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    somehow those swoopy bars have lead me to wanting a new 29er Hunter or Retro Tec
    this has happened b4
    last time, i had this Easton Mag stem layin around
    all brand new like
    and i kept thinking of a bike that i'd build up around the stem
    this time is that crazy Mary bar
    it is a weird bar
    and im not sure if i'll get use to it
    i keep eyeballing bars like the Midge, or Salsa Bell Lap
    something with a little flare
    knowing the way i tend to ride
    i keep thinking a 29er with a compact road crank
    something with the gear, i want more gear
    the idea is in my head
    its just a matter of getting the specs together
    thats 1/2 the fun
    to get all caught up in it
    spec it all out
    do the money
    and then sit back...
    and say to myself..."do i really want to spend that much money?"

    i put SpeedCity's on the Moto Rapido with 28c Conti road tyres
    the narrow cut down flat bar
    the bike moves to places i didnt even know i thought of...
    pretty darn squirly...after getting off the Pug

    peace...d
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    today is WEIRD
    on the way home on 2 occasions people leaned out of their cars yelling stupid stuff.
    kids...
    friday night...
    it was weird...
    you know...
    they are kids, just hanging out of the car yelling stupid stuff...
    suddenly i could see how and why kids wreck so much.
    crazy ass kids...
    the world is weird.
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    the Surly crew is laffs...

    The Surly crew is laffs...

    i love this...
    its classic
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Some people still prefer standard 100mm spacing on their Pug forks though. Slight weight advantage? Don't want to buy another hub, or want to be able to use a normal hubset in case you should ever move the hubs to a different bike? Or maybe you just like wrestling a super fat rim in and out of a narrow opening. Whatever your reason, your O.L.D. dreams have come true. We now have 100mm O.L.D. Pugsley forks. Like their 135mm counterpart, they're black tapered straight leg cro-moly, with disc tab and removeable canti pivots. Still 447mm axle-to-crown. They're in stock at QBP, part number FK0701.
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    pics

    Pug
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    @ selfpropelleddevo

    i love your bikesetup and your photos! i am searching pug dealers in germany right now cause i have fallen in love with that bike...

    i am thinking about a shimano alfine 8 gear hub, which got very good test results and is cheap enough for me

    greetings

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    no wonder...

    i get to work and this is what i see
    no wonder we are the way we (as Americans) are
    that is...
    our HEALTH
    people, be mindful of what you consume.
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    and check this out.
    I dig this columnist


    Our world is cornier than ever
    Joy Colangelo As It Turns Out
    Monterey County Herald
    Article Last Updated:05/20/2007 01:28:58 AM PDT
    The United States produces 9 billion bushels of corn per year, twice as much as any other crop and much of it subsidized with your tax dollars.
    What do we do with all that corn? Feed the world's hungry?

    Of course not.

    Three out of every five kernels are fed to animals, and with most of the rest, we make products that aren't edible. It's the food we feed our food and it's the food we feed our frivolities. Just for fun — and isn't this always a fun column? — guess which one of the following is not made from corn:

    Tires, aspirin, yarn, glue, batteries, spark plugs, ink, latex paint, licorice, crayons, chalk, disposable diapers, computer screens, toothpaste, cows or match heads.

    Ponder the list for a second while we talk a little more about corn.

    The typical grocery store has 4,000 products on the shelf with corn as an ingredient. The products aren't always what you might think. Let's say you buy the ingredients for a breakfast of bacon, eggs, milk and toast with margarine and jam. Rest assured, or unassured, each item is essentially made of corn, even the plastic cartons they come in. Matter of fact, we eat so much corn, hidden in most every product, that it could be said that Americans are made of corn.

    If we should get sick from that breakfast, and over a few decades we may, the IV line in the hospital will be made of corn, as will most of the pills. Funny thing is, we wouldn't be so sick if our animals did not eat corn. A cow fed on corn was never meant to stomach such a thing. They are grass eaters, their stomachs lacking the acid to digest corn. But given no choice but corn, their stomachs will become highly acidic. E. coli, always present in cow stomachs, is now bathed in acid, when once it wasn't.

    If we ate the meat of grass-fed cows, we would get more good cholesterol than if we had eaten wild salmon, and the acid in our stomachs would have killed any E. coli because it would have been its first exposure. The corn messes the whole cycle up. We pay for that illogical cycle with our taxes, with our cash at the grocery store and ultimately with our health.

    The logic of the food chain is missing from our diet. We've got our combinations all wrong.

    Other cultures combine foods to foster health. Raw fish in Asia is eaten with wasabi, a powerful anti-microbial. Food combinations like onion, garlic, oregano and tomato offer potent anti-bacteria properties. Cilantro eaten with chicken is twice as lethal to the bacterium Salmonella as the drug gentamicin, a common treatment for salmonella poisoning.

    When we import a cuisine, we shouldn't pick and choose the condiments. The combinations ensure that an important cure is not left out. Just as corn in South America is eaten with lime to unlock the niacin, and fermented soy is served with rice to open up more nutrients in Asia, cows in the United States should be fed grass to produce healthful meat.

    So back to our quiz:

    The product not made from corn is ... wait for it ... computer screens.

    Computer screens are made from soybeans, silly.


    Joy Colangelo's column runs in Commentary twice a month. She is an occupational therapist and author of "Embodied Wisdom: What our anatomy can teach us about the art of living." She can be reached at bellpg@AOL.com.
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    drivetrain

    New drivetrain for the Pug.
    it was getting pretty grindy feeling, and the chain creep on the cogs and chainrings kept me wondering, at what point will something break?
    no more wondering
    new parts.
    so its been since 10/05 that i've been on the Pug
    i wonder what the mileage is
    i guess thats what cyclometers are for, among other things
    anyways...new gears and chain
    cool...
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    new drivetrain like butter
    best of all...
    44x11t
    oh ya...
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    I get to work today and the new girl comes up to me...
    "Hi, we havent met yet, but i've seen you around. I'm so and so"
    cool
    so how do you like here so far?
    yada yada yada
    so where did you come from? your last job, etc...
    yada yada yada
    so i guess you dont mind the drive
    oh no. its great. as long as i have my stereo, yada yada yada
    my brother says i need to be really careful, and i'm always telling him to not talk about it
    (something along those lines)
    ya you need to be really careful when your driving. the world is crazy in that way.
    i was involved in a head on collision with a drunk driver.
    totaled my car.
    what kind of car did you have?
    i had a new Honda Element
    (she laughs)
    one of those boxy things?
    ya
    its a really good car in crashes, i took maybe a total of 2 advils. i think i might have had a light bruise from the seatbelt.
    so i havent had a car for the last 2.5yrs
    (now this is the classic part)
    the look on her face was great!
    "and because of that you dont want to drive?"
    well...something like that...
    (still totally amazed)
    so what do you do?
    I ride my bike
    (she laughs again)
    (i smile)
    so you put your bike on the front of the bus?
    (i laugh)
    no
    no bus
    i just keep going...

    i was so entertained by the interaction
    it was classic!

    as our conversation dwindled i was making note to the degree at which she holds the value of her car
    of her life
    of all the things she's worked for
    all the while
    i think i see the ego at work there
    so bound to those things, and a certain, typical programed view of the world
    and there she was...
    at this awkward moment
    as she lightly would step back
    not sure of what to think of me...
    as if she had just rounded a corner and came across a rattle snake
    and i just laughed at it all...

    its one of those moments when the world unfolds
    for the moment you seem to understand
    the bondage
    the liberation

    :-)

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    AWESOME!!!

