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I’m stuck. Now what?

July 18, 2014
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I’m stuck. Now what?

I had an assignment: create a one-sheet that a client can use to sell their product. No problem. As a designer and writer, I’ve created thousands of sell sheets over the span of my (very long) career. Well, no problem until I sat down to actually do it. Uncharacteristically, I couldn’t even come up...
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The Lost Month

July 11, 2014
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The Lost Month

July is a lost month for cycling fans. Our DVR fills with 21 stage races that are watched and re-watched, armchair analyzed as if we could have an inkling as to what riders are experiencing. We watch colors of the peloton cut through lush green pastures as helicopters capture the speed of riders moving...
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Independence Day

July 4, 2014
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Independence Day

I read hundreds of news stories every week. Although I don’t remember everything, there are times when something sticks with me long after I finish reading and sparks memories or thoughts beyond what’s on the page. July 2, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, which ended segregation...
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Shakedown Cruise: The Peugeot (Part 2)

June 27, 2014
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Shakedown Cruise: The Peugeot (Part 2)

The build was finally complete and all that was left was the shakedown cruise. I carried her down my front stairs and the fresh tires hit the pavement for the first time. Throwing my leg over, I immediately felt the difference in this bike compared to my others. Nothing bad. Just….different. I was wearing jeans, because...
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A Labor of Love: The Peugeot (Part 1)

June 20, 2014
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A Labor of Love: The Peugeot (Part 1)

It was January, 2012, when I found this frame and fork at the Madison Bike Swap. And what a bargain it was: $10 for the frame; another $3 for the fork. She was pretty dirty and there were a few marks on the frame, but I could see past that. She had good bones....
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Words for Paul

June 13, 2014
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Words for Paul

Wednesday was the memorial service for my friend who passed away last month. Over the past several weeks planning the service, choosing the caterer, designing the program, weeding through hundreds of photographs (including the one here, labeled “first bike” on the back), and taking care of logistics kept me distracted from the hard part:...
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My Best Offer

June 6, 2014
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My Best Offer

Cost: $20 (my best offer) Year: 1975 Special clothes or shoes needed: 0 Squeaks: several Elbow grease: some Rust: plenty Fun while riding: endless
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Bike Freedom

May 30, 2014
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Bike Freedom

Everything about a bike says freedom. As a kid, riding a bike was the first time I spread my wings and left the front of my house, ventured off my block, and explored my neighborhood. Those joyful feelings I experienced back then are still with me decades later every time I ride. Last Thursday I...
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Life at 55

May 23, 2014
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Life at 55

This was my office today. Not much more needs to be said. #happygirl  
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#weridetogether: CycloFemme Chicago

May 16, 2014
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#weridetogether: CycloFemme Chicago

I awoke early last Sunday to check the weather. It was to be a perfect day — in more ways than one. Sunday marked the second time I planned a CycloFemme ride for Chicago, and I was looking forward to it. After the weather, I checked Twitter. What I found was extraordinary. Women around the...
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Do you see the cow too?

May 9, 2014
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Do you see the cow too?

It’s never good news when awakened by a phone call at midnight. One of my oldest and dearest friends passed away on Sunday night. I never went back to sleep. I felt physically and emotionally exhausted on Monday morning. There were people to call and meetings to cancel. There were plans to be made. I...
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Everything Matters

May 2, 2014
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Everything Matters

This is a story about the bike community. On Tuesday, this Tweet appeared in my timeline: Sold my bike and now I’m sad. Decision I had to go with for now though. Ho hum. I’ll be living through all of you for a while. — velohut | kristin (@velohut) April 29, 2014 If you...
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Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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