Thursday, March 25, 2010

Making things happen

Sometimes you have to step up and make things happen, because no one else will. I know this well. As a trailblazing blogger, trendsetting cyclist and above-average Pictionary player, I know the realities of being ahead of the curve. For those of us who move and think much faster than the rest of humanity, things can be tedious. We have to sit around for long periods of time, waiting for the world to catch up. Like a rider from Garmin during a mountainous stage at the Tour, we are forced to sit up and wait for the rest of you Vande Veldes. This can be boring, tedious and demeaning, but it comes with the territory. It's with this spirit in mind that I wanted to share two pictures with you today. The first of the two is this piece of awesomeness:

While so many of you just sit around hoping that one day a shoe manufacturer will come up with a solution to your problems...this guy went out and did something about it. After all, how many of you have wondered what type of shoe you could wear to a White Lion reunion concert after riding your road bike there? Most of you wondered about this very thing, I'm sure. But you see, the problem is that all of you did nothing about it. You encountered a problem, and went no further to appease the situation. Not this guy. This guy went to work. He got his cordless drill out and got to work. The drill was probably low on batteries, so he waited for it to charge. Most of you would have given up, but not him. This guy waited 55 minutes for a full charge on his 18v Black and Decker Firestorm multi-speed drill, and got to work. So while some of you may mock his decision to add cleats to such amazing white high tops, I must ask you: what awesome shoes have you created today? None? Yeah, that's what I thought.

The second picture was kindly sent to me by commenter Jackseph. The picture was taken by his dad in London. This picture is a perfect example of the type of go-getter attitude that is commonly lacking in today's youth. Most of you pansies out there cry when your frame breaks, but not this guy. He took matters into his own hands. Using everyday objects, an obvious knowledge of both engineering and physics, this guy refused to let his busted frame get the better of him. Broom stick? Check. Rope? Check. Zip ties? Check. Extremely long leather belt that came free with a pair of Dockers? Check.

Again, I must ask all of you. How many bike frames have YOU fixed today using rope, a broom stick, zip ties and a belt. None? Yeah, that's what I thought.

About Twitter
Twitter is now a part of our lives, for better or worse. Within seconds, each of us can find out what Lance Armstrong was listening to yesterday during his massage. We know who went out to dinner with him and where they ate. Personally, I think if this is all that's going on in his life, I could do without the information. Imagine my surprise, however, when I found out that Armstrong was pulling out of Milan-San Remo due to "acute gastroenteritis"....which is a nice way of saying he had a world-class case of the shits. Finally something interesting happens in this guy's life (although I heard he's won some races in the past)...and he doesn't tweet about it? Are you kidding me? I would love to have ongoing descriptions of his bathroom trips, complete with descriptive onomatopoeias giving us greater insight into the sounds that his rear-end is making. What a lost opportunity. While his fans mourn his third place at last year's Tour, I shall forever mourn what could have been the greatest string of tweets ever.

About the Oscars:
Mo'nique may be an Academy Award winner, but lordy-lordy...she's such a Fred. *

* Yes, I know that a female "Fred" is supposed to be called a "Doris"...but I don't care.

Colombian Racing News:
Jose Serpa wins stage.


  1. great blog, but could be even more greaterer w/ more features on recumbants recumbant cyclocross, recumbamt ss mtn bike races, recumbant track racing, etc. are there recumbant 'tarck' bikes? how about the dudes from white lion/ monique riding recumbants? riding the paris-roubaix rout on a recumbant?

  2. i guess my comment could be greaterer w/ beterer spelling...

  3. You know why I have never turned a pair of high tops into cycling shoes?
    Cos metal and cycling should never, ever cross. The two are separate and will never cross paths in my life. The shame would be over powering.

  4. Hmmm, what do metal and cycling have in common?

    1. Working class roots
    2. tight fitting costumes
    3. public displays of sweaty, histrionic suffering and angst whilst wearing #2.

    Conclusion: 2+ 3 = Homo-eroticism. Nothing to be ashamed about. Fly that flag.

    I'm painting my bike frame and thought I might put an aqua team hungerforece sticker (mooninite flippin the bird?) on it somewhere beneath the clear coat, but now I see that only Kiss Army will do.

  5. I think Lance did his part by stinking up Tony Kornheiser's green room's toilet.

  6. I think metal and cycling mix. Just look at Fignon's hair and Millar's hair back in the 80s. Those guys could have roadied for Maiden anyday.

  7. Cycling and metal mix in my life when I listen to Paradise Lost while riding or when I watch the Manowar DVD while on the trainer.
    And that pic of Monique's legs made me nauseous. Seriously.

  8. Jim from the other day that wasn't the other JimMarch 25, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    @Death Race
    I always find it a humorous occasion to be in the parking lot of a road race getting prepared at the car and the guy next to you with the modest hatchback is setting up his trainer doing the "pre race routine" as his car stereo blasts bad metal. Of course headphones won't do and the windows are all down. I almost think sometimes guys do it to ruin everyone else's race prep.
    Interesting post race observations about this curious mixture of metal and cycling. Metal racer will usually change into beige shorts and flip flops with a fifty percent chance of visor and Oakleys or jeans snugly fitted, not quite loose and not all the way tight, and get this dude will tuck in the t-shirt. WTF. Who tucks in t-shirts? The t-shirt represents casual time. Stuffing your shirt into your pants is not casual.
    Anyway I think in this instance metal and cycling should not cross.

  9. Now i know how other people feel when they see me on the bike with unshaven legs. Eeeeuuuww! What is the context for that anyway? "Hey Monique, how's it feel to be nominated?" "Look at my hairy ass legs, motherfucker!" Au natural? Au my god I'm going puke.

  10. I guess Mo'nique, or however she spells her name, has gotten lots of attention for her unshaven i assume all the photographers wanted to see them. i think its interesting that she's in what she calls an "open marriage", but only her husband goes outside the marrieage, she doesn't. is that a new way of saying that her husband is just cheating on her? i'm so confused.

    tucking in tshirts? no can do. sorry.

  11. And of course some Italian made a matching pair for the ladies:


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