Classics part Tres (that's Spanish for 3)


Are you gonna step up Miss Manderfield? (Yeah I just called you out!)

Alright I have some more classic Ad's to post. I am in a top secret location learning about the products that will mold a generation. This makes it necessary to post a picture heavy update since knowledge, long range goals, planning, bourbon, and beer are occurring.

So lets dive right in...


We are getting closer to the 1900's and color ad's are starting to appear. What's next? Moving pictures? Crazy talk, I say! 1897.


This is VERY Risque for 1898! Cyclists have always been at the forefront of pushing the envelope. Nice anvil. Just sayin.


We are back to Black and White. I think its acceptable since it was 1899.


WAIT! WHAT! This doesnt belong here. Did someone really make these shorts? The bigger question being who would wear these?


OK. Yes I would wear these, and in fact, I want a pair. If anyone knows where to get these please let me know. I need me some.

Back to irregularly scheduled programming...


1900 was a year to push the boundaries. This woman's clothes are falling off.


Fantastic. Just Plain Fantastic! 1900


Another from the turn of the century, last century. 1900.

These have nothing to do with bicycles but Cuz Chris forwarded them over and dagnubbit I have to use them. The classics section seems as logical a place as any.


This is a fitting tribute to the 75th anniversay of canned beer. Funny it doesnt look that easy by Twenty Ten standards.


This one makes me think so much my brain hurts.

I must go join my compatriots and figure this one out.

Until next time.

BREAKING NEWS!

This Just In...

Jeff Lenosky and Chris Aceto take 3rd place at the Ray's Odd Couple Video Contest.

The contest consists of 1 BMX rider (Chris Aceto) 1 MTB rider (Jeff Lenosky) and a videographer (Gardner Raymond) When you have the pull of J-Lo you can get one of the videographers who works with DH Productions.

OH! take into account that this is Chris Aceto's first ever competition, he's a teenager, and his bike HAS NO BRAKES!!!

Roller Racing


I took this picture Wednesday night.

This will be a quick update. Lots of spreadsheets are in my immediate future.
So here we go in list form....

Went to roller races Wednesday Night.

Had Fun.

Drank good beer.

Saw friends. Made new ones.

Cheered. Laughed.

Forgot camera.

Borrowed camera.

Got Emailed Pic's. Here they are.





Almost forgot where I parked my car.

Slept peacefully.

There is a whole series. Check it out. You'll like it.



February the 24th will be a fundraiser for the YSC. Come on down!
(This organization helps support women under 40 who have breast cancer. A worthwhile cause and darn good people to boot)

The End.

Wednesday Quote


“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” James Dean

I have nothing eloquent to add to that quote so I won’t. Just take it in and revel in its truth.

Now onto breaking news from the Pre-eminent news source in America; The Onion.

I copied this directly from their site and suggest you go there to get the latest breaking news. (Can you tell I don't want to get sued?)

Local Man Who Enjoys Thing Informed He Is Wrong

LOS ANGELES—George Himmelsbaugh, 32, was informed Tuesday that he was incorrect in enjoying a thing he had been deriving pleasure from for many years. Authorities in the field informed Himmelsbaugh that, although he believes his appreciation of the thing to be a matter of subjective personal taste, any positive feelings or satisfaction taken from this are by definition erroneous. Furthermore, sources reported, Himmelsbaugh does not in fact enjoy the thing, but has merely been convinced that he does by the influence of others who also claim to enjoy the thing but who must be insane or developmentally disabled if they actually do. Himmelsbaugh has responded to the information by endeavoring to enjoy the correct things in the future

An Ode to Full Suspension




I have ridden many bikes in my life. Heck, I have many bikes in my quiver. They all have their purpose.

When it comes to mountain bikes I always come back to my Dually. I have a few hard-tails and I’ve ridden big wheels (29ers). They all ride well but when I get back on a nice dual suspension trail bike I feel at home. The bike just feels “point and shoot”. I float through the trails, glide over rocks, and sail through the air at will.

