Author Archive

Fictions

Greg Mortenson As cycling moves from one doping scandal to the next, the book world has recently encountered its own version of a doping scandal. Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea ...

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Easton EA90 SLX Wheels

In 1998 I was contacted by the owner of a new wheel company called Velomax. He proceeded to tell me how he was a cycling enthusiast who bought the company from the founder and believed that the ...

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Lessons

I came for mountains and discovered these. I didn’t take up cycling to learn anything. I didn’t take it up to get fit, to prove that I was faster, stronger or smarter than anyone else, that I was ...

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The Smartest Guy in the Race

Philippe Gilbert has done what was truly the unthinkable. In sweeping the four races of the Ardennes Week—Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege—Gilbert has taken a ...

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Castelli Merino Wool Socks

One of the perks of writing about cycling gear is that from time to time you receive schwag. From jerseys to courier bags to T-shirts by the pound, bike companies spend untold dollars giving this ...

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San Diego Redux

Flame job by the master: Joe Bell For the last week I’ve been trying to put together a massive image dump of a goodly portion of my 200 or so images I shot at the San Diego Custom Bicycle ...

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The Sea Otter Gran Fondo

Clif founder Gary Erickson and Gran Fondo Colnago Philadelphia organizer Brian Ignatin. Just days before heading to the Monterey Peninsula for my annual pilgrimage to the world’s most ...

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Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego

  What a difference a year can make. The second edition of the Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego was the wettest ride of my entire life. Almost six hours of nonstop rain. This year we had blue ...

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The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

This mid-’90s Bohemian may be the first example of brazed-on metalwork taking the place of a decal. The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show took place this past weekend, still in San Diego (might ...

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The Black RKP Bib

We’re down to our last five pair of these black bibs from Panache. They need to go bye-bye ASAP so we can pay for a run of cycling caps emblazoned with the RKP logo. I’ve been wearing ...

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