    Wish I could have seen the look on her face.

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    on road bikes...

    being Memorial Day and all...
    VCM had a little road ride posted
    something about heading up to Surf City Coffee in Aptos
    i had been thinking about taking the Pug out for the 75mile jaunt
    and over 2 days, i kept wondering if I'd be able to haul it at roadbike pace for the distance...
    in the am, i decided to take out the roadbike.
    i cant remember the last time i spun the cranks on it
    the rationale went something like this...
    its rare that i have a Holiday off
    and its good to get out and do a little social thing
    take the road bike
    its like belonging to a Mustang, or Porsche club
    Holiday, social ride, roadbike

    Narrow cranks
    172.5 crankarms
    the whole thing tripped me out
    some HammerNutrion fuel mixed into bottles
    carbon shoes
    and i was all geeked out
    wow!
    crazy road bike with Zipps and all
    i have no real idea how far we went
    it was good to ride
    as it turned out the club ended up having different desires of rides
    so invariably the group split
    so homey G$, Good Guy Ernie T and myself kept our way
    somewhere along the way, we decided to run thru the back area of Pajaro, Elkhorn, around the back side of the slough, and home
    I was totally pleased to ride in a pace line
    little to no ego, just pulling, and drifting to the back
    really what i think it was, was the company
    Homey G$ & Good Guy Ernie T
    roadbike was great...crazy fast
    and i think i was getting addicted to that 53x11t
    stupid fast

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    5hr day

    today i went up the road to Watsonville to check out a local frame builder, get all measured up, and drop a deposit on a swank new ride!
    what a yuppie!
    round trip it was just shy of 5hrs on the bike
    on the way there of course i was pretty much all biz getting there
    on the way home, it was a different story...
    a little bit of a side trip
    i took this funky levee trail that runs along the Pajro River
    kind of trippy
    then i made 2 stops
    one at the new Surf City Coffee Shop in Moss Landing
    and then at Pezzini Farms to grab a coke for the last leg back into Monterey, and then PG.
    enjoy the pics

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    artichokes...

    Pezzini Farms mostly sells artichokes...
    Castroville
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    What frame did you order D?
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    i'm gonna keep everyone guessing on that...
    its gonna be unique
    maybe it will be finished around Oct or Nov
    it will be faster
    lighter
    and yet be able to do all that i typically ask the Pug to do
    except float on sand and tread water
    lol

    by the way things have been playin out these days
    im amazed that i can ride the Pug at roadbike pace
    and often pull a group
    and/or even attack
    then its on with the racks and bags and into the woods
    or just to get the groceries
    the new rig
    will do all that too
    but with more style
    bling
    bling
    and more bling
    im so spoiled
    yuppie
    and i have to laff
    cuz its like...
    would i buy a car?
    would i roll a beemer?
    well...i still look at that crazy BMW Adventure Bike
    but no
    its enough cash flow for me to have to keep the simple life
    eat more beans
    and keep riding bikes
    its enough cash flow, that im thinking i need to unload a single speed or two
    and/or maybe I could cannablize a few parts from my existing rides...
    and damn...
    would that Big Dummy make it into production already...
    just my luck...
    by the time i get this new hot rod all together the Dummy will debut
    then its more money on the table
    at least at that point, i'll be sending my current Xtracycle convert to my bros in L.A.
    the Pug is cool
    the new rig will be even cooler
    im glad i went out and placed the order
    cuz now i can just let it go for a bit

    and you know
    i always remember something an old buddy once said
    something like...
    "in this country the way you spend your money is your most important vote."
    i dig Surly, and how cost effective their products are
    but this time...
    i actually went out and shook hands with the frame builder
    sat around and chit chat
    i can see where my cash is going
    and to a degree i experience a vicarious occasion
    that is...at some level i wish it where me building frames
    at this point i love the job that i currently do
    perhaps one day (maybe in 2yrs) i can wrench on bikes part time.

    check these guys out.
    http://www.xaccess.org/projects/biggaboda/overview.htm
    super cool


    im so tired
    maybe i should make coffee...

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    maybe something like this...

    maybe something like this...
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    easier on the eyes...

    here's a pic thats easier on the eyes...
    squid boat in Monterey Bay
    early am

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    You aren't talking to the Retrotec guys are you? I think there's something very pure about a handmade frame as opposed to one made by machines and finished by Taiwainese children. Especially if you can speak to the builder and get exactly what you want. I think James over at Blacksheep is working on a titanium fatbike with swoopy cruiser tubes for a client . . . could be cool. Good luck with the custom job. I hope to do the same thing in a year or two.

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    Oh D, you opened up the e-speculation flood gates!
    Can't wait, should be sweet.
    Hairllama, I hear you on the handmade vs. mass produced frames.
    Both my DH rigs are handmade in the USA.
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    wow....a Ti Fat Bike!
    when i had seen pics of a Moots, complete with Ti racks, and then even a trailer
    wow!
    i was totally mesmerized
    a curvy Ti Fat Bike is all the more alluring

    however, since i already have the Pug
    building up another Fat Bike (at this time) is not in my interests
    the Pug has satisfied me in every manner

    a new rig i want
    come Oct it will be 2yrs since i bought a new bike
    and to go get all measured up, is so.....yuppie
    spending the cash on bling, on one hand, is over the top
    and yet the economy of a mass produced Tai factory rig is so practical

    i just want a new swank ride
    the swank kit car of shelby cobras so to speak

    i guess today i will put a flat bar back on one of the SS bikes
    and post it to eBay.

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    19.5" DISS for sale on eBay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220117775872
    so there it is.

    its a great bike
    i just need gears these days
    i had to laff to myself the other day
    when i thought to myself, "single speeds are fast?"
    lol
    ya...only on the climbs, if its geared for that moment
    lol
    these days i cant stand to spin out at 15mph
    i love 44x11t
    plus i need to haul stuff

    ok, enough of that
    you all know how my bike life is these days.
    plus i have yet ANOTHER SS (except its a 17.5") in the Malcovich.

