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    for sale

    anyone in SoCal interested in buying this rack?
    $50
    come and get it.
    no delivery
    no shipping
    you pick up
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    today im in a goofy mood
    delirium tremens?
    ventura is flat!
    where is the bike culture?
    omg
    today i sold off my R/C gilder stuff
    a fist full of cash
    the roads here have bike paths everywhere
    yet, hardly anyone rides the bike
    concrete islands
    encapsulated in cars
    cars-r-coffins
    am i jonesin?
    Talking Heads goes thru my mind
    "Once in a Lifetime"...
    You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
    You may find yourself in another part of the world
    You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
    You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
    You may ask yourself; Well...How did I get here?

    cars are driving me crazy
    sometimes i feel like im in a mideval jousting
    cars are crazy
    and i just want to put on my helmet
    maybe a cattle prod of sorts on a lance
    car dissabler! 30sec pause
    or bump cars as if in a crit

    SoCal craziness...

    Big Sur
    to SoCal
    = Big Crazy!

    peace...d
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    big brown
    early Santa

    THANK YOU SURLY!
    THANK YOU SURLY!
    THANK YOU SURLY!

    baby got new shoes!
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    25 months!

    I started riding The Pug in Oct of 05'
    25 months later, i got new tyres
    the same set of tyres for 25 months!
    wow
    tyres that have been in service over the most varied duties of any demand
    a demand encompassing my "Bicycle Lifestyle"
    you all know that gig

    its about being on the bike
    its about simplifying your lives
    its about a quality of life that ensues from the simplicity of being on the bike
    the quality that radiates from those moments while pedaling
    its the moments when my dad is freaking out, as i pedal The Pug, big-ol-new tyres, face level wheelie
    ding, ding, goes the bar bell
    oh come on pop!
    dont you remember when you were happy
    those happy times, when you skid your bike in the driveway
    what its like to have full expression
    some say improv
    i say genuine

    kids ride by the house
    i point out those happy smiles
    i point out how we learn to be unhappy, that is a secondary nature
    the bike gives you the vehicle to blow that junk away
    pedal
    blow away the cob webs in your head
    exhaust your self until your legs wobble
    until your hands cant shift
    until you worry about where you are
    get lost
    push the limits
    be free
    find your way back
    and do it all again
    and again
    the old adage, sleep, eat, ride, repeat
    put reciprocating effort into circular motion
    the BB is the center of the universe
    its the center of our practice
    its the point where we convert to forward motion.

    rubber to the ground
    new shoes
    and new tubes
    a world of difference

    amazing tyres, they are, those Endo morphs
    an amazing bike The Pug
    a company that shines in my heart

    what more could i possibly say?


    Ride bikes
    be well

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    Wow that's pretty impressive for that amount of road riding. Do I see the belt starting to show thru? Yeah I bet you were getting flats. I think I stretched the bead on my front when I switched wheels out with the fork. I swapped it to the back and it wobbles just as bad as it did in front even with a different tube. Bummer but it works fine- I was just concerned with it in the front since the tire only clears the fork by about a quarter inch each side when its straight.

    No snow here yet- just more rain. The way the soil is here you don't want to ride when its muddy because even with the pug you can damage the trails. So it looks like another day on the rollers or a sloppy road ride. Bummer...
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    I'm just curious, but since the rim tape for the Large Marge isn't that great, and using some cloth tape subsititutes is probably an easy fix, but what about using the Velo plugs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    I'm just curious, but since the rim tape for the Large Marge isn't that great, and using some cloth tape subsititutes is probably an easy fix, but what about using the Velo plugs?
    I dont think so because if you look at the width of the lightening holes I don't think the velo plugs are going to work on those.
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    Yeah, I guess if you've got the swiss cheesed version

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    ya i put grip of miles on those tyres
    its funny how i ride that bike
    i guess its a combo of the riding i've done
    im just as at home on the Pug in "road form"
    as i am with panniers, etc.

    as to rim tape, i'll try to find the link i had read the other day. something about some kind of crazy tape they are using. i kind of want to say it was in the alaska forum, or one of those guys had posted it here in the surly forum.
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    by selling my R/C glider stuff
    by chance one of the guys happens to ride bikes
    recumbants
    and we had by chance met at the Ventura Kinetic Sculpture Race

    this morning it was off to met "Sloping Santa" (slope referring to the type of flying)
    on The Pug with new tyres
    and R/C glider kit in my Kremlin messenger bag.

    i pretty much dig any group of peeps that are into bikes
    this group was really fun
    and i really dig checking out all the crazy trikes
    recumbants, etc
    even as i had contemplated buying a velo-mobile at one point
    but opting to hold out
    in my heart, i couldnt bring myself to transform a bicycle into something so car-esq

    i love the freedom of hoping a curb, a leaning the bike up against the front of a store.
    with velo-mobiles, suddenly you are searching for Parking.

    but really, recumbants and trikes are cool
    i dig the engineering
    i dig the peeps

    when people are out getting exercise, engaged in healthy activity
    it does my heart good.

    a majority of the group broke off in Ojai
    while a small group of us went up and over HWY 150 over to Santa Paula
    myself going back home, once at "The East End" of Ventura.
    i think, all in all, about 50 miles on The Pug.

    new tyres
    a new day
    and that old sound of tyres on The Pug
    BUZZZZZ......

    i had forgotten how that buzz was

    another good day on The Pug.

    peace...d
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    bikes, trikes, geeks and things

    more pics

    almost maybe like a modern Fellini-esq moment

    once while doin a 24hr solo race, i rounded a corner at dusk, to find a uni
    we rode for a bit, me not to wacky yet, senses still about myself, but all the while, 1/2 expecting a bear in a tutu on a ball, with umbrella
    the first time on The Pug in a group road ride, circus was called out

    on the beaches Devo and The Pug often surprise

    today was no different
    Ventura 20yrs later, who'd of thought
    me, The Pug, trikes, geeks, and things.

    welcome to the wacky world of selfpropelled transport
    HPV, the uber hybrid vehicle

    uhhh..dude...its called a bike
    just go ride

    lates...d
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    in my ear

    so what goes thru my ears when i ride?
    amy lee
    check her out
    amazing
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...inment_3481821

    whether its the iPod
    or the cell phone belting out iTunes

    its a toss these days
    Modest Mouse
    or Evanescence

    mostly Evanescence

    either way
    if you use earphones, use technology responsibly
    most places its against the law to have headphones on
    but if you only have 1 earphone in, you can get away with it
    often i like to simply take both speakers and set them in the helmet straps, outside the ears, then turn it up a bit, as to have speakers

    my now old Motorola Rokr is great when on the messenger bag strap, its more than loud

    if listen to music while on the bike, be careful!

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    found the post...

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    I'm just curious, but since the rim tape for the Large Marge isn't that great, and using some cloth tape subsititutes is probably an easy fix, but what about using the Velo plugs?
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    Gaffer's Tape
    Try some Gaffer's Tape. Available from any film/video supply co like Markertek. Peramacel is the best brand.

    It's like a cloth based duct tape that doesn't leave that nasty residue. Also good for sidewall rips.
    http://www.markertek.com/Product.asp...&search=0&off=
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    personally i dont know what this stuff is...
    but maybe it works.
    a shot anyways...

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    3M Scotch Extreme Bi-directional tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    I'm just curious, but since the rim tape for the Large Marge isn't that great, and using some cloth tape subsititutes is probably an easy fix, but what about using the Velo plugs?
    i do know this stuff
    http://products3.3m.com/catalog/us/e...er/output_html
    High performance. Polypropylene backing reinforced with bi-directional continuous glass yarn across length and width. Typical tensile strengths of 150 lb/inch longitudinal and 50 lb/inch width in cross direction.

    its crazy strong
    i learned about it in the world of R/C gliders, as we used it for "hinge tape" to simply tape the ailerons onto the wing.

    i am currently using it as rim tape for my Xtracycle convert, which is using some kind of WTB rim, that is UST capable, but i have regular tubes in it, at 50psi. as i remember i had to cut strips about 10mm wide to fit into the valley of those rims. it drove me crazy, cuz the valley of the rim is so freaking narrow, that velox wont fit, plus the effective rim diameter and/or tyre combos, the fit is so tight, maybe a UST thing, but anyways, i put regular tyres on with tubes, but i have to use soapy water for lube to get the tyre to fully seat. its a mega pain. cuz you could pump the tyre up to 50psi, and still have sections of the tyre bead not fully seated, resulting in some kind of wacky wobbly tyre. its a pain.

    anyways...that bi-directional tape is SUPER STRONG! and a roll of it is pretty cheap. an Endo tube would be fine. if you were ultra paranoid, you could 2xdbl wrap.

    those are my thoughts on tape.

