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In the Wash

I am stained, between the ears. It's a god-awful mess. There is ego everywhere and ego's terrible counterweights, self-doubt, fear, and insecurity. It's like someone's made a smoothie out of my

Revolting 45

The Perfect Bike Day. This episode is about our idea of the perfect bike day, from sunup to sundown. How does it start? How does it end? How many burritos do we eat? What kinds of bikes do we ride?

TCI Friday

TCI Friday is an open forum. The topic is here, but it's waiting for your input below. Even churning uphill on a Saturday morning, side-by-side, out-of-breath, my bike friends and I are talking

Paceline Podcast 301

Photo: Breezer #6 (for Wende Cragg) 1978. See more here. This week we talk about the proliferation, convergence and overlap of bike categories and try to see where it's all headed. Padraig

Speaking with Karen

Let me start by saying I don't know Karen's real name. I didn't ask. Our interaction started out polite, became fraught, and ended up polite again. The right and wrong of what happened between us

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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

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In the Wash

I am stained, between the ears. It's a god-awful mess. There is ego everywhere and ego's terrible counterweights, self-doubt, fear, and insecurity. It's like someone's made a smoothie out of my

Speaking with Karen

Let me start by saying I don't know Karen's real name. I didn't ask. Our interaction started out polite, became fraught, and ended up polite again. The right and wrong of what happened between us

Op-Ed

TCI Friday

TCI Friday is an open forum. The topic is here, but it's waiting for your input below. Even churning uphill on a Saturday morning, side-by-side, out-of-breath, my bike friends and I are talking

TCI Friday

TCI Friday works best when you read and weigh in. Please comment below, so we can get a conversation going. For my sake, please save me from the echo chamber of my own thoughts and ideas. Thanks.

TCI Friday

TCI Friday works best when you join the conversation. Say what you think. Disagree. It's all good. I'm worried about you. I thought of a lot of other ways to open this week's TCIF, but at root, I

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Revolting 45

The Perfect Bike Day. This episode is about our idea of the perfect bike day, from sunup to sundown. How does it start? How does it end? How many burritos do we eat? What kinds of bikes do we ride?

Paceline Podcast 301

Photo: Breezer #6 (for Wende Cragg) 1978. See more here. This week we talk about the proliferation, convergence and overlap of bike categories and try to see where it's all headed. Padraig

Revolting 44

Stuff We Find on Rides. This episode is about all the stuff we’ve found while out riding bikes. Not gonna lie, we get pretty deep in this one. We also get pretty stupid. It's real roller-coaster

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