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Euro-Style Shopping

Euro-Style Shopping

Shortly after I arrived in the Lugano suburb of Paradiso I walked out of my hotel and headed for the lake shore. A path rings it, allowing relaxing pedestrians, skaters and cyclists to look upon ...

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Kissing GPS

Kissing GPS

The first time I bought a bike computer I had to take a piece of string and follow the circumference of my bike tire and then place that piece of string on a yard stick to figure its exact ...

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Ritual II

Ritual II

There’s a magnet on my refrigerator of Michaelangelo’s Tondo Doni. It’s a terrible trivialization of what is one of the great works of art in the world. In it, Joseph is seen handing Christ as a ...

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Padraig Talks to Tropical MBA

Padraig Talks to Tropical MBA

For a few months now I’ve been listening to a podcast called the Tropical MBA. It’s aimed at entrepreneurs and spends an unusual amount of time discussing podcasting, so you might say ...

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A Tube Worth the Search

A Tube Worth the Search

If you’re of a certain age, then you’ve probably seen the great Steve Martin movie, The Jerk. There’s a famous scene in it in which he runs to a guy from the phone company, ...

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Backlash

Backlash

About ten years ago cyclists in Southern California’s South Bay were beneficiaries of a crackdown by the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Someone had concluded that the famed Donut ...

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Ritual I

Ritual I

I grew up thinking that rituals were a waste of time. That they burned minutes and even hours that could be better devoted to other purposes. From mass to the beginning of a Boy Scout meeting, ...

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The Assos Race

The Assos Race

The day I visited Assos, I just happened to be in town for the annual race the company sponsors. It runs from their store in Paradiso up to Ciona on the shoulder of Monte San Salvatore. So when ...

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A Visit to the Mother Ship

A Visit to the Mother Ship

I’ve had a fascination with Assos since I first purchased a piece of the clothing back in 1995. They exist in a space shared by only a handful of other manufacturers in the cycling ...

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