Blogging from the inner chainring

By Steve Outing

My friend and colleague, Steve Klein, is, like me, a middle-age cycling nut. He and a couple friends who rode together on a Trek Tour de France tour in 2003 (Leonard Basobas and Aaron Mimran) have teamed up again to write a blog about cycling, Triple Crankset. It’s a combination of commentary on professional cycling and the trio’s own local riding experiences.

I love the blog’s name. Steve says it’s a play on there being three bloggers. But it’s also an appropriate moniker for middle-age cyclists, who I suspect use that third chainring occasionally! (I’ll cop to that; I wouldn’t be without my granny gear on my regular training rides up Flagstaff Road here in Boulder.)

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5 Responses to "Blogging from the inner chainring"

  1. Steve Klein
    Steve Klein 11 years ago .Reply

    Thanks, Steve … :)
    We’re trying to keep the blog active.
    Big Spring Class ic on Sunday: Paris-Roubaix, the Hell of the North.
    Steve

  2. Aaron
    Aaron 11 years ago .Reply

    Thanks for the “ink” Steve. Here’s to great rides and much suffering this season. Go George!

  3. Steve
    Steve 11 years ago .Reply

    She makes good points, but it\'s a bit of false dichotomy. Look at Malcom Gladwell\'s and Scott Adams\' blogs. Their blogs do a lot to help you understand where they\'re coming from without telling you who they\'re sleeping with, or even what city they happen to live in.

    Scott Adams isn\'t a journalist, of course, but it\'s illustrative in that cartoonists walk a fine line when it comes to politics. Typically they\'re either in the mold of Doonesbury (political) or Snoopy (apolitical), but not in between.

  4. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 11 years ago .Reply

    Well, speaking as a media pro who definitely doesn\'t represent the Leave-It-to-Beaver collective social hallucination — I mave mentioned in my blogs some pretty significant and unusal things about my personal life which were also relevant to the topics of my blog.

    Some people squawked, and some people warned me this was professional suicide.

    And it all blew over pretty damn fast. No negative consequences as far as I can tell, and definitely some very positive ones.

    I understand Tish\'s perspective and caution. Everyone needs to make their own decisions. But put criticism into perspective — a few inevitable squawks does not equal burning at the stake.

    IMHO, of course.

    – Amy Gahran

  5. Tish Grier
    Tish Grier 11 years ago .Reply

    thanks for the link, Steve!

    just a quick comment to the other Steve\'s comment–with all due respect to Malcom Gladwel (and I have read his blog) the blog is more like a supplement or editorial column. It\'s more like a good p/r piece, helping to promote Gladwell as a thinker on topical subjects. It\'s about his thought rather than about *him*.

    Gladwell is, of course, transparent, which is a good thing. we know who he is, a bit about him, and that\'s fine.Transparency can help facilitate communication between journalists and an audience. But it\'s quite a bit different than the type and kind of naked blogging I\'m cautioning against. My concern is that media outlets, big and small, in their desperation to create revenue, will ask (or even demand) more than polite transparency in an effort to reach a younger audience who are perceived as more open in their communication. That\'s where it could, to use a Gladwell term, reach a tipping point.

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