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By clock (Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 03:40:02 AM EST) (all tags)
and all the other stuff about which i should be writing.

it's easier to diarize when i'm down.  i'm really NOT down lately, so i have less to say.  how lame is that?  i will try to reverse that trend by talking bout cool and/or awesome stuff.

the most awesome of stuff is, of course, the dude.  he crawls at just shy of light speed these days.  seriously.  he can cross the house with a thought.  his robotic motions are a hoot and if he weren't always heading off to cause some kind of destruction or mayhem, it would be hella cute.  instead, he's usually doing something that makes me want to sigh loudly.  no point in yelling and the word "no" means a lot less than his name with a tone attached.  but it's good that he's so busy.  he's learning to empty all kinds of drawers and then put things back into them.  fortunately my video games are (or were) sorted by "last played in that drawer is on the top" so i'm not losing anything and he's having a good time with it all.  he's very serious about this business of his.

there are hints at walking (he pulls himself up and will use furniture to get around when it suits him) but the big news is: TEETH!  we have four of them now.  two on the top and two on the bottom.  this means that he is under no circumstances to be fed with anything other than a 5 foot pole.  those little choppers are sharp and they can inflict some real pain!  he's all about the solid food now and mealtime can be fairly entertaining most nights.

it's really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that he's almost a year old.  from the first day we brought him home i have been taking pictures of me holding him using photobooth on the lappy.  i run back through those pictures now and it's like watching a time lapse segment of plants growing.  he's such a big little guy now!

in other news on the homefront, the dog and the dude have reached peace.  for a while, the puppy was actually scared of him.  see, he grabbed her ear just right and actually hurt her so she lost interest in being around him.  but about a week or so ago, we had the cutest breakthrough ever.  the dude was holding "the gator" (a canvas alligator toy that stands up well to large dogs) and he waved it at the puppy.  she came over and engaged him in a game of tug.  100 pound rottie vs. ~22 pound human.  it was a draw.  she tugged so gently and let him keep his grip.  i was really impressed.  now he picks up her toys and bones and gives them to her.  she spends more time with him and, i think, feels safer with him around.  unless he has the big, white, plastic kitchen spoons.  when he has those, she's the only one smart enough to leave the room.

so the kid is great and will be one on st. hulver's day!

with the first birthday of the dude comes the second anniversary with the wife.  we decided to do something family-friendly and fun for said occasion and as such, we let the dude play with his grammy and we went bike shopping.  we both have mountain bikes that aren't really geared for pulling a trailer around the block and the general bikepath lifestyle that we're heading toward so we thought some hybrids would be good.  besides, we love biking and never get to do it so what better way to dive back in than to get some gear?!?  we went to three stores and should have saved ourselves the time by stopping after the first.  our salesdude was one of those 40-something dudes who has been working at a bike store for his entire life.  he looked at us and gave us exactly what we wanted/needed.  he'll get our money.  of course this means that we'll be out biking on some path at o'dark thirty next weekend because who can possibly buy a pair of bikes and then NOT go riding (even when it's hotter than ass out)?  great stuff!

and even better stuff:  my partner.  she's amazing.  even when she's being a silly butthead i live in awe of her.  she makes everything better (especially the things that were already great).  she is, quite simply, the best thing that has ever happened to me.  she rocks.

as to things that suck?  heat.  damn this place is hot.  it's generally 81F in my fucking house because the sun is only 5 or 6 feet away and the blanket of wet air that hovers over this town traps the heat, smothering me every time i set foot outside.  totally.  fucked.  up.

at least i have plenty of books and i've been recording every night.  i might hit my october 3rd deadline yet!  we'll see.

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cute dude by duxup (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 03:55:41 AM EST
post pix plz thanks
dammit! by clock (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 04:16:10 AM EST
yes.  yes i will.  i'm getting a lot of static from the family in general so the "family blog" and photo albums need to be updated.

this week.  it's on my todo list now.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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I watched rollerderby this weekend. by garlic (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 04:51:52 AM EST
I think stacky would be good at it.

i totally want to do rollerdirby!!! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 05:31:55 AM EST

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seems very possible. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 06:46:09 AM EST
She's got a great name for herself. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 07:53:06 AM EST

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Change tires by marvin (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 04:51:53 AM EST
Unless you have downhill-specific, fully suspended mountain bikes with frames that are too small, you can get the same effect by changing tires.

Something like one of these. I use the IRC Advantage and love them. There is only a minor difference in trip time (less than 5%) between an old (1980's) mountain bike with the IRCs, and a new road bike. No speed difference when compared to a hybrid. Your gearing should be fine for either purpose.

