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The Pile of Superlatives

The Pile of Superlatives

I’ve got a buddy who likes doing 24-hour mountain bike races. Solo. So when I tell you I think he’s crazy I know that my reliability as a witness is questionable, the way both the fun ...

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The Genius of the Tiny

The Genius of the Tiny

What do we want for our children? It’s a question many people seem to struggle with. Many answer, “Success!” For some, it’s as simple as not facing the troubles they had ...

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Wet Shifting

Wet Shifting

I recently visited Sedona Arizona to check out some pretty cool stuff. Magura, a German company best known for its mountain bike disc brake systems, has stepped up to help two other companies, ...

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The Chipotle Dilemma

The Chipotle Dilemma

I was recently talking with a friend about the fall from grace suffered by the restaurant chain Chipotle. They were a trusted dispenser of burritos for a great many of my friends and me. I ...

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The Magic of Good Geometry

The Magic of Good Geometry

I hear from riders all the time that they can’t tell the difference between the differing geometries of different bikes. My response is always to give them more credit than they are willing ...

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Torque on the Fly

Torque on the Fly

No, we’re not talking about how much power you can generate on demand. That’s the stuff of Strava. What about when you have to make a road- or trailside repair and some of your ...

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A Ride With Team Sky

A Ride With Team Sky

On the Monday following the completion of the Amgen Tour of California, a select few riders gathered at the Rapha Club in San Francisco for an easy recovery ride before boarding their plane for ...

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West County

West County

I was riding a road I now know is called Occidental. At the time it was just some road taking me uphill in the western part of Sonoma County, inexactly between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Rosa. ...

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Inherent Bias

Inherent Bias

I used to write for a wine magazine, interviewing wine makers about their craft. It was terrific fun and gave me a chance to learn a great deal about what makes some wines memorable and others ...

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Casing Is Key

Casing Is Key

I’ve got a bike that I loved riding while I lived in Southern California, but since moving to Sonoma County has hung more miles than it deserves. The challenge is that because it’s an ...

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