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  1. not nearly businesslike, “nuchter,” enough for somebody Dutch! »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. Sorry to have missed it. Congratulations on the new edition! Do a book signing in D.C. too, and we’ll do the D.C. Velo weekend ride! »

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  1. Very nice! True also, but especially nice, because original. »

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  1. Well done! I’m ashamed to admit having only the faintest memory of the man. Great photo. »

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  1. A-Merckx to all of that! But when you start out cold, especially if the exiting side of your house has been getting sun and little wind, it’s good to bring a little vest for if the warming up disappoints. It’s also nice to be able to reach for a gilet dur… »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. My earlier comment, I realize more and more, was not only a personal take, it’s also facilitated by my living in Holland, as in: relatively mild winters and less and less contact with drivers thanks not only to bike paths everywhere, but also country road… »

  2. @ChrissyOne not if I just got home from a ride I shouldn’t! Is there a better way to spend the first couple of hours after a good ride than watching the race of the week/day? »

  3. @Chris points taken! (certainly about not leaving kids alone in the house); it’s personal, which is why I took care to phrase in personal terms–from the (admittedly little) experience I have with these things, I hate them! »

  4. I can’t agree to this. We’re not professionals, and there’s no reason why pre-breakfast we could not eat a banana, get on our bikes, and go ride for an hour or more–to work, for example. Snow and ice will, should, keep us off the roads, but for such days… »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. @wiscot It’s him, and there are days he wishes he was back in Wisconsin! Don’t let the Holy Hill route go to waste in my absence. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. Well done! It brings back our Dutch Cogal that very same day. We never saw any blue sky, but then we never saw any snow either. Definitely the best way to get through that particular day! »

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  1. And what’s with my fellow commuters? I passed no fewer than three today on my way out of Amsterdam, all riding decent bikes and sporting backpacks just like I was, and none of them even tried to grab my wheel. It was a windy day and so there was some draf… »