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Hey, Just Ride 48

Seriously, has there ever been a better time to be a little girl? That thought races through my mind as I watch an endless line of young fireballs cleaning out the smaller sizes of bright green

Our Modern Art

When people say, "I don't get modern art," I say to them, "That's because you haven't been paying attention to art." A lot of what finds its way to gallery or museum walls is part of a larger

Revolting 96

It Puts the Lotion in the Basket. Life is not so bad. Pretty good really. We put the lotion in the basket and get on it with it mostly. But each of us daydreams about psychopaths not wearing our

TCI Friday

Years and years and even more years have passed since I’ve heard Rod Stewart crooning about Maggie May, but that’s the kind of things that happen on a good old fashion summer vacation roadtrip as

Paceline Podcast 346

This week John takes a look at Redbull's decision to pull the plug on all women's freeride competition as well as questionable riding by Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic at the recently completed

Why I’m Not Riding an eBike

Before we go too far, I want to make crystal clear that the following thoughts on eBikes apply to me and me only. I'm not telling you what to ride or how to ride it. The bicycle is a freedom machine,

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The Corrections

A thing I wrote years ago for Red Kite Prayer. On this Monday, when the words are all stuck in between my ears, refusing to find my fingertips, a good reminder that sometimes it helps not to try so

Crash Therapy

The conversation in my head while riding Bull Run last weekend in Moab was dawdling along something like this:  “I’m riding really well. I’m gonna try to keep it mellow, keep from redlining cause

Letter from the Editors

The year draws to a close, whether you're done with it or not, and 2022 was a banger here at TCI. Readership grew throughout the year. More people listened to our podcasts. Subscribers subscribed,

Lost and Unlost

Crater Lake. The Pacific Coast. Ghost towns in the high desert. That's cool, but how can you do so much riding alone? This question is usually followed by a comment like "you're so courageous." I

The Shirt Off Our Backs

A call to commerce! An unsubtle, attention-grabbing shout out! A gentle plea. Please witness the arrival of the brand-new, classic Cycling Independent Black t-shirt. Excuse the smirking

Letter from the Editors

Hello Friends, Just us, checking in from the end of summer (unless you're one of our Southern Hemisphere readers...we're not trying to be hemispherist). It's been a busy time for us, Padraig

Just To Be Alive

I know just enough about bikes to know that I don’t know s#*$ about bikes. And I don’t want the mountain of what I don’t know to ruin the truth of what I do know … which is I f*@%ing love riding my

The Crash Samaritan

You open your eyes. Disoriented. Dirty. Details are sharp but nonsensical. Rising dust motes. The tick of a spinning freewheel. A dog with five white whiskers licking your arm. The smell of Christmas

Non-Zero Sum Gains

I have been thinking an awful lot about cycling advocacy and inclusivity. Why? Because I dream of a self-powered world, one in which all citizens glide around on a bicycle of one flavor or another. I

A Year of Shelter

Life changed for us 365 days ago. I doubt you or anyone you know would have been willing to guess that the life you're living today was even possible. It was certainly beyond my imagination, and I

What We Would Say

I chose cycling because it's the only time I don't feel like a klutz.I chose cycling because I can't stick the ball. I chose cycling because I didn't play team sports.I chose cycling because I'm

We Need You On This Ride

I'll be brief. Our primary goal at The Cycling Independent is to make our community as large as we possibly can. Part of that is selfish. We can't continue without your financial support. This is

Editor’s Letter

Right now you might be thinking, "How can this be an editor’s letter on a website? This isn't print!" You very well should be thinking that because we’re not just another website with a bunch of

New York to Provincetown

A single day can feel like a month. Processing a massive ride afterwards is like staring at a Salvador Dali painting. Fifty miles dissolves into a blurry moment. Turns out it took a village

Revolting 96

It Puts the Lotion in the Basket. Life is not so bad. Pretty good really. We put the lotion in the basket and get on it with it mostly. But each of us daydreams about psychopaths not wearing our

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Hey, Just Ride 48

Seriously, has there ever been a better time to be a little girl? That thought races through my mind as I watch an endless line of young fireballs cleaning out the smaller sizes of bright green

Our Modern Art

When people say, "I don't get modern art," I say to them, "That's because you haven't been paying attention to art." A lot of what finds its way to gallery or museum walls is part of a larger

Why I’m Not Riding an eBike

Before we go too far, I want to make crystal clear that the following thoughts on eBikes apply to me and me only. I'm not telling you what to ride or how to ride it. The bicycle is a freedom machine,

Op-Ed

TCI Friday

Years and years and even more years have passed since I’ve heard Rod Stewart crooning about Maggie May, but that’s the kind of things that happen on a good old fashion summer vacation roadtrip as

TCI Friday

Believe it or not, Darrell Waltrip bestowed upon me the most insightful tidbit I ever heard from a sportscaster when he remarked about a rookie one Sunday afternoon with NASCAR drivers whizzing

TCI Friday

An hour into a remote mountain bike trail ride, where you might cross paths with a half dozen riders in three hours, I pull to the side halfway up a short steep section and check my bike. I’m nearly

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Revolting 96

It Puts the Lotion in the Basket. Life is not so bad. Pretty good really. We put the lotion in the basket and get on it with it mostly. But each of us daydreams about psychopaths not wearing our

Paceline Podcast 346

This week John takes a look at Redbull's decision to pull the plug on all women's freeride competition as well as questionable riding by Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic at the recently completed

Revolting 95

The Magnum P.I. Opus. Today’s show is about the urge to produce something big, a single work or collection, that expresses everything you’re about, your magnum opus. Will Revolting be the most

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