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"Why We Ride" is a collection of my best writing on cycling and the cycling life.
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    FRANKIE: I’ll send you a handy-dandy pack of six RKP stickers to enhance your car’s bumper, your bike’s top tube and seat post and even that old tool box in the garage.

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    KIEFEL: I’ll send you a handsome letterpress-made bookmark created by Classic Letterpress for all your non-pixilated reading. Plus, you’ll get the sticker pack as well. Those stickers look good on kids’ bikes and scooters, too.

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    VAN GARDEREN: In return for purchasing the e-edition of my collection of essays and meditations called “Why We Ride,” you’ll be among the very first to have a chance to read the work collected in a single volume. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition, and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second e-edition, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    PHINNEY THE YOUNGER: You’ll get a paperback edition of my collection of essays and meditations called “Why We Ride.” If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition, and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second paperback collection, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    MOUNT: I’ll send you a broadside of an excerpt from my series called "Enter the Deuce." This will be letterpress printed by Classic Letterpress. The broadside, which will be suitable for framing, will feature two-color printing on textured, acid-free, 80-lb. paper. Did I mention, it’ll be suitable for framing? It will.

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    BOYER: You will be among the first to receive the new RKP T-shirt based on my post “There Will Be Chaos.” Designed by Joe Yule, the same artist behind most of our other shirts, this will make a great addition to your wardrobe and is guaranteed to make at least one person on the planet swoon when in your presence, but then that could just be your good looks.

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    BAUER: In this handy-dandy combo you get both the suitable-for-framing broadside and the read-anywhere e-book.

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    PHINNEY THE ELDER: I’ll send you a broadside of “The Deuce’s Promise plus a paperback edition of the book “Why We Ride.” If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition, and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second paperback collection, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    FIGNON: I’ll send you a SIGNED broadside of an excerpt from my series called "Enter the Deuce." This will be letterpress printed by Classic Letterpress. The broadside, which will be suitable for framing, will feature two-color printing on textured, acid-free, 80-lb. paper. This one will be even more suitable for framing.

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    VAN IMPE: Yet another combination of rewards to feed your jones! This one pairs the paperback of "Why We Ride" with the "Chaos" T-shirt. You'll also receive the letterpress bookmark and sticker pack. This broadside-free version is perfect for homes where wall space is at a premium.

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    DE VLAEMINCK: In this veritable grab bag of rewards, you’ll find the broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt, the bookmark and the sticker pack.

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    VAN LOOY: This might be better titled the cornucopia. In this collection of rewards, you’ll find the paperback of “Why We Ride,” the broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt, the bookmark and the sticker pack. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition of the paperback, and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second paperback collection, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    KELLY: Hardbound book titled, "Why We Ride." The book will be letterpress printed by Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress. It will be hardbound and the edition will be limited to not more than 500. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    BARTALI: I’ll send you a signed copy of the hardbound book titled, "Why We Ride." The book will be letterpress printed by Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress. The hardbound edition will be limited to not more than 500. You’ll also get the broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt, the bookmark and the sticker pack. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    ANQUETIL: For the real collectors, I’ll send you the hardbound book titled, "Why We Ride." The book will be letterpress printed by Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress. It will be hardbound with a protective slipcase and will be one of a numbered edition of 25. It will be signed by both the author and the printer. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    COPPI: Supporters who choose this option will have their names included on a page for benefactors in the book. It is the publishing world’s equivalent to having your name on the back of my jersey. To show my appreciation, I’ll send you a signed hardcover edition of “Why We Ride,” a signed broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt plus the bookmark and stickers. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.”

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    LEMOND: I’ll fly anywhere in the U.S. to join you and a group of your friends for a ride, a reading from “Why We Ride” and a reception where we talk bikes, bikes and more bikes. I'll be doing posts about these trips, so your handsome and/or glamorous visage will appear on RKP before thousands of envious readers. As a thank you, I’ll include your name among our benefactors in the book. You’ll also receive a signed hardcover edition of “Why We Ride,” a signed broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt plus the bookmark and stickers. Not bad, eh? If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.” If we hit our stretch goals, you get those, too. There's a lot of flexibility in just how we do this, so feel free to contact me with any questions or requests you might have.

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    HINAULT: I’ll fly to Europe to join you and a group of your friends for a ride, a reading from “Why We Ride” and a reception where we talk bikes, bikes and more bikes. I'll be doing posts about these trips, so your handsome and/or glamorous visage will appear on RKP before thousands of envious readers. As a thank you, I’ll include your name among our benefactors in the book. You’ll also receive a signed hardcover edition of “Why We Ride,” a signed broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt plus the bookmark and stickers. This could be pretty fun. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.” If we hit our other stretch goals, you get those, too. There's a lot of flexibility in just how we do this, so feel free to contact me with any questions or requests you might have.

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    MERCKX: I’ll host you and up to three friends for a three-day, three-night getaway in Sonoma County filled with killer riding led by a few knowledgeable locals, amazing food, stellar wines and a few fun diversions. All you do is show up and pedal. I take care of the rest. I’ll be posting about our exploits daily, so your handsome/hot mug will be distributed across at least six continents and to the screens of countless envious RKP readers. As a thank you, I’ll include your name among our benefactors in the book. You’ll also receive a signed hardcover of “Why We Ride,” as well as a signed broadside, the “Chaos” T-shirt, the bookmark and sticker pack. If we hit our stretch goals, you get those, too. There's a lot of flexibility in just how we do this, so feel free to contact me with any questions or requests you might have.

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    MENGONI: Your name will appear as the presenting sponsor for the book. For the paperback and electronic editions, your name will appear on the cover and on the title page. For the hardcover, your name will appear on the title page. If we hit our first stretch goal, you’ll receive an expanded edition and if we hit our second stretch goal, you’ll receive a second collection, also printed by Classic Letterpress, this time an expanded collection of my RKP series called “Enter the Deuce.” If we hit our stretch goals, you get those, too.

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