Author Archives: Dave

Operator Error

I work in the computer industry. In our industry there is a phrase we use when a user complains about an application when there is really nothing wrong.  We call it operator error. It means that the problem is in … Continue reading

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The Saddest (Bike) Tour of Paris

One of my bucket list items has been to spend enough time in Paris that I can go and not have to rush to see anything. I don’t have to look at a guidebook, I don’t have to hurry to … Continue reading

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Sammamish River Trail, Redmond WA

This week I have been out in the Seattle area. By any measure, Seattle is one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. Everywhere you turn there are bike trails and bike lanes. Bike commuting is huge … Continue reading

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Lake Elkhorn, Columbia MD

I’ve been in Columbia, Maryland with my bike before. In the past I’ve driven to Annapolis and ridden the Annapolis Trail. I’ve also used it as a jumping off point for evening rides among the monuments on the National Mall … Continue reading

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In Praise of Local Bike Shops — Race Pace Bicycles, Columbia, MD

In a previous post, I mentioned that when I travel I get my tires inflated at local bike shops. It’s not just that it’s simpler, it gives me an opportunity to check out bike shops and get local advice on … Continue reading

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Early Season Ride and a Damsel in Distress

After a long Iowa winter, I spent four days in Salt Lake City this week. My first ride of the season got cut short by rain so I only got in about 5 miles. The next two days I was … Continue reading

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First Ride of the Season

It has been a long cold winter in Iowa. Unfortunately, all winter my travels have taken me to places even colder than Iowa. Montreal, Calgary, New York, and New Hampshire — if it’s cold I got sent there. Not once, … Continue reading

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Book Review: WHEELMEN — Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

Cycling has been a part of my life since childhood. As a teenager I started racing and touring. I hung out with the local senior racers. I remember the young Greg LeMond (he’s my age) and some other members of … Continue reading

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Salt Lake City — The Jordan River Trail

Back in Salt Lake City this week and I decided to ride the Jordan River Trail again. Last time I was here the temperature was hovering just over 100 degrees. Monday and Tuesday the temperature was in the high 80′s … Continue reading

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Could a Rinko Headset be the answer to my S&S Coupler Problems?

One of the few problems that I am having with the S&S couplers on my bike has to do with packing. The way my bike fits in its case, the freewheel rubs up against the downtube. Even with the padding, … Continue reading

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