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Rolling Resistance

Road tire size and other contributors to rolling resistance Thirty years ago in Illinois, we raced many individual, 2-man, and 4-man time trials. Not only did we get techy about our training, we were “very scientific” about our gear. And now, more than thirty years later, I realize that what we believed about tire width, wheel diameter, inflation, and rolling…

A Roadie’s Guide to Getting through the Winter

A Roadie’s Guide to Getting through Winter Through the month of January 2018, we have experienced the best winter cycling weather I’ve seen in my twenty years here as “A Stranger in a Strange Land.” While the almost-60-degree days with no wind for the entire time were wonderful, winter, as we call it, has set in. This threatens to have…

Trail to Zen 2018

The sweat drips off the end of my nose. I gave up worrying about it a long time ago. About the same time that the burning in my legs faded to the back of my mental space. Some people lock themselves in dark rooms with timers while they sit on folded blankets to get to this spot. Not me, I…

Patagonia Houdini Jacket Review

The Houdini is Patagonia’s featherweight, weather resistant, packable jacket. Not only does it pack into its pocket, but the whole thing is less than 4 oz. The jacket is well thought out with just the right amount of features balanced with keeping it uber light. You’ve got the elasticized cuffs to keep the weather from blowing up your sleeves and…

Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route

Intro The first thing almost everyone asks when you are in the middle of nowhere, riding a bike, looking somewhat like either a really dirty hippy or a slightly upclassed bum, is why? There’s always a bit of a morbid curiousity to it. The question has a bit of an implication that the very activity is ludicrous, that an adult…