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    about cars...

    too bad this is an anti-car rant

    Vegas...what an amazing accomplishment

    and yet, this is what we choose

    what are we doing?

    here's a pic
    those cars
    for those peeps
    those peeps into that bus
    those peeps onto those bikes

    go ride your bikes

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    Kar Kulture

    Dev, I heard this old William DeVaughn tune yesterday- while his imagery is comical the underlying message still rings true. One thing's for sure, those were simpler times alright!

    Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
    Gangsta whitewalls
    TV antennas in the back
    You may not have a car at all
    But remember brothers and sisters
    You can still stand tall

    Just be thankful for what you've got
    Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Gangsta whitewalls
    TV antennas in the back

    You may not have a car at all
    But remember brothers and sisters
    You can still stand tall
    Just be thankful for what you've got

    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean

    Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
    Gangsta whitewalls
    TV antennas in the back
    You may not have a car at all
    But remember brothers and sisters
    You can still stand tall

    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean


    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean
    Diamond in the back, sunroof top
    Diggin' the scene
    With a gangsta lean

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    caddy

    my grand daddy's caddy
    not mine
    technically at DMV its mine
    insurance is mine
    but its not mine

    had to remind him, that i only drive to shuttle "them" around

    hood like an aircraft carrier

    but you'd never guess this

    i think its getting about 20mpg!
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    No good

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    hood like an aircraft carrier...
    And waste fuel like a warplane

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    its SO that generation
    hwy were developed for the military to get troops to key places
    then came the private sector
    "big daddy war bucks"
    Caddy
    chevy
    AM General
    hummer
    when i was in the army they use to say D.I.C.K. = dedicated individual committed to kill
    (how crazy is that?) that was the way it was
    so when AM General released the H2 and they sold like crazy
    i always envisioned bumper stickers
    Hummers are for D.I.C.K.S. in "stencil font"
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    i hope not
    my apologies up front
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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    its SO that generation
    hwy were developed for the military to get troops to key places
    Not a new "concept" the Qin Dynasty and the Roman Empire build complex roadsystems,
    similar to hwys today, for the same reason

    And there is nothing to apologize

    "PC is most a apology for cowards, not to say the ugly truth"

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    far out
    silk roads
    Li Mu-bai
    Yu Shu-lien
    the green destiny
    manchus
    manchu warriors of 2/9 Manchu 7th I.D. Ft. Ord, Ca 1989
    bikes
    VC
    ho chi minh trail
    bikes
    bikes vs napalm
    and we never learned the "skill"
    the skill of bicycle

    the first posture
    the first asana is to simply balance and pedal
    the skill of the bicycle which ultimately may lead you to liberation
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    I'll have a cup of tea and tell you of my dreaming.

    Blondie

    Dreaming


    When I met you in the restaurant you could tell I was no debutante.
    You asked me what's my pleasure, "A movie or a measure"?
    I'll have a cup of tea and tell you of my dreaming.
    Dreaming is free.
    I don't want to live on charity.
    Pleasure's real or is it fantasy?
    Reel to reel is living verite.
    People stop and stare at me, we just walk on by; we just keep on dreaming.
    Beat feet, walking a two-mile.
    Meet me, meet me at the turnstile.
    I never met him, I'll never forget him.
    Dream dream: even for a little while.
    Dream dream: filling up an idle hour.
    Fade away, radiate.
    I sit by and watch the river flow.
    I sit by and watch the traffic go.
    Imagine something of your very own; something you can have and hold.
    I'd build a road in gold just to have some dreaming.
    Dreaming is free.
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    Crumpets!

    A Stokemonkey equipped extra long Surly thingie (forgot that thing's name)? That's awesome! And that knobby, huge, skin walled tire in the front, what is that? A new Endomorph? Beautiful.

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    That needs some Ben-Hur style blades coming out of the hubs.

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    Idea! Tire Pressure for Pugs??

    Anyone have a good tire pressure to run on the Pugs with the Surly Endomorphs??
    This would be for ICE AND SNOW conditions.

    I have them about 25psi right now, and the roads were pretty icy yesterday. It is a dirt road, with lots of ruts- very slick!! It actually put me down a few times during the commute.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    A Stokemonkey equipped extra long Surly thingie (forgot that thing's name)? That's awesome! And that knobby, huge, skin walled tire in the front, what is that? A new Endomorph? Beautiful.
    Thats an old pic off of the Surly blog, from 2/07
    gum wall endo
    nokian in the rear on a 24" LM

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    being the way i am
    i also subscribe to the rootsradicals yahoo group
    its all about xtracycles

    today i was up at 4am to get dad to the hospital for his bladder surgery
    and as it turns out....
    heck! he's home!
    discharged!
    blew my mind!
    so there i was until about 1pm

    pop has some post op care meds to get
    so i park the caddy
    cuz i dont like to drive, unless of course its to shuttle someone
    and i can hardly stand that

    anyways, i hop on the xtracycle to get my groove, my daily dose of bike time, etc
    on the Rootsradical forum, some talk about stokemonkeys, speed, etc came up
    there i go, dribbling away as i tend to do
    next thing i know, im typing away about 35mph road bike sprints
    all true
    Ventura is so freaking flat that im runnin mostly my big ring these days, and 1/2 way down the cogset mostly
    on the xtra im using those last 3 to 4 gears ALOT
    on The Pug its often the same, but 44x11t on The Pug is pretty dam fast
    i once was pulling a road group on a slight decent for about a minute when a buddy came up to relieve me, "Devo thats a solid 44mph. Strong pull."

    Saturday i was up and around Ojai and down to Santa Paula, The Pug ran in that same combo for a good long time. Cars didnt pass all that much faster, and it was all thumbs up, as they gawked on past.

    today on the xtra i was runnin errands
    Ventura bike paths are kind of wacky
    at times they are on the sidewalks, using crosswalks, and those ramped corners
    other times they are on the side of the road
    either way, i dont mind, but the ramped corners kind of suck at speed, especially as drivers have a tendency to put their cars right in that spot waiting to jump into traffic

    on Victoria Ave, the bike path is on the sidewalk
    it sucks
    a grip of strip malls on either side
    cars making right hand turns into the driveways
    and cars pulling out
    i know this
    so i opt for the road
    and that puts me in the 2nd lane a bunch, as a bunch of the cars are making those right hand turns into the strip malls.
    so its the Xtra in traffic at speed
    44x11t spun out in traffic and using the right lane or the second lane, depending on traffic behavior.
    the speed limit on that road is 40mph.
    it has a slight descent, lots of cars, lots of draft, and maybe a bump or knock on the window to make my space.

    so it goes, that i dream about a Big Dummy Rohloff hub, big ol thick chain, and maybe a road triple up front. lookin for that 53 or 56t chainring, and maybe a smaller cog on the hub.
    stupid fast is what i can see

    heck, im not even a strong guy
    i know some guys that can put 1350watts to a powertap hub
    can you imagine that on a stripped down BD with The Monkey?
    OMG!
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    jonesin for the outdoor fix

    also jonesin for tipi time
    i keep eyeballin the Ojai, Santa Paula areas.

    the golden cone is an 8 man (like an apartment, mega huge)
    the other a 4 man, still really big

    and of course you can cook, and stay warm

    nothin like being selfpropelled in gods country

    i think i feel somethin tuggin at my heart strings
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    Have you ever taken the tipi (and stove) away camping on the Pug?

