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    by  • October 21, 2008 • too random • 9 Comments

     Never enough time to sit in front of this webprogram and sync … and when it hiccups log-on access to the back-end for posting ~ well, i get pissy.


    yeah, i sed “access to the back-end for posting” …

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    An After-Work Ride


    My after-work ride got postponed by emergency trips to a couple local bike shops.

    You see, a few pedalstrokes out from the office, a switch-swotch of a headset loose was felt – turns out, the aluminium race on the fork broke … sheered right through and wobbling it all about in the headtube.

    First trip was to the Spokesman to buy one of their (rare’ish) 1″ threadless headset (sooo stoked they had it in stock. But they didn’t have 6pm labor time available to install the new one).

    So, next trip was to the BikeTrip for the pro-bros to install it before they closed up shop for the day (almost … thanks again!).

    THEN… i played accidental cyclist and hooked-on to a bunch of riders spotted with lights and impetus grooving their way across town and (i’d find out later) headed toward West Cliff for a bit of evening cx insanity…

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    oh … these were just some very hip looking bike commuters spotted earlier in the day.

    uh … no story beyond that. well … i suppose helmet use is one thing I’d write a bit about.  Normally, i’m as pro-helmet as the next genX … but, these women were incredibly safe and educated riders.  They were kickass on the bikes and if they choose not to wear helmets … i am of the first rank to say, ‘they have the right.’

    my gig is … i just don’t want to be the hip looking helmet-less cat that the 12-year old daughter sees from the car and imitates on her own.  often times, those kids don’t know cool from unsafe.

    and it’s not my influence that will predispose some kid to going skidlidless.

    noway, never.

    but again, i’m cool with people choosing their own way to paint it.

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    Back to BikeTrip and the headset repair…


    I think a bike shop can be judged by the badassness of its choice of products to stock:

    case in point ~ the “New York FAHGETTABOUDIT”


    that is a big piece of meat, man.

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    and finally … back to the WestCliff’sCXRide ~

    i got out of the BikeTrip repair with my faithful cx’er fixed and tested out the new headset with a few bops and bar bangles.  Sensations were great – no ovalization of the headtube  and the Wound-Up fork looked still strong, after 5 solid years.

    ‘n so ~ with daylight fading and no light system of my own to see by (seems i only ride the night at the track, nowadays), i happened to cross-tracks with MikeEvans and his brijjy crew of mondaynighthammerheads.

    They all had bitchin’camaro lights and so, i hopped-sled on ’em and ended up suffering huge as they blasted hard through the coming dark.

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    fun to do, and a great memory to keep fresh.

    gotta love digital photography.

    and bikes.

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    9 Responses to bloggage

    1. Sabine
      October 21, 2008 at

      so exciting to see the pictures you and that camera are making

    2. tyler
      October 21, 2008 at

      no matter how you paint it, forgoing the helmet is never safe.

      -Tyler “I work with high school cyclists” Dibble

    3. October 21, 2008 at

      meguarnier won one of those bling bling ‘this-weighs-more-than-my-frame-and-fork’ locks last week at goldsprints.
      if i was a thief, and saw that “FAHGETTABOUDIT” on a bike– i’d just be annoyed, and ram the lock against the top tube and make a huge dent. but i am kind of sore loser when i can’t steal things.

    4. October 21, 2008 at

      i love that last picture. i need some of that.

    5. Aaron
      October 21, 2008 at

      I just wish that the local pros that show up, to use today an example, on the Giro ride sans-helmet then mix it up in the field sprint, on highway 1, with a wide variety of riders…well, I just wish they would use better judgement. Like it or not, in addition to being rolling billboards for their sponsors, they are ambassadors of the sport. “Eurocool” just isn’t.

    6. Bryan
      October 21, 2008 at

      If only you had that computer we were talking about while you waited at Bike Trip that measured pain for the “recovery” ride. hahaha. I think we were onto something

    7. Steve
      October 21, 2008 at

      “FAHGETTABOUDIT”….. I’d consider that a challenge.

      That was my first time on this “recovery” ride, seemed a little competitive to me. 🙂

    8. Meg
      October 22, 2008 at

      Yes, it is true, I have come into ownership of a lock that rivals the “FAHGETTABOUDIT” in ridiculousness. We should compare notes.
      Mostly we should figure out proper use.

    9. Lando Calrissian
      October 24, 2008 at

      That last pic is INSANE. fuggin beautiful.

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