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No Regrets

About a ride I did last year... You find yourself sitting in a sun-baked, school parking lot in rural New Hampshire. Spent. Dead. Finished. Someone offers you a grilled cheese and a seltzer. You

Revolting 27

Get Off My Lawn. Herein we grapple with the idea that things actually did used to be better than they are now. But which "back in the day" was the best day? Then we do some heavy thinking about the

TCI Friday

It seems like the week of the eBike in my life. My own is down currently with a bad battery. More on that story as it develops. Padraig and I talked about them a whole lot on The Paceline. He's been

Environmentalism Re-mixed

Humans are not good at large-scale collective effort. We are selfish and short-sighted by design. We struggle to understand proper scale and are prone to dismissing our own, individual contributions

Paceline Podcast 286

John is watching pro racing and has had a few epiphanies about what makes bike racing—and sport in general—interesting. With gas more than $6/gal. Patrick takes a look at the value proposition of

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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

Enter the Deuce 1

Back in 2013 when my youngest son was born he almost died less than three minutes after his birth. He had a condition that would have been terminal when I was born. He was moved to a neonatal

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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No Regrets

About a ride I did last year... You find yourself sitting in a sun-baked, school parking lot in rural New Hampshire. Spent. Dead. Finished. Someone offers you a grilled cheese and a seltzer. You

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TCI Friday

It seems like the week of the eBike in my life. My own is down currently with a bad battery. More on that story as it develops. Padraig and I talked about them a whole lot on The Paceline. He's been

TCI Friday

One of my stock bike jokes is this: Every year I like riding with one fewer companion than I did the year before, and last year I was at two. That makes me sound much grouchier than I am. What I

TCI Friday

TCI Friday works best when you chime in, in the comments below. I felt attacked, and I got defensive. My wife sat at the kitchen counter across from her mother. I had just received word that my

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Revolting 27

Get Off My Lawn. Herein we grapple with the idea that things actually did used to be better than they are now. But which "back in the day" was the best day? Then we do some heavy thinking about the

Paceline Podcast 286

John is watching pro racing and has had a few epiphanies about what makes bike racing—and sport in general—interesting. With gas more than $6/gal. Patrick takes a look at the value proposition of

Revolting 26

I See You Are Also Wearing a Black T-Shirt. This episode is about t-shirts. If that seems dumb to you, then clearly, you’ve not listened to this podcast before. As it turns out we could talk about

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