It's time to bang out a brief missive, as I've been too busy/distracted with too many different things to write a proper blog entry. And it's not for lack of ambition. Take today, for example. It's my day off, and I woke up fairly early, with big plans to get a lot of shit done.... Continue Reading →
Raleigh Crested Butte: Dialing it in
Oh, the irony. I always hate it when my boss uses the term "dial it in."Anyways, I've been riding the Raleigh Crested Butte A LOT lately. I've alternated between it and the Raleigh Wayfarer as my primary daily bikes. (Oh poor Long Haul Trucker, I promise to ride you soon!) I've really gotten use and... Continue Reading →
Old Carradice, New Carradice.
Somewhere under all that stuff is a Nelson Longflap.Time to talk about the true bag of the Retro-Grouch, the British-made transverse saddle bag. There were many makers of this bag back in the olden days, but the only maker that has survived into this modern era is Carradice. So Carradice is the bag seen most... Continue Reading →
Shawn vs. Bike Obsessions
As I stated in a previous post, I am an off and on peruser of the bicycle section of Portland Craigslist. Currently, I'm in "on" mode, which means obsessively checking listings frequently through the day. Yes, this might seem "much", but on a good day Craiglist will see 600-1000 new bike listings. (And yes, "new... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk a little more about "The Kit", shall we?
If you can't figure out by the fact that I've taken three different bike camping trips on three consecutive weekends this month (and plan on doing a lot more in the near future), this whole bicycle camping/bicycle touring thing has been on my mind a lot lately. So much so that I have been procrastinating... Continue Reading →
April reunites with her Raleigh Sports
It has been a busy week around the Urban Adventure HQ. So busy that I haven't had much time to blog (boo) or draw (double boo!) But the fruits of all the labor will soon be shared here on Ye Olde Blogge. (And yes, the labor has been on the Rudge. If you can't wait... Continue Reading →
Loaded Carradice Porn, another installment of The Fancy Bicyclist
As I mentioned previously, I have a certain fetish for traditional Carradice saddlebags. There's something about them that evokes the image of touring through the English countryside and drinking tea. Romantic imagery is one thing, but they are very practical and durable bags as well. I've owned the Carradice bag on my Raleigh Wayfarer for... Continue Reading →
The Randominum of Notes: Post Xmas Bike Rides, The Carridice Fairy, Pedals (yet again), and the Photomat of Memories
It's the fifth day of Christmas, right? So do I get Five Golden Toques?Monday December 26th, April and I went on a group bike ride that I sort of led. I say "sort of" because while our friend Ryan was the technical organizer of the ride, I was the one that picked the route. We... Continue Reading →