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Story minute
Thread started by rev106 at 10.9.14 - 7:36 am

Share a bicycle story.

Here's one from me:



Almost Got Me! Well, it was so close; I was nearly gotten, married that is. I have had some wild things happen to me in this life like having knife wielding Cholos try (see failed) to rob me, encounters with bears, struck by cars, had guns pulled on me, lots of very scary soapbox derby moments but nothing compared to nearly being captured by the shackles of matrimony. I guess I should have seen it coming but just like my normal ride home I had no idea what hit me. My girlfriend at the time, Dr. Baker (names not changed as there are no ďinnocentsĒ) had been going out for a while for me, meaning about 6 months. Thatís a long time for me not because Iím awful, in fact Iím a total softie and super romantic, however in the Gen-X sense Iím not willing to pay a personality tithe to be with someone. What this means is Iím not going to change who I am or what I do, I am who I am and I guess itís a little idealist of me to want some one to like me for who I am, bike grease and all. Shouldnít we all aim for what is ideal? I think so, and by having convictions you do surprise, confuse, shock, and eventually alienate people, mainly any lady that enters my bike laden realm with dreams of matching furniture not found on the curb and bikes hung from the ceiling. Anyway She had mentioned the M-word to me before and my response was ďFuck You!Ē at the top of my lungs. I know it was not nice, but when an animal gets cornered they tend to lash out, and thatís what I did. I am just an animal after all. In the early days of our relationship Dr. Baker was against procreation, matrimony even co-habituation. I had though Iíd finally hit a home run, well one out of three was not so bad I guess, and normally they want all three. I donít know why this happens to me but it does nearly every time, but the whole next step thing is lost on me, there is only step one. Weíre together, just like riding a trail you are just discovering. Every new twist and turn, every new curve is seen and felt, you get to experience it for the first time and does it make you want more? Sure! But when the ride is over do you look for more or are you happy to just ride again, and again right? I've ridden the same trails for years and years and each time I get a new little discovery out of it, a view I did not see before, and new way to clean a difficult section that I had not thought of the 999 other times I rode it. I view my relationships the same way, it may be a familiar path but I was willing and wanting to take the same journey over and over again as thereís always something new to discover. I can ride the same 8 mile out and back I use to keep my chops up and get something new out of it every time, it is always good, always fun, always interesting, and always worth doing again and again. I guess some people want more or canít see nor enjoy the subtle nuances that one finds on an often-traveled journey. Which leads me to the event. I was riding home on my 1950 Olmo carrying a piece of a 80ís diamond back viper that I was making from a 20Ē bmx to a 26Ē BMX cruiser in my hand. Then I came to in the Hospital. Apparently the frame had gotten in my front wheel and I bashed my head in, giving myself a concussion. I had a gash over my right eye and was covered in blood. Dr. Baker was at my house when I arrived carrying my bike (I was told it was my chief concern whilst dazed, even concussed I have my priorities straight!) as we were supposed to go out that night. So we went to the hospital instead! Fun! Now, if you've ever had a concussion you are not to mobile for a while, things donít work that great or at least they did not for me. I felt weak and had little control over my body, I had trouble moving. However while I was awake for the near whole thing I donít remember about an hour of my time, after that things started to be remembered. I see my girlfriend shoo away people with machines as they are all trying to get in on the action and hook me up to a bunch of stuff I did not need to rack up a huge bill. Then she got the hospital Chaplin. In my dinged up mind I could see what was really going on, I was being caught. I had run free for so long and now it was coming to an end with me laying in a hospital bed covered in my own blood. Since things weren't working too well I could not do much except make a few groans of disapproval. I knew what was going on though I could see it in her face like a dog who'd just crapped behind the couch; the gears of Suzy-Home Maker were turning. All I could do was lay there, doomed. The Chaplin went over the details with her, she was saying it was for insurance purposes, I think the Chaplin had experience with these sorts of things in the past and as a result she managed to dissuade Dr. Baker from getting me in her clutches. Anyway, you should just enjoy the journey and enjoy what you have, in trail riding and in love both are the same. Sometimes for trying to get more, you wind up with less.


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Can you make a comic version of this story for your next zine? Thanks!



the reverend dak
10.9.14 - 12:12 pm

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Mazel Tov!



Joe Borfo
10.9.14 - 6:43 pm

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no. I already have it in the zine.



rev106
responding to a comment by the reverend dak
10.12.14 - 10:47 pm

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facebook as ruined this site....



rev106
10.14.14 - 7:59 am

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are you still dating her?

If no, is she a KISS fan?

what the morale of the story anyways?
A)Don't date a Doctor,
B)strap your project frame on your back,
C)have medical insurance so they can hook you up to all those neat machine
D)have a advance directive?

how long was Atomic Cycles close because of your injury?

If it was longer then seven days did you sell all the repaired bike that where not picked up because they where in shop too long?

are you still doing the Halloween event?



sexy
10.15.14 - 1:48 am

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are you still dating her?

No. I am now with the most amazing woman that I have ever encountered, I leveled up so to speak.

If no, is she a KISS fan?

Don't think so, doubtful.

what the morale of the story anyways?
A)Don't date a Doctor,
B)strap your project frame on your back,
C)have medical insurance so they can hook you up to all those neat machine
D)have a advance directive?

E) none of the above. The moral of the story is you should not try and force things, nor should you put expectations on others especially when they lay out what not to expect right from the get go...

how long was Atomic Cycles close because of your injury?

