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Friday Group Ride #244

Friday Group Ride #244

My kids are 7 and 9 and in a weird place with Santa Claus. The older one is wise to the scam, and maybe like his father, too cynical to indulge in too much fantasy about a fat guy in a red suit ...

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Friday Group Ride #243

Friday Group Ride #243

December is a funny month in the bike industry. Everyone knows cycling is a seasonal endeavor, and as goes the riding, so go the sales. Years ago, December was a welcome winter respite for weary ...

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Friday Group Ride #242

Friday Group Ride #242

Can we all just agree that motivation is priceless? I have been riding bikes my whole life, and the motivation to ride hard or far or even just continuously has sometimes been stronger than ...

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The Corrections

The Corrections

When writing a first draft, I use commas the way some people mumble ‘uh’ when speaking. I type a comma every time I come to the end of a thought. This may or may not signal the ...

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The RKP Holiday Wish List, Part III

The RKP Holiday Wish List, Part III

I endeavor to be a year-round rider. In spring and summer, we are gaining light and warmth all the time. No problem. In fall and winter, we are losing light and warmth, so my wish-list is aimed ...

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Friday Group Ride #241

Friday Group Ride #241

I know guys who break things. What I mean is, I know guys who, by virtue of their size, strength or hell-for-leather riding style, go through parts like a college bar through cheap, American ...

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Impressionism

Impressionism

“I’m not faster. I can just hurt more than you can,” she said, the former pro, dropping me on the last climb, my mind warping against the task of making my muscles do what they ...

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Friday Group Ride #240

Friday Group Ride #240

I am, despite whatever lingering swash-buckling notions of myself I still might harbor, a serial monogamist. I had two high school girlfriends. I had three in college. The last became my wife. ...

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Friday Group Ride #239

Friday Group Ride #239

I used to think that all my bikes, forever, would have white bar tape and white saddles. It’s PRO, right? It’s what you’re supposed to do. Except that, over time, it became more ...

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A Coyote

A Coyote

The ready image is of a coyote, end-of-summer fat, halfway up the roadside embankment. I came around the corner, swiveling in my pedals against the grade to find a couple in a pickup truck cooing ...

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