From here to eternity with a quick detour through the park.

I mean, who’s in a rush to get to eternity in the first place anyway?

I would like to thank Mr. Mitch Kline for assistance in resizing the above gif, which originally came from here, because when it comes to doing anything on a computer aside from typing with two fingers or photoshopping penises onto the foreheads of my adversaries, I’m basically equal to a monkey piloting a space shuttle;
And speaking of photoshop and monkeys, you see that image up there? Clearly the only part that was photoshopped is his Awesome Department patch;

But wait… You’re not familiar with the Department of Awesome you say?

It is an elite group of men, women and monkeys from across the land who aren’t afraid to get rad, or unironically drink with their pinkies out, or who when completing even the most mundane mechanical task on their bike feel compelled to shout “I AM THE BEST MECHANIC IN THE WORLD”, or to talk to random children at the coffee shop about their terrier puppy named Alfie even through their parents are looking at them like they’re a predator.

We are the creme of the crop, who aren’t afraid to tell Roy what we think of him;

All of this is to say that finally I finally have the patches back in stock, and screening for new deputies has resumed and will be ongoing.

I suppose while we’re on the topic of awesome things, I might touch on the matter of a collaboration between two severely talented fame builders, and all around very nice people, Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira, that’s going by the name Breadwinner Cycles;
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As one who has an endless appreciation for both music and bikes, I can’t help but have a soft spot for any company who combines the two in some way, like for example the Soulcraft Dirtbomb, named of course after one of my all time favorite bands.

Heck, even Soulcraft itself is named after one of my top ten picks to be played in the event of my untimely demise, as my ashes are shot out of a cannon into the side of a strip club;

So when I learned of the previously mentioned ‘Breadwinner’ imprint, I couldn’t help but wonder if either Ira or Tony were potentially hoarding the same musical accompaniments in their record collection as I have in mine;

Upon posting time of today’s effort, neither of them confirmed or denied my suspicions, leaving me up to my own devices, so in an attempt to make an ass out of at least one of the three of us, I’ll assume this to be fact.

Though Paul Components isn’t named after a band, their logo does closely resemble Raymond Pettibon’s bars graphic, later popularized by the Southern California punk rock and roll musical group, Black Flag;
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Anyway, with the continued success of the Paul MiniMotos I put on one of my other bikes, I decided to do myself a solid and procure another set for my beloved Circle A cyclocrosstyled athletic pursuiting bikecycle;
Since I first assembled this bike in 2008, I’ve gone through an array of brake combinations, first starting with some XTR cantis, and moving through my collection, never being very happy with any sets I settled upon. Because of the extra wide rims, achieving happy pad contact has been difficult at best, and mildly aggravating at worst, but after finally experimenting with the MiniMotos, I decided that was a good choice and made the investment;
I look forward to many years of them stopping me.

Stopping me on the trail, stopping me from making questionable decisions, stopping me at the corner store for a bag of gummy bears, (which by the way, I’m kind of totally addicted to right now)… Indeed, they are really good at stopping.

Not stopping-a-horse-in-a-luxury-towncar-on-a-murderous-rampage kind of good, but close.

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14 Responses to “From here to eternity with a quick detour through the park.”

  1. Latarian March 11, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Will the MiniMotos stop you from switching over to disc brakes? They’ll probably stop me from doing it.

    • Stevil March 11, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      Good point, and well played.

  2. Gypsy March 11, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    I can’t believe that I have never made the connection between Paul’s logo and Pettibon… I’ve used Paul levers for years, and I have a freaking Black Flag sticker on my tool box. I’m a dumbass. No excuses. OK, well maybe one excuse. I’m usually 6 beers in when I start a bicycle related maintenance project, but still!

  3. Case March 11, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Haribo gummies? Man, those Turks know what they’re doing, even with the clear ones. Delicious.

    • 1speedlos March 11, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Dude. The clear ones are the best!

  4. bikenerd March 11, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Will those brakes stop you from posting more drivel on Wednesday?

    • Stevil March 11, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      The Magic 8 Ball says shut your pie hole.

      • bikenerd March 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

        Yeah I hear that a lot. Surprised your MotoLites aren’t Amigo Orange, BTW.

        • Stevil March 13, 2013 at 4:36 am #

          They sent me a set… I’m saving them for a rainy day.

  5. hellbelly March 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Funny that you brought up Breadwinner as I was discussing Penn’s earlier band, Honor Role as well as a number of the other crazed bands that pervaded the Richmond scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s just recently with some old pals. There were some really intense acts that came out of there at the time, but most never garnered much press not being from DC, NY or other E. Coast hotbeds. We all have those bands that we can name that few too many never heard despite how great they were. King Sour was one such band from the same time span as Breadwinner and also a three-piece instrumental act. My band played with them a number of times (we may have played with Breadwinner too, I cannot remember). Nevertheless, King Sour was more high speed and frantic. Their shows were always a hoot as they seemed to be exorcising (exercising?) demons on stage. Breadwinner live was like watching 3 guys trying to dismantle a scrapped battleship with a chainsaw. Good times all around. Thanks for the deja vu.

    • Stevil March 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      You just won the not yet implemented and just moments ago conceived ‘write a post for AHTBM contest’. Congratulations.

      • hellbelly March 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

        You should well know most of these sounds, times and otherwise are all but lost to ages only surviving via the oral (now digital) history. Few and far b/t were there and even less will ever know nor hear it. Not many care. It was fun though and sharing even a glimpse may provide someone with memory, touchstone or a laugh. Or even better the desire to start their own band and ruin someone’s hearing or break their teeth on a microphone. Party. Always.

        • Possum March 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

          I was in a band once. We sucked mightily , but we didn’t know big words like “touchtone”. We were young and stupid and wonderful.

  6. Juan Effing-Speed March 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Hmmmm, gummy bears….