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Backlash

Backlash

About ten years ago cyclists in Southern California’s South Bay were beneficiaries of a crackdown by the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Someone had concluded that the famed Donut ...

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Ritual I

Ritual I

I grew up thinking that rituals were a waste of time. That they burned minutes and even hours that could be better devoted to other purposes. From mass to the beginning of a Boy Scout meeting, ...

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The Assos Race

The Assos Race

The day I visited Assos, I just happened to be in town for the annual race the company sponsors. It runs from their store in Paradiso up to Ciona on the shoulder of Monte San Salvatore. So when ...

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A Visit to the Mother Ship

A Visit to the Mother Ship

I’ve had a fascination with Assos since I first purchased a piece of the clothing back in 1995. They exist in a space shared by only a handful of other manufacturers in the cycling ...

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Big Course, Big Fun

Big Course, Big Fun

I saw the trail of wet drops before I noticed the rider bent over his bike. They culminated in a multicolored puddle between his legs that caused me to think, “I wish throwing up could make ...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

As I slid, my face but inches from the ground, I had but one thought, and it repeated like a klaxon warning of impending doom. Please not my face, please not my face, please not my face, please ...

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Bell Makes Like the Wind

Bell Makes Like the Wind

Over the last five years, maybe more, Bell’s excellence among manufacturers of road helmets has, to put it lightly, slipped. While last year’s Star Pro has proven to be an excellent ...

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Giro Rethinks the Factor

Giro Rethinks the Factor

When I began wearing Giro’s laced-up Empire shoes, invariably the first question friends would ask me was, “How do you adjust them?” My answer: You don’t. Tie them right the first time and you ...

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First Turns

First Turns

I spent a year working in a bike shop in a Memphis suburb where the vast majority of what we sold went to people yet to hit puberty. We had two different sizes of bikes with 20-inch wheels and ...

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More Rules, Fewer Exceptions

More Rules, Fewer Exceptions

Years ago I got a chance to try one of the first compressionless housing systems. It used tiny sections of aluminum tubing, like centimeter-long Lego pieces. It worked fantastically well. Braking ...

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