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A good air pump, even one that gets heavy daily use, my mechanical mentor once told me, should last a decade or more. By “good air pump” he meant Silca. And by “or more” he meant “or two”. I’ve owned several Silca pistas and superpistas over the years. I’ve bemoaned the resin bases. Cheered the [...]

When you lace an Ambrosio, listen to Tosca

Like so many others in my circle in the late 90s, I saw myself as a failed bike racer, a failed intellectual, and a failed artist. We were mostly man children, working in government or IT or engineering. We were hardly wealthy, but in the scheme of things flush with disposable income, most of which [...]

A Trip to Roger Williams Pahk

With the majority of the Tatitos now living on the Eastern seaboard, and a cluster settling in and around Cambridge, Massachusetts, a cyclocross reunion at an NECX UCI race was more or less inevitable this season. And while Gloucester seems to get the most attention outside the region, it was Providence that proved the more compelling option [...]


This morning I rode in with a neighbor, a biologist from Barcelona visiting Chicago for the year. His studies have something to do with beetle DNA, but thankfully he wanted instead to chat about cycling in Spain. His racing career began, like many Catalans, on the track. It was there (specifically at the Velòdrom d’Horta) [...]


For a ne’er do well like my adolescent self, it was sometimes difficult to see, let alone access, pathways to happiness. And while bicycle racing certainly brought more pain and suffering than joy to my life, it did offer a structure and discipline that would prove useful far beyond the peloton. Cycling was a way [...]


Can’t wait to introduce this season’s merry band of young shredders to some of the best events around the country. Tatito cyclocross is brought to you by: #hobocycling Haribo Host housing couches. And floors. And basements. And attics. Amtrak Pernod Mastik Postdocs 5bling Homemade Nutella embrocation. Army Surplus wool socks Uniqlo base layers Fourth hand [...]

We’re Dinosaurs

Mang, I didn’t expect quite the response to yesterday’s article about the changes in local road racing. Several folks were pretty bummed at what they perceived to be a bummerville attitude about amateur road racing. But I think they’re misreading the message. Road isn’t going to die. It’s just getting smaller (again) and the folks [...]

Le Week-End

It wasn’t that long ago that one wouldn’t really have to ask roadie friends what their weekend plans are in mid-July. But this is a new day, and I’ve learned that the old rules and the old calendar don’t really dictate “the season” any more. And that’s OK. That there is very little consensus about [...]

Koh-I-Noor 5611

I was on a ride a few weeks ago, a long and circuitous ride, with a couple of guys I knew and a couple of guys I didn’t know. Thankfully for me, it was at recovery pace for the crew, and so I was able to hang on. I miss rides like this: several hours [...]