Posts by Category: Family

Friday Group Ride #309

Friday Group Ride #309

My poor father, running along next to me, his hand clamped at the back of the saddle, the bars wobbling like a single-engine plane in an updraft. Ironic it’s easier for me to put myself ...

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A Fresh Take on Travel

A Fresh Take on Travel

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Europe for a feature that didn’t pan out. There were some unusual factors in play, nothing nefarious, but I wasn’t in a position ...

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Language

Language

There was a space between my front wheel and the wheel I thought I was following. It grew. Then I realized despite all the effort I could muster, that space was a separation. I was no longer a ...

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Community

Community

Yesterday I did a recon ride for a gravel event I wrote about last year—Old Cazadero. It’s part of the Grasshopper Series here in Sonoma County. Old Caz, as it’s called, is a roughly ...

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Entry-Level Fun

Entry-Level Fun

When I was a kid I had a tricycle that was made from steel thicker than is used in today’s armored vehicles. It outweighed me by more than a bowling ball and was so durable that it’s ...

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Thanksgiving VIII

Thanksgiving VIII

I’ve been wrestling with an acute sense of loss over the last couple of weeks. November 18th marked the one-year anniversary of the death of my sister, Erin. That day also marked the ...

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Coming Attraction

Coming Attraction

With 20 years of hindsight at my disposal, I’ve come to a realization. Tandems are a bit like God. Either you believe in them, or you don’t. Either you appreciate the intimate ...

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A Helmet for the Kids

A Helmet for the Kids

Can we be honest for a sec? Kids are falling machines. Their inner ears have all the expertise of a drunken penguin trying to slackline. Naturally, a bike helmet is a good idea not just for when ...

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The Expectation Game

The Expectation Game

Goals can be good. Expectations can be bad, and I have too often mistaken one for the other and failed to achieve either. No where is this more apparent to me than in my parenting. I am not ...

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Place

Place

The bicycle is amazing for as many reasons as we have fingers. There’s the fact that when we’re young, it multiplies our effort into a version of our own energy, perfected. ...

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