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    1.5yrs

    Quote Originally Posted by jesusburger
    Have you ever taken the tipi (and stove) away camping on the Pug?
    i lived in that golden cone for 1.5yrs out and about, in the Ventana Wilderness, and Big Sur.

    its my HOME
    its my sanctuary
    its sacred space
    its like on the bike

    no matter what, tipi time, transcends just about everything

    i took the brown one once up to the Marbles, west of Weed, Ca
    for about a week

    one of these days, i could simply go on "The Never Ending Tour"
    out of doors
    out of bounds
    away from it all

    its the place for me

    i've spent a fair amount of time in them

    the best!

    peace....d

    i am a cone head
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    another LA trip

    new tires are awesome!
    wow, the ride is so smoother

    some pics from the Thanksgiving Holiday

    i jumped on the MetroLink in Montalvo and went to LA again.
    an easy trip
    a fun trip
    and wow...
    traffic in LA is CRAZY!
    CRAZY
    mega traffic

    on the way home tonight
    the train was about empty
    i about feel asleep
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    blah blah blah

    on thanksgiving my brothers and i are sitting on the steps drinking coffee, and i notice something "odd" on The Pug. My shifter. "when did I loose this?" i ask myself. Oh well. seems that part of my XO rear shifter has vibrated loose and fell of into never never land. I wonder how i will go about replacing it? i guess photos and email.

    last night, as I've become addicted to Craigslist
    i find a 2003 Trek 4500 listed.
    this morning i run over and pick it up
    score!
    $140 for the bike
    nice guy too
    he had bought it for college, but never used it.
    instead it sat, and it shows, it has some rust, and the chain was covered in dust/lint.
    i rode it around a bit, and handed over the cash.

    strap it to the xtracycle and off i went
    the young guy and his new wife were amazed
    i always enjoy those kind of reactions
    very similar to The Pug.

    so today i scored this MTB on the cheap
    with thoughts of giving yet another bike to my brothers, maybe with the BOB trailer
    or maybe pick up another Freeradical and turn it into an Xtracycle.
    either way...how can you go wrong with a $140 MTB?
    after washing it up, repacking the bearings, tuning it, etc.
    its a rockin deal!
    heck...
    i like it
    i like it alot
    spinin around the block in my slippers

    but what it really needs is a rigid fork
    probably an Instigator fork
    we'll see

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    Nice score, bro.

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    thanks to Mike at UniversalCycles
    Mike has found the cover i need for my XO shifters
    QBP, SURLY, Universal Cycles
    you guys ROCK!
    bikes for the masses, that way i say!

    woohooo EVERY ONE RIDE BIKES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    thanks to Mike at UniversalCycles
    Mike has found the cover i need for my XO shifters
    QBP, SURLY, Universal Cycles
    you guys ROCK!
    bikes for the masses, that way i say!

    woohooo EVERY ONE RIDE BIKES!
    Yeah I love the guys at Universal Cycles. When I lived in Portland I rode within a couple blocks of their old shop and it was really easy to stop in there. Its a really cool shop and the guys like Mike and Josh are awesome. I helped them move to their new location a couple blocks from Chris King HQ. Eventhough I don't live there anymore, the LBS's here aren't that great so I still buy from Universal. Sounds like an ad I know- but for an online store they are hard to beat. I hope they never get too big to still have great service.

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    Heh, that's great

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    on thanksgiving my brothers and i are sitting on the steps drinking coffee, and i notice something "odd" on The Pug. My shifter. "when did I loose this?" i ask myself. Oh well. seems that part of my XO rear shifter has vibrated loose and fell of into never never land. I wonder how i will go about replacing it? i guess photos and email.

    last night, as I've become addicted to Craigslist
    i find a 2003 Trek 4500 listed.
    this morning i run over and pick it up
    score!
    $140 for the bike
    nice guy too
    he had bought it for college, but never used it.
    instead it sat, and it shows, it has some rust, and the chain was covered in dust/lint.
    i rode it around a bit, and handed over the cash.

    strap it to the xtracycle and off i went
    the young guy and his new wife were amazed
    i always enjoy those kind of reactions
    very similar to The Pug.

    so today i scored this MTB on the cheap
    with thoughts of giving yet another bike to my brothers, maybe with the BOB trailer
    or maybe pick up another Freeradical and turn it into an Xtracycle.
    either way...how can you go wrong with a $140 MTB?
    after washing it up, repacking the bearings, tuning it, etc.
    its a rockin deal!
    heck...
    i like it
    i like it alot
    spinin around the block in my slippers

    but what it really needs is a rigid fork
    probably an Instigator fork
    we'll see

    peace....d
    I'll bet you turned some heads from folks in the street on the way home. Good. People need to know what is really possible on a bicycle. I read your page where you had like 200 pounds of wood on the back. That was sweet.
    Keep it up, man. You're living the dream.

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    ventura continues to trip me out
    SoCal weather
    rain that i guess was, but not even worth mentioning since my arrival
    bicycle facility is awesome here
    tons of bike lanes
    lots of places to park bikes, usually
    i love all those nice green "bike ribbon" type bike racks
    i still trip out on how the bike lane will actually switch between road and sidewalk along the same road. Telephone Rd.

    but what i am discovering is that Ventura is this huge bedroom community to LA, therefore its like a non-stop garage sale.
    i scored that pretty nice Trek. I guess i'll totally go thru it. wheels, new cables, and all. I keep wanting to put an instigator fork on it, etc.

    performance is right here, and its crazy how cheap things are
    i picked up a set of deore wheels on Rhino Lyte rims 32H 3cross
    conti town and country tyres
    slime tubes
    a new deore rear derailleur
    and a set of flat pedals with SPD mech on the opposite.

    at home i bust out the wheel tools, even put a tensiometer to em, tryin to get the wheel as nice and even as fuss-able.
    cuz my goosh...you could go round and round on this kind of stuff.
    anyways...new wheels and tyres, pedals, and rear derailleur

    gee that Big Dummy keeps on my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    gee that Big Dummy keeps on my mind.
    You and me both, brother...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    gee that Big Dummy keeps on my mind.
    Ain't it purdy ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mangoman
    You and me both, brother...
    Me three !

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    this is my xtracycle convert
    my cdale f900, i think its a 1999 or 2000 model
    gone thru a bunch of parts

    i couldn't resist any longer
    a new wheelset deore on Sun Rhino Lytes
    new tyres and tubes, conti town and country with slime tubes
    new pedals, platform on one side, SPD on the other
    and a new deore rear derailleur

    this is one cool ride

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    Very cool!
    I just started rebuilding my Xtracycle conversion again. Its very similar to yours.
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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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    i seem to rememeber

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    Very cool!
    I just started rebuilding my Xtracycle conversion again. Its very similar to yours.
    oh ya...
    a cdale
    with speedcity wheelset
    right?
    i can almost visualize the pic(s) you've posted

    so i've opted to ditch the speedcitys
    i felt that it was too much abuse to dish out on the daily

    i had a set of DT 240 hubs laced to some WTB rims on it, and i didnt like that too much either. again...nice wheelset, but too lightweight for the use.

    im much happier with the $120 deore to Sun Rhino Lyte wheelset.
    and i think i might be on a "city slickers" tyre kick.
    those T&C tyres are really nice....wow....slime tubes and all!

    i especially like how when i first get on the bike and the wheels are all "loppy" like...
    they have a funny rhythm to them, from the slime being in one place in the tube
    as you ride a bit, they "self balance" and how fun is that?
    a bit like an extra gyro or something.

    and funny how the 2yrs on The Pug has changed my perception of effort.
    everything is easy and fast to ride.

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    I switched from the Speedcity's as well. Loaded down, the bike didn't feel very stable, plus I was concerned about damaging them.
    I'm on the stock wheelset that came with the bike and added Maxxis Hookworm tires. They are heavy, but I doub't I'll get a flat...plus, I'm hoping they help stabilize the bike when loaded.
    I have a Down Low Glow kit on it as well. I'll try to get some pictures tonight.
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    Ooo
    "Hookworm" tyres
    im all about wanting to buy a set
    lookin at the 2.5" wide set
    maybe to put on my Salsa Moto Rapido
    since i will now be selling the set of Crossmax UST that i had on it previous

    it seems to me, that as my "bicycle lifestyle", the daily practice is changing
    secondary to the environment
    i guess a sort of evolution or whatever

    so it goes that here in Ventura, i am mostly on the pave
    pave full of debris, and the dander of our daily civilized lives

    Town and Country tyres with slime tubes have seem to fit the bill
    long gone are 23c road tyres on a pair of Zipps
    long gone is the necessity for a decent knobby tyre

    utility is the function
    and that my friends, i believe is so very much understated in our ability to ride bikes.

    so what do you think of the hookworms?

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    Hookworms...

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    Ooo
    "Hookworm" tyres
    im all about wanting to buy a set
    lookin at the 2.5" wide set
    maybe to put on my Salsa Moto Rapido
    since i will now be selling the set of Crossmax UST that i had on it previous

    so what do you think of the hookworms?

    peace...d
    Good tires. Heavy though (although coming from the Pug, I doubt you will notice much). The cool thing is that the "tread" wraps all the way around the tire, from bead to bead, so you can lay the bike down pretty low in a corner. They are stout though and with slimed tubes, it would be pretty tough to get a flat. You can run 'em up to 65 psi too.

