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Building Shimano Di2

Building Shimano Di2

Even though it’s been more than 20 years since I worked full-time as a mechanic, I still try to do as much of my mechanical work on bikes as possible. I do this for a few reasons. The first ...

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Pedaler’s Fork + Argonaut

Pedaler’s Fork + Argonaut

Of the many bedroom communities in the greater LA metropolis, few lie in such close proximity to great riding as does Calabasas. It sits at the edge of the San Fernando Valley, just north of the ...

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Learning to Ride: the Razor Scooter

Learning to Ride: the Razor Scooter

This is the first in what will be an occasional series on teaching my kids to ride bicycles. My experience may be handy to some of you with young children, and for those of you who have children ...

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NAHBS: Words About Awards

NAHBS: Words About Awards

I’ve done a fair number of stupid, thankless things in my life. And I’m not talking about parenthood. Years from now I may look back on taking on the role of chief judge for the North ...

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The Aero Makeover

The Aero Makeover

My life is full of competing desires. I want to be a good father. I want to drink wine (or beer) with dinner. I want to stay married. I need to write on a daily basis. And I love riding my bike ...

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Security

Security

Aside from being the name of one of my favorite albums of all time, I’ve been thinking about a more traditional definition of security, as regards bicycles. In running an increasing number ...

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The Trouble With Black

The Trouble With Black

I’m fond of writing that I don’t believe there’s much in the bike industry that you need to be warned against. Today’s bike manufacturers do a damn fine job of making ...

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Prints!

Prints!

At last. This is a post I’ve been waiting to compose for more than a year. I’m pleased to announce that we finally are able to present Bill Cass’ incredible illustrations in ...

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I’ve Been Dropped

I’ve Been Dropped

Theo Padnos is an American journalist who was kidnapped by some amateurs in northern Syria, then delivered to the Syrian al Qaeda franchise, Jebha al Nusra. Al Nusra kept him for 22 months. He is ...

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The Rock Cobbler

The Rock Cobbler

Moments after riding up from the trail and rejoining the pavement, I could see the pop-up tent at the edge of the biker bar’s parking lot. The cool wind of relief washed over me. Checkpoint ...

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