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About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.

Into the wind with Marie Kondo

It’s a short ride for some but not for us. Not today. We leave with the wind in our faces. We return with the wind in our faces. The math of these two statements cannot be denied; we pack the … Continue reading

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Design fail: uphill bicycle rack

When my friend Mike Honnold lived in Peoria, he created an online database of greater Peoria’s bike racks and encouraged people to add their finds to the site. Well, I found another rack but haven’t submitted it for consideration. The … Continue reading

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Goodbye, N + 1

N + 1 is the formula to calculate the number of bicycles one should own. Have one bicycle? The right number to own is two. Have 15 bicycles? The right number is 16. There are at least three reasons why … Continue reading

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Coffee first

Everyone’s inside today, but the only thing I need to add to my work clothes is a light jacket–and a double Americano. Came too late for a cookie, though.

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Rack and fender attachment

Two nifty design ideas from my friend Dave Atkinson. First: the mono-stay connecting the front of Blackburn rack to the frame of this old Schwinn mixte. It’s curved to match the shape of the wheel and painted to match the … Continue reading

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Nitto Technomic handlebar stem

This isn’t my first go-round with the Technomic. Continue reading

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Wolf Tooth Pack Wrench – ultralight 1″ hex and bottom bracket wrench

If you work on your own bicycles, you know the allure of purpose-built bicycle tools. The right tool simplifies the job, whether it’s a spoke wrench shaped to fit the hand as well as the nipple, or a threaded-headset wrench … Continue reading

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