Posts by Category: Mind

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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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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