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Friday Group Ride #229

Friday Group Ride #229

I had a call from a shop in Alabama, a thick accent I recognized immediately. I grew up there, and though I haven’t lived there in 25 years, the way certain vowels stretch and bend has this ...

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The Couch

The Couch

No one needs a couch, a big wooden framed contraption with padding strapped to it. A couch takes up the better part of whatever room it lives in. We invariably choose a horrible color and/or ...

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Friday Group Ride #228

Friday Group Ride #228

I am not known for the cleanliness of my bikes, the tightness of my tape or the smoothness of my shifts. Years ago I had time for cleaning and tuning. I spent hours in the basement in peaceful ...

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Friday Group Ride #227

Friday Group Ride #227

The town I live in is installing a bike lane on the main road through town, i.e. they are painting new lines. These lines have been the subject of a years-long and often venomous battle between ...

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Friday Group Ride #226

Friday Group Ride #226

I’m not allowed to grip a handlebar for 8-10 weeks. In fact, I’m typing this with my right hand and left thumb. The rest of that hand is close to useless after I severed two tendons ...

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Friday Group Ride #225

Friday Group Ride #225

Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish are out of the Tour de France. The favorites are strung out, up and down the GC, with Vincenzo Nibali in yellow, Marcel Kittle sweeping the sprints, and a lot of ...

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Friday Group Ride #224

Friday Group Ride #224

Asked how he’ll do in the race, the Euro Pro says, “I have trained well, and the sensations are good.” I read this bland, stilted statement over and over and think about what it ...

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Water Balloons

Water Balloons

As I rolled out for work this morning, the neighbor’s youngest, Lucas, came to the edge of the driveway, a devilish four-year-old grin on his face, in his hand a plump water balloon. He ...

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Friday Group Ride #223

Friday Group Ride #223

Chris Froome has done us all two immense favors. First, he stirred up the ghost of Tours past by poking his literary finger in teammate Bradley Wiggins’ eye, giving us the opportunity to ...

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