    I think they work best with a fairly wide rim - the stock rims on my Cannondale are a bit narrow...I'm hoping it doesn't cause a problem.
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    I am a big apple fan. They top out at 2.35 but I live in fender land and stick to the 2.0s. Other people must like'em too, they seem to have raised the price. Anyway, they roll really well even down to low pressure. They have proven really tough for me too, and plenty functional on dirt.

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    i took a little jaunt up the road this afternoon
    up towards Ojai and back home.

    the new wheels seem pretty nice.
    they just roll, and roll, and roll

    so im thinkin about those 2.5" Hookworms to mount up to my Salsa Moto Rapido. that ought to be interesting.

    here are some pics

    as im getting ready to take off for a ride, grandpa is outside raking up the leaves. 88 years old! raking leaves. My grandpa rocks!

    Xtracycle up near Ojai under a sycamore tree
    and a big ol hawk that let me snap a pic.

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    Xtracycle

    Not a great pic, but I snapped this tonight.
    Just finished putting it back together.

    The green glow is the Down Low Glow kit.

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    That is one bad ass rig! I'm really regretting selling my xtracycle last spring. I need to start saving to buy a Big Dummy when they come out.

    Mojoe

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    Not a great pic, but I snapped this tonight.
    Just finished putting it back together.

    The green glow is the Down Low Glow kit.

    Peace

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    Big Dummy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojoe
    That is one bad ass rig! I'm really regretting selling my xtracycle last spring. I need to start saving to buy a Big Dummy when they come out.

    Mojoe

    Jenson has them ready to pre-order:

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Frameset.aspx

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojoe
    That is one bad ass rig! I'm really regretting selling my xtracycle last spring. I need to start saving to buy a Big Dummy when they come out.

    Mojoe
    Thanks for the good words.

    Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it.

    8" Avid mechanical discs, 2.5" Hookworm tires, Profile Carbon bar ends. XTR pedals.

    I'm going to replace the snap deck with my longboard, a mod I've seen done by a poster on Ridemonkey.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    Not a great pic, but I snapped this tonight.
    Just finished putting it back together.

    The green glow is the Down Low Glow kit.

    Peace

    so cool!

    a much nicer cdale than my rig

    and i totally dig the down low glow kit

    so FYI: there is a yahoo xtracycle group
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/

    and a new Facebook group too:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5932417577

    sometimes i start to think that maybe the headshok in my cdale is about done. its been 8yrs and only cleaned up and serviced ONCE.
    i think it loses air pressure sometimes, or maybe its just in my head.

    nice rig!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    Thanks for the good words.

    Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it.

    8" Avid mechanical discs, 2.5" Hookworm tires, Profile Carbon bar ends. XTR pedals.

    I'm going to replace the snap deck with my longboard, a mod I've seen done by a poster on Ridemonkey.

    Cheers!
    HOOKWORMS 2.5"

    awesome!
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    Od Green!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaker
    Jenson has them ready to pre-order:

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Frameset.aspx

    yes!

    the Big Dummy is OD Green!

    i couldnt be happier!

    OMG

    OD GREEN!

    yesssss!
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    went for a little road ride today with the locals
    still tryin to get aquainted
    the roads here are jacked up
    the locals and their group skills/etiquitte are new to me

    last time i rode with a roadie group here, i got bumped a bit, but no biggie

    this time
    its my inattention and false security with this particular group
    next thing i know, im doin the Superman towards the pave
    me!
    me?
    me...
    me...smack to the pave
    and i do mean SMACK!

    so what do you do when you are back in your hometown
    things the same, but somehow different
    pace lines are not at all
    more like a few guys riding too close on sketchy roads

    what do you do?
    watch Breaking Away of course.
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    Gear Em Down Low

    I built my Pug with the lowest front sprocket possible and a nine speed rear derailer. I'm happy with this and I use the lowest gear quite often in deep snow, steep hills, rough terrain, etc. The pugsley feels to me like an all terrain vehicle, an ATV, a dune buggy, a four wheel drive truck with oversized tires. It likes to go slow over ridiculous terrain. This is FUN by the way riding over rock piles trees garbage etc. There is something strange about this bike that brings out almost a different sort of person in me. A kid probably but I often find myself sort of WANDERING around riding over the top of strange things and through odd places. I've done a fair amount of spontaneous trespassing with it. Maybe I shouldn't say that here. Anyway if you like FUN in your biking as opposed to pure speed I say buy one fast! I recommend the lowest gears possible on the sucker. This bike has really made the difference for me in getting out doing winter riding.
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    So...

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    Thanks for the good words.

    Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it.

    8" Avid mechanical discs, 2.5" Hookworm tires, Profile Carbon bar ends. XTR pedals.

    I'm going to replace the snap deck with my longboard, a mod I've seen done by a poster on Ridemonkey.

    Cheers!
    This baby is up for sale by the way. PM me for details.

    Its not practical for where I live (high traffic, high crime) - its far easier to grab the hardtail and messenger bag.

    Cheers

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    oh man!

    http://carryfreedom.com/bamboo.html
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    i hear ya

    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    This baby is up for sale by the way. PM me for details.

    Its not practical for where I live (high traffic, high crime) - its far easier to grab the hardtail and messenger bag.

    Cheers
    in the realm of simplicity and the bicycle
    ultimately its the messenger bag
    and i suppose a single speed

    my Kremlin bag is all that and more
    a modern day hobo's bag
    sub genre gone cult and now corporate green fashion statement

    i once played hobo sleepin in the bushes as i like to often do
    with just my SS that is now for sale, and that Kremlin bag
    i think i did that for about 2months.
    hobo out of a Kremlin bag and a SS is pretty hardcore
    im not too sure if i could do it for too long.

    so whats up with selling your xtra?
    today i was out on mine and i kept thinking about buying yours....
    like...uhhh....dude (me talking to myself) arent you supposed to be reducing and simplifying even more yet yet?
    right...
    i already let my Bititan go yesterday to a good buddy who lives in Big Sur, so its beyond well appreciated.
    but yet, i just bought that Trek 4500...and what am i gonna do with that?

    and of course i instantly think of buying your Cdale Xtra convert and having it sent to my bro Dylan in LA

    ahhh....but the question is this?
    is he ready for something like that?
    as he says, "i am not Pug worthy"
    and i recently just gave him his Trek CX bike
    and to my amazement...
    the wheels are still true! holy smokes Dylan, and the rear tyre even has a bunch of wear on it, cuz he's doin +100miles/wk commuting to work.
    WORK?
    yeah! my bro is working and riding a bike! wow! i can only hope to get him on a tour.
    blow the congestion out of his head and body. the junk that seeps in from the LA environ.

    even me, here in Ventura, Northern LA, as i call it...
    here i am...in this sink
    to my fear...adapting

    and i keep telling myself, "life is what you make it"
    and i keep thinking of all the buddhists in crammed places, with only a closet space for sanctuary...

    now im rambling...


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    south of the boarder?

    im thinking maybe i should put together a 2-4 week bike tour to Mexico and back?

    spring time?

    some say go to Sea Otter

    i say...enjoy the warmth? south of the boarder?
    how does that work?
    me thinks best safety in numbers...
    but then again...its probably safe enough.
    be nice, and mind your manners...???

    or am i loco?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    in the realm of simplicity and the bicycle
    ultimately its the messenger bag
    and i suppose a single speed

    my Kremlin bag is all that and more
    a modern day hobo's bag
    sub genre gone cult and now corporate green fashion statement

    i once played hobo sleepin in the bushes as i like to often do
    with just my SS that is now for sale, and that Kremlin bag
    i think i did that for about 2months.
    hobo out of a Kremlin bag and a SS is pretty hardcore
    im not too sure if i could do it for too long.

    so whats up with selling your xtra?
    today i was out on mine and i kept thinking about buying yours....
    like...uhhh....dude (me talking to myself) arent you supposed to be reducing and simplifying even more yet yet?
    right...
    i already let my Bititan go yesterday to a good buddy who lives in Big Sur, so its beyond well appreciated.
    but yet, i just bought that Trek 4500...and what am i gonna do with that?

    and of course i instantly think of buying your Cdale Xtra convert and having it sent to my bro Dylan in LA
    The Xtracycle is a great tool...but the way things are right now, where I am, its very difficult to use. I'm in a very high traffic area without a lot of bike-access. Its far easier to just use my Kremlin bag. The Xtra is too awkward. I figure in the future, I can build up a Big Dummy if I want to.

    Its just a shame to see it sit, not being used when it is such an awesome ride.

