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A Tale of Two Tapes

A Tale of Two Tapes

Bar tape is a thing for me. I like low-maintenance tape that looks good and provides good padding. I came up in the age of celo tape and rode more miles without padded gloves than my hands would ...

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On the Record: Don Walker of NAHBS

On the Record: Don Walker of NAHBS

The 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is barely a month away. The show returns to the West Coast for the first time since its last visit to Sacramento, four years ago. Word among builders ...

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A Performance Tire for the Rain

A Performance Tire for the Rain

Years ago I was on the phone with someone from Continental Tires and he asked me a question. “Do you know why you get more flats in the rain?” Was this a trick question? I started to ...

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The Owen Mulholland Reader

The Owen Mulholland Reader

While writing some salutory words about Owen Mulholland on the day of his passing made me feel a bit better, it doesn’t really do that much to advance the case for his talent. Better that I ...

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Anachronistic

Anachronistic

I’ve got this hangup about accuracy. I hate seeing history rewritten, or the present adjusted to conform to the past. Case in point, most cycling fans claim they not only hate Lance ...

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The Merge

The Merge

The oppressive need of the market to exact the new is an oppression that does little to permit peace. Most artists I know have what we call “actual” employment. They pay the bills by ...

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Cold *and* Wet

Cold *and* Wet

I’ve seen a lot of things in bike shops. I’ve seen a TV on a cart in front of an easy chair. I’ve seen ashtrays with burning cigarettes. I’ve seen a field of trainers set ...

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Life

Life

What is it we search for when we ride a bike? By the time someone has decided that cycling is for them, is a church befitting their meditations, their prayers, they’ve been devoted to the ...

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Owen Mulholland, an Appreciation

Owen Mulholland, an Appreciation

I’m saddened to report that cycling writer Owen Mulholland passed away yesterday at the age of 70. I was at the inaugural San Francisco Gran Prix, walking through the crowd handing out ...

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Odds, Ends

Odds, Ends

There have been a few items bumping around in my fleeting attention for a few weeks now, things that don’t necessarily merit a full review, but have been cool enough to warrant some ...

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