I have a small piece in the March Issue of Bicycling, which is on newsstands now (are they still called newsstands? Maybe find where ever you buy your magazines) It's about dedicating myself to owning one bike, an idea I picked up the now passed Tati Cycles. The experiment didn't go as smoothly as … Continue reading N+0 (The Bike that Inspired my story)
I miss my road bike. The cross bike I've been enjoying is nice, all the flats I've been getting aside. It's just not the same. Maybe, I'm not beyond admitting this, it has to do with how badly I suck at ripping through the dirt. But there is something more. What I feel like I … Continue reading I Miss my Road Bike
There has been one silent character running through out all the stories and all the writing about riding and training. Sometimes he appears by name, other times I mention the things he tells me. But no matter the context he is always there. He is the Garmin Edge 500 mounted to my stem. Yes, there … Continue reading Obey Your Master
So much has been written about the "realness" of steel, that it has long since become cliche. Steel's realness, and carbon or aluminum's lack it, is most often touted by hipster who don't know any better and grouches who think that real bike racers died off sometime in the late 80's. Or as seems to … Continue reading Material Appreciation
Part of me feels as if we builders are so far removed from our historical purpose and place, to build a useful competent sporting good for an athlete, that we are lost. In the space left behind, we have instead sought and begged and pleaded for an appropriation of our bicycle by New York style … Continue reading Art, Craft, Function and Simplicity and the Racing Bicycle.
I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific I got a problem with spending before I get it -- Kanye This line, from West's All Falls Down, popped into my head as I crested the North side of Rocky Butte for the second time in ten minutes. I'm not sure what caused … Continue reading One More Minute
As Amateurs we hold members of the Professional Peloton for how our bikes should look, how we should dress and what specs are proper for cycling in the professional ranks. Which is how it should be. After all these are the people who have achieved the pinnacle of the racing experience. They epitomize cycling style, … Continue reading Anti – PRO
Bill Strickland's monthly column brought up some interesting issues in regards to the roll suffering plays for us amateurs. He followed that up in his weekly column explaining why he reacted the way he did to his friend's reprimand. After reading the print column a reader asked Mr. Strickland Why it mattered so much to him. … Continue reading A Movement Toward Suffering.
The slow season comes in four weeks blocks, until a total of 12 weeks has been completed. Over that time rides begin to take on more focus. They are shaped to get my body ready to race. Each week I up the time spent pedaling: 14.5 hours, 16 hours, 17.5 hours. Then comes a dip … Continue reading The Slow Season pt. III (Recovery Week)
The other day the Butcher sent me an email about the Reel Rock tour and the narratives contained within. The standard mountain narrative goes like this: "There's this mountain, its big/hard/dangerous etc. We got cold and wet. We almost died. We failed, or we triumphed over the mountain." It may seem like I'm painting with … Continue reading Mind of the Protagonist