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Date: 2007-05-09 09:17
Subject: Toronto cyclists need full faced helmets.
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An angry motorist flips out on cyclist for stopping at yellow light.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_10783.aspx
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ribaldmanikin
Date: 2007-04-12 10:56
Subject: Shaking hands - Those wacky Japanese musicians.
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A song for all you lovers of funny japanese clips:

http://www.plime.com/weird/l/15909/1/
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Date: 2007-04-04 11:56
Subject: Grindhouse!
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I'm excited.

Inklet just let me know that she has guest passes for tonight's Grindhouse premiere.
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Date: 2007-03-18 11:32
Subject: Singlespeed!
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Well, after a lot of nudging from a friend, I decided to convert my Team Chance into a singlespeed.

I've had a nice old suntour BMX cog sitting in my parts drawer for almost a year, waiting for a wheel with a freewheel to throw it on. I decided to build one up, and dish and space for the proper chainline.

I used an old suzue hub from a 27" roadbike wheel, and the least damaged 36h rim I had in storage. I think if I can find a 32 hole freewheel hub, I'll rebuild it as I have a very nice specialized rim waiting to be built up.

The chain was an impulse buy... I needed a BMX chain, and they had this nice shiny bling BMX chain for $2 more than the boring one.

I'm running the 18t Suntour freewheel with a 38T chainring. The gearing seems pretty good.

Riding it through the slushy singletrack in Mill Creek yesterday brought back memories of riding my BMX when I was 13.


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Date: 2007-03-09 13:08
Subject: New project frame.
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After wasting many hours on ebay patiently waiting for a road bike frame in my price range, with a goal of a 90's carbon frame, my 1994 Specialized Epic frame finally arrived. The frame weighs in at just under 3.5 lbs.



The wheels arrived first, Mavic/Ultegra, and I have a complete Dura Ace 7400 drivetrain, and Ultegra brakes ready to go.

All I'm waiting for before I can build and ride it are a stem and the cranks.

I'm hoping it will come in at under 17 lbs.
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Date: 2007-01-30 14:29
Subject: The Masons are behind terrorism!
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An Australian "Talking to Americans"

http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2007/clever-americans-p1.php

It's a fact!
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Date: 2007-01-12 11:48
Subject: Damn honesty!
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Tags:cycling
So, I saw a frame that is selling on ebay today that was one of those "Too good to be true" deals.

I knew that I could get this frame for a fraction of it's value, and even if it was the wrong size resell it for a huge profit. It is a custom titanium Lynskey frame. If you're interested the listing is here.

It sounds like it was stolen from UPS. Now, anybody who could afford to have a Lynskey Frame made for them, is unlikely to be selling it on ebay through a liquidator. I decided to email Lynskey and find out if it was a stolen frame before biddding, and hopefully get some specification on the frame.

It turns out it is a stolen frame, and that it was stolen from UPS.

The upside, is that if I ever have the money for a titanium frame, I have a source for a hell of a deal.

What's sad, is that I'm likely never going to get that close to owning a titanium road bike again.
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Date: 2007-01-11 13:53
Subject: Fresh Paint.
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It's bitterly cold, yet it's beautiful outside.

I went for a short walk after lunch today and the sound of footsteps in the fresh snow at -30 degrees celsius reminded me of walking to school in Winnipeg.

That crunch with a little squeek at the end is exactly what I imagine it would sound like to walk across a field of smurfs.
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Date: 2007-01-10 13:55
Subject: Bike Bug.
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Why is it that for the last few years, January is when I really want to start building a bike.

Maybe it's the fabulous deals on ebay. Unfortunately, I haven't found a frame yet... and have been buying parts just because they're cheap. Worse case, I guess I can resell them.

Best deals so far:

Dura Ace front derailleur: $5 ($10 w/shipping)
Campagnolo Record-C rear derailleur: $15 ($22 w/shipping)
Shimano RSX integrated shifters/brake levers (sti road): $20 ($30 w/shipping)
Ritchey Pro ergonomic road bike bars: $10 ($20 w/shipping).

Now, I know I can resell all of these things in July for a lot more than I paid for them. The Campy derailleur is the best deal of the bunch... only 500 C-Record groupsets sold in all of North America. A New old stock one just went for over $600 US on ebay.

I have a pretty good road bike already, and I'm thinking I could upgrade it with the shifters/bar/front derailleur, but really like that it has such a fine groupset already.

I'm thinking of leaving the kuwahara the way it is, and building either a cyclocross or touring bike.

Decisions, decisions... what bike to build without spending much money.
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Date: 2007-01-04 15:46
Subject: Jamie's brother.
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Anybody who knows me, knows about Jamie, so I'll skip that explanation.

Jamie used to say to his brother that he'd end up in jail if he didn't smarten up. I thought he had, but I guess not.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Alberta/2007/01/02/3135253.html
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