Posts by Category: Mind

The Friday Group Ride #206

The Friday Group Ride #206

No matter what your interest in cycling is, the last year has been one disappointment after another. The fallout from the USADA investigation and the Reasoned Decision made a mockery of ...

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Friday Group Ride #205

Friday Group Ride #205

I remember reading, a long time ago now, the story of a pilot confronted with the failure of his plane’s engine and all the thoughts that raced through his mind in the brief time between ...

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Making it in New York

Making it in New York

They say if you can make it New York, you can make it anywhere. Like a lot of life’s larger truths this one is especially evident on the bike. I found this out riding a Citi Bike in Manhattan ...

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Making it in New York

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Like a lot of life’s larger truths this one is especially evident on the bike. I found this out riding a Citi Bike in Manhattan ...

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In the Space of a Pedal Stroke

In the Space of a Pedal Stroke

In the languid summer, in the rise of the hill, as we work our way up and up and up, time suddenly slows and spreads, like a rain drop on the afternoon paper. The prickly tingle of sweat slants ...

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Friday Group Ride #204

Friday Group Ride #204

I don’t know why I read books, paper and ink bound together rather than agglomerations of dots on glowing rectangles. My mother made me love them as objects, and set the example of reading ...

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Friday Group Ride #203

Friday Group Ride #203

I was on the phone with some folks at a bike shop today, and they asked what I thought would happen with disc brakes for road bikes. This happens to be a sore subject for me, and not because I ...

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The Laughing Group

The Laughing Group

Padraig and I have been in the same zip code exactly once in the last four-and-a-half years, the length of our collaboration here on RKP. Nonetheless, I count him as one of my closest friends. We ...

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Friday Group Ride #202

Friday Group Ride #202

When you tell a story over and over, fine details tend to fall out of the telling. It becomes shortened, efficient, boiled to its main points. Here is an example of just such a story: I learned ...

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Pain in the Ass

I don’t remember the last time my ass hurt, more specifically the lower connections of my gluteus maximus to my adductor magnus, that soft spot where sitting and pedaling come together. ...

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