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I’ve moved!

It’s been a while, and the stagnation needs to end.  The blog will continue over at http://www.unclegrouchy.com/.  I’ve imported all of fivetoedsloth, so if you want to comment on an old post you still can, but at the new location.  I’m … Continue reading

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Coffeeneuring, Controle 1

Hello again, party people!  It’s been a while and there’s a lot I need to follow up on, like my month of Google-free-ness and the One Bike experiment.  But right now, it’s coffeeneuring time!  Head on over to Chasing Mailboxes … Continue reading

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The flash

A few years ago I purchased a Planet Bike Superflash taillight.  I still have it and it’s still going strong.  This was, quite possibly, one of my smartest bike accessory purchases.  Since then several other manufacturers have either copied the … Continue reading

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Shame

A couple months back I was on my way to lead a club ride, going downhill, exceeding the 25mph speed limit by 4 or 5mph, and taking the lane. Traffic wasn’t exactly light, but this particular side road wasn’t horribly … Continue reading

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Double-boinger blubber bikes

The rumors started yesterday.  Salsa’s working on a double-suspension fat bike.  “Oh, goody,” thought I.  “Sheldon Brown’s not dead and it’s April 1st.  This is awesome on so many levels!”  As it turns out, I was only dreaming about waking … Continue reading

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Learning to Write from a TV Set

I sought him out because he had studied with John Gardner at SIU Carbondale.  He made us watch film adaptations of the shitty short stories they made me pretend to read in high school.  For three class meetings I stared … Continue reading

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Tried and liked…

Per the annual iBOB tradition, here’s my list of stuff I tried and liked during 2011. Warren Zevon.  OK, not really.  I’ve been a fan for years and years, but was only familiar with the regular radio stuff.  Over the … Continue reading

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The way is shut

First day of school today. We rolled out right on time, no issues. When we got to the first intersection where there should be a crossing guard, there was no crossing guard. I thought this was strange, but chalked it … Continue reading

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Weight weenie

I am not a weight weenie. Never have been. If you’ve seen my bikes you might think my goal is to make them as heavy as possible. Racks, lights, fat tires, steel handlebars, GPS, panniers, saddle bags, frame pumps, 3 … Continue reading

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FLUent

So Thursday morning I awoke to the wonderful sensation of sore calves. Not sore-because-I-rode-the-bike-too-hard sore. And not sore-because-I-spent-the-last-two-days-roofing-the-house sore. This was the worst kind of sore ever. That nasty, septic, I’m-about-to-be-sick sore. By noon my hips and lower back were … Continue reading

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