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Angry Birds... I mean Riders

Angry Birds... Riders Group rides can be large and its’ members can be diverse.  When you show up at a group ride you better have your big boy pants on and be ready to deal with a variety of personalities.  We all probably know several people that eventually say enough is enough and they start their own group, or they just ride by themselves.  They might have just experienced one too many angry outbursts from a fellow rider. What is it that gets cyclists so upset?  Well there are a variety of triggers.  A sure fire way to annoy a...

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Cycling as a spectator sport

Several years ago while attending Amgen Tour of California I made the declaration, “I will never again travel to see a bike race.”  Don’t get me wrong, I love bike racing.  I love every year when its time for the spring classics.  It signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  Time to get serious on training, get out and ride.  The classics are beautiful and fun to watch.  Later in the year when its time for Le Tour, well, it means weeks of entertaining and enjoyable watching.  Of course, it’s not like watching a soccer or football...

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Some great blogs for winter reading.

Wintertime is a great time to catch up on reading. Even for the hardy souls that ride through the winter months (not talking about the people in Florida) it seems like the sun comes up at noon and goes down again at two in the afternoon, leaving little time to ride.  The good news is there are a ton of great blogs available to read today.  Fellow cyclist with a flair for writing, who can put into words what it is we feel and experience out on the road.  I’ve found six blogs that I really enjoy and highly recommend. ...

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Cycling and Road Rage

I just read an article on the Human Cyclist blog about aggressive drivers and cyclist on the roads, and an overall lack of respect. The author is in London, which is surprising to me, as I envisioned an enlightened society where pedestrians and cyclist would be treated with the utmost respect. Anyway, I was thinking (and dreaming) about our summertime group rides and the “occasional” altercation with an aggressive driver. Individuals collectively sometimes take on a “group mentality”, and small incidents can quickly become bigger. If anyone has ever had a child in organized sports they can probably recall many...

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New year, new miles, fresh start cycling

2017 is here and we can put 2016 mileage in the books.  In 2016 I had a goal of 5000 miles. I made my goal, and a little more, and was happy I did so.  However, this year, I'm not going to make a mileage goal.  Instead, I'm going to make a goal to be in the moment while I'm on my rides, and to enjoy them more.  Let's face it, the goal has little effect on when or how much I get to ride.  Its a number I've pulled out of thin air based on what I think my...

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