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June 2014

Season Pass Promotion

It’s shocking to me now, to think about my own introduction to the sport and practice of cyclocross, that it has been not one decade, but many. The stunted, nostalgic part of my brain tells me that little has changed, but my eyes and ears and social media sixth sense say otherwise. The other day, [...]

May 2014

The Importance of Fandom

The conventional wisdom in the Midwest, is that in order to be a serious cyclist, let alone a competitive racer, one must either have the mental fortitude to suffer through a very long winter of indoor training, or the resources to travel regularly to warmer climes. And while it is true that Computrainer culture rules [...]

Tati Dreams of Sushi

Assembling and maintaining bicycles isn’t important work. It’s also not particularly taxing work, or difficult work, or work that requires years of training or education. It’s work that does not require any interest in the sport or hobby of cycling. As our cities and environments transform, and as bicycles as transportation become an increasingly important [...]

March 2014

Rockefeller Chapel

Many in the audience stayed, long after the lecture had ended. Throughout the chapel and spilling into the foyer, small clusters huddled together and parsed Dr. Cornell West’s words. I was still trying to wrap my head around the part where he wove together quotes from Thelonious Monk, Emily Dickinson, and Michel Foucault on the [...]

Mavic and Me

The Mavic brand meant a lot more in simpler times. Like a lot of folks, I guess I fell off the Mavic wagon somewhere after the MA40 and before the Helium… but the ride was already getting pretty bumpy years earlier. As a junior, I raced exclusively on a pair of hand-me-down 36h GEL280/330s. They [...]

Ten Grams and Ten Years

“I heard you’re trying to build more wheels than any other shop in Chicago.” he said. I shrugged. “Where did you hear that?” “Um… you know, around. Maybe on Facebook.” “And you believe everything your read on Facebook? There were four neatly arranged piles of metal on the coffee table between us. And a digital [...]

The Horror

That summer, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now had been released, and being a die-hard Joseph Conrad fan with a prematurely dim view of humanity, I was keen to sneak into the neighborhood theater for a viewing. Sam and I were still smarting from being unceremoniously tossed from said theater a few months earlier, having purchased tickets for Breaking [...]

Hoop Dreams

Where to begin, with wheels? Maybe at this point, it’s less important to recap the past, than to consider the present. And the present isn’t so bad. We’re now two decades into the era of widely available, factory built “wheel systems,” and it’s difficult to argue the fact that wheels have become lighter, stiffer, and [...]

$1 Fits

We now live in the age of the $400 fit session. Let that sink in. There is a lot to cover, and a lot to talk about, when it comes to the business and science of properly fitted bicycles. But there are plenty of places to read about all of that, and how we have [...]

January 2014

Your Bicycle Needs Big Love.

TATIVLLE SERVICE COURSE Huffing glue and Campagnolo-certified since 1978. Yes, you can go take your ($8,500 or $850 or $85) rig to a shop that charges half price in the off season. And chances are, a polite young teenager will tinker with it for a while, turn some barrel adjusters, wash it down with some [...]