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Mavic Crossmax XL WTS

Mavic Crossmax XL WTS

Wind tunnel testing has changed the conversation about wheel aerodynamics. It’s no longer enough to look at the wheel. You’ve got to look at the tire on the wheel. Change a tire and ...

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A Ride With the Brown Brothers

A Ride With the Brown Brothers

Tennessee is a cycling backwater. I write that with no malice. It’s not an insult; rather, it’s an acknowledgement that for the aspiring cyclist, Tennessee is geographically removed ...

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An Open Letter to American Cycling

An Open Letter to American Cycling

Let’s start with a memory, one of your memories. Think back on your first bicycle ride, that ride in which neither hand nor training wheels held you aloft, that first time when you pedaled ...

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The Bike-Shop-Quality Bike

The Bike-Shop-Quality Bike

I spent a number of years working retail, selling everything from records to model tanks and airplanes and, yes, my share of bicycles. During my time working for bike shops I became familiar with ...

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Assos Campionissimo Bibs

Assos Campionissimo Bibs

I once had a relationship with a woman who had a particular theory about gift giving. In her view, a proper gift should be something vaguely extravagant, something you’d be unlikely to buy ...

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The RKP Holiday Wish List, Part I

The RKP Holiday Wish List, Part I

It’s the time of year where we tend to give gifts. Without getting into religious significance, capitalism gone rail-less or any other postmodern political consideration, we can probably ...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

I’ve been living in Southern California so long that the arc to my weekend days is as predictable as a Christmas movie. Living in a place as warm as this, it’s possible to ride first ...

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