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Friday Group Ride #471

Friday Group Ride #471

A guy asked me, what is going on in the bike industry? What do you see in the immediate future? I liked this guy. He seemed like he wanted the answer. He seemed like he thought I had an answer. ...

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Friday Group Ride #470

Friday Group Ride #470

My older son came down this morning, nearly ready for school, and complained that his biceps were sore. He’d spent nearly an hour last night working on his wheelies (with little progress). ...

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Friday Group Ride #469

Friday Group Ride #469

They say that form is fleeting by class is permanent. Similarly, fashion comes and goes, but style is permanent. Or maybe fashion is what you where, but style is how you wear it. Sometimes you ...

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Friday Group Ride #468

Friday Group Ride #468

I was asked to speak at a transportation conference. As you can imagine, this was a source of mirth for many of my friends, but I went anyway, and I stood in front of a room of about 150 people ...

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Friday Group Ride #467

Friday Group Ride #467

It’s coffee, but also beer. It’s rider’s of every shape packed into lycra. It’s a grease tattoo on a calf, a dumb, small hat that no one else wears, and Euro pros ...

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Friday Group Ride #466

Friday Group Ride #466

Where have all the gear inches gone? They seem to be floating around the bike mysteriously, rearranging themselves. And as a follow on question, is the front derailleur becoming vestigial? You ...

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Friday Group Ride #465

Friday Group Ride #465

What is the feeling? Two lights blazing onto the packed sand, trees zipping past, close enough to touch, every bump throwing shadows off into the scrub, and two riders behind me, surging into ...

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Friday Group Ride #464

Friday Group Ride #464

I stood under our tent at the corner of the field and watched him handcrank his way up the muddy turf to his own tent. The bike was a fat-wheeled four wheeler, and the “pedaling” ...

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Friday Group Ride #463

Friday Group Ride #463

Because the FGR is a casual conversation among like-minded folks and because I’m more of a humanities guy than sciences, I’m going to make a bunch of sweeping, general statements, any ...

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Friday Group Ride #462

Friday Group Ride #462

I know we’ve talked about this before, but after 461 Friday Group Rides you’re bound to wonder some of the same stuff over again, and anyway I need some new shoes. There was a time, ...

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