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stand by

May 17, 2018

he'd like to lift us up but we're a very heavy load

May 14, 2018


On a bike your consciousness is small. The harder you work, the smaller it gets. Every thought that arises is immediately and utterly true, every unexpected event is something you’d known all along but had only forgotten for a moment. A pounding riff from a song a bit of long division that starts over and over, a magnified anger at someone, is enough to fill your thoughts.


-Tim Krabbe, The Rider  p33

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May 12

May 12, 2018

21 years later I'm a rookie again

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handi ramps

May 11, 2018

it's like writing a story with formal constraints

not to the Doug Nufer-level but from the perspective of an average urban cyclist hopping on a cargo bike with an 8 foot wheel base and 200lbs of cargo you can't just hop that curb and run up those 5 stairs and lean it against the window while you drop that package.

but when you try to see it from the perspective of an average urban delivery driver in a giant truck  hopping on a cargo bike opens up a lot of new possibilities between the streets there are plenty of handi ramps bike paths sidewalks and gravel trails

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hyperbolic discounting aka current moment bias

May 8, 2018

while it is important to work a little RAGBRAI into your daily life, please submit your vacation requests 18 months in advance

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white shoes before Memorial Day

May 7, 2018

a wise woman once said,  the days are long but the years are short

yes    yes they are

she also said,  there's more than one way to get to Safeway and she wasn't referring to the travelling salesman problem but she could have been

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grown men in short pants

May 2, 2018

moving forward looking back

healthy respect for what it was


changes perspectives on what it is

I went to high school with 50% of those guys

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synchronized analog clocks

May 1, 2018

a classic example

shadow of the photographer in the frame jibber jabber


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read a book Read a Book

April 25, 2018

check out your local librar

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April 24, 2018

it's a working model of The Travelling Salesman Problem each day out there with results presented in real time and if seat covers could talk this one would have some stories to tell as safety measures have been put in place by designers brogrammers and developers to prevent such things from happening please keep in mind the manual override option to reintroduce the potential for human error once in while as the weather warms cycling money back into the cycling economy all along the I-5 corridor I need another one of these and another one of these and couple of these in the 2018 Pantone color of the year

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between Jimmy John & John Forester

April 21, 2018

with some discussion of vehicular cycling in a previous post Alistair sent me a copy of the letter Roger Durham wrote to VeloNews in 1982 that was  then reprinted in the Rivendell Reader in 1995. Durham's letter sums it up and says it better than I can say it myself. 

when you google "the Roger Durham letter to VeloNews" you can find all kinds of discussion and cyclists yelling at each other, saying things like "you're making us all look bad" which I feel is a bunch of horseshit.

Durham is right on when he says watch how bike messengers flow through the city and learn how to limit your exposure time. 

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hella plausible deniability

April 18, 2018


I have a vague recollection of the events in question but without sufficient information I can neither confirm nor deny any allegations




when I was your age 12-packs of the Beast were $3.69 and full-on kegs were $27 at McNally's 


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"now entering period of maximum constraint, doors to my right"

April 13, 2018

as founder and president of the profile design cup holders club the addition of this bottle cage to the work bike makes it more functional and personal and versatile. as you know these bottle cages cover any situation no matter where you find yourself on the coffee-beer continuum.


what would John Forester do?

blurring the line between vehicular cycling and jimmy johns 

John Forester never rode a souped-up electric assist purple haze cargo bike with an 8' long wheel base around a college campus full of winding roads, slick bricks, dirt trails, side paths and loading docks sprinkled with 40,000 undergrads looking at their phones.  while the jimmy johns tear it up I smile and continue on in a safe and predictable manner monday through friday. 

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lux sit

April 11, 2018

spitting distance from a stones throw away

let there be light on the Latin via Greek 

it's a deluxe place to sit down after work

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April 9, 2018

we appreciate your attention to detail

when we say we     we mean me

i'd like to draw your attention to the zero-seven t-shirt

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April 6, 2018

I'm sore and tired and hungry and clueless like a rookie

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now & then +/- 10 years

April 3, 2018

gottagotowork gottagotowork gotta have a job

March 27, 2018

I got a job. a job-job. for real really. it's been a while.  I'll tell you about it some day in person because you don't need to download the app to read about it. 

that electric assist Bullitt with the box on top is painted in the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. it's all coming together. 

this could be the only G & O sticker in the 98178


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this is your last free article

March 26, 2018

 plywood period #3

March 25, 2018

like it's 1999







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the uncorker of ocean bottles

March 20, 2018

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I have read a lot of childrens books in the last 7 years. a lot a lot and not a lot of adult books but this is the first book that takes on the issues of washed-up bike messengers. 

look for it at your local library. or buy it from Powells Books and then gift it to a 4 - 8 year old kid

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

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