    If you are really interested, PM me.

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    Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    south of the boarder?

    im thinking maybe i should put together a 2-4 week bike tour to Mexico and back?

    spring time?

    some say go to Sea Otter

    i say...enjoy the warmth? south of the boarder?
    how does that work?
    me thinks best safety in numbers...
    but then again...its probably safe enough.
    be nice, and mind your manners...???

    or am i loco?
    Read the journal entries on http://www.ridingthespine.com
    That should give you a good idea of what to expect down there.
    Very cool idea!

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    i need to just STOP
    and GO!
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    lookie what i pulled out of my jug-o-change
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    Wow...that's a lot of change...
    I think I only have $20 in mine...

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    just stop, and let's GO!

    so first off...

    A BIG THANKS TO MIKE AT UNIVERSAL CYCLES!
    thanks for scoring the Sram XO part(s) for The Pug.

    today was spent somewhat bickering with my grandfather over the silliest of things, like the $20 added DSL bill, and when i give him money he turns it down.
    Pop is getting tired of me being around...
    so im continuing along the path of selling things off...
    with The Big Bike Tour in mind.
    Hobo notions
    maybe my bro Dylan too
    as he's getting really fed up with all the LA bs that comes from the peeps he's working with at The Counter in Santa Monica on Ocean Park Way.
    http://www.thecounterburger.com/santamonica/
    ya thats right...
    the crew there givin my bro a grip of hard times over riding a bike, etc.
    what a drag
    and i know my bro, sometimes things just dont work out.
    dishwasher...
    what a drag
    just stop...

    but ya know...
    i can relate
    its a car's world out there
    and sometimes a person can only take so much of our Pop Americana Lifestyle
    most people cant relate to the inner personal growth path taken on a bike...
    much less even stop to think about their actions...

    my bro i love him too much to hear him endure this junk
    so as his big bro, of course, i tell him, "just quit your job Dylan, we'll go on bike tour"

    ahhh...the fantasy of two brothers on a Dharma Bum-esq journey
    we kids, were separated when our parents divorced in 1980
    me with my dad, growing up in a van
    my siblings with my mom, whom married the family MD
    only to have him blow away one of his ex's
    so as i know, he's in Soledad serving life
    while my sibs grow up in Hollywood at risk
    the classic inner city, un-directed youth,
    god's grace, their "sweet dispositions" have kept them from major harm

    me at 39, dylan at 33
    we are really for a first time in our lives getting to actually spend time together
    and my youngest bro, Dallas, of Power Plant fame, and Vogue magazine
    he was all of about 2 years old when the fam split
    so really our rapport is solely working on the intuitive nature of family
    in reality we dont even know each other
    but there is that commo between the lines that only family understands

    so i talk to Dylan this eve
    and his voice crackles with frustration
    solace and sanctuary in the bike as he's come to know
    my rantings of Tipi life have him close to the hook

    and i muddle over the details
    like, xtracycles, bob trailer, Pug, or what?
    the cognitive assessing the situation.

    back to earlier today
    i drug out my bucket-o-coins
    my pirates bounty as i like to call it
    pulled $100 in quarters out of the blue Sterilite bucket
    with mega change still to go

    Grandpa wont take any of my $
    but i see a twinkle in his eye as i speak of leaving and going on bike tour

    the 23" iMac that is 6 months old i think i will sell
    as AsanaCycles.com as a biz is not moving, rotting in the ship yard so to speak
    the old iBookG4 should go too
    as well as maybe this MacBook
    sell it all
    new MacBook with Leopard to come?
    reduce, go for new

    i worked on the bikes today
    and i cant decide if i like working on bikes as much as i do riding them
    its all part of the life
    its all the same of sorts

    that crazy Fondriest road bike with Zipp wheels carbon one piece handle bar, Record groupo, i think is on its way out the door.
    piece it out, sell it!
    same goes for Moto Rapido...sell it! piece it out
    even my Bianchi DISS i have listed here in the classifieds, i hope to sell it soon too.

    leaves me with my xtra and The Pug
    The Pug i dont think i will ever let go
    the xtra, i dont know

    Big Dummy a blip on the intel radar
    but yet to be seen
    and when?
    two brothers on dummies?
    Dos Dummies?
    who's the bigger dummy?

    or simply pick up KavuRider's Cdale convert
    Dos Converts?

    at a time of such family volatility
    me sans employment
    pinching the pennies
    the pile-o-cash stacked
    but in perspective of a person's well being on the time line of life...
    pretty damn risky
    somewhat like repelling out of a UH60 in the middle of the night for a fire mission
    esprit de corps
    motivation
    discipline
    and the synaptic responses of repetitive traing

    i know this...
    i can show him
    and things will be well
    ride bikes, be well

    when life is crazy
    there is always the bike
    and you can always just ride away
    search for that Utopia
    Shangri-La is there, somewhere

    41K hits on this thread reinforces that notion
    a huge community of cyclist
    the bicycle a vehicle that really can transform the world
    a person just has to ride it
    simplify
    i feel the call tuggin my heart strings
    if not now, soon, then it will never be.

    the years of Sport faded away
    no more races for me
    24hr solo, no more
    crits, no more
    centuries, club rides, etc, those days faded too
    training in essence
    for the day when you simply ride away...

    i can only hope that it is soon.
    December is upon us...
    California aint rough right now, but NorCal can see some hail, and big wind, lots of water.
    Big Sur can pound at you...
    perhaps better to spend the winter finalizing and heading out come spring.
    Spring is so far away...

    peace....d
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    yard sale...

    this wheelset for sale $500 plus shipping
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...t=13843&cat=10

    Mavis Crossmax SL UST disc brake
    comes with 3 sets of tyres
    2 sets of Pythons
    1 set of Mutano Raptors
    and a single Maxxis Wormdrive
    all UST of course.

    also Bianchi DISS 17.5" $600 plus shipping
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...ct=13326&cat=5
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    Jericho ring on the DISS?

    Purdy!

    I've seen it's mother. The very CNC machine that brought it forth and all. Excellent work that guy did. I hope he fires up the shop again. Is that the same as the one on the front page of your site? Keep it off the high curbs and logs. They don't like that at all. I've seen one become PacMan-like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    Purdy!

    I've seen it's mother. The very CNC machine that brought it forth and all. Excellent work that guy did. I hope he fires up the shop again. Is that the same as the one on the front page of your site? Keep it off the high curbs and logs. They don't like that at all. I've seen one become PacMan-like.
    yep-ers...Jericho ring.
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    6 yr old wanted to ride the trail-a-bike to school this morning rather than his own bike. That was OK 'cause 3 yr old went w/ mom to/from her daily activities, so I don't have to worry about the trailer (primary complication in my own bike life, can't take both kids in different directions independently at road speed, can pull her in the trailer while he rides at 4mph on the sidewalk, or him on the road on the t-a-b, but then no trailer, not both w/o stopping at home to change gear anyway). The centuries etc... seem like fun but not really for this kind of time. It's all about the journey more than the milestone events. I'm trying to tell that to a coworker who wants me to run a half-marathon w/ him.

    Tangentially, I am curious if a package from Univ Cycles is waiting at a truckstop below the Chehalis River rolling over I-5:



    or if the delivery people will do the crazy detour through Yakima.

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    quiet possibly so

    wow mega flood
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    big news of the day is...

    my bro Dylan has given notice at his job!

    so bike tour is closely approaching

    meanwhile...

    pop got his lab results from the biopsy of his bladder tumor
    high grade III (on a scale of 1 to 3) Urethelial Carcinoma
    next follow up is March sometime.

    so there it is...
    boy do i have my hands full now!
    2 grandparents, my dad, and my bro
    grandpa with macular degeneration 88 years old
    nana with Alzheimer's 85 years old
    pop with cancer at 62 years old
    and my 33 year old bro, dishwasher, with his manic bi-polar-esq episodes

    but i do know this...
    on the bike..
    ITS ALL GOOD!

    so Dylan will chill out On The Road
    i will get time away from the homestead
    dad is still doing his daily things...
    nana and grandpa are in pretty good health, as they live pretty much unassisted

    but it will all come to a climatic juncture, im sure!

    so here i go...
    sell off more things
    get light
    and take my bro out on the bike a bit

    at first we are going to try a few little jaunts
    2-4 day trips
    a two day trip is basically an out and back
    how far can that actually be?
    and from Ventura, Ca? man...that aint nothin, it would probably take about 3 days in one direction to get to anywhere...
    that is anywhere i'd feel is "God's Country"

    thats the biggie at the moment.

    meanwhile...
    i've got this really nice bearded dragon, Mr. Zeardie Boy, that needs to find a new home.
    anyone in the SoCal area that would be interested?
    as much as i'd love to take him on the ramble, its simply too cold for him.

    peace...d
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    Devo,
    Sorry to hear about your Father.
    I hope everything works out!

