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Friday Group Ride #484

Friday Group Ride #484

Maybe it’s that I lack in imagination or ambition or both. I get emails from cyclists all the time talking about the amazing rides they’ve done or the ones they want to do. Lots of ...

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Friday Group Ride #483

Friday Group Ride #483

It was a simpler time, one crank option, 53-39 rings, what was known as “standard,” although it isn’t anymore. Coupled with a narrow range cassette, you earned all your vertical ...

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Friday Group Ride #482

Friday Group Ride #482

It’s an odd cycling year for me in that I didn’t do any event rides at all. I’m not a big racer or gravel grinder or randonneur, but I typically do two or three things in a ...

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Friday Group Ride #481

Friday Group Ride #481

I am really no longer the Robot, but changing a silly pen name a decade later seems like more trouble than its worth. The initial idea, the joke that birthed my by-line, came from riding through ...

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Friday Group Ride #480

Friday Group Ride #480

I’ve never designed a bike from the ground up, but I’ve been lucky to work with a few people who have and being around them and understanding the real-world challenges they face has ...

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Friday Group Ride #479

Friday Group Ride #479

I couldn’t ride 100 miles right now. I am not bike fit. I just don’t have the miles in my legs, and here at the front end of winter, an icy crust on the front yard, piles growing at ...

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Friday Group Ride #478

Friday Group Ride #478

I have been athletic my whole life, other than a brief spell in and around college, when I was actively killing myself with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. What can I tell you? It seemed to make ...

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Friday Group Ride #477

Friday Group Ride #477

I’m a bad night dreamer. Bizarre anxiety comedies play out from my subconscious. Some outright nightmares too. Any time a dream looks like it might be headed in a vaguely good direction, my ...

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Friday Group Ride #476

Friday Group Ride #476

I am not the Velo Pied Piper, not really, although people do come to my house occasionally, with flat tires or questions or shiny new bikes to show off. I am, for some people, the bike guy, but I ...

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Friday Group Ride #475

Friday Group Ride #475

It’s 2019, and sentiment is in recession. All the forces of progress are chipping away at the value of physical things as we convert long, personal letters to terse emails and frivolous ...

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