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Revolting 6 Podcast

Stevil and Robot just drop the pretense and talk about music in this one. Skateboarding makes its customary appearance. If you like loud, fast bands or just like listening to two old jerks discuss

Exploring

Think back on the first time you got on a bike and rode off to points unknown. The first time I did that, I was on my Raleigh Chopper (my mom was too counter-culture to buy me a Schwinn Stingray) and

Outspoken Cyclist 578

Guests: Noa Banayan; Carl Gaede The transportation bill NEEDS to be reauthorized – and soon! Like this coming week! That fact led me to Noa Banayan – the Director of Federal Affairs for

The Fastest Girl in the Village

I saw this video over on All Hail the Black Market, where Stevil flagged it as inspiring and heart-filling. Stevil is an old softy, but he's not wrong on this one. It makes you happy in that way that

TCI Friday

Often I recall things I've said or written and think, "Hmmm...maybe I could have expressed that in a better way." On this week's Paceline I said that everyone, no exceptions, looks ridiculous in bike

Paceline Podcast 257

We can laugh at ourselves, yes? Robot takes aim at cycling costumes, our seriousness, ridiculousness and functionality all being poked, prodded and panned. And maybe justified, too. This week

A Kickstarter We LOVE: Digit Bikes

There's a paradigm-changing bike on Kickstarter right now. It's a brilliant re-imagining of how an engineer can increase air volume in rear suspension and make a suspension system that is supple,

At the Bench: the Almost Champion

The first bike shop I worked for had a reputation for being a no-nonsense place that provided quick turnarounds on race bike repairs. We unofficially prioritized repairs for people who rode more. It

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An Open Letter to Katie Compton Fans

I know the pain you're feeling right now. I know the disappointment. I know the overwhelming conviction that she's suffering a complete miscarriage of justice. I know how you feel like the ground

Coming Attractions

I'm back from my first no-kid, no-editorial vacation I've had since 2008. I needed an opportunity to clear my head and give some deep thought to what we are doing here at TCI. When I launched Red

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

Outspoken Cyclist 578

Guests: Noa Banayan; Carl Gaede The transportation bill NEEDS to be reauthorized – and soon! Like this coming week! That fact led me to Noa Banayan – the Director of Federal Affairs for

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The Fastest Girl in the Village

I saw this video over on All Hail the Black Market, where Stevil flagged it as inspiring and heart-filling. Stevil is an old softy, but he's not wrong on this one. It makes you happy in that way that

A Kickstarter We LOVE: Digit Bikes

There's a paradigm-changing bike on Kickstarter right now. It's a brilliant re-imagining of how an engineer can increase air volume in rear suspension and make a suspension system that is supple,

At the Bench: the Almost Champion

The first bike shop I worked for had a reputation for being a no-nonsense place that provided quick turnarounds on race bike repairs. We unofficially prioritized repairs for people who rode more. It

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Exploring

Think back on the first time you got on a bike and rode off to points unknown. The first time I did that, I was on my Raleigh Chopper (my mom was too counter-culture to buy me a Schwinn Stingray) and

TCI Friday

Often I recall things I've said or written and think, "Hmmm...maybe I could have expressed that in a better way." On this week's Paceline I said that everyone, no exceptions, looks ridiculous in bike

TCI Friday

On this week's Paceline we discussed the announcement from Shimano that the new Dura Ace and Ultegra groups would be 12spd and, more surprisingly, electronic only. The future is here, or will be

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Revolting 6 Podcast

Stevil and Robot just drop the pretense and talk about music in this one. Skateboarding makes its customary appearance. If you like loud, fast bands or just like listening to two old jerks discuss

Outspoken Cyclist 578

Guests: Noa Banayan; Carl Gaede The transportation bill NEEDS to be reauthorized – and soon! Like this coming week! That fact led me to Noa Banayan – the Director of Federal Affairs for

Paceline Podcast 257

We can laugh at ourselves, yes? Robot takes aim at cycling costumes, our seriousness, ridiculousness and functionality all being poked, prodded and panned. And maybe justified, too. This week