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    things will work out, they always do
    as pop says, "it is what it is".

    meanwhile, today i took off to run errands
    took out the xtra, filled up 2 BOB trailer bags with groceries
    and stopped to pick up Chinese Food for 4 on the way home.

    last night i ghetto rigged an alum Titec stem to the seatpost, clamped in a cut down Easton CT2 flat bar
    put the Chinese food in a duffle, bungie netted it to the snapdeck/handlebar that is actually functioning primarily as a bump stop.

    all good!
    Grandparents had BBQ Pork and Chicken
    yeow!
    with chow mein
    pop eats ANYTHING
    me...back to my veggie ways...phew!

    how i dream of that BD!

    i need to just give this all up, and one day go on a big ol tour and homestead in Arcata, Ca.
    i think that is a community that i'd fit better in.
    or Portland

    me thinks to myself, maybe, just maybe, after all this comes to a head, and after i get my sister and her kids into a house, and i gotz the trust all squared away, just maybe (big pipe dream) then maybe, i could take Dylan to UBI, refresher for me, and maybe i could coerce him into the bike biz.

    he loves bikes, so maybe instead of dishwasha (Dragon, The Bruce Lee Story. Dishwasha!)
    he could be parts-box-a

    its a dream

    gots to keep pedalin

    you know..."right effort"

    JesusBurger, "thats Devo. He's a fat tyre evangelist".

    i guess so...i never knewd it...but i guess its true.

    i can feel a new thread comin on

    if we had 2 dummies, we'd be the compliment


    lates....d

    Chinese food was good!
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    Ventura ramble

    took The Pug out today
    740am to 130pm
    some stops for social time, i guess

    from here on the east end of Ventura
    to old town, met a group of roadies
    funny the dichotomy here

    so it was up to Ojai, around Lake Casitas and out onto the coast around Carpenteria
    then home.

    another group of roadies approached from the rear
    and i decided to hop into their group, they were nice enough to let me hang in
    44x14,13&12t as they'd let me take shelter

    along my way after everyone parts to find their cars, and stash away their carbon bikes, etc, i meander in my rambling ways.
    my fav bike way...no agenda, a nice rhythm i settle into, no mind, no real direction, no thinking, and i find myself home.

    all in all, me thinks a solid 60miles.

    my mind and heart pulls towards Arcata.

    i see lots of peeps here in their cars, mostly single occupancy vehicles, going way too fast, pull into the liquor store, pack of smokes, gas station, etc.

    its so SoCal

    I look around, and wonder, where are all the peeps?
    a myriad forms of human existence
    and this one here in SoCal has got to be one of the strangest i've ever lived
    not settling too well in my heart

    Ventura, a bedroom community to LA
    like barracks
    honeycombed dwellings
    asylum to your lot

    there is no nature here
    the peeps buz in their cars from door to door
    parking strategy a primary skill here

    rains wash the oil, and glass along the roads...
    puddles in gutters cluttered in trash
    no puddles of mud
    no banana slugs
    no deer
    not a fox
    nor a raccoon
    and i'd be agasp to see a trout leap

    i miss those old ways
    and even then Ft. Ord converting into another strip mall
    Best Buy, Walmart, and the lot of that...
    i left just in time
    but to what? this sea of strip malls?

    and i wonder of what value of what appreciation there is of me here.

    a family that doesnt see the value of a bicycle life
    nor of the natural world, other than that which produces plywood, to build and paint, therefore to rent, and yield the dollar. bondage another form of husbandry at hand.

    why is the dollar all that there is?
    today i mentioned i heard a buddy bought a new Lotus
    a girl says "I love those cars, they are HOT!"
    my look said it all, dismay
    the group taking notice of my dickies, Pug, racks, and Cars-R-Coffins water bottles
    someone says...whats that look about?
    did you guys know there are about 4 registered vehicles per licensed driver here in the US?

    there is nothing special about a car.
    they are everywhere

    a person living their life thru a bicycle is rare

    my eyes scan the sea of Treks, Team Discovery, all the lot
    sport and sensationalism
    human bill boards?

    a buddy said to me something along the lines, these days it seems to be the line of delineation is pre or post Lance.

    my heart sank, you know i think that is true.
    so much of our Pop Americana world is caught up in achieving our so called goals
    so much of our time is lost in the fantasy of tomorrow, and the memory of yesterday.
    right down to the seconds.

    the sacred space spinning pedals, of no mind, free to be, the simple notion of helping make the world a better place, often seems to me to be lost.

    something is amiss

    Arcata is on my mind.

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    It's gotta be hard living in those places. Pedal on.

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    Hey Devo,
    Sorry to hear about your father. Good luck on that one.
    Sounds like Ventura is getting to you. Stick it out Bro. Family is important, and whether they are showing it or not, I'm sure they appreciate you being there.
    Just keep on pushn' those pedals and see where they take ya. You won't be in Ventura for ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    things will work out, they always do
    as pop says, "it is what it is".

    meanwhile, today i took off to run errands
    took out the xtra, filled up 2 BOB trailer bags with groceries
    and stopped to pick up Chinese Food for 4 on the way home.

    last night i ghetto rigged an alum Titec stem to the seatpost, clamped in a cut down Easton CT2 flat bar
    put the Chinese food in a duffle, bungie netted it to the snapdeck/handlebar that is actually functioning primarily as a bump stop.

    all good!
    Grandparents had BBQ Pork and Chicken
    yeow!
    with chow mein
    pop eats ANYTHING
    me...back to my veggie ways...phew!

    how i dream of that BD!

    i need to just give this all up, and one day go on a big ol tour and homestead in Arcata, Ca.
    i think that is a community that i'd fit better in.
    or Portland

    me thinks to myself, maybe, just maybe, after all this comes to a head, and after i get my sister and her kids into a house, and i gotz the trust all squared away, just maybe (big pipe dream) then maybe, i could take Dylan to UBI, refresher for me, and maybe i could coerce him into the bike biz.

    he loves bikes, so maybe instead of dishwasha (Dragon, The Bruce Lee Story. Dishwasha!)
    he could be parts-box-a

    its a dream

    gots to keep pedalin

    you know..."right effort"

    JesusBurger, "thats Devo. He's a fat tyre evangelist".

    i guess so...i never knewd it...but i guess its true.

    i can feel a new thread comin on

    if we had 2 dummies, we'd be the compliment


    lates....d

    Chinese food was good!

    Portland is nice but it's also a large metro area. It's the #1 bike friendly city according to Bicycling Mag but take that with a grain of salt. Great bike lanes, paths, etc, but the drivers there are pretty agressive. Many of the other cyclists there aren't friendly either. Typical big city though I guess. You should visit Hood River sometime- great biking, mountianbiking, skiing, windsurfing, etc, etc.

    http://www.kgw.com/news-local/storie....7ede541c.html

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    Congrats Yaniv!

    Congrats to Yaniv at Power Plant Choppers!
    3rd place Radical Design at Chopper Fest here in Ventura at the Fairgrounds.

    today was a bit of a roller coaster of a day.

    yesterday i had a decent "bike" day
    so lastnight i had been thinking of another day on the bike, maybe give the road bike another shot, and as Pop and I keep working on an amiable relationship, there we sit, "top side" here on the boat, when grandpa comes up, "Hey Dev, can we go out in the morning? i need to get Nana some new pajamas." "No problem grandpa"

    there went my thoughts of Zipps at +30mph and re-trying to get a group to ride, well...as a group.

    so it was today, errands with grandpa in the Caddy on a Sunday, 15 days before Xmas. much to my surprise, i manage to actually achieve the objective, the mission a success. I suppose all the years of marriage, and simply being with women, at some point i've come to learn how to shop. WHAT?!
    and to my surprise, Nana likes the clothes! even got some funky cool, aqua fuzzy slippers, that she says are so soft, its almost difficult to stand up on.

