in the early-morning mist. That peculiar sound adds a sense of urgency, of pursuit. It is fitting ...

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The Abbey Tools Crombie

The Abbey Tools Crombie

Even though I’m no longer a professional mechanic, I still find myself doing a lot of bike work. Discounting kids’ bikes, there 11 bikes in my garage and all but three of them have ...

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Schwinn CycleNav

Schwinn CycleNav

In the town where I grew up you either had a Schwinn Varsity or you knew someone who did. Same with the Stingray. A bike path had just been built and it was covered in Schwins. I had a Columbia. ...

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Why We Ride: Readings

Why We Ride: Readings

I’m going to be on the road some in the coming weeks to promote my book “Why We Ride.” Before I say anything about where I’ll be coming up, I want to thank everyone who ...

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Growth

Growth

In the weeks that followed my human flyswatter demo back in 2012, my stepmother sent me a number of links in emails. My memory is that they were each links to different types of helmets, some ...

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Levi’s GranFondo, ’14

Levi’s GranFondo, ’14

I took up cycling so that I could go places, see things. Even without having thought through my urge, I had an instinctive understanding that seeing the world from the saddle of the bike was a ...

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When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

As night falls early, the sun blotted by a solid bank of pregnant, gray cloud, the tall pines sway side-to-side in increasingly wide arcs, the shushing of their needles growing steadily in volume ...

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Friday Group Ride #235

Friday Group Ride #235

I don’t know why I own a blue bike. I don’t like blue, but when I was talking with the builder, I asked what color he liked on his bikes, and he said, “We have this great ...

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Zwift: Indoor Training, Made Bearable

Zwift: Indoor Training, Made Bearable

Zwift is a new company that is launching a video game for trainer-bound cyclists. Ever since the 1980s, there have been efforts made to make trainer time more bearable, if not actually enjoyable. ...

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