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Friday Group Ride #252

Friday Group Ride #252

There are a lot of ways to match. You can match your saddle to your bar tape. You can match your bar, stem and post. You can paint your stem to match your frame. You can match the finish on your ...

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Hidden Mercy

Hidden Mercy

The wind will take your soul on a day like this, leave it tattered and flapping in the branches of a tall tree, like a kid’s lost kite. I lay in bed two snoozes after the alarm had woken me ...

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Friday Group Ride #251

Friday Group Ride #251

Don’t worry. This isn’t about the weather. I just happened to be standing on the roof, outside the kids’ bedroom window, raking snow to keep the ice dams at bay, when my wife, ...

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Friday Group Ride #250

Friday Group Ride #250

I have not wanted to write about the weather. You can spend too much on a thing like that without inspiring yourself or anyone else to ride. Neither complaint nor tale of derring do is ...

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Friday Group Ride #248

Friday Group Ride #248

I said, “I’m looking for a three-way,” and my wife rolled her eyes, because that’s what she does when I make crass jokes. I picked up the 4-5-6, adjusted tightened the ...

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In Isolation

In Isolation

It’s easy to think, when someone almost hits you with their automobile, that you’d be better off in the car than on the bike, and in absolute terms, that’s probably true. Force ...

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Friday Group Ride #247

Friday Group Ride #247

I didn’t really recognize the words coming out of my mouth. I was saying, “I don’t really want to own a lot of bikes anymore. I just want to have a few really good ones.” ...

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Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots

Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots

I had resolved to ride straight through the winter, mostly because I had spent so much time off the bike, injured, at the end of the summer and into the fall. A mild weather start helped stoke my ...

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Friday Group Ride #246

Friday Group Ride #246

I don’t ride the trainer much, hardly ever really, because I lack discipline and seriousness and the ability to pretend I’m riding a bike when I’m not, which is funny really ...

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