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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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Friday Group Ride #317

Friday Group Ride #317

Greg says “thraxle,” which sounds like some sort of insect anatomy term, but it’s (just barely) short for thru-axle. Never mind that a conventional 9mm skewer is also a ...

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Friday Group Ride #316

Friday Group Ride #316

I am over blue bikes (the beauty of the classic Gios Torino not withstanding). Blue is a fine color, as they go, but it does nothing for me on a bike. I prefer grays and deep, dark reds, greens ...

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Friday Group Ride #315

Friday Group Ride #315

I am at a very fortunate point in my cycling life that I don’t have pressing needs for a new bike. That is not to say that I don’t know what my next bike will be, but I’m not ...

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Friday Group Ride #314

Friday Group Ride #314

I was riding home last night, up the steep hill of Commons Street into Cushing Square Belmont, where the donut shop exploded last month. The road tips over above the square and you dive down into ...

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