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    DISS is on its way to Indiana
    i hope the new guy treats and enjoys it as much as i had

    Upon the Pug with DISS in right hand
    an escort of sorts
    as it bounced around
    bucking as if refusing
    or maybe the buck, kick and jump of an excited Boarder Collie
    one last time, jet black and a shimmer of green flashes from the headset
    as im rolling over to the shop, its last stop here in town b4 big brown comes around

    a semi-sweet, dark moment, while my right hand grasps its stem
    keeping it somewhat oriented in the intended direction
    these lyrics go thru my mind.

    Tom Petty, Last Dance with Mary Jane

    She grew up in an indiana town
    Had a good lookin momma who never was around
    But she grew up tall and she grew up right
    With them indiana boys on an indiana night

    Well she moved down here at the age of 18
    She blew the boys away, it was more than theyd seen
    I was introduced and we both started groovin
    She said, I dig you baby but I got to keep movin
    ...on, keep movin on

    Last dance with mary jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin in and im
    Tired of this town again

    Well I dont know what Ive been told
    You never slow down, you never grow old
    Im tired of screwing up, Im tired of goin down
    Im tired of myself, Im tired of this town
    Oh my my, oh hell yes
    Honey put on that party dress
    Buy me a drink, sing me a song,
    Take me as I come cause I cant stay long

    Last dance with mary jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin in and im
    Tired of this town again

    Theres pidgeons down in market square
    Shes standin in her underwear
    Lookin down from a hotel room
    Nightfall will be comin soon
    Oh my my, oh hell yes
    Youve got to put on that party dress
    It was too cold to cry when I woke up alone
    I hit the last number, I walked to the road

    Last dance with mary jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin in and im
    Tired of this town again


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    Cafe Moto Rapido

    check this out
    Cafe Moto Rapido
    Moto Rapido in the Cafe racer style...
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    That's pretty cool.
    How does it ride?
    Kind of reminds me of the On-One Mungo (moustache) bars, just a more aggressive sweep and drop.
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    ya its cool
    i actually just finished it today
    so the ride to work today was its first outing
    BUT...
    i think its SUPER COOL!
    its actually easier to ride
    for one...
    the grips are actually higher than the old set up
    so the old set up was a syncros stem, 0 rise, and 120mm long
    this set up is 90mm long with a 15degree rise
    the Mary bar is unique in that the grips put your hands very close to where the steertube is at.
    basically i can ride sitting straight up, let go of the bars, and still be able to touch the grips without having to bend over.
    and climbing in a more up right position seems to be more effective.
    i kept thinking to myself
    try walking up a flight of steps bent over with 2gals of water in each hand. with your hands in that straight position that a flat bar puts you in.
    now try the same thing, but with your hands more to your side, and stand up right.
    also think of this...
    stand straight up
    and breath in as deep as you can
    now bend over, like you are on your bike
    take in the same breath
    most people can only breath in a portion of what you can inhale standing up right
    next try the same thing, but pick up one leg
    and compare the two postures
    do the same thing again, but incorporate lifting a leg and inhale.
    you'd be surprised to see the results.

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    Hmm...
    This might get me tinkering again. I had a Mary bar, but in the upright "normal" position, it never felt comfortable.
    I'm thinking this might be nice on the new Fat Chance HT I picked up...
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    That's HAWT!!!

    it looks quick too.

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    its pretty cool
    one part of me says that im getting old
    the other part says i like the Cafe look
    another part says it makes more ergonomic sense
    i think i climb better with the set up
    im thinking that here in the next month or so, I'll try out some camping, set it up with racks and bags.

    for now, im playing with those funky bars
    I also have a Titec HBar, and an On-One Mungo
    i like the Mungo, but its pretty obvious that it wants a set of Shimano road levers, or maybe some barend shifters, but I like to run SRAM so my options are limited
    the HBar looks like it could be promising. Im thinking that it will find its way onto the Cdale/Xtracycle convert, along with a shorter stem.

    Im not sure what im gonna do with the Mungo
    its the direction thats pullin at me...
    something to do with those swoopy lines
    the comfort
    and the illusion that the bars are low
    its just that the bars drop down, but actually the grips are higher than my old setup

    comfort, style and speed...

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    Cafe Moto Rapido

    pics...
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    check this out..
    http://greatdividerace.com
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    Yep, the GDR.
    Devo, with all the rambling you do, that ride is made for you.
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    I think he was born around the time of the Chernobyl fallout which would explain a lot.

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    how do you even ride something like that?
    i think the record is something like 16days???
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    Check out the Endurance Board. Lots of answers.
    Yeah, 16 days. The racers HAUL.
    Another guy did it on a singlespeed, 22 days.

    How do you ride it? Just like your trips, just a lot longer! LOL.
    Wouldn't it be cool to see someone finish on a Pug? I don't know if its physically possible, but it would be cool!
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    I think he was born around the time of the Chernobyl fallout which would explain a lot.

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    as my cycling practice continues to change
    I've found myself taking MTB's and putting upside down moustach bars on
    i'm putting road wheels on
    adding racks and panniers
    GDR is an amazing thing
    maybe...one day...maybe
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    my new buddy hanging around outside
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    Im working on some bike mechanic "How to vids".
    so here's the link
    http://web.mac.com/asanacycles/iWeb/...Mechanics.html

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    baggage

    Pugs got bags
    1 gal water, 2ea
    1Qt Vanilla Soy, 4ea
    1liter Root Beer
    1/2 gal OJ, 2ea
    2 bags of cereal
    trail mix
    salad mix
    tomatoes
    bread
    large can of coffee beans
    bananas
    chocolate milk

    I'm always amazed how much stuff will pack into those panniers. there was still room for a bit more.
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    DISS to go

    ok well here it is
    my 05' DISS up for grabs on eBay
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220125454888
    i love this bike
    but i guess i love them all
    i just dont have the space or use for a SS these days
    i've got to have gears
    i have to have bikes that have racks
    bikes that are functional
    that is...a bike that is useful
    in some ways its a shame to sell the DISS
    but it just sits
    i never ride it
    so it off to the land of eBay
    i will miss it
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    here's some podcasts i've posted in a blog entry on the Gread Divide Race.
    check it out.
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    new bars for the Pug

    today i finally put on the new bars for the Pug
    a Titec H-bar
    i think its pretty cool
    more of an upright position
    and it feels like there is more torque available
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    Velo Club Monterey has put me linked to their website.
    :-)
    http://www.vcmonterey.org
    cool
    I've been riding with VCM since at least 93'
    wow
    it blows my mind to think that the time has gone by that fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    today i finally put on the new bars for the Pug
    a Titec H-bar
    i think its pretty cool
    more of an upright position
    and it feels that here is more torque available
    Be sure to play with the angle of the bars a bit. They'll be most comfortable angled a bit down from horizontal (maybe aim the grips at the bottom of your rear rack mount. I've got Jones bars on my Pugs and that's how I have mine set now and they're perfect.
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    i totally agree.
    at first i had the bars level
    but that was a bit weird
    so i angled them down a bit
    and its pure luxury
    kind of like Boss Hog in his Caddy

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    I like the look of these. I love the grip angle on my Marys and it would be good to have that other hand position on the flat part of the Titec bar.

