My Tarmac and I have been through some good times. In lieu of bikesnobnyc’s book chapter about how your bike doesn’t have a soul, I have decided not to be too sad about it. In fact, I am rather happy at the chance of getting a new frame put together and having some great times on it.
I bid farewall to my old friend. We shared a lot of miles together. I’d say we shared nearly 10,000 miles of riding on these terrible chipseal roads.
Now, looking to what’s next: Specialized crash replacement? If it wasn’t already apparent, I have weird proportions (that bike was actually fit to me by a pro) and a custom frame might actually work out nicely for me. I also happen to think that a nice durable steel or titanium frame would be a lifelong companion and a blast to ride around on.
Oh the possibilities.
(Also, you guys get to check out a sweet build thread: stay tuned)
Fixie freestyle has been the new hotness for a while now, but after seeing this, I can forsee everyone switching to a fleet of lightweight trek madones for their sick tricks.
I’m still waiting for penny farthing freestyle, though.
I wanted to like Floyd Landis. He had the makings of a hero. Coming from a Mennonite background, the decision to participate in the sport of road cycling was not an easy one for him. When I heard him admitting to doping, especially after all the rattling he had been doing over the past years about racing clean, I lost a lot of faith in the sport, but more specifically in a man that I was once admiring for keeping his faith in justice in what I saw as a flawed system. I think I see things differently now. The doping tests DO work, and they ARE keeping cheaters out of the sport, despite their best efforts to remain undetected.
It is with this in mind that I propose the Floyd Fairness re-fund. While I never donated, and wouldn’t be eligible, I think it’s only fair that Floyd refunds the money he defrauded honest riders out of.
I was asked yesterday by my own mother what I had taken to get “those muscles.” Although I know she was asking about over the counter supplements (many of which are laced with illegal compounds) my reply was “vegetables.” The most I think I’ve taken is a protein shake or smoothie from the local smoothie shop. I’m no stranger to Hammer gels, HEED sports drink mixtures, and enervit sugar supplements, however as far as any supplements that actually claim to make you stronger? There is no such thing. There is only work, and the pain you are willing to endure while training, and the discipline of eating right and the self control of passing on dessert, unhealthy foods, and alcohol.
Usually on HighFlange, recumbents are a source of “LOLZ” for the masses. This “recumbent,” however, is worthy of drool and admiration. It may be the world’s slowest Porsche, but it makes getting a date while being car free a little easier (if you live in a car-centric city like us). Let’s just hope she has “POWALEGS” too so you can get there on time.
I think I can approve of this recumbent.
I also think a part of me just died after saying that.