It was not, I went to work loopy and dealt with it. I'm a trooper.

If it was longer then seven days did you sell all the repaired bike that where not picked up because they where in shop too long?

I usually wait a few months to do that, I understand while bikes are very important to me, they are not to most others. I like to be fair.

are you still doing the Halloween event?

yes, check the calendar. 14 years and running....bring it sucka foo....



rev106
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10.16.14 - 7:28 am

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Wageing the Unwinnable War.

I remember a scene from the movie Excalibur: Merlin is talking to Arthur while trying to catch a fish and he says ďRemember! Thereís always something cleverer than yourself!Ē That is a rad movie by the way, there are all these bad ass battles with swords, people fuckiní and killing each other, it reminds me of Reseda. OK, it is the same what Merlin said is applicable to riding bikes, you will always be beat. Not today perhaps, today youíre strong, every rider you pass soon becomes a speck in the distance. Youíre lean and mean and every ride is a race and every race youíre winning. For now. One day it happens you get passed by someone and they drop you. If you donít know what that means it means you canít stay behind them and draft off of them. In the draft you have to work less to go as fast as the guy in the front cutting the wind so If the guy in front who has the hardest job pulls away from you, you cannot hold their wheel (another bicycling term you shouldnít care about) and thus you are ďdroppedĒ and become the spec in the distance. Sooner or later it happens to everyone. I spend a lot of time in the hills riding around and I pass lots of people, every rider is a target to chase and surpass, I am guilty. However over time I have learned to just know my limits and not become a snot-covered sweat monkey just to pass some guy that will most likely never see again. It is hard not to bristle up when you see someone ahead of you or hear someone coming up behind you, it is competitive and rife with manly posturing, tens of thousands of years of breast-beating has come to a duel on a fire road with some guy who has matching lycra on his Niner and me on a 1955 Monarch cruiser, I donít know which one is dumber. I ďman upĒ which is gay but I canít help it, I have a wiener. He sees me; I stand up, the Nitto road stem creaks in the mild steel frame. He stands up; he needs new pants I can see way too much. He shifts. I breathe hard, the whole bike sounds like an old pickup on a bumpy road as I press my attack. Iím winning! He looks down at my bike and is destroyed; some guy on a beach cruiser just left his 4500 worth of bike in the dust. Before I can revel in my victory I get smoked by some girl on a cyclo-cross bike. I am neutered. A bicycle riding eunuch. A clod. As much as I try and just take it easy and enjoy the ride, I cannot. The war is unwinnable and yet I wage it time and time again. I win a few battles and then I lose a few but I solider on. I know my actions are pointless, macho, childish even, perhaps stupid. My attitude is pervasive however, we are all waging this war against each other at will knowing full well that we will never win the war, only a few battles here and there. It is sort of like a bicycle Valhalla where we battle all day and be slain only to rise again to battle all over again, sort of like trying to argue with a Dave Mathews Band fan that their band of choice sucks. Pointless. We take the war and itís war stories wherever we go to share with other fighters. Now, if you wage this war in its totality against strangers, you are completely ruthless when it comes to your ďfriendsĒ. The advantage of riding with your friends is not to have camaraderie and enjoy an activity together, it is to crush them on the tail/road and then rub salt in the wounds during and after. You clean a section of trail and your friend goes over the bars, you beast up a climb and they blow up trying to hold your wheel. What joy it is indeed to watch your friend try to enjoy after ride drinks covered in road rash or they are so tired that their speech is slurred. ďMan, you ate shit!Ē you say while they are picking pebbles out of their skin. ďThatís just like the time you tried to clean that jumpÖĒ oh you know I could go on but I think you get the point. It is all in good fun right? However such things to help each other aspire to better themselves but lets be real here we know that is a side effect. Now if that was not enough there is this website out now that allows you to compete against people on the same trails that arenít even there when you are. This website is called Strava. What is does it allows you to either set up a segment or section of road/trail or do one that someone else has already set up and using your dumbphone gps you can rank yourself against all the other idiots that are on there. The fastest person gets the title KOM or King of Morons. Oh the drama! Iíve actually had grown men come in looking for a Tom S. or whatever because they beat their Strava time on some trail and are convinced that they are cheating (perhaps) because no one I mean NO ONE could beat their time on blabityblahÖ Lame. Not only does it take the caveman chest thumping to a new level, people get hurt or even killed trying to get this KOM title. The internet kills. I thought cycling or running was healthy. Iíve seen them, the Stavites tm. Nary a nod of recognition as they blast past you on the trail, knocking small dogs and children aside (not necessarily a bad thing) to get those precious 1/10th of a seconds to beat some shmoe that they have never met. And what then? One day you look at your dumbphone and see that bastard Tom S. beat your time! It was only 3 days of glory and bragging, now gone. Furthermore, Iíve seen people blast a straight line through switchbacks to get a better time. Now, switchbacks are rad, period. Why would anyone willingly deny themselves the total radness that is riding switchbacks? That is like ordering a cheeseburger and not getting the cheese, why? Do you hate yourself? Iíve never seen a Goth on a trail so no, it must be something else. Regardless, if one spent ľ of the energy spent fighting these pointless battles on improving themselves they would more than likely have a better life and things to show for it. By that I mean they would have more bikes.





rev106
10.18.14 - 9:47 am

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