Monthly Archives: April 2016

Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Why We Still Ride Aluminum

Aluminum has an interesting history in cycling. Without it, we’d never have developed lightweight wheels, brakes, derailleurs, cranks, bars, stems and seatposts. So while our current crop ...

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Humbled: Bike Monkey’s SoNoMas

Humbled: Bike Monkey’s SoNoMas

As I rolled toward the crossing, I scanned the scene quickly. The run-in was steep, with a short stretch of mud before giving way to the slates and ochres of the river rock, seen below more than ...

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Why I Am Not at Eroica

Why I Am Not at Eroica

I love bikes. Pretty much all bikes. One of the few bottom lines of my life, along with my love for my wife and sons is that any ride is better than no ride. Thusly, any bike is better than no ...

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Friday Group Ride #306

Friday Group Ride #306

In order to solve a problem, it helps to state the problem as clearly and succinctly as you can. So, for example, I might say, “I’m sick of the constant blare of election news,” ...

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Protection Made in Spain

Protection Made in Spain

I get a little suspicious when I read a review and the writer claims a product is so good it seems to disappear.  Something like, “The tires rolled so nice, I forgot I was on pavement” or “The ...

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Just One Moment #1

Just One Moment #1

It’s a wide, oblong intersection that joins five roads in a rough star pattern, and I had just shot across, my breath held, onto the broken pavement of the one residential feeder that leads ...

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On the Hoof

On the Hoof

I’m going to be honest. When Giro unleashed the Empire road shoe on the world, I wasn’t exactly sold. I commented to a friend at the time that, “We stopped using laces for a ...

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Friday Group Ride #305

Friday Group Ride #305

On Sunday, the men of the pro peloton will be racing over the cobbles of Flanders, hoping not to crash or flat. With both Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen closing on retirement (though still ...

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