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    pics

    since we all like pics
    here's a Pug pic

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    The Pug, beardieguy, the loft and myself...

    here i am
    this guy who works all the time
    livin in a loft full of bikes
    with a bearded dragon as room mate
    its cool...my buddy

    AsanaCycles is now a registered domain
    hopefully i can do something with it
    I'd love nothing more than to promote the Bike Life
    maybe help offset my rent
    cut down on my hours at my current job
    its about bike life
    simple life
    some yoga

    here's a pic
    Pug, Moto Rapio, and the Beardie Guy

    peace...d

    thanks Hairllama for the + comments.
    " And yes, Devo helped me choose the Pug as well, Surly should give him the 1st Big Dummy off the line as thanks. "
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    HI Devo

    I like checking in on this thread every couple of days, thanks for writing.
    How many miles are you getting on the Endomorphs? Are you more on paved surfaces than on dirt?
    I've ordered a Fatbike from Mark Gronewald up in AK, will be here in the Fall, just dreamin' of bike obesity 'til then...

    Marc in NH

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHpug
    HI Devo

    I like checking in on this thread every couple of days, thanks for writing.
    How many miles are you getting on the Endomorphs? Are you more on paved surfaces than on dirt?
    I've ordered a Fatbike from Mark Gronewald up in AK, will be here in the Fall, just dreamin' of bike obesity 'til then...

    Marc in NH
    I have no idea how many miles are on the Pug, cuz i dont use cyclometers.
    and im by far riding on the pave more than dirt
    in fact....the reality is that i ride dirt between paved roads.
    a Fatbike is super cool
    i dig the Pug
    the Endo's are wearing well
    actually, now that they are smoother, they are not wearing as fast.

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    simply a bike...

    We are drowning in our opulence. Here in the USA we are working ourselves into the ground to make the monthly bills. Car payment, rent, mortgage, insurance, you name it. We chase our collective tails driven by the desire created by marketing psychologists, while in other parts of the world a utility bicycle can help an entire culture.
    Maybe we should look at this dynamic. While one is impoverished economically, the other running ragged to meet the bills. Both suffer a lack of quality of life. The bike is obviously a viable means.
    Here in the US it would reduce our fuel consumption, and use of cars. They would last longer, and wed be more appreciative of the mega convenience. Wed slow down.
    Developing countries would improve their economy by being able to haul things around, like exports to market, or simply to transport the kids to school.
    Somewhere in the middle is a balance.

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    Vanuatu

    In the past ive heard that the London School Economics stated that Bangladesh was the happiest country in the world. The USA ranked somewhere around 90th. the news today is that the BBC has stated Vanuatu is the happiest nation this year.
    So ive always had to ask myself, what makes places like this different from my life here in the USA. I suppose it could be the fragmented society I live in. My parents divorced when i was a kid, our country is at war, myself being a combat vet, divorced twice, and i work a ton.
    Once i heard that $50k/year is the happiness mark in developed countries. Im close. Obviously working full time to rent a loft isnt in that equation.
    what does this say about life in countries like the USA? I think it says that weve been too far removed from our natural state. Weve progressed too much. We run/chase after the bills. We cant manage our time and finances. Even in the work place we are competing with each other. If nothing else, its common place to witness co-workers pawning off work to others. Its a fragmented life for sure.
    I suppose Happy Humans are Social Humans. I once read that ostriches will eat rocks until they die if they are separated from their group. Perhaps that is what we humans do. Rocks being a metaphor. I think ive taken my share lumps.
    where is this community of happiness? Im afraid we cant afford it.
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    Pugs goes to market...

    sold my Ksyriums
    Pug goes to market...
    the day was full of running all over town, doin errands
    i had grabbed the Ksyriums, took off on the Pug and thread my way thru traffic on Lighthouse Ave in Monterey
    holding 2 wheels in one hand, slung over the shoulder
    steering with the other
    between cars...
    track stand
    chit chat in traffic with the peeps in their cans...
    bike life

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    Good Old Days parade

    I just got this pic today
    it was shot during the Good Old Days parade here in Pacific Grove
    I was asked to ride in the parade representing Sustainable PG
    you know...its the bike life thing.

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    on shoes...

    ok...
    this is really silly
    but its a FIRST
    what?
    ya...a first
    I've been using Sidi shoes for a long time. 13yrs?
    a year ago or more, i decided to buy a set of Sidi Dragon SRS shoes
    SRS?
    Sole Replacement System
    i thought to myself..."COOL"!
    cuz i wear my cycling shoes so much that i thought SRS is a good idea!

    I like that the soles on the Dragon are more rubbery than previous Dominators
    after just a few months, i broke off a rear lug on the heal
    so i my step was now tilted. like when your boots are really worn
    i went out and picked up a SRS kit.
    Sidi wants something like $70 for the kit!
    CRAZY!
    intantly i thought to myself, "How is this better?"
    and, "in the world of marketing, that is so smart. for instance, road shoes and look pedals, require a plastic cleat, which of course wears out. In the couse of a year, I'd go thru about 2 sets of road cleats if I was only riding the road bike. when it comes to MTB shoes, the cleats are metal, so there is no need to replace cleats. So for SIDI once the shoe is sold, the user doesnt dole out any more cash to SIDI. Now with SRS system SIDI has the opportunity to not only sell shoes, but also replacement parts for wear and tear."
    I do like the sticky rubbery sole of SRS compared to the hard often slippery sole of Dominators. Try carrying your bike across a wet log. whoa! with the sticky rubbery sole of SRS its all that much easier.
    in fact, i really dig the pointy, cleat like pattern. my SIDI's have proven to be one of the best shoes to scramble up a steep embankment. did SIDI have any of this in mind? Probably not. In the world of shoes, and bicycles, I imagine they are focusing on pedaling, and not mountain climbing.
    My reality is that i often wear my MTB shoes more than regular shoes. especially since i dont own a car. so everywhere i go, i'm wearing my SIDI's
    i guess this turning out to be a SIDI ad.

    well, i had bought the SRS replacement kit. my buddies at my LBS kicked me down a deal on the kit, cuz i was so blown away that those little plastic, made in Italy, fancy shoe parts were going for $70, that they let me off light(ish).
    being the cheapie that i'm growing to be these days, cuz i'm more and more resenting working for someone else, every penny spent, i figure is a penny lost, and obligated to my job, i let the kit lay around, until just yesterday.

    the shoes were finally so worn, with broken lugs, etc, that it was just sad i was walking around like that. Yesterday i replaced the soles. Other than the above, i am totally amazed that SIDI didnt include the stomp pad to replace. Like for $70 msrp wasnt enough $ to include that little 3inch piece. wow!
    all in all...I'm happy to have new soles, now i stand straight without having my feet pronate/supernate (i forget which wich is which)

    the situation does scream out to have AFTER MARKET parts made for SRS.
    or
    simply, pick cheaper shoes.
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    Poetics
    by Ryan Masters


    California

    Burned by your chaparral
    box canyon brushfires,
    shaken as a baby
    in St. Andreas arms,
    we have danced upon your plates
    and lain buried in unmarked
    mudslides beside the bones
    of those Indians not found
    in any Mission records.

