Posts by Category: Machine

Friday Group Ride #297

Friday Group Ride #297

I was talking to Radio Freddy. He and I do some work together, but we also have long, rambling conversations about the bike business and how to be better at it. Freddy is something of a spiritual ...

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Winter PressCamp 2016, Part I

Winter PressCamp 2016, Part I

I’m back in the greater LA metropolis—Westlake Village, to be exact—once again for PressCamp. The winter edition is a somewhat smaller event than the summer version. As a result, we get to ...

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A Tale of Two Tapes

A Tale of Two Tapes

Bar tape is a thing for me. I like low-maintenance tape that looks good and provides good padding. I came up in the age of celo tape and rode more miles without padded gloves than my hands would ...

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On the Record: Don Walker of NAHBS

On the Record: Don Walker of NAHBS

The 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is barely a month away. The show returns to the West Coast for the first time since its last visit to Sacramento, four years ago. Word among builders ...

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A Performance Tire for the Rain

A Performance Tire for the Rain

Years ago I was on the phone with someone from Continental Tires and he asked me a question. “Do you know why you get more flats in the rain?” Was this a trick question? I started to ...

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Friday Group Ride #296

Friday Group Ride #296

I have hesitated to write this FGR before, because the question I am going to pose can raise a lot of classist issues of affordability, scale and exclusivity. Money is one of those third rail ...

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The Merge

The Merge

The oppressive need of the market to exact the new is an oppression that does little to permit peace. Most artists I know have what we call “actual” employment. They pay the bills by ...

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Cold *and* Wet

Cold *and* Wet

I’ve seen a lot of things in bike shops. I’ve seen a TV on a cart in front of an easy chair. I’ve seen ashtrays with burning cigarettes. I’ve seen a field of trainers set ...

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Love that Link

Love that Link

My wife and I have been fighting over a pen. I brought the pen into our marriage from Interbike. It was given to me. As free pens go, it is the finest I have ever wielded and apparently my wife ...

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Garanimals for Grown Ups

Garanimals for Grown Ups

One of the rarely discussed benefits of the rise of apparel companies like Rapha is that you can go on a ride and see someone wearing a coordinated kit that isn’t a billboard for Billy ...

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