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the gap between perception and interpretation

May 5, 2015

no need to fill in the gap with idle chit chat or little springs that think they know what's best


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it's funny because it's true

May 1, 2015

the next Ryan Leaf

May 1, 2015

Peyton Manning  vs  Ryan Leaf  

Drew Bledsoe  vs  Rick Mirer 

 

it's easy to see in retrospect  

time will tell    on 2015


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feeding the feedback loop

April 28, 2015

I’m not here to share saliva spraying stories of Ritchey Logic cranks or announce my recent induction into the International Brotherhood of MKS Grip King Geeks although the internet makes it really easy to find like-minded bike dorks and get in a daisy chain line of back-patting self-affirming looping feedback loops.

We are gathered here today to talk about this thing called cup holders. You’ve heard how cup holders can be the deal breakers on $115,000 SUVs. Bottle cages are cup holders on bikes and the ones that can actually hold a coffee cup or a beer can as well as a water bottle are the best. Transitioning seamlessly along the coffee-beer continuum from road masters to americanos and back again all on the seat tube. 

I'm starting the Profile Design Cup Holder Club even if I'm the only member and I'm not looking for a pat on the back like when you ask me about my weekend not because you care but just because you want me to ask you about yours but I don't care about your weekend so I don't ask     we can skip the horseshit    I'm telling you about my bottle cages instead of asking you how you feel about your bottle cages in a roundabout dilly dally touchy feely Portlandia way. 

Understated simplicity flexibility versatility and durability make these bottle cages my favorite and their abundant accessiblilty and hand-me-down availability in the Greater Puget Sound area also helps. They don't detract from your bike by screaming out for attention and they're not trying too hard to match your bar tape - cable housing - fluffy do dad ensemble.  (if I did have bar tape  it'd be black)

Before I got my hands on a Profile Design cup holder I would pry open conventional bottle cages and gently place my coffee cup inside and try to ride until the lid popped off and it splashed all over my legs on the way back to 1111 3rd for the 27th time since noon.  

 

I haven't even ridden my next-next RAGBRAI bike yet because it doesn't have brake cables but it does have TWO Profile Design bottle cages. 

 

 

that RB-2 was my first RAGBRAI ride

the Rob Roy was my second

this Allez will be my next-next 


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consistently consistent consistency

April 24, 2015

this site has been up for 10 years plus or minus a couple T-shirts

 


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in the bag

April 22, 2015

"Police say using a paper bag to cover a beer bottle doesn’t save you from violating the open-container law.

People are not allowed to “open a bottle, can or other receptacle containing liquor in a public place,” possess those items in a public place or consume liquor in a public place, according to the Seattle Municipal Code.

Officers have to determine that someone is drinking alcohol, but the smell or behaviors of the person carrying the bag are typically a giveaway, police spokesman Mark Jamieson said earlier this year. The bag also looks suspicious.

“If you’re drinking a bottle of milk, why do you need the bag?” he said.

The fine for violating the open container law is $27."

 

it's in the bag in the park  4-19-15 

it's in the pi     8-13-09


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change of scenery

April 20, 2015

i spy the BikeMobile in the 98126


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entropy restructured

April 18, 2015

re·use
 
verb (rēˈyo͞oz)  
 
use again more than once
 
"the rim strip could be cleaned and reused"
 
 
noun (rēˈyo͞os)
 
the action of using something again
 
"the headset was overhauled and ready for reuse"

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there's more where that came from

April 15, 2015

the photo above was taken 12 hours ago    it's the very first rough draft iteration of my next-next RAGBRAI bike and it brought to mind the photo below which I took 6 years ago of a fellow outside 1420 with his interpretation iteration of a Specialized which at the time I thought was hilarious and photo worthy but now I just think whatever works      works     and I appreciate those rootbeer glitter Schwinn grips and being more upright and more laid back is A  OK because we don't all need to be hammering in the drops just to get to work or school or Safeway or the next beer garden in the next small town in Iowa 

 

 


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this Bud's for you Cantwell

April 14, 2015

Univega gran touring

April 12, 2015

64cm seat tube

58cm top tube

 


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I can't believe I ate the whole thing

April 11, 2015

that's not a taco truck but it could be. There's a real human inserted to show scale. It's big. It's blue. It's coming to zip code that may or may not be near you. 


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out out goddamn motherfucking spot

April 10, 2015

if the dispatcher said "you wanna go long?"

I'd say "where's that?"

 

if the manifest said "46th Ave South"

I'd say "fuck that" 

 


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a fortunate sequence of events

April 7, 2015

i know now what i knew then

April 7, 2015

but I didn't know then what I know now

the smell of wet wool in the morning

mixed with inexpensive cheap beer

it's still the same on the weekends as the rest of the days

i wish i still had my Fucking Chachis t-shirt


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every breath you take every search you make

April 4, 2015

http://pilderwasser.com/images/0402151955_resized.jpg

they'll be watching you

saving it on a server somewhere near Moses Lake

so they can sell it back to you at a later date

 


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April Fools

April 1, 2015

how was your weekend?

March 30, 2015

leading by example

 

infinitely variable

learned helplessness

 

we’d like to help you learn to help yourself

 

call & response

rhythm of social niceties

 

vacuous idle chit chat

how was your weekend?

 

are you fucking kidding me

 

oozing schmooze

a real people person

 

cherry picking poaching paraphrasing

other’s ideas and offering them up as his own


why didn’t I think of that?


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the 0.1%

March 30, 2015

sticking with the sticker on the downtube theme. I’ve never been to Palo Alto and I never made it to WheelSmith but I know someone who has and you’ve probably heard of him because he’s kind of a big deal.

this sticker is one of the coolest things about this bike and this bike is my next RAGBRAI bike. For my next next RAGBRAI probably 2016 because I can’t make it this July but more on this later as the bike transforms and ends up looking like all my other bikes. it’s nothing fancy just simple solid predictable and dependable  perfect for leaving in storage 51 weeks out of the year then pumping up the tires and riding across Iowa.


for every 1000 bikes I fix up for other people I fix up one for myself

it's a Specialized Allez Sport circa 1994 nearly stock OEM showroom condition aside from the wheels. The cool thing about 1994 is if you were born in that year on today's date or earlier you can buy me a beer legally in all 50 states


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bike shops per capita

March 28, 2015

dusted off this sticker on the downtube of an RB-2 yesterday and it brings back memories of Capitol Hill yesteryear. I purchased a GT Continuum at Seattle Cycles in the fall of 1991. It was small shop with some really nice bikes and a whole lot of attitude. I really can't remember why I picked that shop when there were at least 3 other ones very near by selling brand new bikes of similar quality. REI was right around the corner as well as the Velo Store and the other Velo Store down Pine Street. 

I have a fondness for that Capitol Hill of yesteryear with years and years of personal history there.

Today when I pass through the neighborhood it makes me queasy and claustrophobic. It's as if I don't speak the language, I feel like I can't afford it and I can't find a bike shop. 


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