Lately I have been riding Wiss with BBB and watching him rediscover his love of two wheels. We rode Sunday and the trails were in OK condition. Many people had ridden the trails while they were mushy and the trails were rutted. Even though conditions were less than ideal, I just felt at home. The bike smoothed out the trail.

The Trance X is such a great riding bicycle. 5” of travel, slack geometry, and fully active travel makes Gary a happy boy.

More Classics


This isn't from the 1800's but she does look like she is having fun.

Here are a few more of the classic images I've dug up from the late 1800's.


This is cool. A shot from my "hood" 12th and Walnut. I guarantee you there is no manufacturing there these days. 1895


You have to apply for a catalog? 1896


This catalog is for "the asking" 1896


"A Marvel of Mechanical Skill" 1896


Great colors. 1896


I hope she doesn't run over those geese. 1897

Now since we have gone over the past here is a nod to the present.

General Larry Platt has been a dedicated civil rights activist and served in the military; he most likely won't be remembered for these things. What he will be remembered for is his infamous appearance on American Idol.

I can proudly say I have never seen a full episode of American Idol. But you have not been paying attention if you didn't hear about his original song "Pants on the ground"

What did catch my attention was this spoof.

Jimmy Fallon doing a spot-on impression of Neil Young doing a version of General Larry Platts "Pants on the Ground" You can't make this stuff up. Truth is stranger than fiction.



Have a Great Weekend.

Wednesday Quote (Lyric)



Some people don't dance, if they don't know who's singing,
why ask your head, it's your hips that are swinging
life's for us to enjoy
woman, man, girl and boy,
feel the pain, feel the joy
Propellerheads featuring Miss Shirley Bassey
History Repeating




I like this quote (lyric) because it reminds me not to stick to preconceived notions.
Just because I have decided I dont like a certain artist, genre, or something...... I take a moment soak it in (whatever it may be) and see if it moves me. If it does I appreciate it. If it doesnt I change the channel.

Just go with it.

WWSD

Classics, Just for Different Reasons


I have all of these great images from the late 1800's and early 1900's. I have been trying to figure out how to share them, when I realized that posting these a few at a time would be an easy way for me to cheat and have posts.

Here a few from the late 1800's.


I'm not even sure I can pronounce this. 1869


These might go over well today with the cyclocross crowd. 1890


"You cant afford to ride a cheap bicycle if you want to enjoy sport" 1891
As true in 1891 as it is today.


24" 26" and 28" I guess the Two Niner revolution had'nt hit yet. 1894


A few different ads from the Cosmopolitan magazine. 1894

Now that we have taken that quaint trip down memory lane it is time to come into the computer age.

Welcome to BIZARRO WORLD.

Some people want to be celebrities just for the sake of being celebrities. Nothing has facilitated this more than the World Wide Interweb.
This is a classic...

I present to you; The Biker Fox.

Now if you have never seen the Biker Fox. Be prepared to be Horrified, Amused, and possibly Nauseous.





Set aside some time because this is a classic train wreck scenario. You cant pull your eyes away.

The real question to Biker Fox is WHY? WHY? WHY?

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I guess quote's arent just for Wednesday's

“There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
He’s ordinary”
Foo Fighters.
Written by Dave Grohl about Kurt Cobain

This quote always makes me think of my hero. Who is your Hero? Someone you know, a sports figure, a historical figure? I was lucky enough to grow up with mine.



My cousin Chuckie grew up on the opposite end of the block from me. He was the coolest kid I knew, one of those people who could step in shit and come out smelling like roses. You know the type. You would like to hate these people because everyone else likes them but you just cant because they are too darn nice.

He was a talented artist and had his first cartoon published in “CARtoon’s” magazine when he was 11 (or 12). When I think about it Chuck was most likely my inspiration to follow my passion. There was never any doubt in Chuck’s mind(or anyone else’s) that he would be an artist. And an artist is what he was, a successful graphic artist.






