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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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Friday Group Ride #452

Friday Group Ride #452

People find their own stress, by which I mean, what one person finds stressful, given their specific context, another person might call a luxury. It is very difficult to escape your own context. ...

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Friday Group Ride #451

Friday Group Ride #451

I’ve ridden some bikes that didn’t fit me. I suppose that started with my first bike, which had been my brother’s. Kids bikes are needs must though, right? This pattern repeated ...

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Friday Group Ride #450

Friday Group Ride #450

You have to be careful what you wish for. I remember going to Disneyland when I was about 12. This is something I had dreamed of as a younger child. The lines were long. The rides were short. And ...

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Friday Group Ride #449

Friday Group Ride #449

I was running before I knew what had happened. I don’t even really remember why I started running, probably the press of time and some vague memory of high school cross country meets. The ...

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Friday Group Ride #448

Friday Group Ride #448

I’ll start with two questions, neither of which are this week’s actual question. The first is, have you ever seen someone at the grocery, shopping, pushing a car, wearing a bike ...

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Friday Group Ride #447

Friday Group Ride #447

Four-hundred and forty seven is not an auspicious number. Literally zero numerologists are busy breaking it down and assigning its digits celestial significance. It’s not prime, and ...

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Friday Group Ride #446

Friday Group Ride #446

It would be very difficult for me to do anything on a bicycle that would impress you. There are a few reasons for that. First, I’m not “talented,” i.e. I was not blessed with a ...

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Friday Group Ride #445

Friday Group Ride #445

Let’s consider, for a moment, Peter Sagan. He’s fast. We know that. He’s brash and smart, at least in the way he races bikes. He can sprint, and he loves a punchy climb. He is, ...

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Friday Group Ride #444

Friday Group Ride #444

I was in spin class for four reasons. First, my wife is the instructor, and I love her. Second, I’ve been fighting a cold, and rolling out in sub-20F temps doesn’t seem smart at this ...

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