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 Commuting on @asymmetriq's Weekender. #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad  Car vs. Bike. Car always wins. Remember kids, don't text and drive. #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad #iamspecialized  Got in a little cruise today. #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad #iamspecialized
 A few weeks back I spent the afternoon with local frame builder @paramourbicycles learning the art of custom bike building. Read the story and see all the photos at wheeltalkroad.com #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad #ParamourBicycles  Yesterday I got to spend some time with local frame builder @paramourbicycles and learned how much work and love he puts into the bikes he builds. Full story coming soon. #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad #ParamourBicycles  Sketching on a Sunday. #kbk #WheelTalkRoad #sketch

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Not NAHBS But Still NAHBs

A few weeks back while everyone was posting their NAHBS write-ups I spent the afternoon with local custom frame builder Matt Mowat of Paramour Bicycles. It was a good afternoon with great conversation ranging from bikes, bike history, frame building, beer, and places to ride in Austin.

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Still Speechless


Last week I was contacted by Specialized to come to their headquarters in Morgan Hill to come chat and take a tour of their facilities. I wasn’t too sure what to expect honestly. In the email conversations all they specified was that we would be chatting and taking a tour of their facility. I had not stepped foot in their HQ since 2009, so I was obviously excited.

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The Stolen Ride


It was a rainy Thursday morning when I got to work in San Francisco. For the past few weeks I have been doing my new daily commute of taking CalTrain from Gilroy to San Francisco and then taking CalTrain to San Jose after work and riding the remaining 21 miles to Gilroy. On this Thursday I locked my bike up like I had multiple times before. I had a couple of assumptions. First, I never had any issues locking up my bike at work since the bike rack was wedged between our building and Charles Schwab building. Why should today be any different?  Second, I figured since there were two cameras pointed at the racks no one would really try to steal a bike in such a high traffic/high visibility site. With these security measures why should I use the bike cage in the garage of the building?

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Van Gogh Bike Path


In Brabant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born, is a bike path that gives riders a scene from The Starry Night as they ride home.

The path lights up with a combination of glow-in-the-dark pebbles and solar-powered LED’s.

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California Drought. A Follow Up.


Over the weekend I did a really slow ride around some local spots in Gilroy and Morgan Hill and what I saw scared me. All of these great areas that were once mid ride breakpoints to stop and go for a swim were now empty. Spots that used to be cooler thanks to the water in the reservoir are now just as windy and dry as the valley. The only redeeming factor was that for the first time in a long time you could see some of the architecture of area before they built the dam. Ranchers are taking this opportunity to stake claim to “new” land that is rightfully “theirs” giving their cattle more grazing room. It all reminds me reminds me of when we learned about the 1930’s Dust Bowl in middle school.

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