cp: 1, broken bolt: 0

It’s getting on winter, and in southern California that means rain. Well, it means the ominous if not particularly realistic threat of rain. Not even that: there is definitely a possibility that some time between now and next summer it may rain. And as you all know, rain means the opportunity to buy new gear […]

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Bridgestone 300 Project Bike

Meet my new project bike. It’s a 1985 Bridgestone 300, 23″ (~59cm) in Burgundy Red — an eBay special (I rated a “AAAAAAAAA+++++++++” feedback message. eBay is so weird) from far-away San Pedro. I’m going to try to restore it to a more ride-able condition, although probably not to original components. My current plan is: […]

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Critical Mass

Recent notes from the blog-o-web regarding Critical Mass: Bike guru Dave Moulton suggests that Critical Mass simply needs to end: The problem with Critical Mass is that it has no organization; it is a spontaneous form of protest. The danger is, with no one responsible for the behavior of individuals, violence can become just as […]

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Slipstream’s Web 2.0 presence

So it’s that time of year again. The basketball season is over, and the world’s (or at least my) sporting attentions turn to cycling. That usually means one thing: a heavy dose of Vs — home most of the year to wacky fringe sports like bull riding, hockey and MMA — for the Tour de […]

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Brief bike update

Hola, Amigos. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve rapped at ya about the bikes, so I figured I’d fire off a quick update. I’m a little more than one third of the way done with my new years resolution. Today was my 17th ride to/from work. To celebrate hitting the 1/3rd mark, […]

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TJs’ run

One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is that it’s ideally set up for the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. There’s a grocery, a green grocer and a TJ’s all within two miles of the house. The green grocer (Dogwoods) we’ve ridden to a couple of times for the produce run. Pavilions we walk […]

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One down, 49 to go

My new year’s resolution this year is to ride my bike to work at least 50 times. The first thing that I have learned from this is that I a master of excuse making. Between morning meetings, my employer’s occasional “dress like a banker” days, family scheduling, angst about being drenched with sweat at work […]

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Dave Moulton on Critical Mass

While I too agree with Critical Mass’ mission, I really can’t get behind its methods. Dave Moulton’s reasoning behind why annoyance doesn’t sell is right on the money. All this started me to thinking about the Critical Mass movement and what they are doing. Their cause is indeed noble and one I would support; to […]

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The Majesty of the LA County Fair

There are many reason to go to the LA County Fair. I present you with one of the best: No, this photo has not been digitally altered. The food stand really was selling: Totally Fried Frog Legs Totally Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches Deep Fried Veggies Totally Friend Smores Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich Deep […]

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Both Discovery and The Ocho show ads for Accelerade at least nine times an hour. I’m not kidding. Each and every commercial break it’s “don’t fade. Accelerade!” Turns out that Accelerade is giving free cases out to bloggers to get some of the old internets buzz going. Here’s one account of a “month’s supply” of […]

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