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The Studio

One of my favorite studios is Velosmith in Wilmette, Illinois. I’ve always been a nut for great retail operations. In junior high it was hobby shops. High school and college was music ...

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Friday Group Ride #91

You, too, could be paid to ride your bike, just like these folks. With last week’s FGR, Robot got such interesting and lively responses I kinda hate to jump in with a new question; ...

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Leveled

I’ve been trying to compose/complete a post for days. However, I’ve got the flu and am gettib worse, not better. I’m posting this to give you all a heads-up, rather than post ...

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Focus Izalco Pro, Part II

Read Part I here. On a detail-by-detail basis the Izalco is perhaps one of the more unusual bikes I’ve ever seen. All of the cables (except for the front brake) are routed internally. The ...

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Focus Izalco Pro, Part I

Focus is one of those bike brands that has fascinated me since they first appeared on my radar five or so years ago. The company is more than 15 years old and was started by a German PRO mountain ...

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The Spy Alpha

I got quite the shock this past summer when I noticed during a visit to Giro’s web site that all the eyewear was gone, save a few pair of goggles. Specialized dittoed around the same time. ...

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Dissonant

The facts of my past include a host of nouns that people used to define me. Altar Boy. Skateboarder. Drummer. Boy Scout. Slacker. Cyclist. Writer. Each of those identities were just conduits for ...

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The 2012 Tour de France Route

The 2012 Tour de France route has been announced and ASO calls it a balanced route. Before I get to why I think that’s hogwash, I need to explain why RKP has been silent the last few days. ...

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No-Drop Zone REI Mini-Tour

    October is turning out to be a busy month for me. The outdoor retailer REI has graciously offered to do a series of talks and signings centered around my new book “The No-Drop ...

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