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Right-Sized Rings

Right-Sized Rings

On Thanksgiving Day I joined a group of friends for a ride into Sugarloaf State Park here in Sonoma County. We proceeded to climb Bald Mountain, which rises to roughly 2800 feet of elevation in ...

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The End of the Ride

The End of the Ride

Years ago, shortly after I moved to New England, I got a piece of advice from a friend. He looked down at my bare legs and chuckled. I asked why he was laughing. I pointed out that it was pretty ...

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SSCXWCPDX—the Race

SSCXWCPDX—the Race

When I was a kid, going to the circus was the best thing ever. I never thought I’d encounter anything that matched the barely controlled chaos that a three-ring circus seemed to be. Then ...

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The Proper Tool

The Proper Tool

When I first encountered Marin Bikes in the early 1990s, I was living in New England. Back then, most of my friends were on production bikes: Specializeds, Treks, Cannondales. A few had Fat ...

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The RKP Christmas Wish List

The RKP Christmas Wish List

The default in Christmas wish lists is for stuff. Toys. The output of a capitalist society. That which results from the means of production. As a kid, I never wanted clothes, just more toys. I ...

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SSCXWCPDX—Qualifiers

SSCXWCPDX—Qualifiers

For those not already tortured by their inability to make the trip (cough, cough), that title refers to the Single-Speed Cyclocross World Championships, which were held this past weekend in ...

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Just One Finger

Just One Finger

Cable actuated disc brakes are the taint of cycling stoppers. They ain’t traditional calipers, but they ain’t hydraulic discs, either. They are caught in that nether region between ...

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Don’t Feel the Burn

Don’t Feel the Burn

Of the many Mount Sugarloafs strewn around North America (and perhaps further), there’s one in Western Massachusetts, a tiny granite lump rising out of the Connecticut River Valley adjacent ...

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