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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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Barrier to Entry, Part II

Barrier to Entry, Part II

You can do a lot with the right base layer, jersey and windbreaker, but they aren’t the sole answer for all conditions. Once temperatures drop into the 40s, I need more than thermal bibs ...

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Barrier to Entry, Part I

Barrier to Entry, Part I

Back in the 1980s when I went looking for clothing that would keep me warm as I tried to ride during my first New England winter, I simply put on four layers—two long-sleeve base layers, a ...

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RKP Annual End of Year Awards

RKP Annual End of Year Awards

The Diamond Encrusted Pint Glass of Reasonableness: This one goes to the 3T’s Dave Koesel, and FSA for dreaming up subcompact gearing. Finally, some people sat down and realized that a ...

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Tomorrow, we will post our last Paceline Podcast of the year. It’s been a long year and I need a (tiny) break. This is just a heads-up that we’re going to take a few days off, do as ...

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Appropriation and Empathy

Appropriation and Empathy

This past September, writer Lionel Shriver gave an address at the Brisbane Writers Festival for which she was later accused of crimes agains identity politics. Her offense was to argue on behalf ...

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One Million

One Million

It’s just a number. It’s equal to the population of a large city in the U.S. It’s estimated to be the number of selfies taken each day and the number of people suffering ...

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The Gravel Slayer

The Gravel Slayer

At the point I center-punched the granite block I wouldn’t have admitted to you I was out of control. To admit such a thing would require me to even agree with that statement … or ...

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An End to Clammy

An End to Clammy

I used to think I objected to anything that affected my touch or grip, at least as I worked on bikes, though it’s emblematic of my learner need not for control but for input, for my need to ...

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Old Tech, Modern Thinking

Old Tech, Modern Thinking

When I lived in Los Angeles, there were a number of used clothing stores that carried old-school Merino-wool jerseys. I had friends for whom combing through such racks was a hobby, the way ...

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