Category Archives: Specialized

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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Westfalia van of trunk bags. 30 days of biking, #2

This is why you need to plan ahead. You’re dropping off the van in Dunlap, then riding into Peoria for work. To be fair, you did some upfront planning: arranging to build two bicycles so you can leave work early … Continue reading

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Day 27. #30daysofbiking

Short rides this week. A couple of test rides, too. (Once you assemble them, you have to test them out.) Today’s spin is on a bicycle unlike any in my stable: the Specialized Roll.  (Just noticed my friend Kate has … Continue reading

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