The enigma that is Kaplemuur Independent released a video manifesto last week which laid forth what bikes should be about. In short, they are for anything that can be done with a bike. There was an impromptu #forbikes twitter shout-outs and it was great to see what made people excited about cycling. I skipped out … Continue reading #FORBIKES
A lot of pixels have been misaligned here talking about racing, The PRO’s, my own insignificant racing - back when I first started riding again and thought that my suffering was worth reporting, and the fact that I haven’t been racing this year. This is probably going to be another one of those posts. For … Continue reading Fight Gone Out.
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
Yesterday I used the adjective "Boring" to describe the race up until Nibali's attack on the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons. I was content with that description as it was what I was feeling at the time. Hours later Bill Strickland had some things to say about those who (myself included from time to time) … Continue reading Monday Morning DS
The root of the word Amateur means to love. That one does their chosen hobby not for payment, because they love it. I love riding and racing my bike. I love the solo hours spent exploring country roads. I love the feeling of covering a vast amount of land while conversing with friends, even sharing those … Continue reading Amateurism
This may seem a bit behind the times, since the Contador suspension news cycle has long since passed. Still there is something here for us to consider. Here in the states, popular opinion holds that Contador is a doping cheat, who raced on Pro Team Astana with Lance during his comeback year. The internal team … Continue reading Rethinking Contador
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
In the past I've given Mark Cavendish a hard time on these pages and while I stand by anything I've said here, Cav is Right on about this. I'll ignore the legal ramifications due to a lack of knowledge in that department. I am also aware, that as a citizen of the United States I … Continue reading Let Millar Race!
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.