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The Magic of Good Geometry

The Magic of Good Geometry

I hear from riders all the time that they can’t tell the difference between the differing geometries of different bikes. My response is always to give them more credit than they are willing ...

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Torque on the Fly

Torque on the Fly

No, we’re not talking about how much power you can generate on demand. That’s the stuff of Strava. What about when you have to make a road- or trailside repair and some of your ...

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A Ride With Team Sky

A Ride With Team Sky

On the Monday following the completion of the Amgen Tour of California, a select few riders gathered at the Rapha Club in San Francisco for an easy recovery ride before boarding their plane for ...

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West County

West County

I was riding a road I now know is called Occidental. At the time it was just some road taking me uphill in the western part of Sonoma County, inexactly between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Rosa. ...

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Inherent Bias

Inherent Bias

I used to write for a wine magazine, interviewing wine makers about their craft. It was terrific fun and gave me a chance to learn a great deal about what makes some wines memorable and others ...

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Casing Is Key

Casing Is Key

I’ve got a bike that I loved riding while I lived in Southern California, but since moving to Sonoma County has hung more miles than it deserves. The challenge is that because it’s an ...

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Saying Goodbye to Owen

Saying Goodbye to Owen

Otis Guy regales the audience. We said goodbye to Owen Mulholland this past weekend. Eighty or so people gathered at the Marin Museum of Bicycling to speak on Owen’s behalf and tell stories ...

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Hydrated in the Backwoods

Hydrated in the Backwoods

When I’m riding in an area where refilling bottles is going to be a challenge, I wear a hydration pack. I’ve done that on adventure rides as well as when mountain biking. And when ...

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The Frog in the Pot

The Frog in the Pot

Several weeks ago a friend of mine crashed on Pacific Coast Highway and was struck by two cars. For many people, that would have been the end of it, the end of them. But for my friend Steve, it ...

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Comfort in the Rough

Comfort in the Rough

Of the many cycling items I try, I sample more saddles than I do anything else. That includes energy bars, drink mixes, tires and even helmets. Most of those saddles never see the spotlight ...

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