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Friday Group Ride #207

Friday Group Ride #207

It’s been a hard winter. I won’t elaborate too much here (because I’ll do it elsewhere), but suffice it to say it’s been hard to get rides in. Even when you summon the ...

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Friday Group Ride #205

Friday Group Ride #205

I remember reading, a long time ago now, the story of a pilot confronted with the failure of his plane’s engine and all the thoughts that raced through his mind in the brief time between ...

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In the Space of a Pedal Stroke

In the Space of a Pedal Stroke

In the languid summer, in the rise of the hill, as we work our way up and up and up, time suddenly slows and spreads, like a rain drop on the afternoon paper. The prickly tingle of sweat slants ...

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Upgrade and Afterlife

Upgrade and Afterlife

I have three friends who have complete Mavic gruppos from yesteryear, who are actively looking for just the right bike to put them on. Each of them has been holding the prized parts for longer ...

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Friday Group Ride #204

Friday Group Ride #204

I don’t know why I read books, paper and ink bound together rather than agglomerations of dots on glowing rectangles. My mother made me love them as objects, and set the example of reading ...

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Friday Group Ride #203

Friday Group Ride #203

I was on the phone with some folks at a bike shop today, and they asked what I thought would happen with disc brakes for road bikes. This happens to be a sore subject for me, and not because I ...

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The Laughing Group

The Laughing Group

Padraig and I have been in the same zip code exactly once in the last four-and-a-half years, the length of our collaboration here on RKP. Nonetheless, I count him as one of my closest friends. We ...

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Friday Group Ride #202

Friday Group Ride #202

When you tell a story over and over, fine details tend to fall out of the telling. It becomes shortened, efficient, boiled to its main points. Here is an example of just such a story: I learned ...

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Pain in the Ass

I don’t remember the last time my ass hurt, more specifically the lower connections of my gluteus maximus to my adductor magnus, that soft spot where sitting and pedaling come together. ...

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Friday Group Ride #201

I am 42-years-old. I work full-time (and then a bit more). I am married, have two boys, 6 and 8, and a dog who likes to be walked. I own a home. And I like to ride bikes. My life is good, really ...

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