Monthly Archives: July 2013

What I Say, Not What I Do: Creating My Own Example of the Limitations of the Production Road Bicycle

It’s no fun to be your own negative example. I had that experience recently and I’m happy to share because it reinforces one of the main thrusts of this blog- that many of us should be riding more appropriate road … Continue reading

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Seven Characteristics of a Well-Designed Cycle Sportive Bicycle

Before we start delving into historical and contemporary examples and minutae such as specific component spec, it is worth making an initial attempt to quantify the defining characteristics of a well designed cycle sportive bicycle. Off the top of my … Continue reading

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A Fully Supported Road Cycling Event for Thirty People on $200?

This blog isn’t intended to be just about bikes. I also plan for it to be about what I’m calling cycle sportive culture and how we can intentionally work for that culture to grow and prosper. I think that organized … Continue reading

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The Right Tool for the Job: Are We Riding the Most Appropriate Road Bicycles?

I spent this weekend doing tech support for the Seattle-To-Portland double century at the halfway point in Centralia. For those of you not familiar with STP, it is one of the largest organized bike rides in the United States with … Continue reading

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What is Cycle Sportive All About?

Many of the people in my life are enthusiast cyclists. Some of them may race, or have raced, but they don’t think of themselves as racers. Some of them ride brevets, permanents, and fleches from time to time, but they … Continue reading

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