    California,
    the lighted exit signs shine
    from the corners of your darkened
    theaters, we are up the nowhere
    staircases down the shrinking
    hallways of your Winchester
    Mystery Houses. At home
    among the disorientation
    of your cloverleaf freeway ramps
    and business park sprawl,
    we were born on any one of your
    ten thousand El Camino
    Boulevards.

    In your deserts littered
    with chunks of turquoise,
    obsidian arrowheads and the ground
    glass of coolie opium vials,
    we have dug through your strip
    mine tailings, sailed cold dark water,
    the flow of your underground
    streams, your seeping fissures,
    your water flowing upwards
    into deep ocean trenches
    to bathe your cabezon and monkey eels,
    your fragile, catacomb-structured
    jellies which hurl themselves
    upon your shores and glisten
    like puddles of mercury
    in the sand.

    In your blonde hills
    teeming with thirsty garrapata
    and the crowns of oak,
    where Ishi and his wise sadness
    finally descended to Parnassus
    long after the gold was gone,
    we have sunk our heads
    into your skin and drunk
    of your buried sluices, rusted
    pans and busted bottles,
    your shovelheads, your
    decayed handles, hands
    long ago grated raw
    while screening flakes
    of a hidden dream
    through the 1/16th-inch
    mesh of our desires.

    Among your woodpiles
    alive with black widows
    which crawl out onto our arms
    like shiny bulbs of blown obsidian
    when we carry your grape stakes
    from one end of this property to another,
    in your Fertile Fields
    of sharp boundaries and lines,
    we were fed upon the calluses
    and folksong of migrant labor
    from a Golden Age of pesticides.

    We have weathered the wind,
    the arch and crash
    of your boom times like winter
    waves in deep northern
    bays where tides rip
    through thunderous mist
    and the dazzling light
    of low-rise sun,
    we’ve witnessed the infants
    clinging to your breast
    of steel and brick
    like things revealed
    on a minus tide, their mouths
    spray-painted wild with murder
    and renewal.

    And after each gold rush
    we hosed the blood back
    down the storm drains
    and into brown Bay
    Delta of rich black soil,
    its water still and warm
    and sticky, big mouth
    bass hovers fat and calm
    in the Central Valley sky
    while we wait for the thunder
    to peel all the way to Fresno
    from here.

    We have sucked your fumes
    and held our breaths
    while we polished the detailed chrome
    on our automobiles,
    we have lost our minds
    wandering your deserts
    with empty birdcages
    of wrought iron,
    we have developed
    skin diseases
    to bask by your side.

    California,
    we have fallen
    so desperately
    for our reflections
    in your sun bright
    and winking eye.


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    NYC has it goin on!

    http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/...ar-free-parks/
    NYC has it goin on!
    remove car space, and create people space
    ya!
    thats what im all about
    i once read that there are about 5 registered vehicles per licensed driver in the USA
    freaking CRAZY!

    check out Donald Shoup.
    http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/...-parking-guru/
    he's an Urban Planning Professor at UCLA
    heck-a-smart guy
    common sense
    duh!
    "I dont see why people have to pay market rents to
    live in a neighborhood, but the cars should live rent
    free...you have expensive housing for people, and free
    parking for cars, you have your priorities exactly the
    wrong way around." Donald Shoup
    [url]http://www.streetfilms.org/archives /dr-shoup- parking-guru/

    this guy rocks!
    maybe my new hero

    further more he says something like, they did a quick study in Soho, and 29% of the cars are looking for PARKING! CRAZY!

    often i start to dream of a Go-One Velomobile, and then i think...parking.
    Velomobile? = Bike morphed to be a car?
    eee gads
    why would i want that?

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    and so it goes...

    so it goes that bikes keep coursing thru my life
    to the extent that im pushing them out the doors
    scored a Monocog 29er awhile back
    had a buddy in mind
    score!
    made a couple of bucks
    with that cash, i leveraged my long time (Army buddy) buddy out of his barely used CX bike.
    CX bike going down to LA to my brother
    my brothers live right off of Melrose ave
    one works over at PowerPlant Choppers
    another works in Venice at Spokes-n-stuff, wrenchin on rentals i guess
    about a year ago i had sent him a FS Trek Liquid
    then a bolt on rack, with a set of panniers
    so it goes that he's ridding from Melrose/Fairfax area down to Venice
    me thinking and knowing in my head that he'd be better off on some skinnies
    but Dylan would just eat up a road bike
    bunny hops
    manuals
    his inner-city upbrining was totally just that
    roller blades, grinds
    BMX bikes, MTB's hucking off of ledges
    jumping 80 some odd steps at Fairfax HS, etc
    a road bike is way too subtle for Dylan
    not to mention just way to "twinkie"
    lycra?
    pure laffs
    get all roadied out?! no way man. not my bros
    so possibly a CX bike

    as for me, my Fondriest is just sitting
    i rode it about a week ago, just to actually get out on a road bike
    a set of Ksyriums i had for it, went via eBay
    and now i'm eyeballing it, like those old cartoons, 2 vultures in the desert, dinner plates for eyes.
    in a way its ashame to strip it down, and get rid of it
    but the reality is that i'm not ridding it

    what do i ride the most?
    the Pug of course
    why?
    its the durability
    reliability
    panniers
    wheelies
    and going anywhere at anytime

    i've got a DISS sitting that should go too
    its a pimp SS

    while my life is very simple these days
    its not as complex of owning a car, driving to go ride, etc
    instead its the daily run around on the bike
    therefore i'm on bikes with utility in mind
    mostly im running around in a set of baggie knickers
    i'm again back into Dickies, for the $ how can you bet them?
    other knickers (shorts, baggies, whatever) are super cool
    but sometimes i stop to question my logic in the $ out of pocket
    im getting older
    im getting cheaper
    living on powerbars, cliff bars, oatmeal, etc
    those boxes of bike food that i'd get back in the day...those days are gone
    i distinctly remember a bike life where i was living off of those things, as that was what floated thru my simi-sponsored bike life.
    a life of daily cliff bar consumption
    i'd eat anything that was tossed my way. if it was free, i was eating it.
    swag bags from races...
    now its grocery bags
    the staple more like real food, fruits, veggies, maybe some muffins from the bakery
    but thats about it. OJ is good.

    so bike life has obviously morphed
    this mode of the last 3yrs seems to be staying put
    perhaps one day life may morph again
    i can only hope that the simplicity stays
    or maybe my ego could be healthy enough to deal with more complexities, and yet still maintain the blissful sense of ease found in my "Simple Bike Life"

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    Oooo....gold chain
    thats extra bling
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    pug

    some pics for ya allz....

