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misdirected energy

August 19, 2017

circuitous routing coming back around again to the same old common themes with one more time around an internal smile that comes with the subtle satisfaction successfully  completing a round trip I’m a big fan of barking up the wrong tree sending laser focused misdirected energy with astounding attention to detail only to learn later they were all the wrong details


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that new book smell

August 13, 2017

I met Ken Johnson on RAGBRAI this year. He told me about this book because his photo of Eddy riding this bike apears on page 127. 

the book is great and I really appreciate its attention to detail and high quality photos. You can buy it here or check it out at the library like me.  

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pump cheese retrospectively

August 13, 2017

not obedient just independent    alone
self-contained entertained unrestrained 
stacking rocks, riding bikes, building forts, lighting fires
kicking pine cones, licking ice-cream cones 
slurping Slurpees until the brain freeze 
pinball, bubblegum, penny candy, pump cheese
the babysitter smells weird   smoking cigarettes
watching soap operas Monday through Friday
her macaroni tastes funny
her tuna sandwiches aren’t as good as mom’s
potato salad, dill pickles, baked beans, hot dogs 
the dog is so hot he’s not moving,   panting
ice cubes melting in his water bowl
garden hose spewing plasticky bathwater warm
the lawn yellowing   drying     dying 
crunching prickly on tenderfeet
they’ll toughen up by Labor day      then it’s
back to shoes and socks and school

"Pump Cheese"  circa 2008


nine years later and/or 39 years later that back-to-school feeling in the pit of my stomach has a little different meaning

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Slow and Low psi

August 13, 2017

 with the flat bar and the seat slammed back on a setback post below it was delusional thinking I could get from here to there efficiently on this really heavy rig with huge tires so here and now I put on this giant handlebar above and squishier saddle and completely given up or given in to the idea of taking a slower slow ride and pushing this thing up the hill to get home. in this latest iteration the bike is 100% Bike Works parts all the way down to the bar plugs and cable ends every single little thing on this bike is now from Bike Works. 

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Re: iterations

August 7, 2017



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heat advisory

August 4, 2017

angry Tony's angry Daltex

August 1, 2017

that's a Campy derailleur more than a full bubble off plumb. 

on day 3 of RAGBRAI on the way to Clear Lake Tony's non drive side crank fell off and the bolt was long gone and when he tried to give it a go with just one crank just that first one big crank with his right leg was enough to suck the derailleur into the wheel and end his day waiting for the sag wagon. the derailleur hanger needs more than a little tweak it needs to be replaced. but luckily Tony knows the Daltex guy. 

if you're looking for a Campy non drive crank bolt in or around Clear Lake Iowa in late July it might be hard to find even with Amazon Prime

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RAGBRAI & aporkalypse burritos

July 30, 2017

of the few photos I took on RAGBRAI 97% of them involve beer bloody marys coozies beer gardens gas station parking lots bars and beer. this is the "liquid century" on a beautiful golf course parked next to Team Bud



there were some bikes on RAGBRAI too and the Hardees aporkalypse burrito features ham, bacon and sausage as well as eggs and two kinds of cheese

I haven't seen so many pilderwasser t-shirts and jerseys in one place since 2009 westside invite

this big bull was in Postville. I learned a little about Postville in the New York Times years back and it then I got to ride through it a few days ago and it's not the average Iowa town and as a pass-through town they only had 6 kybos

on another beautiful golf course sleeping just off the fairway where a handy bush next to the tent is worth two birds

 I heard that more spd sandals are sold in Iowa than the other 49 states combined


 back on RAGBRAI after a 6 year hiatus like a born again virgin but not making all those rookie mistakes

every time I felt tired out there on the bike I thought of Jimbo pulling his daughter across Iowa and I felt a little better about dragging myself to the next town 

I gave this DANK coozie to Jimbo 10 years ago and a short time later someone hose-clamped it to the bus mirror to hold up a flag for a parade in Grinnell that flag broke off many years ago and this year I reclaimed the coozie and put it back to work      taken out of context and put back in

the largest greatest bike ride party in the world involves a lot of interstate travel support vehicles busses RVs cars trucks ATVs airline tickets school busses police cars ambulances fire trucks street sweepers kybo suction trucks traffic signs and a shit load of empty beer cans but...

