Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving VIII

Thanksgiving VIII

I’ve been wrestling with an acute sense of loss over the last couple of weeks. November 18th marked the one-year anniversary of the death of my sister, Erin. That day also marked the ...

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Old School #271: Cog Board

Old School #271: Cog Board

You’re an OldSchoolCyclist when you know what a cog board is. Back in the day when men were men, shorts were wool, and both were itchy; before indexed shifting or clip-in pedals, there were ...

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Mass Extinction

Mass Extinction

The Union Cycliste Internationale has just greenlighted the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton for the 2016 season. This is arguably the single biggest technological change in the pro peloton ...

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The Real World Solution

The Real World Solution

I used to build a lot of wheels. It’s something I really miss, but in life if you choose to be a great wheel builder you must renounce all other ambitions. I had many ambitions, but being a ...

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Factory Work

Factory Work

Growing up, my idea of factory work was largely influenced by the opening montage from the ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirley. Hopefully, you’re old enough to remember that endless progression of ...

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Friday Group Ride #290

Friday Group Ride #290

It’s a call I get too often. “Someone broke into my garage and stole all my bikes,” he said. Starting over. He’d lost a Madone of some stripe, a custom Davidson from way ...

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Connex Chain Tool

Connex Chain Tool

When it comes to wrenching, I know my limitations. Changing brake pads, swapping cassettes, tubeless tires, new cables, a fresh wrap of bar tape; I can handle those jobs. A wheel slightly out of ...

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Piles of Parts

Piles of Parts

One of the more surreal features of our factory visits in Taiwan was the sheer scale of production. Visually, seeing all those products at various stages of assembly gave us a fresh perspective ...

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Where the Sausage Is Made

Where the Sausage Is Made

I’ve led a very middle-class existence. Since graduating from college (and graduate school), the closest I’ve come to working in a factory has been building and repairing bicycles in ...

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