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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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Friday Group Ride #300

Friday Group Ride #300

It was either luge or skeleton I was watching. I forget. Run after run, these guys would come down the ice track, bumping and chattering, the Swiss timing flashing away at the bottom of the ...

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Friday Group Ride #299

Friday Group Ride #299

A long time ago, we did a Group Ride on component allegiances. My idea back then was that components were like religions. Campy guys wouldn’t ride Shimano. Shimano guys thought Campy guys ...

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Friday Group Ride #298

Friday Group Ride #298

It was one of those weeks. A quick trip to Salt Lake City put me off the bike, and I woke this morning, back at home, to a driving snowstorm. I needed to ride though, so I pulled out the stuff. ...

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Friday Group Ride #297

Friday Group Ride #297

I was talking to Radio Freddy. He and I do some work together, but we also have long, rambling conversations about the bike business and how to be better at it. Freddy is something of a spiritual ...

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Friday Group Ride #296

Friday Group Ride #296

I have hesitated to write this FGR before, because the question I am going to pose can raise a lot of classist issues of affordability, scale and exclusivity. Money is one of those third rail ...

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Friday Group Ride #295

Friday Group Ride #295

It was my first road trip for the new job. This is going back almost five years. We flew into SFO and rented a car, drove up over the Golden Gate and parked ourselves at one of the crappy little ...

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Friday Group Ride #294

Friday Group Ride #294

I miss pro cycling. I do. I miss milling through piles of magazines, reading badly translated interviews, and reloading pirate internet race feeds in order to follow it. And while it’s true ...

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The RKP End of Year Awards, Part I

The RKP End of Year Awards, Part I

It’s that time again. Our annual awards for the most notable moments, people and products from the last year. We’ve been fortunate to encounter some real bright spots, even if some ...

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Friday Group Ride #293

Friday Group Ride #293

My wife says I’m impossible to buy for. She knows what I like bikes, but I’m very particular about the stuff I ride. We also have the challenge that, as someone who works in the ...

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