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entropy restructured

April 18, 2015

re·use
 
verb (rēˈyo͞oz)  
 
use again more than once
 
"the rim strip could be cleaned and reused"
 
 
noun (rēˈyo͞os)
 
the action of using something again
 
"the headset was overhauled and ready for reuse"

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there's more where that came from

April 15, 2015

the photo above was taken 12 hours ago    it's the very first rough draft iteration of my next-next RAGBRAI bike and it brought to mind the photo below which I took 6 years ago of a fellow outside 1420 with his interpretation iteration of a Specialized which at the time I thought was hilarious and photo worthy but now I just think whatever works      works     and I appreciate those rootbeer glitter Schwinn grips and being more upright and more laid back is A  OK because we don't all need to be hammering in the drops just to get to work or school or Safeway or the next beer garden in the next small town in Iowa 

 

 


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this Bud's for you Cantwell

April 14, 2015

Univega gran touring

April 12, 2015

64cm seat tube

58cm top tube

 


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I can't believe I ate the whole thing

April 11, 2015

that's not a taco truck but it could be. There's a real human inserted to show scale. It's big. It's blue. It's coming to zip code that may or may not be near you. 


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out out goddamn motherfucking spot

April 10, 2015

if the dispatcher said "you wanna go long?"

I'd say "where's that?"

 

if the manifest said "46th Ave South"

I'd say "fuck that" 

 


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a fortunate sequence of events

April 7, 2015

i know now what i knew then

April 7, 2015

but I didn't know then what I know now

the smell of wet wool in the morning

mixed with inexpensive cheap beer

it's still the same on the weekends as the rest of the days

i wish i still had my Fucking Chachis t-shirt


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every breath you take every search you make

April 4, 2015

http://pilderwasser.com/images/0402151955_resized.jpg

they'll be watching you

saving it on a server somewhere near Moses Lake

so they can sell it back to you at a later date

 


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April Fools

April 1, 2015

how was your weekend?

March 30, 2015

leading by example

 

infinitely variable

learned helplessness

 

we’d like to help you learn to help yourself

 

call & response

rhythm of social niceties

 

vacuous idle chit chat

how was your weekend?

 

are you fucking kidding me

 

oozing schmooze

a real people person

 

cherry picking poaching paraphrasing

other’s ideas and offering them up as his own


why didn’t I think of that?


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the 0.1%

March 30, 2015

sticking with the sticker on the downtube theme. I’ve never been to Palo Alto and I never made it to WheelSmith but I know someone who has and you’ve probably heard of him because he’s kind of a big deal.

this sticker is one of the coolest things about this bike and this bike is my next RAGBRAI bike. For my next next RAGBRAI probably 2016 because I can’t make it this July but more on this later as the bike transforms and ends up looking like all my other bikes. it’s nothing fancy just simple solid predictable and dependable  perfect for leaving in storage 51 weeks out of the year then pumping up the tires and riding across Iowa.


for every 1000 bikes I fix up for other people I fix up one for myself

it's a Specialized Allez Sport circa 1994 nearly stock OEM showroom condition aside from the wheels. The cool thing about 1994 is if you were born in that year on today's date or earlier you can buy me a beer legally in all 50 states


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bike shops per capita

March 28, 2015

dusted off this sticker on the downtube of an RB-2 yesterday and it brings back memories of Capitol Hill yesteryear. I purchased a GT Continuum at Seattle Cycles in the fall of 1991. It was small shop with some really nice bikes and a whole lot of attitude. I really can't remember why I picked that shop when there were at least 3 other ones very near by selling brand new bikes of similar quality. REI was right around the corner as well as the Velo Store and the other Velo Store down Pine Street. 

I have a fondness for that Capitol Hill of yesteryear with years and years of personal history there.

Today when I pass through the neighborhood it makes me queasy and claustrophobic. It's as if I don't speak the language, I feel like I can't afford it and I can't find a bike shop. 


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I'm not angry, I'm disappointed

March 25, 2015

I'm not your Bucky

March 23, 2015

One day 16 years ago or so   I bought a Bucky’s vest from a real Bucky for $10 on the back porch at Linda’s. It was really worn out and reeked of sweat but we both felt like we were getting a good deal. He said he could tell his dispatcher he lost it and get another one and with that ten bucks he could get another 1.5 pitchers of Rainier.  I wore that vest once in a while     mostly on the weekends.

Today I made myself a new Bucky’s vest but I’m not your Bucky and I never was.

at Elliott Bay you couldn’t get out the door at the end of the day with your purple vest or jersey. They were checked in and checked out with amazing precision and a well documented chain of custody.


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it's all fun & games until you put a price tag on it

March 23, 2015

stack height

March 21, 2015

show me a 47cm frame

I'll show you some toe overlap

 


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the NASHBAR catalog

March 19, 2015

where do babies come from?  the hospital

where do apples come from?  Safeway

where do bikes come from?  the Nashbar catalog

 

4 years ago today   a birthday

 


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let the sunshine in

March 18, 2015

tradition convention this is how we do it we do it that way because that’s the way it’s always been done join the club get on board don the uniform assume the position non-drive side flip side clockwise quick release skewed skewer works consistently consistency constantly variable iron oxide steel wool wire brush white lithium simple green      whatever


let the sunshine in


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there goes the neighborhood, again

March 17, 2015

 

 

circling the block looking for parking


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