The Test That’s Never Graded Until You Fail.

locked bike

Locking a bike up is existential dread. Testing out bike locks and writing about them induced a fair amount of paranoia. What do I know about locks? What if my bikes get stolen? What if […]

Bad Cyclists Are Irrelevant

You know about the bad cyclist. The one who doesn’t wear a helmet, ignores traffic signals, and flouts the rules of the road. And there’s more. They violate common decency and common sense and just […]

#commissairedoping is bad for The Amgen Tour of California

It’s a relief that Tejay van Garderen didn’t win the 2019 Tour of California. This isn’t aimed at him, but at the fact that the UCI race commissaires issued a terrible decision on the fourth […]

The Tour of California Is Slow

The Amgen Tour of California is slow.  I love watching bike racing, but when I see the racers on wide roads, rolling through towns on eight-lane highways, even most finishing stretches, it always looks like […]

The Sublime Pleasure of Racing Floyd Bennett Field

The first time was jarring. Gritty seems to be the nicest way to characterize my first impression. Floyd Bennett Field felt old, grimy, and broken down. Decrepit. Abandoned. I don’t think I had ever raced on […]

200 Years of Controversy and Joy

Bicycles are controversial! They’re good. No, they’re bad. They’re a savior. They’re the devil’s handiwork. No. That’s all irrelevant. A sideshow. Bikes are fun. All portrayals are on display at the Museum of the City […]

The Long, Cold, Pleasant Ride

Once the mercury drops below freezing, I generally have little motivation to ride outside for an hour. Four hours: that’s another story. It’s probably part of cycling culture I’ve picked up over the years, on […]

Information Deluge. Expertise Drought.

In our current consumption environment, we’re deluged with information, but are simultaneously experiencing an expertise drought. The information is great for people who have the time and inclination to geek out on deep dives into […]

The Scuba Jacket

When I started training in 1983, aka riding through the winter in bike clothing, it seemed like winter bike threads had barely gone past the 1950s, while summer bike clothing was starting to catch up […]

Getting A Fit From Happy

Riding to Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) with a backpack filled with spare clothing and sneakers to my first fit session in more than a decade, there was some trepidation, a little insecurity about my […]