    "Oh Nana, you have a way of walking round, your feet they never touch the ground."
    she's all smiles. her soft spot. a young man giving her compliments.

    me telling her that Grandpa picked it all out, went out on the town looking all over the place just for her, so her feet can walk on clouds.

    grandpa just smiles, and the day was good.

    phew!

    off to the Fairgrounds on the Xtracycle to attempt to find Dallas in a sea of choppers.
    as if by some kind of family intuitive radar, i round the corner on the bike, "Oh hey!" "dude", "dude", "dude"...laffs

    SoCal has its bennies...proximity to my siblings.
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    last night like a dummy i leave the stopper in the garage sink, midway me washing my cycling clothes, all the while the washer runnin too.

    i go inside to talk to grandpa for a moment, and he starts tellin stories.

    in my gut im anxious, and im thinking its because the garage door is open, its night, the lights are on, and the Xtracycle is not locked.

    when i get back to the garage, i wonder to myself, why i hear water spilling over....

    open the door....

    Arrgghhh!

    the sink is over flowing as the washer is spinning

    slap the stop button on the washer and plunge my arm into the water, while i have my ever so nice Patagonia R2 jacket on. duhh!

    and i laff...

    soapy water all over the garage floor.

    Devian...your a dunce, i say to myself.

    i feel like im 12 years old and have made a big mess. silly

    grab a push broom and start pushing the water out the drive way

    and it occurs to me...

    what do you do with soapy water on a garage floor?

    uhhh....

    move the Caddy...

    and scrub the floor!

    awesome...

    so this morning i've got a really nice clean garage floor, something i had been thinking about anyways...

    i move the Caddy out this morning.

    throw down some dry laundry detergent on any spots on the garage floor, scrub them in, and its all super clean.

    put down some nice new clean cardboard

    a big ol new white cloth drop cloth i had bought awhile back
    a remnant piece of new carpet ontop of that
    and an old wool army blanket ontop yet yet yet
    close the big door to the garage...

    ahhhh!
    Yoga space!
    sanctuary
    sacred space
    wow!

    there i was this morning, ME...doing yoga once again.
    its been way too long

    my grandpa walks in and trips out
    he can hardly understand

    later i go jog for 1/2 hour.
    ME!?
    jog...OMG...that was beyond awkward

    in fact i often think i can ride a bike better than i can walk.
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    I Love My New Tyres!

    i love my new tyres!

    a while back i had said something like the achilles heel of The Pug are the tyres.
    it is also what makes the bike.

    with that said...in retro spect....

    I WAS VERY WRONG
    i was wrong for diss-in Endos, what more could a person ask for? crazy!

    i rode those Endos for 25 MONTHS!

    25 MONTHS! Holy smokes!
    dude, that is mega miles, and mega different terrain.

    so with that said. Endos are awesome!
    and of couse, I LOVE SURLY.

    THANK YOU SURLY!
    I love my Pug.

    today i decided to keep on with my Active Self, and keep a movin
    so it was out on The Pug to ride the beach here in Ventura.
    and wow, to my surprise the beach has changed since i was a kid.
    i mean, the terrain is so much different. rocks galore! when i was a kid the beach was nothin but pure sugar sand. wow, 20 years later, and things are much different.

    some pics of today's ride

    i sure do like the new tyres.
    im amazed how much traction they have.

    like a dummy today, i rode up and over a sand dune area, only to come across an estuary area, so i decide to skirt along the edge, to continue my way.
    like a silly guy, i dont realize that nice shinny smooth, black mud, clam bed stuff, is super sticky. i once learned this in Castroville, Ca when i tried to ride thru an artichoke field.

    so the endo's pile on the layers of mud.
    like a tasty multi layer Death by Chocolate, chocolate cake.
    only after i had been spinning the tyres and gettin my kicks slidin around
    sticky mud picks up driftwood, you name it. oh well...me llamo senior dummy. keep riding, what the heck, go back into the sand too. that should be extra stupid.
    much to my surprise, everything flings off, the drive train totally coated in mud, but i dont care, what the heck, keep on.
    so a testiment to Boeshield T9. i ride all the way home, and not a squeak! so i guess, i've remembered why i carry a bottle of the stuff on my ramblings. and here i was thinking it was because its what i happened to buy. i guess i dun thunk about it b4.

    my fav way of gettin the tyres back up to road PSI, i purposely planed the route, to hit a gas station, and its as simple as that. other wise, i'd be there with my pump, doin The Erotic Monkey Show, on the side of the road, strokin the pump.

    in Monterey, i used to do that show for the girls when they'd flat, me in spandex, all decked out, with road shoes, and traffic lays on the horns passing by. a sight so unexpected, and the zeal i'd put into the show, memories burned into those innocent minds. LOOK AWAY! sometimes they'd tip me at coffee! laffs.

    so the day was a good day.
    yoga, a jog, and a 3hr ramble on The Pug, and oh so appreciative of new tyres!

    since i aint got no job here, i'm on the tight end of things, as i've put A GRIP of my cash into a CD so i'm left with about enough to buy a nice road bike, so its mr. frugal these days.
    lucky me...i had this habit of buying things, thinking that i'd like, it, but when i didnt TOTALLY like it, i'd toss it aside, so it goes i've got his monster duffel bag with cycling clothes in it, and today, i pull out a relaxed fit Pearl Izumi Jersey and a nice green PI fleece-esq jacket.

    uhhh....dude....Happy Birthday.
    i love it when that happens. like finding a $20 in the wash.

    peace...d
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    mud

    endo's like mud too much
    but it shed's off
    i dont think there is any tyre that can handle this kind of stuff
    only clams like it.

    its so sticky, it picks up driftwood
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    somethings you just cant ride

    this stretch of beach is just all rock.
    i dont think i could actually ride it.
    the rocks are pretty big.
    therefore i decided to go up and over, only to find a nice clam bed that i was silly enough to ride along...duh!

    fun tho...
    or maybe not...
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    ramble now

    classic Ventura pic
    the pier
    and the Channel Islands in the distance.
    Anacapa Island i think.

    my fav way to put road PSI in endo's.
    find an air hose!
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    uhhh...

    uhh...
    now i like to ramble
    now i like to dream of being a hobo

    the bike behind The Pug has way too much stuff.

    im way to prissy to be that ghetto.

    as a kid, my parents divorced, my dad is a house painter, and one day, everything changed. real fast!
    suddenly we were living in Hotels, on bicycles, then into a van.
    being homeless happens
    and it can happen to almost anyone.
    the way we deal with life challenges says a lot about ourselves.

    i have a soft spot for hobos
    and i get sad when i see things like this.
    obviously a person with this much stuff, is probably beyond showing the simple path.
    much different than the hobo i taught to make a small reflection stove, with small fire, string twine, pitch his tarp, find a tin can, boil water, and suggest he clean up, to prevent ringworm.

    i hope i never get that way.

    if i am ever without residence, without finance, and without family, i pray to be the yogi on the path.

    see...there is a big difference.
    everyday takes effort
    it takes effort to get up
    it take effort to evacuate your bowels.

    therefore, it is prudent to practice "right effort".

    peace...d
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    homeward

    headed home...

    the dichotomy of Ventura is a little bit too much for me to witness at times.

    sunset with million dollar homes, palm trees line the roads.

    and i think to myself

    those hobos, bound by their dysfunction

    these home owners bound by their finance

    i wonder of the coercion at the work places
    the stress of modern family life, 2 cars, kids, schools, groceries
    $5k/month to make ends meet
    60/yr to skate by
    are we drowning in our decadence?

