Posts by Category: Mind

Friday Group Ride #332

Friday Group Ride #332

There’s been a death in the family. I didn’t know him. He lived one town over from me. But, he rode his bike, commuted on it, a route I know well and have ridden more times than I ...

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Fall

Fall

We call it crisp, as if the air itself were breakable, fragile as a crystal wine glass. But there’s something in the cool, something that cleaves, even when not frozen. There’s been a ...

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The Whelm

The Whelm

Back in the early 1990s I played a computer game based around the F/A-18 Hornet. I think they call those first-person flyers, as opposed to first-person shooters, but trust me, there was plenty ...

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Friday Group Ride #330

Friday Group Ride #330

I don’t remember the first time I pulled my bike over and parked it in the rack in front of Fern’s Country Store. It was some time in the ’90s. How many times I’ve been ...

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Break Point

Break Point

Years ago I wrote a piece about the unlikelihood of cyclists being able to walk in a bike shop and purchase exactly the same bike that the pros race. I wrote that piece again a few years back. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #329

Friday Group Ride #329

I set out by myself after my last two friends texted me their regrets. Normally that would be a recipe for feet-up couchtime. I’m not the best at rolling with altered plans. Some might even ...

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Euro-Style Shopping

Euro-Style Shopping

Shortly after I arrived in the Lugano suburb of Paradiso I walked out of my hotel and headed for the lake shore. A path rings it, allowing relaxing pedestrians, skaters and cyclists to look upon ...

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Ritual II

Ritual II

There’s a magnet on my refrigerator of Michaelangelo’s Tondo Doni. It’s a terrible trivialization of what is one of the great works of art in the world. In it, Joseph is seen handing Christ as a ...

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Backlash

Backlash

About ten years ago cyclists in Southern California’s South Bay were beneficiaries of a crackdown by the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Someone had concluded that the famed Donut ...

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Friday Group Ride #328

Friday Group Ride #328

Today is my wedding anniversary (16 years!!), so I’m going to torture that metaphor today. Cycling and I have been together for a long time, too. In the beginning, I tried really hard. I ...

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