Technology got me down.

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As some of you notified me this week, the site had received a bit of a makeover;
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While this is considerably sharper than the original, I had an emergency meeting with Cobra Commander to find out just what the hell was going on. After sharing a couple of large pizzas, he got to cracking with the button pushing and knob turning to get things back on track, however as I woke up on Wednesday morning I came to find that I was then unable to publish my new post. I did everything in my power to resolve the issue (exclaim a few expletives, make a cup of coffee, play a few rounds of Angry Birds), but to no avail, so I threw my hands up in defeat.
It was then that I grabbed the torch off my cave wall and adjourned to my garage to finish some pending bike maintenance. The maintenance in question was the installation of two Paul Components chain keepers;
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One of course going on my bike, and the other on Demonika’s. She has long had issues with chain droppage, while I on the other hand have only recently begun learning of the joys. As near as I can tell, Paul has done it once again with this little beaut, as I have since taken it on a test ride to put it through its paces, and am amazed by how well it works. Ironically I’ve long been cursed with having various and regularly occurring mechanical/technological/physical/spiritual issues, though simultaneously blessed with having people around me who are much smarter than I am designing solutions.
Not that the following has anything to do with my general lack of aptitude, but Dave from The Bicycle Habitat sent me an email concerning his dream to put together a project that would hopefully serve to benefit any person who throws a leg over a bike in order to get around;
“Hey Stevil.
I know you get people asking for shoutouts on your site all the time, so I hope that my cause is deemed worthy:
One Year Commuted
It’s not so much a “cause” as it’s me trying to make something cool.
Thanks!
Dave Vollbach”

I appreciate Dave’s efforts, and can see that this could conceivable be used to shine a light on some of the benefits as well as the risks of riding a bike to a non bike riding public. If you have an extra buck or two, David’s as good a place to throw it as any.
Speaking of which, I have a couple other places at which you can throw money if you like, the first being Curtis Inglis of Inglis Cycles and Retrotec fame. It seems as though he has got a brand new kit put together for which the are taking orders now;
“Retrotec/Inglis Cycles is doing another Voler clothing order. This year we are using Voler’s on line ordering process. You will have to sign in, don’t worry it is easy. Using their system is opening up a lot more possibilities to get exactly what you want. Race cut or club cut? Sleeveless? Full zip or half zip? Thick chamois or thin? Pocket for your skinsuit? Or any combination of them. You can have it all, and pay with your credit card online.Voler’s online system can’t elegantly handle our FS Bib shorts, So there is a second link for ordering those. It’ll be a second credit card charge, but ultimately, not that big of a hassle. That said, here are the two links:
Full kit link
FS Pro bib shorts link
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You’ll use the same account for both links. After logging in, you’ll be able start adding items to your cart. Go nuts. (Please note: CA sales tax and shipping is *included* in the prices that are shown on line.)
Order due date 10-18-2010
Order ship date 12-10-2010
All the clothing will come to me ready for distribution. I will get it out in time for Christmas. Hint, Hint, think Christmas or Festivus presents for you or a significant other…
If you are from out of town I have the shipping covered. Out of USA will need to work out slightly more shipping with me. Hopefully this e-mail finds you well and riding your bike.
Thank you for the support.
Curtis”

So there you go, and now you know.
Secondly, as I have mentioned before, I’m still in the process of finding out who might be interested in a AHTBM branded Double Century jacket. If this is an item that could possible tickle your fancy, please let me know via email, and I will add you to the list. This by no means will lock you into a purchase of said jacket, I just need to have a ballpark figure to lay on Showers Pass so that they can set a few aside for me.
I also have a new couple of stickers I’m pedaling that shows the world just what you think of the Westboro Church’s ‘God Hates a Ton of Stuff’ campaign;
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Yes indeed. I am all for sticking it to the Religious Right any way I can, though I am not nearly as articulate about it as Mr. Dan Savage. For those of you who are familiar with Savage’s work, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who might not, there is no better introduction to his particular brand of ass whoopery than right here.
I do appreciate that man, and the voice with which he speaks, and if he and Jon Stewart ever ran together for presidency, I would be the first in line to volunteer for their campaign.
Perhaps Carlos Alberto Del CAstillo Cabeza De Vaca of (The) Cycling Inquisition could run as Minister of Information, because with emails like these, he’s pretty much got it on lock;
“Perhaps you have seen this already. Its a video of the singer of a crust punk band puking as he sings. Having spent years playing in a band that basically sounded like this, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Heavy drinking before shows, the smell of dreadlocks, and then singing like you’re the cookie monster is like you’re almost daring your body to *not* puke.”

Nothing a little Pepto Bismol and a firehose couldn’t take care of.
Obviously my man has been overtaken by a unique spirit. Perhaps one constructed entirely of 99 cent cheese burgers and malt liquor.
Arybody’s machine got they own kind of ghost.
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8 Responses to “Technology got me down.”

  1. leif October 8, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    What about grape tang?

  2. dirty biker October 8, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    don’t you know grape soda is gangster…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWLjiN6COhk

  3. Brendan October 8, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I agree, those chain keepers are awesome.

  4. Niki October 8, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Thank you for the Dan Savage tongue lashing! Someday all people will see our interconnectivity and realize it’s themselves they hate.

  5. ax October 8, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Don’t Forget Lance O. of Skitzo. Pukes during sex.
    On Springer(fast forward to 2:15 mark)
    http://www.youtube.com
    /watch?v=U6p_5TtXNXE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INiV4IDcFWc

  6. lucie white October 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    awsome. i wanna date that guy.

  7. The Cycling Tourist October 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Dan Savage is also behind the “It Gets Better” campaign on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcVyvg2Qlo That needs a shout out.

  8. daisy October 11, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    I have been witness to many a many vomit launches from Mr. Tom Pig (champion). Every show every time. In his heydey (largest) it was very Monty Pythonesque.