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Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Thoughts on Disc Brakes

Two years ago, while on a ride that took in some of Malibu’s most fearsome descents, I had a conversation with a product manager from one of the big three bike companies. The occasion for ...

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The Gem, Not Quite Hidden

The Gem, Not Quite Hidden

Long before I moved to California, it stood as a mythic destination for me. My first attraction to California arose out of skateboarding in the 1970s. Dogtown, a locale hidden somewhere within ...

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The Abbey Tools Crombie

The Abbey Tools Crombie

Even though I’m no longer a professional mechanic, I still find myself doing a lot of bike work. Discounting kids’ bikes, there 11 bikes in my garage and all but three of them have ...

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Why We Ride: Readings

Why We Ride: Readings

I’m going to be on the road some in the coming weeks to promote my book “Why We Ride.” Before I say anything about where I’ll be coming up, I want to thank everyone who ...

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Growth

Growth

In the weeks that followed my human flyswatter demo back in 2012, my stepmother sent me a number of links in emails. My memory is that they were each links to different types of helmets, some ...

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Levi’s GranFondo, ’14

Levi’s GranFondo, ’14

I took up cycling so that I could go places, see things. Even without having thought through my urge, I had an instinctive understanding that seeing the world from the saddle of the bike was a ...

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Zwift: Indoor Training, Made Bearable

Zwift: Indoor Training, Made Bearable

Zwift is a new company that is launching a video game for trainer-bound cyclists. Ever since the 1980s, there have been efforts made to make trainer time more bearable, if not actually enjoyable. ...

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The Straw, the Camel

The Straw, the Camel

The amount of time I’ve devoted to Rumorgate—the Bikerumor plagiarism flap—in the last two weeks is a travesty. Had Bikerumor’s Tyler Benedict simply done what everyone else does in ...

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Next Reading: NorCal Bike Sport

Next Reading: NorCal Bike Sport

I’m excited to announce I’m going to be reading from “Why We Ride” again. This Friday, October 3, I’ll be appearing at NorCal Bikesport in Santa Rosa, ahead of ...

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