Now if you’re a child of the eighties you remember ZIMA.



Zima didn’t last but it was something that made a splash and was universally remembered by my generation (unfortunately not well). Chuck designed everything about Zima, the Bottle, the label, the Ad’s. Everything! The booze might have sucked but the advertising and splash it made was unmistakable. Hey he didn’t choose what the stuff tasted like. This was just a small part of his achievements.

Unfortunately 13 some odd years ago Chuck’s ability to come out smelling like roses ended. He was on the way to see the Albuquerque balloon festival driving down from Denver. He didn’t make it. The road claimed him. Luckily his wife and daughter survived.

The world lost a great man that day and I lost my hero. Chuck is always in my thoughts but often more so at Christmas time. When Chuck died I got his clothes and shoes, since we both grew to the same (short) stature. This was a bit odd because Chuck’s dad (3) is a tall man. I was always destined for shortdom.

Well I still wear his Black Doc’s on a regular basis. I remember one year Chuck unveiling his brand new snakeskin cowboy boots at the Family Christmas gathering. So I wear those boots (see top picture) every Christmas and on special occasions.



They say you don’t know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. Well I have walked miles in Chuck’s shoes. I don’t know if I "KNOW" him, but I do know he has made me a better person.

Wednesday Quote(s)

At least we don’t have to ride this. Early Spin bike???

"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas." ~Author Unknown

This quote is inspired by all of the chatter I hear about people’s resolutions this time of the year. Some people are sticking to theirs, others have already abandoned theirs. The gyms are full; for now. (Not that I would know) Even BBB is determined to lose his chorizo status, and just enjoy riding his bike.

This Elite Ad appears to show what we feel like in winter and what we strive for in season.



Makes me think of this quote…

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." ~Mark Twain

I like this take on resolutions that a friend shared with me…

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream" ~ C.S. Lewis – “This year I am setting goals rather than making resolutions.”

My goal is to not let myself go...


For the real scoop on this pic click here

Well I am back to my usual work day...



Have a good Wednesday

Let's Talk Kits



Road Racing season has not officially kicked off yet so the interweb has to buzz about something. Lately this something has been the announcement of the 2010 team kits. They run the gamut from cool, to boring, to what were they thinking?

Team Cervelo kits are pretty cool. Classic, not going out on a limb, and away from the all white. Let's face it, pacelining behind a white kit can be pretty bad unless it is an exceptional tush. This pic is from cervelo.com



Team Sky kits are a tad dull but are growing on me. The simplicity is nice. Having the massive funding has kept the kit free from clutter. That said, I know a few 10 year olds that could have designed it. This pic is from teamsky.com



Even better than they’re kits are the team Jaguars.



For an up close look click here

Team Quick Step’s new kits are retro cool. The team almost wasn’t allowed to start the 09 Tour of Flanders when they showed up in them. However they were received so well they decided to use them for 2010. Plus now Boonen gets to show of his Belgian National Championship Jersey. This pic from qsi-cycling.com



Team RadioShack. The Shack kit is OK. The bike has more RadioShack logos than a Saeco era Cannondale, but still pretty cool. I’m going to reserve judgment on this kit until I can lay eyeballs on the whole shebang. This pic is from teamradioshack.us



Team BMC. All I could find was this pic of George’s National Championship Kit. No new pic’s have been released of the team version yet. I saw one of Cadel’s World Champion Kit but I have wasted as much time as I care to on Google looking for it. They did a good job with George’s kit. So there is hope. This pic is from twitter.com/hincapiesports



Team Katusha. Let’s just say a picture says a thousand words, so I will let the photo speak for itself. I will say, This pic is from katushateam.com



Team Astana. This kit is uninspired. Not much different than last years. I understand that it’s a take on the Kazakhstan flag but… This pic is from ahhh I cant tell



Team Footon-Servetto. I saved the worst for last. I can tell you that this was designed by Basque artist Dario Urzay. I can also say WHY WHY WHY? These pic’s are from biciciclismo.com