Posts by Category: Machine

The Gravel Slayer

The Gravel Slayer

At the point I center-punched the granite block I wouldn’t have admitted to you I was out of control. To admit such a thing would require me to even agree with that statement … or ...

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Old Tech, Modern Thinking

Old Tech, Modern Thinking

When I lived in Los Angeles, there were a number of used clothing stores that carried old-school Merino-wool jerseys. I had friends for whom combing through such racks was a hobby, the way ...

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Right-Sized Rings

Right-Sized Rings

On Thanksgiving Day I joined a group of friends for a ride into Sugarloaf State Park here in Sonoma County. We proceeded to climb Bald Mountain, which rises to roughly 2800 feet of elevation in ...

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The Proper Tool

The Proper Tool

When I first encountered Marin Bikes in the early 1990s, I was living in New England. Back then, most of my friends were on production bikes: Specializeds, Treks, Cannondales. A few had Fat ...

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Just One Finger

Just One Finger

Cable actuated disc brakes are the taint of cycling stoppers. They ain’t traditional calipers, but they ain’t hydraulic discs, either. They are caught in that nether region between ...

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Bolt-On Power

Bolt-On Power

How much? It’s a curious question, one many of us are prone to ask and yet one that another slice prefer not be uttered. I find it curious when I encounter someone who doesn’t measure ...

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Going Places

Going Places

My favorite way to see the world is by bike. That’s no newsflash ’round these parts. It is, if I may, the raison d’etre of this site. But here’s an awkward admission. For ...

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