De-Anodizing Bike Components

I’m generally partial to silvery aluminum bike components.  Aluminum anodized black does have value–it can look great new–but certain components, most notably cranks, are easy to scratch and fade and wear and once there’s sufficient […]

Wherein I Destroy Substack via an Epic Rant. Part 1

Destroy Substack via an Epic Rant

(Also posted to Substack, but don’t read it there.) Substack, I come to bury thee. As a lover of written word, this is hard.  But as a member of society, I feel the destruction of […]

Truing Stand Therapy

Wheel Building as Therapy

The other week I built a wheel for a commuter bike. It’s been over a year since I built one. It was soothing. I like to pretend it was necessary. But not really. I could […]

Sloppy Season

Street after snowstorm, Harlem, New York City.

Looking out the window and seeing roads covered or edged with snow and ice is an increasingly rare phenomenon. The snow we just had was a bigger dump than anything in nearly two years. As […]

Survival of the Collaboratingest

Ticking away the solo miles leaves plenty of time to think and ponder and get awful songs stuck on repeat. When I get to roads that I’ve raced on or tackled in groups, I often […]

The Winter Bike is Ready to Roll.

When I first started working at a bike shop, the more serious racers I toiled alongside had winter bikes.  That is, they had a bicycle they just used in winter months.  It wasn’t as nice […]

Mask up. Time to refute the Anti-Mask article.

I want to do a group ride again. Feel the speed, hear the whirring, enjoy the mental focus, the leg and lung power, the coordination, and the fun of pushing friends and fellow revelers along.  […]

Time to mask up. Time to refute the anti-mask rant.

I want to do a group ride again. Feel the speed, hear the whirring, enjoy the mental focus, the leg and lung power, the coordination, and the fun of pushing friends and fellow revelers along.  […]

Time to mask up. They work. Tell the anti-maskers. Tell everybody.

I want to do a group ride again. Feel the speed, hear the whirring, enjoy the mental focus, the leg and lung power, the coordination, and the fun of pushing friends and fellow revelers along. […]

Bring the Worlds back to the United States. As soon as possible.

The final kilometers of the men’s and women’s 2020 UCI World Road Championships in Isola, Italy were thrilling. The helicopter shots of Alaphilippe and van der Breggen and the chasers racing full-throttle along the ridge […]