Posts by Category: Mind

Friday Group Ride #442

Friday Group Ride #442

“I’m sending you this because I know you’re a serious biker,” the email started. It is one in a whole sub-genre of my personal communications that begins more or less this ...

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Friday Group Ride #440

Friday Group Ride #440

Have you been 10-years-old, perched over a pair of 20-inche wheels, straight-legged and out of the saddle, your tire’s knobs whirring against the sidewalk? Have you launched yourself from ...

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Friday Group Ride #438

Friday Group Ride #438

I envision my demise. I hesitate to even say so, and I pray my wife is not reading these words (no danger…she’s not), because even writing it down acknowledges something I would ...

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Hope

Hope

Cross-chained, big-big—I’m strong enough to upshift soon. Emptying my last bottle—the finish must be near. Following the move—I can’t be that close to redline. Wearing long sleeves ...

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The Church of the Big Ring

The Church of the Big Ring

I like to descend. Maybe I should rephrase that. I love to descend. I derive a soul-soothing happiness from rolling downhill that Disney Land can’t touch. It’s not that I’m a daredevil who wishes ...

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Danger, Redefined

Danger, Redefined

There’s a danger to visiting Italy. It’s not the danger one faces in visiting Afghanistan, Tripoli or the depths of Kurdistan. The risk will never make any State Department travel advisory. No ...

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Friday Group Ride #435

Friday Group Ride #435

This is not a post about New Year’s resolutions. I am over the idea that I can resolve to do something that I don’t actually want to do. Any “will power” that I can muster ...

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Friday Group Ride #434

Friday Group Ride #434

I’m not really a Christmas guy, and I don’t care much for New Years either. Thanksgiving is more my speed, gratitude, family, friends, cooking, the smell of wood smoke, and near ...

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Coasting

Coasting

That verb gets a bad rap. It implies doing less than you could at minimum, perhaps less than duty demands at most. But it is one of the finer attributes of the cycling experience. You can’t ...

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Typhoon in Paradise

Typhoon in Paradise

I’ve been in the bike biz long enough to have weathered multiple recessions. I watched the bottom fall out of the entire industry 10 years ago during the housing crash that caused the ...

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