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RKP Buys Fat Cyclist

RKP Buys Fat Cyclist

So as I mentioned in several recent posts, we’ve been working to add more contributors to RKP. Ours is a funny editorial mandate. I don’t really care what someone writes about so long ...

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Letting Cooler Heads Prevail

Letting Cooler Heads Prevail

I’ve been a cyclist for almost 30 years. For 18 of those years I’ve lived and ridden in the greater LA metropolis. In all that time only one change has made me feel safer as a cyclist—the passage ...

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Bell Star Pro Helmet

Bell Star Pro Helmet

Of the many investments you can make in aero equipment, there’s little that can beat the aero helmet in terms of dollar to speed. Truly, only shaving your legs offers as great a gain for ...

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Kaena Point

Kaena Point

After rounding the bend, the last apartment building on the Waianae Coast shrinking behind me, the wind drove the spray from a breaking wave into the air, across the road. The cool washed over ...

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The Giant TCX SLR 1

The Giant TCX SLR 1

As I rounded the bend in the trail, I noticed the singletrack tilt upward at an angle that was going to require a compromise of some sort. The intersection of that grade, a 36×28 low gear ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part VII

NAHBS 2015, Part VII

Each year at NAHBS there are a number of bikes displayed that go home empty-handed, bikes of such obvious merit that many attendees question the judgment—if not the sanity—of the judges. In my ...

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

I want to open this post by thanking everyone who pledged during the Freelance Fund. An amazing 76 people contributed—a pretty awesome response. It’s enough that, depending on just how I ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part VI

NAHBS 2015, Part VI

What separates the category award winners from Best in Show is little more than a matter of degrees. While we don’t have a hard and fast rule regarding framesets being ineligible for Best ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part V

NAHBS 2015, Part V

Before I discuss the final set of award winners at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, I want to address a brewing controversy over one of the bikes that was displayed over the weekend. ...

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