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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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A Hole for the No-Hole Set

A Hole for the No-Hole Set

Ever since we were warned that riding a bike could ruin our sex life—and more—bike saddle manufacturers have seized upon this Achilles heel as something that needs addressing. Given how few of ...

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Dislocation, Part II

Dislocation, Part II

My next ride was with two of GT’s product managers, Todd Seplavy and Cait Dooley. I met Cait at this year’s Press Camp and found her to be a truly knowledgeable and invested bike ...

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Dislocation, Part I

Dislocation, Part I

“Wunn peepaw?” “Wunn peepaw? Hmm.” “Yoo wunn peepaw?” “Oh! Peepaw! People! Yes, I’m one people—one person.” So glad to clear that up with the ...

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Sick

Sick

[Eight years ago I began publishing work at Belgium Knee Warmers. My book “Why We Ride” did a great job of pulling the greatest hits out of that material and into a single collection. ...

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Feng Chia Night Market

Feng Chia Night Market

The factory visits the formed the basis for my trip overlapped with Taichung Bike Week, which gave me a chance to catch up with several product managers I know. I managed to get rides in with ...

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