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Friday Group Ride #309

Friday Group Ride #309

My poor father, running along next to me, his hand clamped at the back of the saddle, the bars wobbling like a single-engine plane in an updraft. Ironic it’s easier for me to put myself ...

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Friday Group Ride #308

Friday Group Ride #308

It’s quite a leap from the passing of an iconic musician to the urge to ride a bike, but I’m going to jump with both feet and see where I land. I rode last night, as I’m trying ...

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Friday Group Ride #307

Friday Group Ride #307

Climbing. Going up hill. Let’s all put on leotards and go hurt ourselves! Honestly, it’s ludicrous. Cycling. Is it really any different than any other cult, like the Hare Krishnas, ...

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Friday Group Ride #306

Friday Group Ride #306

In order to solve a problem, it helps to state the problem as clearly and succinctly as you can. So, for example, I might say, “I’m sick of the constant blare of election news,” ...

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Just One Moment #1

Just One Moment #1

It’s a wide, oblong intersection that joins five roads in a rough star pattern, and I had just shot across, my breath held, onto the broken pavement of the one residential feeder that leads ...

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Friday Group Ride #305

Friday Group Ride #305

On Sunday, the men of the pro peloton will be racing over the cobbles of Flanders, hoping not to crash or flat. With both Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen closing on retirement (though still ...

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Friday Group Ride #304

Friday Group Ride #304

There are a lot pieces of clothing and equipment for which I take suggestions, but saddles isn’t one of them. As I understand bike seats, the width of your ischial tuberosities (sitz bones) ...

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Friday Group Ride #303

Friday Group Ride #303

Sometimes it seems like the hardest thing, just to ride a bike. Working in the industry, I talk about bikes all day. I burrow down into their details. I research them and page through photos. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #302

Friday Group Ride #302

It is growing increasingly difficult to reconcile my chronological age with my mental state. At 44, I’m not yet old, but firmly past my physical peak. The things I could do on a bike in the ...

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Friday Group Ride #301

Friday Group Ride #301

We’ve talked a lot lately about the LBS, all the business pressures, the quality of service, what the future looks like. And before I go any further, I should own my bias. Bike shop owners ...

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