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Friday Group Ride #218

Friday Group Ride #218

I used to believe that a new bike, any new bike, that appeared in my life would take me 3-6 weeks to adapt to before I felt good and comfortable on it. My reach would change from bike to bike, ...

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Fitting Fabian

Fitting Fabian

The men who do Fabian Cancellara’s fit, Phil Cavell and Julian Wall of Cyclefit, work in a narrow studio space in Covent Garden, London. What they lack in square footage, they more than ...

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Friday Group Ride #217

Friday Group Ride #217

We were talking about sub-$500 bikes, whether independent bike shops (IBDs) need more of them on their floors. How much business do IBDs lose to big box stores? Is that business they want? Is ...

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At Speed – Mark Cavendish

At Speed – Mark Cavendish

As I understand it, the whole point of autobiography is to set the record straight, some sense that only the subject can truly elucidate his or her own life and motivations. So it is perhaps ...

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Friday Group Ride #216

Friday Group Ride #216

The Giro d’Italia starts May 9th in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a potentially cold, wet start for a peloton anxious for some post-Classics warmth. Stage 1 is a team time trial (TTT) through ...

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Friday Group Ride #215

Friday Group Ride #215

The bike will take you amazing places if you follow it. Surrey, south of London, on a sunny spring Thursday. Up the stairs to the third floor, beyond the keycard locked door, into a room at the ...

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Friday Group Ride #214

Friday Group Ride #214

I sat at my desk, on my couch, in my car, all winter long, not thinking of anything but how horribly disappointed I was with the weather. Sisyphus meet stone. Stone, this is Sisyphus. ...

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Friday Group Ride #213

Friday Group Ride #213

I try not to pass people on my commute anymore. There are two reasons. First, I need to slow down. Why am I sprinting home? How is that helping me? Second, we are coming to a light. You are ...

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Friday Group Ride #212

Friday Group Ride #212

Pro cycling is that pretty girl you thought you were over until you ran into her at a party, and she smiled in that way she smiles and you knew you shouldn’t talk to her again, but it was ...

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Caps Not Hats

Caps Not Hats

My son, the older one, said, “When you do something good in France, do they say ‘hat’ to you?” He’s a funny one, that boy, with a precocious sarcasm that will no ...

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