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    days go by
    each i ride to and from
    its in those rides where i'm most content
    its the inbetween that grates
    my heart squirms
    my mind starts to feel hate
    i think that says something
    that is, im supposed to be on the bike
    with one wheel as the drive
    the other primary brake
    that too can be aloft
    as my mind and heart search for that too
    i wonder why i even hang around
    its simple
    get on your bike

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    its easy

    see its easy
    ride to the store
    pick up a soda
    free reads on the stands
    ride, relax
    do a wheelie

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    You have tread again!

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    some pics for ya allz....

    peace...d
    I'm curious what you run for tire pressure on the trail? I've been fooling around with it and right now I run about 11 in the rear and 9 in the front and like it. This bike makes me lazy in some ways because I'm not as concerned about lines but at the same time I have to control the steering more than just letting it flow. The front likes to climb up off camber trail, and leaning into turns is a little different with this bike but I'm getting use to it. I'm suprised how light it feels for a 33 pound bike.

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    im not all that micro about the psi
    i was at first, and played around with it all, a bunch
    now-a-day i just ride
    i use my thumb/heel of hand to test tyre pressure
    im thinkin that im at about 20 in the rear and around 10-15 in the front

    i've found that the endos wear faster at lower psi
    and now that they have smoothed out, they seem to be wearing a lot slower

    my daily is that the Pug could be hauling anything at anytime
    so i tend to keep the PSI up a bit
    lol
    try 4 panniers full of groceries, with the tyres at sub 15psi
    its fun
    its cool
    its a trip
    its squirmy
    "heavy steering" is what i remember once reading somewhere

    sliding both wheels thru a turn is super crazy/fun on a Pug

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    im not all that micro about the psi
    i was at first, and played around with it all, a bunch
    now-a-day i just ride
    i use my thumb/heel of hand to test tyre pressure
    im thinkin that im at about 20 in the rear and around 10-15 in the front

    i've found that the endos wear faster at lower psi
    and now that they have smoothed out, they seem to be wearing a lot slower

    my daily is that the Pug could be hauling anything at anytime
    so i tend to keep the PSI up a bit
    lol
    try 4 panniers full of groceries, with the tyres at sub 15psi
    its fun
    its cool
    its a trip
    its squirmy
    "heavy steering" is what i remember once reading somewhere

    sliding both wheels thru a turn is super crazy/fun on a Pug

    peace...d
    Yeah I messed around with pressure a little today as well. I rode from Spokane to Cheney for ice cream on a rails to trails that I haven't ridden in years. I remember hating the 5-6 inches deep loose rock on the trail but was cruising it today probably between 15-17mph. I met a couple guys going the opposite way who were on cross bikes and hating it- I felt sorry for them as I rode off smiling. One thing I did notice is that as the heat of the day came the tires for much firmer. I guess that makes sense since 1 psi makes a huge difference.

    I need to make some adjustments to the bike now that I have a couple weeks on it. I noticed the front hub bearings are a little loose and the cranks have a slight clunk which I suspect is just a matter of tightening the bearings as well.

    Not sure about that flag on that shanti above me. It kind of creeped me out but I am just miles from the former neo-nazi center of their little universe.

    Guess I'll edit this and upload pics later- the site isn't letting me at the moment.
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    ft. ord

    check out the latest Devo exclusive for AsanaCycles.com
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    Asana Cycles Podcast

    Asana Cycles is now on iTunes!
    Asana Cycles Podcast!
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    This is great thread. I've skipped around a bit and enjoyed your stories.The pug is a beautiful machine. I hope I have the chance to put a few miles on one someday. How did you like the Cane Creek ends? It looks like you eventually got rid of them. They look pretty nifty while not being so obtrusive like other ends I've seen. Keep doing what you do, brother. You do it well. Take care, and God bless.

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    croscoe
    thanks
    I love being on the bike
    the Cane Creek bar ends are great. I have yet another set, on yet another flat bar, that I had used on the Moto Rapido.
    but i TOTTALY DIG the Titec H-Bar
    it ROCKS!
    but...
    uhh...
    i kind of think I'd like to try those funky shimano "flippy" levers.
    XT for mech discs?
    then i get to do a new rear derailer too...hmmm
    i dont know
    i like the X.O triggers a bunch.
    i just wonder about that "flippy" motion
    and how nice and clean it must look
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    on panniers, xtracycle and simplicity...

    Im always amazed with panniers. Bikes, panniers, life on the bike, and simplicity. The other day I used the Xtracycle to haul a 2xdbl wood folding chair, and a 10gal aquarium i had also hauled home.
    sometimes Im amazed how light a set of panniers can be, yet how much they can handle. I was once amazed when i had stopped by a hardware store on the way to work, and bought a big-ol bottle of glass cleaner, only to have the spray gun nozzle come off of the bottle, dumping everything into its lone pannier. I was amazed because i was at work for 8hrs with the bike in a bike locker, standing on its rear wheel. Nothing leaked out! I didnt even know. It was when i got home, and unzipped the bag to get out my bottle of glass cleaner, when i discovered the mess. Mess? No problem. I then simply removed the bottle from the pannier full of blue window cleaner and simply poured it back into the bottle, spun on the spray nozzle, and wiped clean the pannier with a paper towel. Holy smokes! Even got a cleaned up bag out of the deal. whoa! panniers amaze me. flips my lid! simplicity, bike life style, most of the time is to simply not have the need to haul around a bunch of stuff.
    Tonight i stopped by the grocery store and this is what i stuffed into the rear panniers. $25 later.
    the Xtracycle is super cool too. Its totally amazing how much you can haul with an Xtracycle and a set of wideloaders. You can haul as much as you care to.
    with the bike life, what Ive found over and over again, is that its about the simplicity. on that note, its come to a messenger bag or panniers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    ok...
    this is really silly
    but its a FIRST
    what?
    ya...a first
    I've been using Sidi shoes for a long time. 13yrs?
    a year ago or more, i decided to buy a set of Sidi Dragon SRS shoes
    SRS?
    Sole Replacement System
    i thought to myself..."COOL"!
    cuz i wear my cycling shoes so much that i thought SRS is a good idea!

