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The Kool-Aid

Cyclists, as a group, are a notoriously suspicious bunch. We wonder who’s on drugs, if that frame is as stiff as advertised, if that set of wheels is as light as claimed, if that sponsor is ...

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Sport vs. Grand Touring

This past spring, I undertook an experiment. I asked Specialized to loan me two bicycles for a review. Not a shootout, mind you, but a review concerned with differentiation. As someone who has ...

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For Veterans’ Day

“I study war so that my children may study peace and my grandchildren may study poetry.” —John Adams It was on a cool March morning nearly 20 years ago that I rolled into the visitors’ center of ...

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Dopey

When I back up and look at the news one might file under the heading of “doping in cycling” what has been published in the last six months should give us all pause. Let’s recap a few of the ...

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Fi’zi:k Antares Saddle

As I mounted Fi’zi:k’s newest saddle on the seatpost of my bike, I tried to take it in. It wasn’t as flat fore-aft as their ultra-popular Arione, nor as curvy as my favorite, the Aliante. It was ...

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The Monster

I love a good tragedy. When it comes to Shakespeare, give me Hamlet, Macbeth or King Lear. In movies, I prefer flawed heroes and fallen angels. If I cheer at the death of the villain, then I ...

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On the Drop

One of my all-time favorite science fiction novels is Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. It takes a very provocative look at aspects of Western Civilization that are critical to how we ...

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Thompson: Guilty

Deputy District Attorney Mary Stone speaking with Stoehr, Crosby, Watson and Peterson (l-r). Dr. Christopher Thomas Thompson has been found guilty of six felonies and one misdemeanor as a result ...

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Blackburn Flea Light Combo

When Jim Blackburn started his eponymous company in 1975, his mission was to create lighweight pannier racks welded from aluminum. They were, for their day, very hi-tech. By 1987, when I bought ...

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