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Language

Language

There was a space between my front wheel and the wheel I thought I was following. It grew. Then I realized despite all the effort I could muster, that space was a separation. I was no longer a ...

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The Chase

The Chase

The human resources manager fixed me with a proud eye and told me how my division was the most dedicated, most productive in the entire building. They had the lowest incidence of sick days taken ...

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Garanimals for Grown Ups

Garanimals for Grown Ups

One of the rarely discussed benefits of the rise of apparel companies like Rapha is that you can go on a ride and see someone wearing a coordinated kit that isn’t a billboard for Billy ...

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Tool-aphilia

Tool-aphilia

One of the reasons I’m comfortable in my skin writing about cycling is that I’ve discovered that anything I’ve felt or experienced through the lens of cycling, someone, ...

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The RKP End-of-Year Awards, Part II

The RKP End-of-Year Awards, Part II

At a certain level, If I’m being truly honest, I’d have to say that 2015 was a zero-sum game. There were as many disappointments as there were triumphs. For every great innovation or ...

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Community

Community

Yesterday I did a recon ride for a gravel event I wrote about last year—Old Cazadero. It’s part of the Grasshopper Series here in Sonoma County. Old Caz, as it’s called, is a roughly ...

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Entry-Level Fun

Entry-Level Fun

When I was a kid I had a tricycle that was made from steel thicker than is used in today’s armored vehicles. It outweighed me by more than a bowling ball and was so durable that it’s ...

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The Great Wheel Debate

The Great Wheel Debate

I like bikes. Full stop. Early in my career, I couldn’t really afford to pick one type of bike over another. Working in a shop meant assembling and fixing everything with wheels from 12 ...

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Reintroduction

Reintroduction

When I decided that RKP would begin to include a bit of mountain bike content, I did so for a few reasons. The first was that I’ve always hated the us/them categorization and tribalism some ...

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Vision

Vision

The latest outrage in bike industry sexism is the Maxxis Tires “Babes” calendar. I’m not going to go into it, other than to say that Adele Mitchell, in a piece for Singletrack, ...

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