Thanksgiving X

I have, on more than one occasion, written about how difficult it can be to ask for help, or even accept help when it is offered. The challenge, as I have experienced it, is that to ask for or to accept ...

Caps Season

Cold out there? For readers in the northern hemisphere this feels like the season to wear caps so a punctual reminder that you can get some gear and support this blog at the same time. There are t-shirts, ...

Go Stick It In Your Ear

America is a strange place. From bloomers to hip hop to the iPhone, we've been the driving force of cultural change for much of the world. At the same time, we can be profoundly uptight—and there are few ...

Segway One S1 Personal Transporter

The Segway One S1 takes a bit more skill to master than the original Segway PT. The One S1 is self-balancing and has a lithium-ion battery that gives you a range of up to 15 miles on a single charge. It maxes ...

The Shape to Come: Masi Vivo

As I entered the turn settled and cracked asphalt jostled me, throwing me ever so slightly off balance and sending me toward the edge of the road. I settled my weight over the front wheel, got hard on the ...

The Perfect Sport

In the late 1990s I lived for a period in Brentwood—not the Bay Area City, but rather the toney neighborhood at the edge of Santa Monica. I’d join the group rides that would roll out from the Starbucks (there ...

Friday Group Ride #387

It’s not fun to drive around Boston. The road system is circuitous, indirect, and overloaded. The drivers are impatient, inattentive, and aggressive. I have spent the last few days ferrying some customers ...

2018 World Tour Calendar Analysis

The calendar for 2018 is out and there are new races added to the calendar although the World Tour is unchanged. Here’s a closer look at the World Tour events for 2018 to see which are the busiest months and ...

Arch Method 143 Motorcycle

Keanu Reeves and Arch Motorcycles co-founder Gard Hollinger's latest creation, the Method 143, promises to be a monster. The centerpiece of the high-performance bike is a massive 2,343cc, v-twin engine, sat in ...

Fern x Gramm Chuck Touring Bike

A collaboration with Gramm Tourpacking, Chuck is the latest release from the Berlin-based bike manufacturers known as Fern. Built to order with customized components, Chuck is a hybrid between a long distance ...

Paceline Podcast #90

Running. On a cycling podcast. What is the world coming to? Well, it is that time of year, thanks to cyclocross and, in some places, inclement weather. Hottie and Fatty admit they’ve turned to the dark side, ...

1989 Tour de France Info Request

Embed from Getty Images Remember 1989? If so maybe you can help as this is a request for info and documents about the 1989 Tour de France. Many say the 1989 edition was the best ever, a subjective claim but it ...

Honda CB4 Interceptor Concept

The latest iteration of Honda's Neo Sports Café design language that debuted at the EICMA show in 2015, the CB4 Interceptor adds a dash of endurance racer flair to the concept. The 1,000cc bike features a ...

Roads to Ride: The Col du Pré

On of the novelties of the 2018 Tour de France route is the use of back road climbs, smaller roads that have long been skirted by the race. The Col du Pré is one of these, a side road for the majestic Cormet ...

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

Positioned as Ducati's entry-level bike, the Scrambler isn't so entry-level anymore. While it never skimped on philosophy, it might have been a little light in displacement for the modern era. The 2018 model ...

Friday Group Ride #386

I have never been to Annadel State Park. Never been to Santa Rosa or Sonoma County despite numerous invitations and the foreknowledge that all the types of riding, road, mixed, mountain, are great there. ...

Surfacing

RKP is a reasonably small operation. As a result, my desire to balance quality against output means that we publish once per day during the week. If things are going well, you get extra posts on the weekend, ...

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Motorcycle

Traditionally a maker of dirt bikes, Husqvarna is expanding its range of asphalt offerings beyond supermotos and into pure street bikes. The Vitpilen 701 wraps parent company KTM's 693cc single-cylinder ...

Circling the Wagons

My life is so inextricably intertwined with cycling it’s hard to tell what bits of my life don’t relate to cycling or haven’t been influenced by cycling in some way. There are times when it seems as if the ...

Big in Japan

The on-stage antics and the exhibition criterium get all the attention but what if the real story was the huge crowds? Cycling is big in Japan and there’s an army of loyal fans. The only thing missing is a ...

Night Riding

Don’t Let the Shorter Days Chase You Off the Trails The equinox has come and gone, and soon Daylight Savings Time will come along and pour salt in our wounds. In case you haven’t already noticed, minutes of ...