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The Trouble With Black

The Trouble With Black

I’m fond of writing that I don’t believe there’s much in the bike industry that you need to be warned against. Today’s bike manufacturers do a damn fine job of making ...

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Prints!

Prints!

At last. This is a post I’ve been waiting to compose for more than a year. I’m pleased to announce that we finally are able to present Bill Cass’ incredible illustrations in ...

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I’ve Been Dropped

I’ve Been Dropped

Theo Padnos is an American journalist who was kidnapped by some amateurs in northern Syria, then delivered to the Syrian al Qaeda franchise, Jebha al Nusra. Al Nusra kept him for 22 months. He is ...

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The Rock Cobbler

The Rock Cobbler

Moments after riding up from the trail and rejoining the pavement, I could see the pop-up tent at the edge of the biker bar’s parking lot. The cool wind of relief washed over me. Checkpoint ...

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Finish Line Speed Bike Degreaser

Finish Line Speed Bike Degreaser

I recently had the occasion to sell some bikes and parts. Time to turn stuff over before it got too old and lost too much value. And also, if I’m honest, it was a way to help appease my ...

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Velo Jerseys

Velo Jerseys

There was a time when riding the jersey of your favorite pro team was the thing to do on the Saturday ride. You’d show up in your coolest jersey and imagine yourself to be Greg LeMond or ...

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The Old Caz Grasshopper

The Old Caz Grasshopper

I stopped racing bikes in 2003 for two reasons. The first and most deciding factor was that I couldn’t afford it; I was starting Asphalt Magazine and I needed every cent I could lay my ...

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Friday Group Ride #249

Friday Group Ride #249

I spent most of my junior high and high school years as a skateboarder. These were the years spanning the late 1970s and early ’80s, years dominated by Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, ...

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The Specialized Diverge

The Specialized Diverge

The Off-Road Road Bike is officially a thing. I’m not sure where we crossed the threshold, but it was sometime between the first running of Paris-Roubaix and … now. I kid. The thing is, ...

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