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What’s Old Is New Again

July 4th, 2010 [print] No comments

This April, I took a trip to Manhattan to visit my older sister and brother-in-law, and since I’ve never been to NYC before, I shipped my road bike there ahead of me (suck it, airlines).  I pretty much had the best time of my life on a bike, partly because it was all new to me, and partly because Manhattan is such a great place to ride fast.

Darren bikes, too, so he mapped out a few long rides for us, one from Manhattan’s Upper-West side down to Coney Island in the bottom of Brooklyn.  On another trip, we headed over the George Washington bridge to New Jersey, then went South to Liberty Park so I could get my first close-up look at the Statue of Liberty.  On what was to be our final ride before I packed my bike and headed home, we once again went south, this time crossing the Williamsburg Bridge into Queens… at rush hour.  That rush hour part is actually what became the issue.

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Vintage Pepsi T-shirt

July 3rd, 2010 [print] No comments

I don’t normally buy vintage (aka, used) clothing, but I couldn’t pass up this rare Pepsi cycling t-shirt I found on eBay last week for $8.88.

I’m not sure what year it came out, but it’s about as fragile as the original U.S. Constitution (and I’m not just talking about the paper it’s written on, either), so I guess it was worn quite a bit.

Catch That Pepsi Spirit - City of Pittsburgh The Great Ride

Catch That Pepsi Spirit - City of Pittsburgh The Great Ride

Bicycle Divorce on Craigslist

July 2nd, 2010 [print] No comments

A lot of people have no issues airing their dirty laundry all over the internets.  One guy in particular, from Toronto, Canada, has turned to Craigslist to shame his bicycle, a Giant XTC 2, after only a year of marriage.

Link to original:

Or link to archive if it’s taken down:

  Divorcing my almost NEW Giant XTC 2 - $750 (Cabbagetown)

I hope they’re able to work through this without it getting too messy.  Let’s just be glad no children are involved…

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Lost & Found, Pt2

June 30th, 2010 [print] No comments

The other day I posted about finding a gold wedding ring during a ride.  Not something you see everyday, so I posted it on Craigslist and called it a day.

Well, since then, I’ve found myself scanning the road ahead of me while on climbs.  It seemed silly and pointless, but it’s sort of like winning the lottery or hitting the jackpot at a casino, where you figure it happened once, so surely it’ll happen again.  Right?  As it turns out, yeah, that’s right.

While on the last leg of my ride yesterday, nearing the top of my last climb, a very shiny object caught my eye.  My first reaction was that it must just be a shiny washer, except that no washer shines quite like that.  I hit my brakes, back-tracked a few yards, and picked up a shiny titanium wedding ring.  It’s more scratched up that the gold one, but it’s still in decent shape.  It’s engraved, this time with a first name, so maybe that’ll help track down the owner a little better.

Here’s a link to the Craigslist ad I posted.

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 So, what do you want to bet I’m going to be able to keep my eyes on the road now?  Third time’s a charm… maybe I’ll find my original wedding ring, next.

Lost & Found

June 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

I see lots of interesting stuff on my rides, but this is the first time I’ve found gold jewelry.  Heading up a long climb, a shiny gold object caught my eye, so I swung around to check it out.

Sure enough, it was exactly what I thought, a gold wedding band.  Of course, there’s no name inscribed (why make life easy), but it does have the wedding date and something else identifiable inscribed on the inside.

I put an ad on Craigslist in the Lost & Found section, but I don’t hold out a lot of hope of ever finding the owner.  However, I lost my titanium wedding ring last November, and kept hoping it’d show up, eventually having to just buy a replacement.  Hopefully, the owner will hit up CL to see if it’s posted, and I can get it back to him.

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Another pic:

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How to Be Awesome

June 24th, 2010 [print] No comments

This is how.

How to be awesome

It’s all about the Special Purpose.

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Doug Perry Towing, Columbia, MO

June 22nd, 2010 [print] 2 comments

I had a great bike ride today in 106° heat, all except for one part.  I sent the following email to Doug Perry Towing when I got home from my ride:


"I was riding my bike on Forum Blvd. today around 5:10pm, doing 35mph (in a 35mph zone) downhill around the curve that heads away from the Missouri Country Club.  A car was holding up traffic behind me, even though I was on the edge of the lane, until I got to the bridge just past Wilson’s Fitness Center.  The car finally passed me when I was able to get over about a foot more into a bike lane, and right behind that car was one of your employees driving one of your white trucks.  When he got beside me, he revved his engine up to get my attention, then waved his fist and yelled something at me through the window, all while taking his eyes off the road.  He then proceeded to flip me off through the rear window as he passed the entrance to the MKT parking lot and on up the hill.

I didn’t get a great look at him, but he was a stocky guy, maybe 25 to mid-30s wearing dark sunglasses and a ball cap.  I’m sure you know we have laws in Columbia about acting threatening toward cyclists, and whether you agree with them or not, you will be held accountable if one of your employees–while on the job–does something to cause an accident, or even a potential accident with one of us.  If I’d twitched my bar to the right when he came up beside me and revved his engine, I would have hit the side of the bridge and wrecked in front of the traffic that immediately followed him.  Let your guys know that not only will I find out who is responsible should something like that ever happen, I’ll hold them criminally liable, and I’ll also hold Doug Perry Towing Inc. civilly liable.  If you’d like to spend countless hours dealing with court and put your business assets at risk, then continue to hire people who act irresponsibly and dangerously toward others.  Otherwise, I suggest you have a long talk with your people.

I’ll be sure to pass this encounter on to local online cycling forums, and write up an accurate review of my experience with your business on so potential customers will know who they’ll be dealing with should they ever have to do business with you.

Have a nice day."


Their email is if you’d like to share similar experiences with them.

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EighthInch Cyclocross

June 20th, 2010 [print] No comments

I meant to post this weeks ago…

EighthInch posted a hint on Twitter that they have a cyclocross frame in the works.  I haven’t heard any more about it since their April posting, so hopefully it’ll be out before too much longer.  I’ll keep you updated when I hear more.

Via Twitter

Update:  Looks like prototypes are on the way:

Barely Used Bikes for Sale

June 12th, 2010 [print] No comments

The following ad is a perfect example of what I see on Craigslist just about everyday..

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As an avid cyclist, and someone who has been very active my whole life, it bothers me to see so many of these sorts of ads.  Everyday, millions (I’d assume) of people decide to get in better shape, and one of the quick answers to that is to buy a bicycle.  Chances are, their doctors suggested it as a low-impact form of exercise, and it’s easy to envision oneself pedaling around outdoors, enjoying nature and feeling like a kid again.

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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Map

August 17th, 2009 [print] No comments

I realized there are no good Rock Bridge Memorial State Park trail maps online (this one on the official MO State Parks website is not only small, but horribly inaccurate), so I emailed DNR and asked if they had a better one.

Since we’re talking about state government here, they obviously didn’t have one, and mostly likely won’t anytime soon.  So, I took it upon myself to make one…

I scanned one of the trail map brochures that you can find at any parking lot, screwed around in Photoshop with it for a while, and ended up with a very large, accurate map (save for the exclusion of the new Springbrook — Sinkhole Trail connector) for anyone who may be looking for one.  Why the parks department couldn’t provide it, I have no idea, but I guess that doesn’t really matter now.

Click the photo below for a 2500 x 2050px version (also on my Flickr Photostream):

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Hopefully this will be of help to others.  Enjoy.

EDIT:  Here’s an additional map, showing the course used for the Show-Me State Games Mountain Bike race (click for larger view):

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