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Friday Group Ride #462

Friday Group Ride #462

I know we’ve talked about this before, but after 461 Friday Group Rides you’re bound to wonder some of the same stuff over again, and anyway I need some new shoes. There was a time, ...

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Friday Group Ride #461

Friday Group Ride #461

It’s a question of what grounds you. We all need that in our lives, right, a reset? I think one of the things that drew Padraig and me together was that we are both introverts. We recharge ...

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Friday Group Ride #460

Friday Group Ride #460

I’ve been on vacation, although this summer I did that weird thing where you just stay home and don’t go to work. A staycation. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but it has ...

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Friday Group Ride #459

Friday Group Ride #459

Is it sad that Chris Froome’s serious crash and subsequent withdrawal from the Tour de France has me more interested in this year’s race than I was before? It feels a little sad. Even ...

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Friday Group Ride #458

Friday Group Ride #458

A brand is a funny thing, isn’t it. A name, a feeling, a history (or some sort of story) attached to products of a certain type and a certain quality, sometimes varying wildly over time. ...

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Friday Group Ride #457

Friday Group Ride #457

An increasing number of people are coming to me to ask why cyclists look so stupid. The first few I answered with a nod and a chuckle. The next few I took more seriously (and mostly agreed with, ...

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Friday Group Ride #456

Friday Group Ride #456

I’m sure we’ve done this one before, but for the sake of symmetry and positivity, let’s do it again. For me, the moment that springs to mind most readily is Christmas morning ...

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Friday Group Ride #455

Friday Group Ride #455

I was blessed to grow up in the ’70s, when the ten speed and BMX ruled the neighborhood and there wasn’t so much television to distract you from going outside to rage up and down the ...

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Friday Group Ride #454

Friday Group Ride #454

Like you, I have been fortunate to own more bikes than I needed, more bikes than I reasonably ought, and more bikes than a sane person might want to pay for in two lifetimes. That’s ok. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #453

Friday Group Ride #453

I’m there, trailside, down on my haunches, trying to peel sweaty gloves off my hands. There’s a thin stream of latex spraying at me, telling me I maybe shouldn’t have pulled ...

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