Posts by Category: Mind

Just One Moment #4

Just One Moment #4

Two or three pedal strokes, ass not yet set on saddle. The loud clicking of cleats into pedals. I like my road shoes tight, and the sound of the metal teeth clamping down is satisfying. The sky ...

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A Smarter Man

A Smarter Man

That we reserve math for numbers is a mistake, I say. There are many other kinds of math: educated guesses, emotional calculations, risk assessments made at the tops of trails. These ...

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Friday Group Ride #353

Friday Group Ride #353

There was a time when I could produce a reasonable copy of a famous Van Gogh self-portrait from memory. I was drawing a lot then, and I became preoccupied with the bold lines and wild-staring ...

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Friday Group Ride #352

Friday Group Ride #352

Maybe I’m parsing it too finely, this thing about motivation and habits and how to orient my life toward cycling more. I am not the most clever, and the challenges of holding down a job, ...

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On the Nature of Ambition

On the Nature of Ambition

My car is an explosion of sand-encrusted cycling clothing and wet. The one place devoid of these castoffs is … my gear bag. I could blame it on my fatigue. Or I could blame it on the ...

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Friday Group Ride #351

Friday Group Ride #351

Charlie Sterling was a hell of a nice guy. In the ’70s he coached soccer with my dad, a couple of British expats driving all over New Jersey to bring the gospel of their native game to ...

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On Moving

On Moving

I spent nearly 20 years in Los Angeles, with some 17 of those in Redondo Beach. During that time, two themes dominated my life: writing and bicycles. They were the constants, the cornerstones on ...

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Friday Group Ride #349

Friday Group Ride #349

I was embarrassed actually, and then a little bit of pride bloomed up behind it. Someone asked me how old the winter tights I was wearing were, and I said, “About 20 years.” They are ...

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Friday Group Ride #348

Friday Group Ride #348

In large part, I sell bikes for a living, as do many of my friends. They might be reps, shop owners, fitters, manufacturer’s reps, marketing people, all of them basically aimed at selling ...

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Homogenization

Homogenization

Back in the 1980s I worked in a record store. As a young person I loved working retail and working in a record store was a way to be around a passion of mine. I got to talk music with people all ...

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