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The Dark

The Dark

Leaves shown like splotches of white paint on the asphalt. Until they crackled under tire, there was no way to distinguish just what they were. The failing light had two effects, to make all ...

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Primal Aro Evo Kit

Primal Aro Evo Kit

For ages, Primal Wear’s clothing was produced in San Luis Obispo by Voler. Given how bad so many lines were in the mid to late 1990s, that was a pretty terrific thing. Relative to the ...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

I’ve been wrestling with an acute sense of loss over the last couple of weeks. November 18th marked the one-year anniversary of the death of my sister, Erin. That day also marked the ...

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Mass Extinction

Mass Extinction

The Union Cycliste Internationale has just greenlighted the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton for the 2016 season. This is arguably the single biggest technological change in the pro peloton ...

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The Real World Solution

The Real World Solution

I used to build a lot of wheels. It’s something I really miss, but in life if you choose to be a great wheel builder you must renounce all other ambitions. I had many ambitions, but being a ...

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Factory Work

Factory Work

Growing up, my idea of factory work was largely influenced by the opening montage from the ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirley. Hopefully, you’re old enough to remember that endless progression of ...

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Piles of Parts

Piles of Parts

One of the more surreal features of our factory visits in Taiwan was the sheer scale of production. Visually, seeing all those products at various stages of assembly gave us a fresh perspective ...

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Where the Sausage Is Made

Where the Sausage Is Made

I’ve led a very middle-class existence. Since graduating from college (and graduate school), the closest I’ve come to working in a factory has been building and repairing bicycles in ...

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Coolness from Chico

Coolness from Chico

I’ve been eyeing components made by Chico-based Paul Components since even before I went to NAHBS the first time. At this point, I’ve been seeing proprietor Paul Rice’s designs ...

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Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

With 20 years of hindsight at my disposal, I’ve come to a realization. Tandems are a bit like God. Either you believe in them, or you don’t. Either you appreciate the intimate ...

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