    I like that the soles on the Dragon are more rubbery than previous Dominators
    after just a few months, i broke off a rear lug on the heal
    so i my step was now tilted. like when your boots are really worn
    i went out and picked up a SRS kit.
    Sidi wants something like $70 for the kit!
    CRAZY!
    intantly i thought to myself, "How is this better?"
    and, "in the world of marketing, that is so smart. for instance, road shoes and look pedals, require a plastic cleat, which of course wears out. In the couse of a year, I'd go thru about 2 sets of road cleats if I was only riding the road bike. when it comes to MTB shoes, the cleats are metal, so there is no need to replace cleats. So for SIDI once the shoe is sold, the user doesnt dole out any more cash to SIDI. Now with SRS system SIDI has the opportunity to not only sell shoes, but also replacement parts for wear and tear."
    I do like the sticky rubbery sole of SRS compared to the hard often slippery sole of Dominators. Try carrying your bike across a wet log. whoa! with the sticky rubbery sole of SRS its all that much easier.
    in fact, i really dig the pointy, cleat like pattern. my SIDI's have proven to be one of the best shoes to scramble up a steep embankment. did SIDI have any of this in mind? Probably not. In the world of shoes, and bicycles, I imagine they are focusing on pedaling, and not mountain climbing.
    My reality is that i often wear my MTB shoes more than regular shoes. especially since i dont own a car. so everywhere i go, i'm wearing my SIDI's
    i guess this turning out to be a SIDI ad.

    well, i had bought the SRS replacement kit. my buddies at my LBS kicked me down a deal on the kit, cuz i was so blown away that those little plastic, made in Italy, fancy shoe parts were going for $70, that they let me off light(ish).
    being the cheapie that i'm growing to be these days, cuz i'm more and more resenting working for someone else, every penny spent, i figure is a penny lost, and obligated to my job, i let the kit lay around, until just yesterday.

    the shoes were finally so worn, with broken lugs, etc, that it was just sad i was walking around like that. Yesterday i replaced the soles. Other than the above, i am totally amazed that SIDI didnt include the stomp pad to replace. Like for $70 msrp wasnt enough $ to include that little 3inch piece. wow!
    all in all...I'm happy to have new soles, now i stand straight without having my feet pronate/supernate (i forget which wich is which)

    the situation does scream out to have AFTER MARKET parts made for SRS.
    or
    simply, pick cheaper shoes.
    That just does not look like $70 woth of sole in that package. They should be ashamed of themselves, I can buy a weeks groceries for that.
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    shoes or food...

    Quote Originally Posted by Critking
    That just does not look like $70 woth of sole in that package. They should be ashamed of themselves, I can buy a weeks groceries for that.
    its just way too expensive for my tastes anymore. the world of marketing has found my breaking point. Hopefully once this set of SRS soles wear out, i'll ditch the shoes completely.

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    Hey Devo. Any new adventures/stories?

    When you go on camping trips, how do you protect your bike/belongings? One of the only things keeping me from doing this myself is being worried about getting ripped off. Also, do you use a solo tent, or just throw a bag on the ground?

    I broke down and bought the Cane Creek ends. They're a little expensive, but man-o-man they work so well. I'm totally digging them.


    Check out this wacky looking bar. Have you seen this one?
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products

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    on camping....

    not much has been going on with me these days
    Im fed up with my job
    and the round and round life that I ended up living again.
    I'm tellin ya...as the days keep going by, the days i lived out of doors
    that 1.5yrs living with out residence, every day being outside
    every night sleepin on the ground.
    I miss those days

    these days i just keep working
    the money piles up
    but it looks like i will be moving to SoCal and help out my grandparents

    the way i seemed to live my Semi-Pro Hobo Live was to have an objective
    that is...i had a destination in mind, maybe with a loop route planned.
    Mostly I like to use one of my Kifaru Tipis http://www.kifaru.net/TIPI.HTM
    i happen to have 2 of them
    one is a 4man (in the picture)
    the other is an 8man...its like an appartment, large enough to have chairs
    in both Tipi's i can fit my bike, gear, et al
    plus they each have a wood burning fire place, and clothes line up top to dry/warm your clothing.
    pure luxury!

    the last couple of times i was out of doors i simply took my NorthFace Marathon Solo tent. I also have a nice Kelty Clark Tent that I'd swear by. its a kick butt solo tent.

    but really the Tipis put everything to shame.
    they truly are living spaces. the bottom (the hem) rolls up, and allows you to let it vent from underneath, and they also have HUGE doors front and rear.
    the stove you can cook directly on the metal.
    tipis are all about the way you can let them vent. its beyond super cool!

    my favorite mode is to pack up a bunch of junk, and haul it until i was pretty much exhausted over a day or two, set up camp, and park it there for a few days. Hopefully its a place with a creek. I'd sit, eat, read, relax, and head back to town once the supplies get low.

    I once lived for over 30 days just out of my Chrome messanger bag, Kremlin size. I crammed my down sleeping bag into it, a small tarp, and ThermaRest, JetBoil stove, etc. All of this on my single speed.
    i suppose that was my ultimate expression of simplicity. it was good.

    the Cane Creek Barends are really great, and i dig the Thudbuster.
    Cane Creek is another one of those companies that i think are pretty cool. it seems like their product line is quality, solid, and pretty sensible. I even had liked their crazy radial laced XC wheels. better than Spinergies by far.

    so for now....
    my memories of Hobo Days are becoming more and more just that; memories.
    it seems like Ventura is calling me home
    its been 20yrs since i left and i guess i should go home, spend time there, etc.
    so Asana Cycles could be going to Ventura, Ca
    imagine the Pug on the city streets of Ventura
    but there is a lot of beach
    OMG the beaches! I can think of my old haunts at McGrath State Beach
    but the Bicycle Lifestyle in Ventura could be a whole new thing for me.
    ironic, cuz of course thats where it all began for me, as a kid 11 years old on a new blue 5-spd Schwinn cruiser with rear drum brake, Le Tour generator light set and Schwinn rear rack.
    ffwd 28 years, its the Pug

    either way, things are good. I have a couple of bucks stashed back.
    im anxious with my job these days
    and I'm patiently waiting on getting some product to sell thru Asana Cycles
    all the while, I've managed to get a new iMac and i think the website is better than ever. Im just anxious to have it operating as a business.
    Ventura could be a good place it. i have ideas.

    peace...d

    im amazed i can watch TV thru a USB tuner. what...?
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    I wonder how many bikes you could daisy-chain together w/ those trailgator things to move'em all down the coast.

    I like the trekking bars but am considering 'just' barends for my risers for now ('cept the trekking bars cost less than most of the barends, though I do actually have some spare barends lying around but haven't checked the diameter yet).

