Posts by Category: Mind

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 ...

Read more
Friday Group Ride #432

Friday Group Ride #432

My kid said, “Mom makes more money than you, because she went to college, and you didn’t,” and then he laughed. And I said, “I did go to college, but I studied philosophy, ...

Read more
Bye-Bye Interbike

Bye-Bye Interbike

If you go open your window you’ll hear a sound. It’s the sound of a plus-sized chanteuse rocking the final act. Interbike is dead. According to a blog post from outdoor industry ...

Read more
Friday Group Ride #431

Friday Group Ride #431

I’m a little embarrassed in retrospect. The Reasoned Decision had come out about two weeks prior, and I was still aflame with (possibly contrived) moral indignation. Of course, by then I ...

Read more
The Ask

The Ask

Learning to draft is a rite of passage. It’s the first skill beyond learning how to operate a bike itself that a rider must internalize for the simple reason that it is the foundation on which ...

Read more
Friday Group Ride #429

Friday Group Ride #429

I know I’ve asked the question I’m going to ask before, but very recent events and conversations have me thinking that the answers may have changed. I’m getting ahead of myself ...

Read more
Memphis Grows Up

Memphis Grows Up

Regular readers of RKP have likely seen me mention Memphis, Tennessee, from time to time. Memphis, a place of fertile soil, plentiful rain and enough heat to make a cake rise, is a great location ...

Read more
Risk, Not Danger

Risk, Not Danger

“Oh, so you like danger.” Dating in the Internet age means that first dates are often a gauntlet of likes, dislikes, values and weaknesses. It’s the romantic equivalent to ...

Read more
Friday Group Ride #427

Friday Group Ride #427

From the back, I could see it all, young men surging and dropping back on the narrow trail, bristling with energy and enthusiasm, like a litter of puppies roiling in one mass. I sat on my saddle ...

Read more
Friday Group Ride #426

Friday Group Ride #426

I didn’t want to ride. It was Saturday morning. I had coffee, a couch, and a dog to pet. My phone buzzed. It was a text we’ve all gotten before: Hey, what are you doing? Wanna ride?  ...

Read more