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So it goes  //   Thursday - April 12, 2007

RIP Kurt Vonnegut. One of the greatest American authors to ever live. He has a huge body of work, more than I have read so far. Go search some out.

"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the centre."
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- riderx

Ball and Chain  //   Tuesday - April 10, 2007

Unlike those with more puritanical views, we've always felt the combination of bikes and beer is a good thing. So with that in mind we mounted up our fixed gear steeds on Saturday and set out on a mission to kidnap our friend Ken who is slated to get married shortly.

bike pile

We were on a bit of a tight schedule at the start, needing to get to Clipper City for their brewery tour. So when we arrived at Ken's house we gave him 15 minutes to get his gear together and head out. Kevin and Eric came prepared with a milk crate and an 8 pound bowling ball attached to a chain. We quickly mounted up Ken's rack and strapped the crate to the rear. You see, true friends will occasionally make you suffer. If we were going to buy Ken beer all day and night, we were going to make him tote this big weight around while we had a good laugh. In the interest of keeping him in one piece, we allowed him to simply carried the ball in the crate when the bike was in motion. Otherwise that sucker was strapped to him.

crate

The brewery tour turned out to get us more primed than expected, which was a good thing. The tour is free but you can throw down a Lincoln and get a nice Pils glass and 6 samples (about 3 beers worth) plus some other deals on beer and swag. As we left the brewery we filled the water bottles with beer and had a nice derby in the parking lot to the amusement of some of the tour goers. From there we started the journey down to Fell's Point for food and more beer. At one point between bar stops we strapped the bowling ball to Ken's bike so he had to drag that sucker down the cobblestone roads for a couple of miles. That was quite the site as it bounced all over the place hitting various objects including his bike. At one point as we rode the docks along the water I was sure the ball was going to bounce right over the edge and we would have to do a water rescue. Luckily that didn't occur since it was in the mid 30s, but a pole in our path caught the chain and whipped the ball around smashing into Ken's wheel. No damage and we moved on.

A few bars later and our bachelor was having a hard time getting mounted on the bike, the weight of the crate and it's contents certainly weren't helping matters. After a few failed attempts that left him laying in the street, had us laughing and the bar patrons cheering his efforts, we were once again on our way.

By the last stop it was obvious our boy was not riding 15 miles home and his brother-in-law, who had met us midway on our journey, scooped him and his bike up and deposited them in his pick-up for return transport. The rest of us made it back via bike in slightly better condition.

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Needs some more Stooges stuff? Here's a video from the 930 Club show last week. You can read Mike Watt's tour diary here.

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Well, we had 81 degree weather last Tuesday and then flurries pretty much everyday since. It's been windy too, just to add to the fun. Spring is in the air though, we were in the Bicycle Escape Friday night and it was jamming with people buying new bikes and getting ready for the good weather to show up for good. There was one little girl, looked to be about 5 years old, and she just couldn't get the smile off of her face when she rolled through the shop on her new bike. Man, that was cool to see. It's great when people get stoked about bikes, but when I see a little kid totally jazzed to be on 2 wheels, it's even better. Me, I satisfied my own bike lust by picking up one of these to build a matching rear wheel for my Crosscheck.

- riderx

 

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