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White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. That drop on Frank’s bike is so steep it makes me dizzy.  Black is lazy.  Lazy is good. »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents.  There’s 2 sides to the equation, always.  As cyclists, we always have some responsibility.  Whenever I have a close call, instead of choosing anger or defiance, I say a quick prayer thanking God … »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. I remember years (decades) ago when I switched from BioPace (which I had ridden for several years) back to round rings.  It felt sooooo good!  Have never been tempted to go non-round since. »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. I now ride with an SMP saddle thanks to reading a review of it on this site. It’s been a significant plus for my cycling (relief of LBP), so many thanks.  Disc brakes?  If you’re riding a lot in the wet, a real option.  Otherwise, nothing compelling about… »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @unversio The bike is like a piece of clothing.  It should fit the cyclist.  Same for gearing.  Choose the best fit to start with, adapt from there if needed. »

  2. I want the most efficient gear for the circumstances I’m cycling in.  Ergo, whatever it takes.  Blanket recommendations be damned. »

It’s the ride you’ll do the most. The hardest ride you’ll ever do, too. You’ll do it so often that it should be easy, but it never is. Its frequency is such that it really should morph into all the other rides of its ilk, therefore negating the actual nexus of this necessary, evil ride. But it never does, it’s always s...

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  1. FRB.  Rule #5.  End of discussion. »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. This works:  I carry some small firecrackers that detonate by compression.  Just throw one down on a hard surface, preferably close to the chasing dog, and BAM!  Not only stops dogs in their tracks, but they’ll remember the next time and not chase.  So fa… »