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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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What ever happened to those fancy bags? 10-29-2016
Something about the crunch of fall leaves and the need to pack an extra layer or two for brisk fall mornings brings me back to cycling baggage.  Those fast summertime brevets with the tiny repair-kit seat bag and empty jersey pockets are slipping away... time to […]
The Summer Retrospective ... gone? 10-02-2016
  The massive, 20,000-words-or-so post with the full summer retrospective and ride reports dating from June suffered an accidental deletion this morning, and after some rather frantic and unsuccessful clipboard recovery and cache scouring attempts, I simply don't […]
On Commuting 08-18-2016
My rhymes and structure and meter aren't greatbut I know how I feel, so, I'll lay it out straight.The alarm sounds.  It's dark, .......but the coffee is hot.  The daily decision - to drive, or to not.Zip up the […]
Milepost 1445 - Short Posts from the Open Road 09-10-2016
Yeah, 125 miles of hot, dusty Kansas gravel will absolutely ruin your chain lube game.From Instagram via IFTTT& Twitter (@RUSAdude)
Milepost 1445 - Short Posts from the Open Road 07-25-2016
The trophy wall gleams with this, from Thursday's KCUC Belgian National Day Ride. Hard-earned: 115°F heat index, a blocked stomach and the beginnings of a summer cold that may finally be letting go at this writing. Thanks to Josh and David for a great day out, and […]
Milepost 1445 - Short Posts from the Open Road 07-25-2016
Footprints from DK, in downtown Madison, KS., June 4th, 2016.From Instagram via IFTTT& Twitter (@RUSAdude)
Milepost 1445 07-25-2016
239th and Pflumm, northern Miami Co., Kansas, looking north on a very hot afternoon's training run. Railroading and gravel riding meet.From Instagram via IFTTT& Twitter (@RUSAdude)
Post 7-Eleven 07-04-2016
The concurrent pursuit of R-12 and P-12 awards has been interesting, thus far, having wrapped up this third month of action.  I'd almost forgotten to do it, in fact - the old habit of only pursuing one long ride per month being the "norm" in some […]
Mighty Hot & Peculiar 07-01-2016
The June 200km ride... always a good time.  Things like gloves, warmers and ear covers are finally put away and even the early morning hours of loading up the car and preparing to go is easy.  The sun rises early and sets late.  The birds are out. […]
(Paved) Roads? Where we're going, we don't need (paved) "roads". 06-15-2016
The month of May is coming to a close quickly, as I sit down on a lazy Memorial Day weekend afternoon for some keyboard time.  Let me make sure this goes on record before going any farther:  It's important to remember Memorial Day for its reasons, […]


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