Monthly Archives: April 2016

Friday Group Ride #309

Friday Group Ride #309

My poor father, running along next to me, his hand clamped at the back of the saddle, the bars wobbling like a single-engine plane in an updraft. Ironic it’s easier for me to put myself ...

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Un-Paved Royalty

Un-Paved Royalty

I’ve been a cyclist for nearly 30 years; it’s a fact that amazes me. Very little, other than the love of my parents, has been as undisputed a part of my life for so long. In all that ...

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Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

From a sniper’s distance, all bicycle touring is of a piece. You need a bike, some bags, gear to keep you more or less self-sufficient and, finally, a willingness to forego the ...

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Ranger Camp

Ranger Camp

The false flat portion of the fire road, a crushed gravel thoroughfare that lead from downtown Los Gatos up to Alma Dam, was giving way to the steep pitch that makes this stretch of unpaved way ...

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Less than Perfect

Less than Perfect

One of the books I read as a golfer was called “Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect.” There are plenty of books on the swing; this taught the mental approach to the game. The main lesson was how to ...

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Picture Pages

Picture Pages

As the ultrasound technician moves the wand around my chest, Bren’s insult about “playing picture pages” in the film “Juno” cascades through my ears. I want to make ...

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Friday Group Ride #308

Friday Group Ride #308

It’s quite a leap from the passing of an iconic musician to the urge to ride a bike, but I’m going to jump with both feet and see where I land. I rode last night, as I’m trying ...

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2016 Sea Otter Classic, Part I

2016 Sea Otter Classic, Part I

When I first went to the Sea Otter Classic it was a mountain bike event with a couple of road events plus a couple of banquet tables with wine tasting and patch repair kits to keep bored ...

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