Of course, with four bikes of my own in the garage, I can definitely say that it is nice to have a backup bike. And depending on the accessories that the hybrid includes (racks, fenders, etc), it could cost almost as much to upgrade your mountain bike. Depends how good your mountain bike is, and how much you use it. The 40 year old bike shop guy would be able to steer you the right way on that issue (upgrade vs replace), and make sure that you're set up properly. He'll make almost as much money on $200 of parts as he would on $400 of new bikes.

A mountain bike is so similar to a hybrid already that you might want to leave some space in the garage for a touring bike (even better for commuting). Mountain bikes and hybrids are like SUVs. Touring / road bikes are the german sedans / sports cars of the cycling world. Huge fun to ride.

bike stuff by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 05:39:09 AM EST
in my case, i wanted a more upright ride compared to my mountain bike.  blah blah blah, doing the math it would cost about the same to upgrade my mountain bike as it would to get the new one.  i like the new bike option because i can still use the mountain bike for times when the dude stays the night at Grammy's without having to switch tires, etc.  OR, i might not ever use the mountain bike again, and i'll just sell it (for the amazing price of $15, since that's about all you can sell a bike for).

i've been going back and forth on this issue for...since I got pregnant.  one ride on the soon-to-be new bike settled it for me.  everything about it just feels perfect!  bonus - it costs much less than i thought a new bike would cost me.

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I've read about your shopping before by marvin (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 06:37:32 AM EST
And am reminded of your thoroughness. You and clock shop the same way I do - extensive research, then buy what is best.

In the future, you may want to look at touring bikes. They cost more than a hybrid (but you can buy used), but offer plenty of hand positions and fairly upright riding. Riding fully upright costs you speed and requires more energy due to wind resistance. Touring bikes also have longer chainstays and wheelbases than a road racing bike so you avoid heel strike with panniers, and also avoid toe overlap with the front wheel when turning. The seat on a touring bike is at around the same elevation as the bars, and the bars can often be raised higher than the seat.

You will not want a road racing bike - they look similar from a distance, but are a very different and nastier beast. Road bikes with racing geometry are cramped and uncomfortable. They lack braze-ons for fenders, racks, or more than 1 water bottle. Most of them won't even carry a frame pump half of the time, and the handlebars usually end up a few inches below the seat.

Make sure that your new bike is set up with plenty of eyelets and braze-ons to mount both front and rear fenders, racks, and 2 or more water bottles. If all you will get is $15 for it, keep the mountain bike for a backup. There were times when I had two bikes awaiting adjustment/parts and rode the third to work. Most bikes these days have threadless headsets, which are not adjustable upwards without replacing the fork - they get cut to fit. Ask the bike shop guy if you can get an uncut fork, and put spacers in above the stem. That way, you have the option of raising the handlebars higher if you  want to do so, and you can always cut it down later. You can also get stems with adjustable angles.

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mmmmm....touring bike by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 10:43:41 AM EST
one of those would rule.  also, i did mucho road biking in my youth, and i am quite familliar with them (i'd say i ahve the scars to prove it, but my doc gave me this awesome cream that left NO SCARS)

we're getting the new bikes with racks, and water bottles don't matter too much as we go camelbak (haven't carried a water bottle since i switched years ago).

re: upright position - i'll already be losing speed etc by toting around one of these.  this bike is all about family stuff - tooling around the neighborhood, groomed trails at the state parks, running around at the beach, trip to the pool, etc.

re: $15 for the mountain bike - it's a typical mid-grade mountain bike.  dime a dozen.  i doubt i could get much more than $20 for it, but who knows.

i just can't wait to start riding again!!!! (it's been far too many years)

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Chariots are good value by marvin (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 10:56:24 AM EST
We have the TCT Caddie, which was their base model 8-9 years ago.

One of my favourite memories is taking my two older boys for a ride around the neighbourhood in the Chariot. "Faster, Daddy, faster", they would chant. They were rather demanding.

Better get clock a touring bike, as drag and speed losses due to extra friction will be no excuse. And I know that he would hate to let the Dude down when he eventually learns to say "Faster, Daddy, faster".

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i paid more for mine, used by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 01:43:58 PM EST
but it was still so new it had the rubber nubbies on the tires, and had been completely checked over by the bike place that i trust (bike was there on consignment). it was a $500 bike, for about $100. it was exactly what i was looking for, so i'm happy i got it for that price in that kind of condition.
if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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Heat by debacle (4.00 / 2) #13 Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 07:27:02 AM EST
Yeah, I understand that. It was a balmy 68 degrees on the north side or our house this morning. Couldn't stand it.

Southerners, feh.


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