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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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The Privateer Wrench

The Privateer Wrench

I spend a lot of time working on bikes. Even so, it is neither as much time as I would like playing with bikes and wrenches, nor as much time as I need to. There is a bike to assemble with the ...

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A Bike Shop We’ve Always Needed

A Bike Shop We’ve Always Needed

If there’s a single truth to bicycle retailing that everyone involved can agree upon, it’s that the nature of being a bike shop and how you provide value and service is changing, and ...

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Right-Sized Rings

Right-Sized Rings

On Thanksgiving Day I joined a group of friends for a ride into Sugarloaf State Park here in Sonoma County. We proceeded to climb Bald Mountain, which rises to roughly 2800 feet of elevation in ...

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The End of the Ride

The End of the Ride

Years ago, shortly after I moved to New England, I got a piece of advice from a friend. He looked down at my bare legs and chuckled. I asked why he was laughing. I pointed out that it was pretty ...

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SSCXWCPDX—the Race

SSCXWCPDX—the Race

When I was a kid, going to the circus was the best thing ever. I never thought I’d encounter anything that matched the barely controlled chaos that a three-ring circus seemed to be. Then ...

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The Proper Tool

The Proper Tool

When I first encountered Marin Bikes in the early 1990s, I was living in New England. Back then, most of my friends were on production bikes: Specializeds, Treks, Cannondales. A few had Fat ...

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The RKP Christmas Wish List

The RKP Christmas Wish List

The default in Christmas wish lists is for stuff. Toys. The output of a capitalist society. That which results from the means of production. As a kid, I never wanted clothes, just more toys. I ...

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SSCXWCPDX—Qualifiers

SSCXWCPDX—Qualifiers

For those not already tortured by their inability to make the trip (cough, cough), that title refers to the Single-Speed Cyclocross World Championships, which were held this past weekend in ...

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