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:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/1818360923.html

Or link to archive if it’s taken down:  http://gearinches.com/bicycle-divorce.html

  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.

How to Change Cateye Loop Battery

June 27th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

Changing batteries in the Cateye Loop is extremely easy, but only once you know how.  I tossed the packaging the day I got it, and I don’t see instructions online, so I had to figure it out for myself.  If you’re having trouble getting it apart–since it’s not at first obvious–then follow the instructions below.

First, grab a flathead screwdriver.  I took the headlight off my bike while I did this, but you an just as easily leave it mounted.

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Cateye Loop Review

June 27th, 2010 [print] No comments

I got this little light a few days ago for those rides where I want to be sure I’m seen by drivers, but I don’t feel I need a headlight to help me see the road.  There are a few different types of these small, easily mounted lights on the market, but since I’ve had good luck with Cateye products in the past, I decided to skip the others and try the Loop.

Cateye makes this light in both with and red, but since I already have a Cateye TL-LD610 taillight, I just went with the white version.  Mounting couldn’t be easier, since all you have to do is wrap the elastic band around your handlebar, frame, seatpost, backpack, or wherever you want to mount it, and you’re done.

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The body of the light is made of semi-translucent gel, so it mostly conforms to whatever you mount it to.  You can tell by the curvature of the back that it’s designed to fit a 31.8mm handlebar, although it bends around my 25.4mm bar just as easily.  I doubt I’d want to mount it on a thin seatstay, like I have on my steel road frame, but I think it’d work pretty much anywhere else.  Since it weighs only 22 grams, you could even leave it on your bike all the time, and not notice the extra weight.

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Aero Tuck

June 27th, 2010 [print] No comments

About a month back, I was going through some old issues of Bicycling magazines that I had laying around, looking for useful info before I finally tossed them in the trash.  I ride a singlespeed road bike, which means I run out of top-end gearing faster than someone with the ultimate 55×11 gearing.  As such, I find myself trying to get as low and aero as possible to make up speed when I can no longer accelerate through pedaling.

I’ve been trying this tuck position on some of the longer hills I ride, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in speed, especially on windy days–which we’ve had a lot of lately.  I wouldn’t suggest it to everyone, since it puts a lot of stress on your elbows, and it moves your hands away from your brake levers, but for the occasional quarter-mile or longer downhill, where pedaling no longer does any good, it makes a difference.

(scanned from Bicycling Magazine, June 2002)
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Cyclists celebrate anniversary of Missouri Katy Trail

June 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

SEDALIA — Several hundred cyclists traveled across Missouri on the Katy Trail to celebrate the path’s 20th anniversary.

The Sedalia Democrat reported that more than 300 riders from 30 states traveled the 225-mile hiking, biking and equestrian path in five days. They slept outside and stopped in cities along the way. Their ages ranged from 6 to 81 years old.

More:  http://www.columbiamissourian.com/…/cyclists-celebrate-anniversary-missouri-katy-trail/

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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:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/one9us/4736412397/

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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 Yelp.com 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 dougperrytowing@gmail.com if you’d like to share similar experiences with them.

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Bicycling License Plate for Missouri

June 20th, 2010 [print] No comments

MOBikeFed.org is asking for help in bringing Missouri one step closer to getting specialty bicycling license plates for the state.  They’re currently asking for financial support, and you can find all the related info on their site.

http://mobikefed.org/specialtylicenseplate

http://mobikefed.org/specialtylicenseplate

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