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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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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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