5:30 – Westlake Center. See you all there!
5:30 – Westlake Center. See you all there!
So, I’ve had touring bikes on the brain. Obviously. Been reading on bikes and panniers and whatnot. Found lots of information, lots of pictures.
That is a link to a photo gallery of bikes loaded for touring, it’s interesting and gives me a lot of food for thought. Here’s a couple I like.
Man, so many beautiful places to go.
Anyhow, I’m just spinning my wheels until my rack gets here and I can focus more on the riding of bikes than the outfitting of them. I’m itching for a good ride.
Today for the Slow Sunday ride, it was raining so hard we simply be-lined for my house and watched movies all day. We watched (in this order…)
The Big Lebowski
Die Hard – Live Free or Die Hard
Some days, this is how we roll.
Bike for sale
What kind of bike? I don’t know, I’m not a bike scientist. What I am though is a manly guy looking to sell his bike. This bike is made out of metal and kick ass spokes. The back reflector was taken off, but if you think that deters me from riding at night, you’re way wrong. I practiced ninja training in Japan’s mount Fuji for 5 years and the first rule they teach about ninja biking is that back reflectors let the enemy know where you are. Not having a rear reflector is like saying “FUCK YOU CAR, JUST TRY AND FIND ME”.
The bike says Giant on the side because it’s referring to my junk, but rest assured even if you have tiny junk that Giant advertisement is going to remain right where it is. I bought this bike for 300 dollars from a retired mercenary that fought in both World War 1 and World War 2 and had his right arm bitten off by a shark in the Phillipines while stationed there as a shark handler. When he sold it to me I had to arm wrestle him for the honor to buy it. I broke his arm in 7 places when I did. He was so impressed with me he offered me to be his son but I thought that was sissy shit so I said no way.
The bike has some rusted screws, but that just shows how much of a bad ass you are. Everyone knows rusted screws on a bike means that you probably drove it underwater and that’s bad ass in itself. Those screws can be replaced with shiny new ones, but if you’re going to go to that trouble why not just punch yourself in the balls since you’re probably a dickless lizard who doesn’t like to look intimidating.
The bike is for men because the seat is flat or some shit and not shaped like a dildo. If you like flat seated bikes you’re going to love this thing because it doesn’t try to penetrate your ass or anything.
I’ve topped out at 75 miles per hour on this uphill but if you’re just a regular man you’ll probably top it out at 10 miles per hour. This thing is listed as a street bike which is man-code for bike tank. The bike has 7 speeds in total:
Gear 1 – Sissy Gear
Gear 2 – Less Sissy Gear
Gear 3 – Least Sissy Gear
Gear 4 – Boy Gear
Gear 5 – Pre-teen Boy Gear
Gear 6 – Manly Gear
Gear 7 – Big Muscles Gear
I only like gear 6 and 7 to be honest.
Additionally, this tool of all immense men comes with a gigantic lock to keep it secure. The lock is the size of a bull’s testicles and tells people you don’t fuck around with locking up your bike tank. It tells would-be-thieves “Hey asshole, touch this bike and I’ll appear from the bushes ready to club you with a two-by-four”.
Bike is for 150 OBO (and don’t give me no panzy prices)
From bikecommuters.com blog – someone kitted their LHT out really nicely and wanted to post it here.
Really nice job – shellac’d moustache bars and everything. Awesome. Can’t wait to get mine finished.
It’s still not finished – but it’s alive and rolling and in my possession at least. I thought I’d post a few initial pictures…
Nygard finishing up the build there at the Dutch Bike bike shop…
I have new handlebars and brakes coming, new racks and fenders, the whole kit and kaboodle. And of course panniers. Damn thing is expensive.
Thank you Mr School Bus Company for not killing me with your bus, and buying me a beautiful new bike.
Incidentally – it’s a 54cm frame, with 26in wheels. And she IS a sweet ride – nooo doubt.
More to follow.
Edit: I took the following picture today (08/19) – it’s coming along. Still waiting on the front rack, and the cross-brake levers – the Nashbar ones that came were too small for the handlebar. Tonight I’ll put the new handlebars and brakes on and tape it up properly. For those curious, those are SKS fenders and a Soma rack.
Dead Baby + .83 + Conference Bike = new land speed record.
Dunno why it’s taken me so long to write about the Dead Baby Downhill. Dead Baby was awesome. Truck load of people met at El Chupacabra and then raced down the hill to a warehouse space behind The Bit Saloon in Ballard where you stood in line for unlimited free beer served in official Dead Baby water bottles (bottles were $10 though) or $2 burgers/dogs, listened to live bands, watched fire eaters, jousting, and danced with a real live funk brass band. It was fucking epic.
Heres the photo gallery -I can’t believe I left my camera at home – so you get my camera phone pics and Monica’s camera which I stole for a few shots. go me.
Oh and the above pic? .83 absconded with the Conference Bike from Dutch Bike and rode it on the Dead Baby Downhill – almost certainly setting a new land speed record for the thing. Fucking excellent.
This bike was hella fun, but later that night we watched some guy swing the back end around and totally kneecap this guy with an arm load of beer and just demolish him. LOL. times.
Dude built this bike 15 years ago. You can really ride it. Super cool.
This bike was just insane. Monica is on the left holding beer in a cute dress.
Burly Kat’s brother
I think this guy wants to kick my ass. Or fuck me. I don’t think I have much say in the matter.
$2 burgers – mmmm
Our awesome friends from .83 poured beer for 4 1/2 fucking hours. They were pissed when it was all said and done.
Black White Scott (I’m officially Black Scott)
By the end of the night, most of us looked like this guy
Laura was a good sport.
Thanks Joby for inviting us to your party.
And that was Dead Baby 2008!
Alright, it’s official. I put the order in today with Nygard at Dutch Bike for a 54cm Olive, Surly Long Haul Trucker.
In the event you wanted to get/do your own measurements. I’m assuming this is what Nygard plugged in for mine since it came out exactly the same.