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Friday Group Ride #221

Friday Group Ride #221

I didn’t ride with Jonathan on Sunday morning, as I normally might, so I wasn’t with him at 6:30am, flying down a hill out in Lincoln, the Garmin showing 30mph, when the deer grazing ...

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Stalking the Tiger

Stalking the Tiger

When stalking a tiger you would be best advised not to move too quickly, not to surprise the tiger. In the fine balance of risk to reward, approaching from the front is a bad idea. You should ...

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Dig the New Breed

Dig the New Breed

My friend Felipe, a proud Colombiano this week, tells me that the mountainous region 2014 Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana comes from is known for the quiet heartiness of its people who ...

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Friday Group Ride #220

Friday Group Ride #220

I first rode D2R2 three-and-a-half years ago. I rode it on a Surly Crosscheck, because that’s what I had that seemed even vaguely appropriate. The next two years I rode it on a custom road ...

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Friday Group Ride #219

Friday Group Ride #219

The text came early, “Not my kinda bike morning. I’m out.” It was only misting when I rolled out of the garage, and I adjudged my ride partner a lily-livered fool. “This ...

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Lanterne Rouge – Max Leonard

Lanterne Rouge – Max Leonard

Max Leonard’s Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France is a deeply researched, well-written volume that you should read if you have any interest in bike racing, the Tour de France ...

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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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