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Friday Group Ride #233

Friday Group Ride #233

So much about cycling is personal. I try to remember that when someone asks me for advice about a piece of equipment or a great route. Too often, I express an opinion, unsolicited, that fails to ...

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Friday Group Ride #232

Friday Group Ride #232

A friend of mine says, “A good life is the product of good decisions. Good decisions are the product of good experience, and good experience is the product of mistakes.” He says that ...

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Down Up Down

Down Up Down

I was doing sit-ups in the high, dew soaked grass at the edge of the baseball field when they passed. At first there was just one, bobbing at the corner of my eye, a single cyclist working his ...

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Friday Group Ride #231

Friday Group Ride #231

Scenario 1 – You are independently wealthy. It’s not family money, and it’s not lottery cash. You earned it. One of your brilliant ideas panned out, and the proceeds have ...

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Friday Group Ride #230

Friday Group Ride #230

Is there a more important unimportant article of clothing than the sock? The poor, stupid sock, just a base layer for your feet, a sweat and odor absorbing sack of cloth, a thing that keeps you ...

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How It Goes

How It Goes

The mornings are cool, the air heavy with dew, and the sun too low to burn it off. It strafes your arms as you roll along, puts the chill in you, hairs raised, a shiver running through your ...

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Friday Group Ride #229

Friday Group Ride #229

I had a call from a shop in Alabama, a thick accent I recognized immediately. I grew up there, and though I haven’t lived there in 25 years, the way certain vowels stretch and bend has this ...

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The Couch

The Couch

No one needs a couch, a big wooden framed contraption with padding strapped to it. A couch takes up the better part of whatever room it lives in. We invariably choose a horrible color and/or ...

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Friday Group Ride #228

Friday Group Ride #228

I am not known for the cleanliness of my bikes, the tightness of my tape or the smoothness of my shifts. Years ago I had time for cleaning and tuning. I spent hours in the basement in peaceful ...

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