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I finally got the bike I really wanted

January 30th, 2011 by

Lovely Bike, side shotSo I finally got a bike that does exactly what I want it to. I kinda put off ordering it, because picking the right frame is really hard. Furthermore, since I’m getting it with components installed, choosing all the little pieces can basically go on forever if you let it. Everything in the picture came installed on the bike, except the pump and the pedals. I got my shit together and ordered the bike in mid-November and the bike arrived just shy of a month later.

Lovely Bike, front shotThings I wanted to change from my old bike: cantilever brakes, stronger rack with longer support structure (so loaded panniers don’t swing back and hit the tire), more clearance between wheel and frame (for fenders and bigger wheels), stronger and long-lasting all-steel frame, bar-end shifters, Brooks seat, and wheels that support cassettes rather than failure-prone freewheels.

I’ve almost got the seat and handlebars adjusted to where I want them, but it takes a while to find that perfect position. Every time I ride, I readjust things a bit. I’m also starting to wonder if I like bar-end shifters more than downtube shifters or not (unfortunately, I didn’t realize my new bike doesn’t have downtube shifter bosses — argh!). Still, everything I didn’t like about my old bike is gone now, and I’ve yet to hate anything about the new bike. Even the Brooks seat, which is supposedly really hard until you break it in, feels just fine to me.

Lovely Bike, side shotA couple months ago we had some thieves come through the apartment complex and steal a bunch of bikes from the community bike racks. The bikes are hung by bike mounts and a cable hangs down from them with which you can use a lock to tether the bike. Unfortunately, the cable is very thin, so it was trivial for the thieves to snip ‘em and toss the bikes in a truck. Fortunately, my old bike looks like shit (awesome shit), so it was passed over while several other bikes next to it were disappeared. But knowing that my new bike is not likely to get passed over, I decided to invest in some precautionary measures. I got the thickest U-Lock available and a very thick chain to tie around the wooden boards supporting the community bike rack. At least now the bike rack is the weak point and not a crappy cable.

Lovely Bike, close-upI’m happy with the bike so far. While I was getting groceries today, I even had a hot hipster chick tell me I had a “beautiful bike” and compliment the double-toptube. Yay, bikes!

In Ukraine

July 5th, 2010 by


From Munich, we flew in to the airport in Kiev, Ukraine, where Vlad’s uncle kindly picked us up. The next day, we wandered out to see Kiev’s Golden Gate, which was a lot of fun to climb inside. Nearby was the kitty statue pictured here with me.

To get to the Golden Gate and just about everywhere else that we visited in Kiev, we went by subway. Subways in Ukraine tend to be highly stylized, with mosaics and marble and granite used to beautiful effect. This seems to be fairly common in eastern Europe, and it was one of my favorite aspects of the trip. A few subways were also very deep, presumably for protection against nuclear warfare, with high-speed escalators just to get people in and out in a reasonable amount of time.

Kievo-Pecherska Lavra

NW NHRA Nationals

August 11th, 2009 by

HPIM1325Attended the NW nationals in Kent with some friends of mine who have been drag-race fans since they grew up in Chicago. Amazing! My first time and it was impressive. The nitromethane-powered engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars produce approximately 7,000 horsepower, about 37 times that of the average street car (my M3 has 240 hp).  When the high-end dragsters go by, it’s like a heart attack. Chest pounding, the smell of burning rubber and nitromethane…..!

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

September 25th, 2008 by

‘Twas good stuff. Man, Mindy or I should have posted these a long times ago. As you can see, we went over to the northern Oregon coast to check out this sweet wreck. Mason went with us too, and boy, was he were his clothes stinky.Inside Wreck

Yeah, so I’ve told Mindy a bunch of times, that if she ever tricks me into marrying her, it will probably involve using the wreck like a church and having a pirate and ninja party around it. Doesn’t it look like it would be fun?Front of Wreck

our winter wonderland…

November 27th, 2006 by

Well, Bellingham is certainly a snowy place right now… Dieter and I made it home safely at about two this afternoon (thanks again, Tyler and Mindy, for letting us take over your living room). Traffic was suprisingly light, and road conditions moderate. It was hailing for a few minutes when we left Seattle, but that was about it… Somewhere around Lynnwood we started seeing snow on the ground… By the time we got up to Everett and Marysville, everything around was covered in white… and past Marysville, the entire left lane of the freeway had disappeared under the snow…

