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One Bike, All Conditions, Part II

One Bike, All Conditions, Part II

For Part I, click here. What the smart folks think How good an idea is TwinLoc? Consider that among the many features that Shimano built into their MTB version of their Di2 is the ability to use ...

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One Bike, All Conditions, Part I

One Bike, All Conditions, Part I

When I think about what makes a great road bike, I tend to like the same qualities on the flat, going up a hill or going down a hill. So long as the bike handles well and responds the way I want ...

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How To Be a Hero

How To Be a Hero

Back in 2013, a contact of mine with Blackburn told me about this program they had, a bunch of empowered riders who were taking in some of the iconic touring routes, like riding the Pacific ...

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A Zwift Use of Time

A Zwift Use of Time

This winter I’ve been riding a Wahoo Kickr and using Zwift to inspire my rides. I was at the launch for Zwift a couple of years ago and found the promise of the system to be compelling. And ...

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Trapped: a Story of Winter

Trapped: a Story of Winter

During the winter of 1995 I got a VHS cassette in the mail. You, our readers, are, generally speaking, old enough not to need explanations of “VHS” or “cassette,” I hope. ...

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Wired for Sound

Wired for Sound

This past summer, as I was heading home from a mountain bike ride, I rolled into the bike lane from the park. As I pedaled I was digging some 1980s rock when a contractor’s white pickup ...

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The Secret Handshake

The Secret Handshake

I struggle in crowds. Masses of people make me uncomfortable. It’s an odd admission for someone who used to play in rock bands before rooms full of people. Even odder that I would go to ...

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The Suggestion Box

The Suggestion Box

Those who are driven to create are seldom at a loss for ideas. Indeed, I once called myself an idea dispenser. I’m much the same way with opinions, though I suspect they are of far less ...

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Each time I climb on a new bike I go through a process of adapting to the bike. We all do this. No one really talks about this process. The idea is that fit addresses this, that proper fit ...

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