Category Archives: Specialized

Making room for a corn field. 30 days of biking, #17

Prevailing winds don’t always prevail. The wind in central Illinois often comes out of the west, but in recent days it’s come out of the east. That means maps of my rides will look slightly different this month than they … Continue reading

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Short Ride Index. 30 days of biking, #16

Portion of an hour the rider spent on a bicycle today, in minutes: 53 Number of wild turkeys that crossed Santa Fe Road in front of the rider: 1 Number of large round hay bales on trailer pulled by Ford … Continue reading

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Centerville Road. 30 days of biking, #9

No Arno. No architectural landmarks. No Medici. Nothing here by da Vinci, Palladio, or Michelangelo. Not even once upon a time. Indeed, little evidence of the city-state beyond the provision and grading of this road. The bicycle? Yes, evidence of … Continue reading

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New shoes. 30 days of biking, #8

I’ve been using SPD-compatible shoes for almost as long as Shimano has made SPD pedals. But I spent a few years before the 1990 launch of Shimano Pedaling Dynamics riding clipless Look pedals. In fact, I continued to ride Look … Continue reading

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The One Tire. 30 days of biking, #7

Forget the internet. Forget the idea that overstressed supply chains will eventually refill local bicycle shop inventories. Instead, consider the possibility that bicycling immortality lies within your grasp—the kind of immortality that comes with getting your hands on something truly … Continue reading

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