Bellingham has a foot of snow, and they say we’ll get another six inches tonight… and it doesn’t look like it’s going to melt anytime soon… My car is stuck in the snow in a parking lot… I have no idea whether or not it is anywhere close to a parking “spot”… but I can’t move it… so it shall stay where it sits for the next few days, until I can finally go move it…

Dieter or I will likely take pictures and post them tommorrow… but we are home safe – you can all sleep peacefully now.

Ma’ Bike

September 30th, 2006 by

This is my new bike, its a Myata and it has all shimano parts and its really nice and lite and its got mavix rims with Bontrager tires. new Grip tape on the bars too.

The New Mom Beast Machine?

September 14th, 2006 by

Mom brought home this beast of a car today from the dealers who allowed her to test for the day. I drove it a little and its pretty powerful with a subaru boxer engine, the same engine thats in many porches. The interior has a luxurious space age look. Could this be the next Mom Beast? Make a vote in the comment section below- Y(yes its a beauty), N(no it has a big ass), or I don’t freakin’ care, stupid cars i just want a prius Damnit!


June 10th, 2006 by

Ok, my day today (which would be yesterday technically, it’s early) may have been one of the most exciting and fulfilling days of my life. no shit. Ok, so two days ago I was visiting a girl (I’ll tell you about her later, she’s way cool) and I had parked my bike at the dorms, locked. Needless to say, that morning was one of the worst mornings because my bike was stolen, my bike lock clipped. So that was really bad, and I reported it to the police.

But! Today, Kelly, a girl on my swim team was on the ave (big busy road close to campus) saw a guy definitely riding my bike down the ave and called me to tell me. I happened to be at the bottom of the ave, so I was way pumped and road my bike (which was Brenton’s actually) up it so as to catch him. Unfortunately to no avail, I couldn’t find him.

But the story does not end there. With my adrenaline peaked, I decided to buy a couple mountain dews and have a stake-out where I parked brenton’s bike in front of the university book store on the ave. In this position I was fully hydrated and alert in order to fulfill my theory that if a guy goes down the ave, he is bound to come up as well. So needless to say, my love for my bike prevailed and no longer than an hour sitting in front of the bookstore does some punk with my bike come riding up. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to right there just clobber the guy, but I decided to follow him like in cool movies. The guy was like 24, all in black, chains hanging from everywhere, definitely an Ave. rat.

So I followed him, straight to subway where he apparently ordered a sandwich, and I cunningly hid behind a tree about 25 yards away and called the police. Thankfully I had the case number handy in my wallet from the day before, and the police came about 5 minutes later. So long-story short, they questioned the man about the bike, who claimed he had bought the bike 2 days prior. They called me over and just before I finished saying that I had actually filed the police report only yesterday morning did one of the officers immediately cuff the guy.

So I had a crazy day, put a bad person in jail for the night, and got my bike back. So I guess in resolution, love always wins, and never buy cable locks, go for the u-locks man. All in a day’s work.



April 13th, 2006 by

Bounjour man famille! I finished Angels & Demons (a book, the previous installment prior to the Da Vinci Code) by Dan Brown and am currently on the Da Vinci Code now, so far it is very nice.
So with the remaining $$$ that I got for my barrier-shattering swim I am looking at some really neat paintings on ebay that are very nice and would look extra nice on my barren walls. I don’t know if I can put these photos on the website, so sadly I will just have to put links up. boob.

Voila! here are the links to coool painting 1 and cool painting 2


March 31st, 2006 by

BlaghHello here is a picture of me! I am very cool and buff and so is my kick ass bike! Sorry Dad the other pictures for some reason couldn’t be uploaded off the camera. Later!