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Friday Group Ride #422

Friday Group Ride #422

They put my pedals on the rental bike, and I adjusted the saddle height as close as I could figure it before throwing a leg over. Rain-wet sand crunched under the tires, and I was away. Within a ...

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Friday Group Ride #420

Friday Group Ride #420

After I finished last week’s Group Ride I wondered to myself whether I’d been too dark. I was in an odd place, having just visited my father, who is confined to a chair, and ...

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Friday Group Ride #419

Friday Group Ride #419

I am lucky to talk to people about new bikes all the time, people of every stripe. There are a fair few who are genuinely trying to go fast, either to beat up on their friends on a weekly ...

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Friday Group Ride #418

Friday Group Ride #418

Normally I’m the one asking the questions, but I had a note from my friend Karl this week that got me thinking extra hard about bikes. Given that I spend most of my days thinking about ...

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Friday Group Ride #417

Friday Group Ride #417

I’m pretty transparent in what I do here, I think. The Group Ride is one part bicycle free-association, one part diatribe, a healthy dose of help-I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing, ...

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Friday Group Ride #416

Friday Group Ride #416

We are fetishists, most of us. Oh sure, we’re cyclists, but if you’re reading these words right now, you don’t just love to ride bikes. You LOVE bikes. You like to read about ...

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Friday Group Ride #415

Friday Group Ride #415

I have a bad habit of valuing anecdotal evidence more than I value data. Maybe it’s that I hew more verbal than mathematical. Maybe it’s that it’s easier to support opinions ...

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Friday Group Ride #414

Friday Group Ride #414

If you’re carrying a patch kit, you’re better prepared than I am, but I am also a little worried about you. It’s clear to me as I stand by, likely in the shade, waiting ...

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Friday Group Ride #413

Friday Group Ride #413

We sat at the bench and listened to the church bells chime, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 times. As the seventh struck and slowly faded, I turned to Mike and said, “OK, roll out?” I was joking ...

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Friday Group Ride #412

Friday Group Ride #412

I’m not what you would call a clean freak, but I’m kinda surprised it doesn’t occur to me more often. My helmet is disgusting. All my helmets are disgusting. I met up with a ...

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