Back when having an online presence started to seem important, I was supposed to start writing a blog for Bicycling.com. But I sucked. I’m not the kind of journalist who can break big news or report quickly enough to get on top of the day’s issues, or figure out exciting ways to recap gossip. But I like to write stories, and I like to ride my bike, so I started seeing if I could make each post a little narrative about riding, and I tried to do one a week. I failed a lot, but traffic — that’s readers — picked up almost right away, and sometimes Sitting In, which I came to think of as more of a column than a blog, ended up being one of the most popular parts of the site. For a little more than four years I posted just about weekly. I stopped in October, 2010, with one called “How to Ride Alone.” Here’s that one, plus some others I think of as successes for one reason or another.

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Another Unremarkable Moment  · ·  As Good As It Gets  · ·  Beautiful Fools  · ·  Bicycle Gothic  · ·
Chasing Shadows  · ·  Cheeseburger in Purgatory  · ·  Come Back Forever  · ·  The Comeback · ·
Confronting the Cars  · ·  The Cost of Cycling  · ·  Cutting to the Quick  · ·  The Day I Hung  · ·  Doing the Right Thing  · ·  Fat Chance  · ·  First at Being Last  · ·  Five Minutes, Nine Seconds  · ·  A Fresh Breath · ·   Frozen, or Not  · ·  Getting Popped  · ·  Good Enough to Be Stupid  · ·  Happy Old Year  · ·  How to Ride Alone  · ·  It Happens  · ·  It Was About the Hole  · ·  Keep Your Head Up   · ·  The Kick  · ·  Last Words  · ·  The Mess We Made  · ·  Moonshine Ride  · ·  My Favorite Cyclist in the World  · ·  The Names of the Game  · ·  Not My Sport  · ·  The Obligation to Hurt  · ·  Of Course He Was Doping  · ·  The Offal Truth  · ·  The Ones Behind You  · ·  Our Fortune  · ·  Out of Time  · ·  The Perfect Number of Bikes   · ·  The Prisoners  · ·  A Riding Friend  · ·  The Road Unknowing  · ·  Strickland’s Complaint  · ·  The Struggle  · ·  Taking Home the Prize  · ·  That Was Fun  · ·  Too Friendly?  · ·  Up on Kulp’s  · ·  Victory, At Last  · ·  Wear It Well  · ·  Why I Won’t Miss Style Man

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