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Friday Group Ride #326

Friday Group Ride #326

I’ve never shaved my legs. Even when I was a new roadie, the snide comments from my indoctrinators only served to harden my resolve against shaving. And then I stopped thinking about. In ...

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Friday Group Ride #325

Friday Group Ride #325

My friend Lloyd had his bike stolen. He went out for lunch, leaned his bike against the wall, went into the burrito place, stood in line, texted his wife, ordered his food, paid, and walked out ...

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Friday Group Ride #324

Friday Group Ride #324

This week I’m interested in bar tape, or as they say it here in Eastern Massachusetts, ‘bah tape.’ It’s funny how directly this thin strip of cork/foam/gel affects our ...

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Friday Group Ride #323

Friday Group Ride #323

It says something about me (I’ll leave it to you to decide what), that I found myself this morning, sitting on the basement floor, with my new road shoes and a box filled with pedals and ...

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Friday Group Ride #322

Friday Group Ride #322

I am a crappy roadie. I don’t shave my legs. Until very recently, I hadn’t replaced my old broken road shoes, so I’ve been doing road rides in mountain shoes. I don’t ...

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Just One Moment #3

Just One Moment #3

I looked down at my plate. A grilled chicken leg, some couscous, and two pieces of raw celery. The celery wasn’t meant to be there. It was supposed to be corn, but I was on my way to the ...

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Just One Moment #2

Just One Moment #2

I know how turtles feel, suddenly staring at the sky, legs akimbo, the sense of vulnerability and impending calamity turning quickly to panic. I lay in the road, pain in my shoulder and lower ...

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Friday Group Ride #320

Friday Group Ride #320

If you thought Chris Froome looked awful on a bike, you might have been shocked by how much worse he looked jogging up Mont Ventoux in a pair of carbon-soled road shoes, like some great wading ...

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Friday Group Ride #319

Friday Group Ride #319

I am interested in where people’s conception of what a “bike” is comes from. That is to say, when you think of the bikes you want to ride, where does the image come from? Having ...

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Friday Group Ride #318

Friday Group Ride #318

There is only one topic today. It is French and three weeks long. The main contenders are not French. They are Kenyan, Spanish and Colombian. I won’t be in France this month, because I am ...

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