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Don’t Say It, Wear It

Don’t Say It, Wear It

In the face of the Oakley juggernaut on eyewear, it’s hard for any eyewear brand to attract attention, let alone a following. Specialized and Giro both left the category because of ...

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The Whee, the Science

The Whee, the Science

When it comes to long-form journalism on bicycles, there aren’t many outlets. I’ve positioned RKP as one—very deliberately, I might add. There’s also Peloton Magazine. The other ...

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A Visit to the Cobbler

A Visit to the Cobbler

Fit. Where do you start? With bikes, it’s objective; you’ve got a bunch of easily measured dimensions. A 56.5cm effective top tube length is reasonably absolute. With clothing, things ...

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A Comeback, of Sorts

A Comeback, of Sorts

On a ride recently with two new friends, I had an experience that I haven’t had in some weeks. While climbing a rocky fire road, I hit a short, steep and rather technical pitch. To ride it, ...

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Un-Paved Royalty

Un-Paved Royalty

I’ve been a cyclist for nearly 30 years; it’s a fact that amazes me. Very little, other than the love of my parents, has been as undisputed a part of my life for so long. In all that ...

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Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

Same Dog, Familiar Tricks

From a sniper’s distance, all bicycle touring is of a piece. You need a bike, some bags, gear to keep you more or less self-sufficient and, finally, a willingness to forego the ...

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Ranger Camp

Ranger Camp

The false flat portion of the fire road, a crushed gravel thoroughfare that lead from downtown Los Gatos up to Alma Dam, was giving way to the steep pitch that makes this stretch of unpaved way ...

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Picture Pages

Picture Pages

As the ultrasound technician moves the wand around my chest, Bren’s insult about “playing picture pages” in the film “Juno” cascades through my ears. I want to make ...

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2016 Sea Otter Classic, Part I

2016 Sea Otter Classic, Part I

When I first went to the Sea Otter Classic it was a mountain bike event with a couple of road events plus a couple of banquet tables with wine tasting and patch repair kits to keep bored ...

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Think Big

Think Big

The SpeedX Leopard is a new bike for which you’ve probably seen ads in social media. It’s the subject of the biggest, most successful bike-related Kickstarter campaign in history; ...

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