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Friday Group Ride #442

Friday Group Ride #442

“I’m sending you this because I know you’re a serious biker,” the email started. It is one in a whole sub-genre of my personal communications that begins more or less this ...

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Friday Group Ride #441

Friday Group Ride #441

The last time I crashed  I bruised my left knee and tweaked my back, a pretty good outcome considering the speed and violence of it, and the involvement of more than one car. My bike came through ...

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Friday Group Ride #440

Friday Group Ride #440

Have you been 10-years-old, perched over a pair of 20-inche wheels, straight-legged and out of the saddle, your tire’s knobs whirring against the sidewalk? Have you launched yourself from ...

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Friday Group Ride #439

Friday Group Ride #439

I stopped eating meat. I bought a tub of protein powder, and then another. I found myself wandering up and down that aisle at the grocery store, you know the one, and wondering if I needed more ...

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Friday Group Ride #438

Friday Group Ride #438

I envision my demise. I hesitate to even say so, and I pray my wife is not reading these words (no danger…she’s not), because even writing it down acknowledges something I would ...

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Friday Group Ride #436

Friday Group Ride #436

A hundred years ago, folks didn’t bathe every day. The smell of human bodies was acceptable. We didn’t yet have a fear of germs, and in some ways we were better off. A simple reading ...

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Friday Group Ride #435

Friday Group Ride #435

This is not a post about New Year’s resolutions. I am over the idea that I can resolve to do something that I don’t actually want to do. Any “will power” that I can muster ...

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Friday Group Ride #434

Friday Group Ride #434

I’m not really a Christmas guy, and I don’t care much for New Years either. Thanksgiving is more my speed, gratitude, family, friends, cooking, the smell of wood smoke, and near ...

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Friday Group Ride #433

Friday Group Ride #433

Let’s take it down a notch, after a few successive weeks of heavy topics and tortured navel-gazing by yours truly. This week I want to talk about components. I was chatting with a bike shop ...

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Friday Group Ride #432

Friday Group Ride #432

My kid said, “Mom makes more money than you, because she went to college, and you didn’t,” and then he laughed. And I said, “I did go to college, but I studied philosophy, ...

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