    Jack Johnson, Symbol in the driveway

    i've got a symbol in my driveway
    i've got a hundred million dollar friends
    i've got you a brand new weapon
    lets see how destructive we can be

    i've got a brand new set of stencils
    ive been connecting all the dots
    got my plans in a zip lock bag
    lets see how unproductive we can be

    i've got a light bulb full of anger
    and i can switch it on and off
    in situations it can be so bright
    i cant believe, how pathetic we can be

    i've got a perfect set of blueprints
    im gonna build somebody else
    might cost a little more than money
    but whats man without his wealth

    i've got a phosphorescent secret
    but dont you tell nobody else
    next thing you know
    the whole world will be talking
    about all the clues they got
    they just ain't no use
    they've got us fooled


    _________________________
    now to go check on everyone...
    dinner?

    i wonder when or if, i will ever get to go on that big ol bike tour?
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    11/9/05

    11/9/05
    when i finished the build

    still had the Selle Italia tag still on the seat.
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    whats up with pumps?

    ok, so whats up with frame pumps?

    i've had 2 blackburns, and both of them have broke.
    i have no idea whats up with that.
    basically they work, then one day, air just blows by the plunger. o-ring shrink?
    either way...ghetto
    so i dont want to try yet another blackburn.

    i've been carrying around a Specialized Wind Pipe that seems to hold up. its both a tyre pump and a pump for a fork, so that is cool. but really the volume is still pretty small.
    that is...for a Pug.

    so i look for another frame pump.
    and i stumble upon a Park Tools frame pump.
    I'm willing to put my $ on a pump with a Park name on it. after all...a pump is a tool, right?
    being sans employment, $ is a one way street. a small amount of interest that i hope to get from a CD is not even worth thinking about. what, it could pay a months rent on a room somewhere in a little town?

    so whats up with this pump?
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...rame+Pump.aspx
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Hey Devo,
    What you talking about Blackburn frame pump, don't dump it, get a rebuild kit for all the
    rubber parts, that's awesome pumps never had pumps for such a long time, exept a truck
    flatten the pump

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    Quote Originally Posted by velopax
    Hey Devo,
    What you talking about Blackburn frame pump, don't dump it, get a rebuild kit for all the
    rubber parts, that's awesome pumps never had pumps for such a long time, exept a truck
    flatten the pump
    awesome!

    thank you so much!
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    Second that

    Quote Originally Posted by velopax
    Hey Devo,
    What you talking about Blackburn frame pump, don't dump it, get a rebuild kit for all the
    rubber parts, that's awesome pumps never had pumps for such a long time, exept a truck
    flatten the pump
    I've been on the same Blackburn plastic mini pump for 9 years. The thing won't break or wear out. I broke or wore out 3 other pumps in the same time, and two floor pumps. Then again, I don't put as many miles on as you do. Maybe its the 3 feet of duct tape I keep wrapped around the body for roadside McGuyvering. So far, I've fixed somebody's shoe, splinted a dislocated finger, and fixed a tire. Duct tape rules.... well... except for repairing ducts.

    Maybe just a matter of taking it apart and slathering a little light synthetic grease around the o-ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I've been on the same Blackburn plastic mini pump for 9 years. The thing won't break or wear out. I broke or wore out 3 other pumps in the same time, and two floor pumps. Then again, I don't put as many miles on as you do. Maybe its the 3 feet of duct tape I keep wrapped around the body for roadside McGuyvering. So far, I've fixed somebody's shoe, splinted a dislocated finger, and fixed a tire. Duct tape rules.... well... except for repairing ducts.

    Maybe just a matter of taking it apart and slathering a little light synthetic grease around the o-ring.
    i dont know whats up with that pump. i've had 2 of the exact same models, and they both have gone bad. and to top it off, they both have very little use on them. i have no idea. whatever. i will be sending Blackburn some email, and try to get replacement parts. that is super cool!

    i keep thinking that one day someone will make a high volume pump. all it needs to be is a fat barrel.

    ride bikes!

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    big dummy where are you!

    well this sucks

    ok, so ultimately this is my fault

    my F900 Cdale i converted to an Xtracycle
    in the last 4 cogs the chain starts to rub on the inside of the seatstay at the dropout of course in the big ring.

    ok, i knew this.
    at first i put a piece of innertube on there with a piece of plastic milk carton added, to help reduce the rub, but the chain just cuts right thru it

    so like a dummy i've been ridin it that way, regardless

    tonight i decide i should really look at it, and see whats up, with some ideas of what i want to do with it.

    and MUCH TO MY DISGUST, damn!
    i've sawed right thru the seatstay....
    damn

    what i really should do, is take it all apart, and really clean it up with acetone or something, and lay some JB Weld into the joint, and get real fancy with that soda can ghetto job, and mold it into place much better.

    for now, i guess it will do.

    i was thinking that it was lookin pretty bad, but the pics reveal exactly how bad it is.
    damn!

    damn!
    Ventura is getting worse by the day!
    damn!

    Big Dummy where are you?!

    here i am, down to my last $1500 cash in my checking.
    i put a small grip-o-cash into a CD that is tied up til April. damn!
    and that aint even enough to buy a new Honda Fit, maybe a new motorbike.
    so there it is....
    and i've finished rolling the last of my bucket-o-coins, the Pirate Bounty is diveey'd up
    lookin pretty sparse..

    Meanwhile....
    i see the hospital in Arcata is looking for Pharm Techs
    and rents are pretty reasonable.
    damn!

    and today my grandpa starts up his wicked ways with me...
    the "illegal emigrant hired help" attitude...i hate how he can be such a bigot
    its insane.
    i hope im never like that when im old.

    Ventura, i want to pull the plug.
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    Goop...

    Goop is awesome stuff
    it does almost everything

    i especially like it to glue patches to messenger bags, and scotch bright reflective material.

    Goop

    they make it in a bunch of different formulations.

    Marine Goop is my fave, but somehow i have this tube of Household goop.

    you can even thin it with Tolune. becareful, if you do, use a glass jar, a non-plastic stir stick, and stand outside.

    damn...
    i still cant believe i cut thru my Cdale frame...how ghetto is that?!
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    another shot

    another shot of that beautiful sawing job

    what a dummy!

    damn...
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    Dang, Devo!

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    another shot of that beautiful sawing job

    what a dummy!

    damn...
    How the crud did that happen? Is the rear hub spaced funny? 13t 9 speed cassette? Maybe a extra 1 or 2mm spacer in the rear hub on the drive side with a slight re-dish of the wheel to fix that. Dunno. You went to bike school; I once saw a bike mechanic in a magazine. Yeah, you can fix that, but won't it just saw through again?

    *edit*

    DOH! Oh, this is the Extracycle. My bad.

    /*edit*

    Arcata is a nice town, it seems. Low key and all. I did a project all around California, and when I was up there, I thought it could be a place I could settle if I could get a good job. Good trails up there too. I did a 12 hour race up there and had a blast. It is waaaay the crud out there, tho.

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    Idea!

    Devo check this out!
    Don't use glue or zipties to fix it, it won't realy work, that's THE solution.
    We have a similar product at our shop and it's amazing what you can repair with it,
    I was sure to find a similar thing for you in the US (Google helped)
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    thanks guys.
    a plethora of info...you guys rock!

    simply i dont think a Cdale is a good choice for an Xtra convert.

    really when you stop to check it out, ya know...
    the Cdale as a regular MTB is fine, the cogset and chain fits nicely in the frame.
    the gig is when i put the FreeRadical onto the frame, and it pushed the rear wheel way back, so now the chain saws into the seatstay
    the chainline is the same. its just that now the chain actually goes further back than the way Cdale had intended.
    i suppose i could simply adjust the limiting screw so that i dont use the last 4 cogs, but whats the point in that?

    maybe another option would be to use one of those things they use on recumbent bicycles. you know...that funky black plastic tube they run chains thru.

    its a bummer and all, but im not gonna stress over it too much
    i've got so much on my mind/plate these days, its crazy.
    i think today i'm gonna try to talk to my grandpa, and think about heading north come the new year.
    perhaps we could have that conversation, while i sit there with some JB Weld and fiddle/ghetto rig a JB Weld fillet.

    i think if i were to keep the Cdale the best thing would be to take it all apart, and have someone TIG weld a new seatstay. a stay with a different shape to facilitate the Xtracycle.

    after all....
    it starts rubbing in the last 4 COGS

    the best solution to it all...
    is...

    THE BIG DUMMY

    as i remember the Cdale convert likes to wiggle when loaded and climbing, standing on the pedals. since i've been on the Pug and runnin loads of stuff regularly, i've become much more adept to spinnin, and/or applying torque at low rpms in nice round circles.

    which is one of my roadie fakie faves. that is...to bog down in rpm on a gentle grade, and motor away without shifting or standing up.

    anyways...thats My Ghetto Life at the moment. Cdale will get a ghetto JB Weld fillet job, patched with a soda can, while i anxiously await The Big Dummy
    and my heart's compass is nailed North to Arcata.

    I ask myself of the morality of this.
    that is...
    my grandparents, and my dad. i've been here less than 3 months.
    grandparents often act that they dont want me around
    dad has bladder cancer, and refuses to quit smoking.
    in fact...how sick is this...?
    grandpa and dad have a race going on..."who's gonna bet who out?"
    some kind of dysfunction father/son love where all they know how to express is manipulating each other.
    so strange.
    like a wild horse that refuses to be broke, but stays near by and excepting handouts.
    all the while the homesteader obsessed with husbandry and bridling all of natures bounty.
    right down to the family unit.

    even me...
    often treated as "illegal emigrant hire help"
    The Joade Family of Grapes of Wrath, before my eyes

    peace...d
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