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John Marsh

RBR Editor & Publisher, "Ringmaster"

John Marsh photo.2015 kit.WEBMy first 10-speed was a bright orange model from Western Auto that I got for my 10th birthday. I could hardly believe that I now had 10 different gears at my disposal! I wouldn't be jumping ramps or riding through the creek on this baby, though, like I did on my banana-seat bike. This one was for the road—and was built for speed. It's surely what set the hook that remains embedded in me decades later. Those feelings of speed, rolling through space for miles under my own power, the forces carving a tight, fast corner—they still bring me joy.

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Jim Langley

Technical Editor & Tech Talk Columnist

JimLangley.2015RBRJersey.WEBProbably like most of you, I fell for cycling as a kid. But unlike most of you, when it came time to get a real job, I stuck with what I had done in college — and with what I loved — and kept working as a bicycle mechanic. That was my profession between 1972 and 1989 in shops in New Hampshire, Vermont and California, where I live today. I put my cycling knowledge to use as RBR's Technical Editor and Tech Talk columnist.

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Coach John Hughes

Coach, Author, Distance Cycling Expert

John Hughes photo.cropped.webI've been riding for 40 years and coaching for 20. I've earned coaching certifications from USA Cycling and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and enjoy coaching riders with a variety of goals and fitness backgrounds. My cycling career includes course records in the Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200-km randonnée and the Furnace Creek 508, a Race Across AMerica (RAAM) qualifier. I've ridden solo RAAM twice and am a 5-time finisher of the 1200-km Paris-Brest-Paris.

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Coach Fred Matheny

Ask the Coach Columnist, RBR Co-Founder, Ret.

Fred Matheny.2015 RBR Jersey.200.WEBI discovered the sheer joy—it’s not too strong a term—of pedaling when I began riding in the early '70s to gain fitness for backpacking, mountaineering and skiing, my favored activities in my newly adopted state of Colorado. Riding also helped me lose the 50 pounds I had gained to play college football. But gradually, riding supplanted everything else as my primary recreation and means of fitness.

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George Thomas

'RBR Radio' Podcast Host, Distance Cycling Expert

George Thomas.WEBGeorge is long-time, accomplished distance cyclist and race organizer. He's a former radio personality in Texas, Nevada and Oregon. He owns Over the Top Productions, Ltd., through which he runs a podcast network featuring RBR Radio and numerous other podcasts. An avid cyclist and long distance bicycle racer, George also owns and directs the Deschutes River Valley Time Trial Stage Race, Race Across Oregon and The Natchez Trace 444. He was inducted into the Race Across America Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Coach David Ertl, Ph.D.

USA Cycling Level 1 Coach

David Ertl 2015 Kit.200.WEBI have been riding bikes as long as I can remember, and maybe even longer. I got my first bike when I was five years old – a cherry red Schwinn Typhoon. I began racing in 1973, so that makes this year my 42nd year of racing bikes. I do mostly road racing and some mountain bike racing but have dabbled in cyclocross and track as well.

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Paul Smith

Product Review Crew

Paul Smith.2015 Jersey.WEBI started road riding in 2003 after I got a nice bonus payment at work and bought an aluminum Specialized Allez, which my son now rides. Previously, I’d only done mountain biking. I was surprised how addictive being on the road became for me. I started commuting regularly on the bike, using it as invisible exercise around my family life and growing boys.

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Sheri Rosenbaum

Female Voice (of reason?), Product Review Crew

Sheri Rosenbaum.1.WEBI’ve loved biking all my life and became a true roadie about 25 years ago. I’ve competed in time trials, triathlons and recently started fat biking. I’m an advocate to getting more people to join the sport of cycling, especially women. I own four bikes: two road bikes, a cyclocross and a fat tire bike. They all have names and get ridden regularly!

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Coach Rick Schultz

USA Cycling Coach, Product Reviewer, Bike Fitter

Rick Schultz.2015 jersey.1.WEBI started bicycling as a kid. I grew up riding Schwinn BMX bikes and tinkering with them by putting motocross bars on them. That's probably where I started my life-long interest in engineering – figuring out how and why things work the way they do, and can I make them work better. I am a USA Cycling Level 2 coach and specialize in bike fitting, power and pedaling efficiency coaching.

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Brandon Bilyeu

Product Review Crew

Brandon Bilyeu 2015 jersey photo.WEBAfter six years of competitive cross-country and track running, my body could no longer take the constant pounding, and I had to retire from running at the ripe old age of 19. I needed a new sport, and a friend convinced me to try road biking. I bought my first road bike in college and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Health Matters Columnist

Gabe Mirkin.webI am an 80-year-old retired sports medicine physician who loves to ride a bicycle fast; I know how to enjoy my second childhood! I believe that a person’s lifestyle determines how long and how well he lives. I know that the faster you ride, the less likely you are to suffer heart attacks, cancers, diabetes and premature death.

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Mike Tierney

The Wheel Builder Columnist

My lifetime of cycling started at the age of 14, back in the early '60s, in my native northern UK. I've spent most of my adult life in Canada, though, and have been a passionate home wheel builder for the past 52 years, and I specialize in taking the mystery out of wheels and wheel-building for Newbies.

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