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TCI Friday – Trail Dog Edition

Trail dogs are so cool. I binge-watch amateur trail dog videos almost as much as Belgian Malinois takedowns. Maybe I need to get out on my bike more. I've wanted to write about trail dogs for years,

The Speed Trap

What is fast, and why do we care about it? First, let's sort fast from speed, because they're not the same thing. Fast is a relative value. It's a judgment. You can only be fast in relation to

Revolting 37

Bike Shops. This episode is about bike shops, what we like, what we don’t like, basically a recipe for success for small businesspeople everywhere and a love letter of sorts to the hilarious dirt

TCI Friday

TCI Friday works best when you weigh in. Read, respond, relax. As you read these words, I am sitting in a small bungalow in tiny Welsh village drinking a cup of hot, sugary tea and contemplating

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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

Letter From the Editors

This might get a little long, and it isn't, strictly speaking, about bikes, but if you're interested in what we do and how we're trying to do it. Read on. We have been looking for a good way to

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

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The Speed Trap

What is fast, and why do we care about it? First, let's sort fast from speed, because they're not the same thing. Fast is a relative value. It's a judgment. You can only be fast in relation to

Op-Ed

TCI Friday – Trail Dog Edition

Trail dogs are so cool. I binge-watch amateur trail dog videos almost as much as Belgian Malinois takedowns. Maybe I need to get out on my bike more. I've wanted to write about trail dogs for years,

TCI Friday

TCI Friday works best when you weigh in. Read, respond, relax. As you read these words, I am sitting in a small bungalow in tiny Welsh village drinking a cup of hot, sugary tea and contemplating

Ask Stevil

Periodically our resident sage pulls some questions out of the TCI punch bowl and drops the science. We suggest you take notes and try to abstain from drinking hot liquids while you read. Do you

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Revolting 37

Bike Shops. This episode is about bike shops, what we like, what we don’t like, basically a recipe for success for small businesspeople everywhere and a love letter of sorts to the hilarious dirt

Revolting 36

Camping. This episode is about camping via bicycle, not necessarily bikepacking, with all sorts of gear, but maybe just riding out to a park or open space, making a little bivy or something, and

Paceline Podcast 294

This week John takes on cycling and inclusivity, and how to bring more people into the party. Patrick talks to Jacob Rheuban of Prevelo Bikes and his thinking on kids and full-face helmets.