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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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Friday Group Ride #411

Friday Group Ride #411

I was talking to a bike industry guy the other day, the kind of guy who’s been around a long time, who can recall product specs from things that barely saw the light of day, a guy with a ...

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Friday Group Ride #410

Friday Group Ride #410

I lay in bed listening, the windows open, a fan cycling on and off. Blue jays screeched in their awful, nasally way, and starlings clicked and sputtered. The high, clear notes of a cardinal came ...

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Friday Group Ride #409

Friday Group Ride #409

You’re late. This happens because you like riding bikes more than you like not riding bikes. So, the two hour spin you sketched out in loose terms in the morning, turned into a three four ...

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Friday Group Ride #408

Friday Group Ride #408

We all do this right? Even when we are walking down the street, or driving along in our cars, we are looking at bikes. Every rider I pass (or who passes me) I’m looking to see what ...

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Friday Group Ride #407

Friday Group Ride #407

Even churning uphill on a Saturday morning, side-by-side, out-of-breath, my bike friends and I are talking about bikes. If I heard a recording of the conversation later, I’m sure I’d ...

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Friday Group Ride #406

Friday Group Ride #406

I was talking to a guy on the phone the other day. He said, “I paint all my bikes the same color blue, so when my wife asks if I bought a new bike I can just say, ‘No, I’ve had ...

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Friday Group Ride #405

Friday Group Ride #405

In 1980, my parents bought me a BMX bike. I rode BMX street-style, before that was a thing. I rode single-track in the Alabama woods. I rode off plywood jumps and on small dirt tracks we shoveled ...

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