05 June 2015

Another T-Shirt of the Day

As you may or may not know your favorite blogger has seriously injured himself. Many of you, including myself, would be surprised to know this injury did not take place on the bike. I was actually helping my ex-wife move.

The Cliff's Notes version of what happened is I shattered my right tibia and broke my right wrist in a couple places when I slipped on the moving van ramp.

Yeah, not pretty.

Fortunately I have a great group of family and friends who I can turn to for support during this time of extremely limited mobility. 

...a group that has a twisted sense of humor.

About a week ago I recieved an anonymous package in the mail. In it was this t-shirt.

Nothing sexier than an invalid model who can't even give a proper thumbs up on his right hand.

I have my suspicions as to who sent it, but I'm not going to get all sleuthy and try to figure it out. I'm just going to say thanks, the shirt definitely lifted my mood.

Another drawback to my injuries is the delay in additional blogging, and doubt on wether I will be attending Outdoor Retailer and Interbike this year. Stay tuned, dear reader. There will probably be even less posted over the next few months, but this blog is not going dark. 

30 May 2015

T-Shirt of the Day

Yes, another post. And, no surprise it is a t-shirt again. 

I'm currently sitting at a rest stop for a local charity ride. Not riding today, but volunteering. Bo, the mechanic from Biker's Edge and we're talking about vintage bikes, like the swing bike.  

I mentioned that I have a Huffy Wheel (no links today, since I'm doing this on the phone), and wanted to restore it. I said that putting a Wham-O Wheelie Bar on it would be awesome. 

For giggles and grins, I looked online to see if I could find one for sale. I didn't find one, but I found this:

A cool, vintage style ringer T, with an old ad. Awesome. 

I found it on several sites by Google searching. I'll add a link later when I'm not mobile. 

26 May 2015

T-Shirt of the Day

If I was at all regular in my postings, I might rename my TSotD posts as "T-Shirt Tuesday", but as soon as I do that, it'll be another month before I post again. So the name stands for now.

And enough of the sidetrack. As you were guessing by the name, I found another bicycle-themed t-shirt that I think is cool (your own opinion may vary).

Today's shirt comes to us courtesy of Rat Rod Bikes. Their shop truck shirt is a pre-order, so if you are interested, place your order now. They will print when they get 40 orders.

15 April 2015

Video of the Day

I could wait till Friday to post this - and I originally would post videos on Friday as an homage to the show "Friday Night Videos" that I watched as a kid, before we had cable and MTV.

But some videos are just too cool to let sit for even a few days.  This is such a video.

Produced by Cycling Canada, "Hop On" gives us a creepy, ethereal view of bikes without riders, inviting you to hop on and ride.

It is creepy, but awesome. Enjoy!

08 April 2015

Friday Videos - Except it's Only Wednesday

Yeah, I didn't want to wait to post this.

We're still neck deep in moving boxes, but we're in the new world headquarters. Soon there will be regular posts.


Until then, enjoy this video that someone shared on FB a few days ago.  It's a concert video from Peter Gabriel. That alone is enough to make it enjoyable, but the fact that he starts riding a Moulton bicycle around the stage while singing makes it awesome!


12 March 2015

A Follow Up to My Last Post

Yesterday, I talked about leaving bike locks behind at work, subsequently forgetting it there, and causing problems for the rest of us.

This morning made me grateful that I carry my lock with me.

I slept thru my alarm, and woke up late.

This is not why I am grateful, but it contributed to today's reason.

I wasn't so late that I had to forgo my ride and "gasp" drive to work, but I didn't have time to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast and make a lunch. My daily commute takes me past a particular bagel shop that has the best bagels in the greater Salt Lake area, if not all of Utah. (They also have bialys, which are just awesome!). I would go on about the bagels, but this is bike-junkie, not bagel-junkie.

So, my commute takes me past The Bagel Project, and they just so happen to open at 6:30, not too long before I usually go past that intersection. I haven't stopped before, this morning, I decided to.

If I wouldn't have had my lock with me, I wouldn't have stopped. The downside of carrying your lock is the added weight. The benefits are you can make impromptu stops.

I said that I was done talking about the bagels? Well, I was wrong. Their bagels are amazing, and even more so hot out of the oven! Sometimes oversleeping has its benefits!

11 March 2015

Rant of the Day

Yesterday I read a blog post talking about leaving your lock at work. 

The article made a valid point mentioning that you could save five-ish pounds, and some space in your bag by leaving your lock at work.

The problem I have with that idea is when the locks become orphans.
I'm absolutely sure that the owners of these locks - and the several others scattered around the racks and fences of "the place which pays me so that me and my family do not end up homeless" - had only the best intentions, and did not deliberately abandon their locks.  I'm sure that in a moment of inspiration they decided that they too would become bike commuters, and either weather, sweat, or the perceived lack of time to ride to work compelled them to abandon their lofty goals.  The locks remaining behind as either a bad reminder, or a half-hearted promise that they will try it again, once the weather or fitness improves, or they suddenly find themselves with an excess of minutes. There is also the possibility that keys were lost or combinations were forgotten.
Either way, the locks remain.
When it is on a bike rack or fence, the abandoned locks become an eyesore and a minor annoyance, but they can become more than that...
I found out a couple of weeks ago from a friend and co-worker that my building has a "dedicated" bike storage room. a place safe from prying eyes (and sticky fingers) behind a locked door where one can securely store their bicycle.  I obtained a key, and went down to check out this Shangri-La.
The floors are not awkwardly curved, I took a panorama of the room.

Well, my expectations of Utopia were found lacking, but still a space in a storage/junk room in the bowels of the parking garage is nothing to turn your nose up at.

I was excited about the bike room for approximately 10 seconds. That is how long it took me to notice that anywhere that I could conceivably lock my bike (I place little trust in my fellow man) had a lock attached to it. Locks that hadn't seen a bike in months.

Okay, it is winter, and most people do fall into the fair-weather commuter crowd, but come on! If you and your bike are hibernating for the winter, do those of us who aren't a favor and take your lock with you! It's just inconsiderate and rude to "call dibs" on your spot on the wall by leaving your U-lock there all winter.