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New Earth

This is kind of sci-fi book review and kind of a stream-of-concisouness current events commentary, but first of all, obligatory bike content: Calmar Bicycles in Santa Clara, California begins their business liquidation sale on Monday. They’re a long time presence in South Bay cycling, long time supporters of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, regular participants read more » Continue reading »

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Reading: “Spitting in the Soup”

I’m currently reading Mark Johnson’s 400 page Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports. I’m still in the opening chapters, in which Johnson describes the history of doping from the advent of professional sports until public attitudes begin to change around the 1940s. I think most of us know that read more » Continue reading »

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Book Review: Bike Snob’s Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual

Bike Snob NYC’s Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual was released at the beginning of May, just in time for Bike Month, and I finally got my grease-stained hands on a copy over a month later for my very personal observance of National Bathroom Readers’ Month. I think most of us understand that when a humorist like read more » Continue reading »

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Cycling Climbs: Twenty Art Prints

I saw this book while walking through the art section at Bookshop Santa Cruz. This book of twenty cycling climbs from across Europe, the USA and South America offers a glimpse into the allure of reaching the high mountains by bike. Each climb includes a dedicated drawing by Nigel Peake – which can be detached read more » Continue reading »

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I was that odd kid in school

As a grade schooler, I sought very little social interaction. I was physically clumsy, had odd speech patterns, and completely failed to pick up on the social cues most of us take for granted. Even as an adult in my 50th year of life, I don’t do smalltalk, I have no close friendships and I’m read more » Continue reading »

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Urban Bike Stories free today for Amazon Prime members

Michael Cody’s Urban Bike Stories book is available today for free download for those who subscribe to Amazon Prime. Washington, DC car-free commuter Michael Cody shares the stories of 23 people who ride their bikes to get around in this self-published book, which takes the form of answers to survey questions with illustrations. $3.99 to read more » Continue reading »

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An emotional car-vs-bike post-mortem

A quarter century ago, Celine Zilke and a friend were just riding along on a sunny day in Long Island when she was struck from behind by her classmate Darin and his Oldsmobile. Half a life ago, writer Darin Strauss was just driving along in his Oldsmobile when his high school classmate Celine swerved directly read more » Continue reading »

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Carlton Reid’s Norcal book tour

SF Bay Area people can meet Carlton Reid, the author of Roads Were Not Built for Cars during his book tour this week. Carlton speaks Monday night at the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, CA. He’ll speak again on Thursday night at the SPUR Urban Center on Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. Tickets are read more » Continue reading »

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1001 Bicycles

I ran across this crazily thick and heavy book the other day: 1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding. This hefty, 960 page book weighs in at nearly five pounds — more than many high end bike frames — and is chock full of descriptions and illustrations of what the publisher says are the world’s most read more » Continue reading »

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Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life

Here’s the book for me: Endurance coach Joe Friel draws on current research on aging and sports performance to show how the middle-aged cyclist can race strong and stay healthy well past age 50. Fast After 50 presents guidelines for high-intensity workouts, focused strength training, recovery, crosstraining, and nutrition for high performance. Friel and other read more » Continue reading »

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