Author Archives: Sal Ruibal

Sal Ruibal’s Dirty Words | Everybody Must Get Stoned

By Sal Ruibal I’ve been a bit stymied in my attempt to ride my bike for an hour a day instead of watching the Tour de France at the crack of dawn. Almost every dawn since the race began, cold … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | My Tour de France

By Sal Ruibal The 100th Tour de France begins Saturday on the French island of Corsica. The entire entourage that is the bolus of the Tour will cross the Ligurian Sea on an ocean liner. Suzanne, one of six student … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | “All Politics is Locomotion”

By Sal Ruibal Living in the Washington, D.C. area can really mess up your grip on reality. When you think of all the trillions of dollars that pour into and out of this medium-sized city on the Potomac River, it … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Giro

By Sal Ruibal | Photo by Veeral Patel You can’t fast-forward the Giro d’Italia. You can’t buy an advance copy before your friends. You have to wait. In the rain and in the cold, you don’t bitch about the weather. … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | Fear of the Unknown

By Sal Ruibal I can’t even get angry with humanity anymore. Everywhere you look, somebody or something is blowing up and the TV and the Internets are full of looping video of flames and smoke and body parts. Some people … Continue reading

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Dirty Words: The Sky was Born Today

By Sal Ruibal “Oshkosh, Wisconsin, sounds like the squarest city in America. The home of OshKosh B’gosh and Ardy & Ed’s Drive-In is hardly a Portland on Lake Winnebago. But if not for a momentous event that took place here … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | The Road to Hell

Good intentions, bad drivers and lots of coffee By Sal Ruibal Sunday, muddy, Sunday. It just turns out that way. Paris-Roubaix is probably the toughest one-day race on the UCI road calendar, with the possible exceptions of the super-sized, full-length … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | Brother, can you lend me a Hand Job?

By Sal Ruibal Friends, riders and countrymen, lend me your eyes. I come to praise the Ibis Hakkalügi Hand Job, not to bury it. But in the very near future, when humans no longer require cantilever brakes on their cyclocross … Continue reading

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The Spring Classics: Two’s a rivalry, three’s a crowd

By Sal Ruibal | Photos by Mark Johnson One of the positive things about doing anything for a long time is seeing how patterns form. In the small, but very important, universe of the Spring Classics, we are now witnessing … Continue reading

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Dirty Words | Faux Roubaix: A Cold Day in Hell

By Sal Ruibal Photo by Rich Hays Those guys in Paris-Roubaix ain’t so tough. The April 7th race doesn’t even start in Paris, so right off the bat there’s a whole slew of road not traveled. The start in Compiegne … Continue reading

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