Category Archives: Bianchi

Average speed is meaningless. 30 days of biking, #22

We’ve been calculating average speed all wrong. Some people say you divide mileage by time to arrive at average speed. You rode 100 miles in eight hours? You may have struggled on a climb at 3.5 mph, you may have … 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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You may be about to pass a fixed-gear bicycle if…

A Campy peanut-butter wrench. One of the oldest tools I own, hanging from the seat bag of the only bike I’d use it on. That’s because the wheels of this Bianchi Pista are secured by nuts, not quick releases. So … Continue reading

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Day 28. 30 Days of Biking

When you’re out on the county grid, surfing the monocultures of soon-to-be soybeans and corn, it can look pretty bleak. Those straight lines on paper and Google Maps? They’re straight lines in real life, too. But only if you disregard … Continue reading

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