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    my buddy comes to town, says "lets go for a ride"
    cool
    uhhh...dude...ride your road bike
    what?
    me?
    road bike?
    sigh...
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    no hands, no bike

    uhhh...dude
    where is your bike?
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip8nozp7vs8

    Is this guy for real? Wow, I guess I've really lost it. Being that I don't own a car.
    I have to laugh. Bicycles are a viable form of transportation. Not only that, you'd be amazed with the quality of life that the simplicity of Bicycle Lifestyle brings. Its not easy. For the most part our infrastructure in America is geared toward the Car Life. Cars cost use lots of money. For that money we go to jobs. Job = need car = Job. I'm not saying to quit your jobs. What I'm saying is that when we CHOOSE to live close to work, groceries, etc, and when we choose to ride a bicycle for transportation, suddenly our quality of life is better. In our cars we are separated from our community. we are encapsulated in our own little worlds. we loose touch with our environment. We zoom around too fast, all the while we spend our money = time = our lives, paying omage to The Car. Now dont get me wrong. I used to love cars. I've had my share of hot rods, and nice new cars too. 3 years ago i was in a head on collision with a drunk driver. Totalled both cars, my then new Honda Element proved to be an awesome car to crash in. I happen to be a cyclist of at least 20 years, so i had decided to quit my "Car Habit". Viola! suddenly I dont spend money like crazy. You'd be amazed to what extent we are dependant on cars. In a way, it is sad to see us as a society so incapable of simply riding your bike to the grocery store. its as if, we'd simply go into crisis if we didn't have our cars. if a person spends more than 10% of their take home pay on motorized transportation, I'd seriously think twice about that. Especially when you look at banks these days that are giving a solid 5% on CD's. Imagine 5% on $20k. Imagine 5% on $20K for a car for 5yrs. Now think about that 5% on $20k in a CD for 5 years. if a person could choose their debt, would you choose a mortgage or a car payment? Did i just compare buying a house with buying a car? uhhh...ya
    every time you use a car, this is what we encourage. The way a person spends their money is their most significant vote.
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    My 6 yr old goes to local loosy goosy hippy dippy neighborhood school, they are all about community and stuff, and a recent newsletter bemoaned (rightly enough I suppose) parents who just drop their kids off at the front and leave w/o taking them into the building, when they could bond w/ other parents while walking from the parking lot in the back! That's the choice? Not as much bonding walking from bike rack to school (shorter walk), but it happens. Plus you get a better shot at interaction w/ the neighbors biking to the school.

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    no job

    after 14yrs of service, I've quit my job
    its a trip
    good thing I had already quit and un-quit once before
    and its a good thing I've gone over it a million times before, in my head.
    14yrs of employement at one place, I've discovered is a significant amount of invested energy.
    its a trip to sit and not have an income...

    I've been here in Monterey since Jan of 88'
    I left home 9/7/87
    20 years ago
    and it blows my mind

    on my DD form 214 it states my first day of Active Duty was 9/8/87

    it blows my mind to realize 20yrs has gone by.

    I remember when i had a Torelli 10spd and I'd ride from the barracks on Ft. Ord into Monterey.
    I remember riding my 1989 Cdale MTB and practicing land navigation.
    so much has changed in those years.
    a pic of me in front my old Motor Pool, and not to mention Ft. Ord has been closed for probably about 10 years now.
    time just flashes past.
    all the places I've lived here in this area
    the people i know
    the places im leaving
    god help me...
    how will i be with out Big Sur?

    after 20yrs I'm heading down to Ventura to spend time with my grandparents.
    my grandfather will be 88 at the end of the month.
    i better spend time while its here to spend.

    I suppose the catharsis is like a bonfire
    the life is built up
    at times there is the old, the memories, the past
    as if the kindling
    at times there is the current
    the living, the thriving
    life has its tendancy to organize itself into some kind of pattern or system
    as if the fuel/wood pile is organized prior to the blaze
    as fires like chaos
    my life is not totally structured
    chaos the fibre that connects
    suddenly friction, heat an ingnition source is present
    if not mearly lightning in natural weather

    the right conditions
    spark
    combustion
    a blaze
    the settling of coals

    I am finding that this catharsis of leaving Monterey, my job, my life...
    and to move back to Ventura...
    is a roller coaster

    this time next month I should have a Ventura Pug Report
    the beaches!


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    Best to you on your move and the next chapter in your adventure!

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    its not a dummy

    this is pretty cool
    i placed a shorter stem and cane creek barends on the Xtra.
    geez...i wish the BD was out
    gotz another H-bar too
    but it looks like the cables are too short.
    i just want to build a new rig...
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    The extracycle appears to be a very useful tool. Is it possible to loft the front wheel? Bunnyhop? If so, you're my new hero. Next to Mr. Chuck Norris.

    Good luck on the move, Devo. I hope that we'll be hearing from you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by croscoe
    The extracycle appears to be a very useful tool. Is it possible to loft the front wheel? Bunnyhop? If so, you're my new hero. Next to Mr. Chuck Norris.

    Good luck on the move, Devo. I hope that we'll be hearing from you soon.
    bunny hops morph into some kind of funky wheelie...
    and you cant loft the front wheel to go over the smallest of street curbs.

    but it is fun to run at speed with some cargo...
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    When is that Big Dummy going to come out?

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    last i read its due this winter
    but i keep thinking maybe spring
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    xtracycle on wharf

    here's a night shot of the Xtracycle on the commercial wharf last night, in Monterey.
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    My big dummy reminds me painfully of my Montgomery Ward tandem... minus the stoker.

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    bats

    i managed to get this shot last night.
    its more difficult to snap a pic of a bat than it seems...
    i'm obsessed with complex shape of its wings, and of course how fast they can turn
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    on the Daily....

    so it goes...today i finally had to get groceries
    as it goes, that im moving this month, im tryin my best to eat up all the groceries around, so its less to move...
    but there comes a point where i want treats like....SODA
    its off on the Xtra today, basically just so that i can play with hauling a bunch of stuff.
    Sunday afternoon, lots of people at the stores, and I park the bicycle right up front, no hassel to find parking, etc.

    there it is...a bunch of liquids, not too much of a load, but still fun @ 20mph, stand up on the pedals, hold the saddle with your knees, and let go of the bars, hands out wide...
    in traffic to boot

    too fun!

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    pics to keep ya goin...

    some cool pics i shot
    just somethin to keep ya allz goin

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    i need to work on getting one of these!
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    It's a Pug plane!

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    more pics

    since im moving, i've been out shooting a bunch of pics
    here are a few from the last few days.

    enjoy...

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    Devo Ventura...

    Devo Ventura
    I made th move
    and i've finished day #2 in town.
    wow...
    i left Ventura 9/87
    its been 20 years now
    its a trip
    cuz everywhere i go its Deja Vu, but in Ultimate Reality
    its beyond a trip
    yesterday i made the 300 mile drive
    and unloaded the U-Haul truck
    this morning I dropped off the truck
    and took off on the Pug for the first ride here in Ventura.
    here are some pics
    Ventura seems to be perfect Pug land
    its so flat here and the beach goes on and on

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    Very nice. Nothing like a change of scenery to make things fresh... or to refresh in this case.

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    Beautiful.

    For the amount of beach riding you got in up north, will get in in Ventura, did you framesaver the frame, or is it just aging gracefully w/ attention to cleaning?

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    its powder coated + has frame saver, even in the racks.
    i think im liking ventura.
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