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Polished rants, fervent opinionation, vibrant liquidity, cheap sportcoats, strong coffee, beer, punk rock & cycling. CommuterDude's blog is the source for bicycle commuters & hopeless mileage hogs everywhere.

Keith Gates writes from Johnson County in a rambling, stream-of-consciousness style about commuting, ultra-cycling, and various other obsessions.

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Guest Post: "Try Something New, Every Day" 05-04-2018
Every once in a blue moon I see something come across that just feels like it should hit a larger audience, and this is one of those times.  The below comes from last year's Cole Camp 410km brevet out of Grain Valley, MO., from Gary DelNero.  I've […]
Didn't I JUST write a post like this? 03-11-2018
If you're like me ....and if you are, get some help....  the cycling seasons probably start running together as the years pile on from a maintenance perspective (hopefully, not an enjoyment perspective).  This is just a part of getting older, […]
Fear Not The Wind 02-28-2018
When we decide to go, we all start the journey the same way.We are each a tightly-woven tapestry of threads, neatly hemmed and sewn.We're beautiful. Pristine . . . yet... incomplete.We don't know ourselves.  Not yet.We are each […]
It's Time to Fight Back. 01-01-2018
Yeah, the year isn't over yet, but, I feel like it is.After the success of the National Bike Challenge and enjoying a really good streak of rides to work, I felt like I was on top of things at the onset of Fall 2017.  Wrapping up the R-12 also helped - but, […]
A new commuting challenge? 11-24-2017
For the entirety of my bicycle commuting life I've relative ease regarding the logistics of handling clothing.  My personal preference is to ride in full kit and change into fresh clothing when arriving at the office, so, having a place to dry the clothes from […]
A Year-End Round-up for 2017 11-19-2017
It's been an interesting year... and a busy one, to boot.  In fact, I think this is the whopping 8th post of the YEAR.  That's... well... light.  With my return to school and - well, all the RIDING - I haven't had much time for writing […]
2018 is gonna be huge! ...and some training primers... 10-10-2017
Yeah, I'm pimpin' it early... cause I'm excited about it!While the official schedule won't come out for another couple weeks, you should mark your calendars for 2018 and make your randonneuring dreams happen.  Yes, you, long-time-reader!  Something […]
Is Randonneuring Dying? 10-08-2017
​I only say this up front, because I have (in the past) personally fallen into a burn-out trap which subconsciously had me thinking along the lines that - because I have traditionally had limited riding days available - if a ride was not going to count for RUSA credit, […]
Bonus Miles and a Day in the Sun 07-31-2017
     It's already been three months since my last brevet or permanent post, and I'm happy to report that my current R-12 streak is still in place, as well as a pretty solid streak of commutes to work- the most consistency I've demonstrated […]
Retrospec... what the heck is that? 06-17-2017
This has probably been a really long time coming, so better late than never.A few years back I had some Dirty Kanza aspirations, but no bike.  Alas, I've been ever fond of the concept of under-biking ... the smile on my face in some of the […]

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