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where I'm calling from

July 20, 2017

25 # of shit in a 5 # bag

July 19, 2017

what if you saw this on instafacetwittgram?  attention spans are getting shorter and shorter but that's not what they want you to think from point A to point B what's the point. it takes longer to upload/download a photo to this site than most people spend reading complete sentences in an entire day. 

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to too much

July 16, 2017

"too much is never enough, it's always too much"  --Daniel E. Murray


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same T-shirt different year

July 13, 2017



so six years ago

today July 13, 2017 as we speak these are slow drying in the garage at HQ one-of-a-kind one-at-a-time same as it ever was


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round and round and round

July 11, 2017

growing like weeds





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July 7, 2017

I see dog walkers

July 6, 2017

 I see dog walkers. I see lawn & garden workers. I see house cleaners. I see over loaded mass transit. I see immediate delivery gratification professionals. I see new jobs and new people moving to Seattle to take those new jobs. What I don't see is a place for those new people to live. I see the median house price passing $750,000. I see 1 BR apartments renting for more than we make in months. I see horseshit. 

I see parking where there is no parking. 

I see the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the twilight zone 

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are you my Jimmy John?

July 6, 2017

I know a guy that knows Ben Rainbow who knows a thing or two about Rohloff hubs and getting this neo-retro Davidson set up just right for Hillman City.

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July 3, 2017

Taylor Phinney's Cannondale Slice as seen in this VeloNews photo reminds me of a design student's unfinished project

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RAGBRAI XLV training

June 29, 2017

a can of beer

a spot in the shade


a front row seat 

10,000 cyclists parade 


all the way      across                  Iowa

a whiff of sunscreen mixed with kybo


sweet corn

chamois butt'r


only 10 miles to the next town

and 7 to one after that 




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and then what happened?

June 28, 2017

when I used to sit around looking out the window wondering what to do in a cheap and affordable studio apartment on Capitol Hill riding my bike to work in 17 minutes and home from work in 21 minutes I carried a notebook and recent New Yorkers to write and read because I had nothing better to do as Seattle kind of came to a stand still where even construction projects halted and filled in the excavations and legal messengers had to buy more six packs to fill the gaps these are some words from those days  ca 2010 because they're all still true and now in retrospect I can't believe how much "free" time I used to have


I’ll find you near the intersection where expectations meet reality, but we’ll both need to wait in line for a while. Together. Separately. For complete instructions and rules of entry send SASE to PO Box 123. 

Do you feel that? That’s not a subwoofer. That is 442 cubic inches of displacement. Muscle. Original flavor long-cut between the cheek n gum. Liquid smoke in the eye a poke. As if meeting in the loading dock makes  sense. By design. 

If and only if. If then. If only. Migratory six-pack rings wrapped around your finger. An environmental impact statement stated in terms like simplicity, utility and out-of-pocket. Out on a limb like the kitten in the poster on the ceiling at the dentist. You’re huffing so much gas, the kitten begins to speak Spanish and you understand completely. 

Paperback reading walker. Walker reading paperback. I’m watching where you’re going, so you don’t have to. Warm shampoo. Cold Turkey. Fingerprints on the glass, compounded daily. Toothpaste splatter pattern on the mirror in normal distribution with standard deviation and occasional outliers. Fat-free vegan organic truck stop. Barstool etiquette. Free refills. 

Cauliflower party platter. Roundhouse. Circle to the left counterclockwise here as well as in the southern hemisphere. Losing steam. Solar powered artificial color. 67% majority. Authority....

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hardly getting over it

June 26, 2017

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