I recently completed the first set of improvements to the Surly Disc Trucker to bring her in line with what I need for a randonneuring/touring/commuting bike. Also known as the One Bike to Rule Them All.
But first. . .
After trying out several different possibilities, I’m pleased to report that the Trucker now has a name: Gypsy Rose. It was originally Gypsy because it is a bike for roaming the landscape, but the Rose just seemed to want to attach itself (initially, I think because of the color). Not because she really gives off an exotic dancer kind of vibe, but certainly Gypsy Rose Lee was also a free-spirited independent type. As an added bonus, Gypsy Rose sort of does sound as if it could be a trucker CB handle.
I also found that there’s a name for me! Doing the odd bit of digging around on forums for randonneuring and touring info I came across an established term for people like me who show a marked preference for old-style bikes and bike gear. Now to all the people who know me, prepare to laugh it up, I can take it (please Mommy don’t hurt me): retrogrouch. Yes, I know, too perfect a fit with every other facet of my character. But here’s the interesting thing. I’ve noticed that on the forums it isn’t simply a dismissive term of abuse. Often it is used with an almost grudging admittance that the retrogrouches might be on to something. Yes, you can almost hear some users saying, those retrogrouches might have a point about cassettes that are one louder and are right to suggest that people who spend all their time hollowing out the titanium screws on their bikes to save 0.3 grams should seek professional help.
So there we go, the curmudgeon and the stripper. Together at last.
Safety First! This bike has supernatural powers.
There’s a new addition to the Velorage, which brings the number of bikes owned by my partner and myself to. . .well, an obscenely large number. Perhaps this is why the walls of the Velorage are beginning to bulge outward. This is only temporary since I’m going to start selling off a couple of the former steeds. They are all in good condition but I just don’t ride them anymore and can’t see that that will change anytime in the next couple of years. By which time bike technology will have advanced and it will be time to buy new bikes!
Posted in Life Cycling, Life, and Other Ephemera, Randonneuring
Tagged Bicycle, cycling, Randonneuring, Randonneuring Bikes, Road bicycle, Surly Bikes, Surly Disc Trucker, Touring, Touring Bikes
Paul’s Paradise 200K Brevet
October 5, 2013
229. 238. 365. 567.
While these numbers look a bit like an IP address, they in fact represent an accomplishment of which I am particularly proud.
The numbers above represent my mileage totals for June, July, August and September.
“Lala-Lala-Lah. The world has recognized my awesomeness and will not dare to hurt me!” Photo by Adrian Midgley. Creative Commons License.
Sometimes, when you are a cyclist, it seems as if the entire world is just itching for an opportunity to jump out at you, knock you down, back over you in an Escalade, and pour acid on your still twitching corpse.
That is not far from the truth.
In response to my previous post about new helmet technologies a teammate forwarded a link to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute which takes issue with some of the points made in Barcott’s Bicycling magazine article. The BHSI does have a very important objection which I’ll address in a minute. They also point to a number of factual errors in the article and include a list. But their chief concern seems to be that the article “over-stated” its point and was written simply to be “provocative” with the clear implication that that is a bad thing. The BHSI itself relies on over-statement when in its title it suggests that Barcott’s article “has many misleading statements;” by their own admission the factual errors are “minor.” Furthermore, being provocative is not the same thing as being “alarmist.” No one reading Barcott’s article could fail to recognize that there was a lot of research and work that went into this; this is not simply the hack journalist’s “[Fill in the Blank] gives you Cancer!!!!!” story.
The Scott Lin
What are you looking at here? Well, a bike helmet, obviously. I’m still confined to riding inside, which for a cyclist bears the same relationship to real cycling as watching C-SPAN does to having sex. So in a gesture that was, I admit, motivated almost completely out of self-pity, I decided to go out and buy myself a new helmet as a gesture of optimism that I might, you know, one day, actually be able to stop watching C-SPAN. Apart from its consolation value it was also practical. Several times over the past few days, when I’ve been dreaming of riding outside, I’ve remembered that I in fact no longer have a helmet (or rather I have a souvenir piece of foam and plastic with scuff marks and a big crack in the side).
So why did I buy this particular helmet, a Scott Lin? Because it is a helmet that might be the harbinger of a fundamental change in helmet design.
Posted in Philosophical Musings, Training
Tagged Bicycle helmet, biking, Brain Injury, Concussion, cycling, Head Injuries, Helmet, MIPS, Scott Helmets, TBI
These are the words I yearn to say.
Just before the car hit me I saw. . .
Just before the car hit me I heard. . .
I thought. . .
I remembered. . .
But I can’t say any of those things.