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It's no secret......

....that we like our fancy-pants beer while sitting around the ol' Ironworks Clubhouse after a good, long ride. And it's also no secret that we toss back a few G&Ts and bourbons, too. But before any ride could ever materialize we need to swill gallons of coffee to get the gears in motion. Though specifically we could never come up with the reasons why - we knew something was good and wholesome about a strong cup o' joe. And there are motorsickle riding benefits, too. After 18 cups of coffee who couldn't ride any motorsickle but fast?  So here it is, a link to why coffee is freaking awesome. (We really like the one about coffee counter acting the ill-effects of booze.)


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