King Tobra is back at it!
Be careful out there, kids – watch out for things that go “pump” in the night.
*Please note: This is not the Halloween Race which is being run by someone else on Halloween – this is just a fixed gear specific Halloween “themed” race.
Iâ€™ve been vegan for the better part of my adult life, about 12 years, and in time Iâ€™ve become much more moderate in my views â€“ or perhaps much more â€œrealisticâ€ is more accurate. The 16 year old me would be horribly disappointed with some of the choices the 28 year old version has made in respect to veganism â€“ but 28 year old me thinks that 16 year old me was kind of an idiot.
Iâ€™ve come to realize that so much about what we believe in is about symbolism and we will do things that defy logic to maintain the appearance of consistency. For example – I had a pretty strict â€œno leatherâ€ policy for many years which has since become a â€œno new leatherâ€ policy. The concept of wearing skin hasnâ€™t stopped being disturbing to me on one level or another but in theory Iâ€™d rather save a pair of used leather shoes from becoming landfill than buy a new pair of synthetics (which carry with them their own environmental considerations) that wonâ€™t last me half as long â€“ it just doesnâ€™t make any sense. Yet still, no amount of rationalization could ever convince me that my desires (to consume flesh) are worth the suffering they inflict.
Last week a friend and I were walking through Stanley Park and no sooner did she ask about the slaughterhouse nearby did we hear the screams of the pigs being sent to slaughter. You can hear them screaming into the night, across the park but their screams fall on deaf ears. No one is coming to save them and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair that any living being should have to die that way â€“ disoriented, terrified, huddled en masse, dying together yet entirely alone.
Every now and then you need to see, hear or feel something that reminds you who you are and what is important to you – I canâ€™t do much to improve their situation but knowing that they donâ€™t scream for me does provide me with some level of relative comfort.
â€œI just sit and watch the box-cars roll by and wait. Patient. Unattended. A package under a terminal bench. A short fuse to scatter steady hands if I forget to remember that better lives have been lived in the margins, locked in the prisons and lost on the gallows than have ever been enshrined in palaces.â€
I was lucky enough to sneak into the Fall Bike Show an hour before the doors opened yesterday so I was able to walk around and suss out some serious deals; namely this here Catlike Kompact for $69, down from $229
Happy, Mom & Dad?
Could they not have found better pedals to put on this monster?
I know it’s just for show but come on now…
Could Manic be our own little Central Perk? Judging from the constant bikepiles out front I’d say it could be. We need couches on the ASAP!
Could “Drawing Hands” be “the new Black/Pink/Two hats it is the new one hat”?
Could there be a better team?
Ace doesn’t think so – that is the face of a very impressed man.
Could they not have read this out loud before they had it printed?
Jaye’s Whip – Before:
Jaye’s Whip – After:
New Doublenaut Prints:
New Doublenaut Shirts:
I live a very exciting life.
Last night, in light of Storm The Gates being called due to rain, I decided to dig out the old Rocky Mountain to do some bar chopping / cabling to get her back in fighting shape. See, I love riding singletrack but I hate riding to the trails so this old gal only gets broken out once or twice a year.
Itâ€™s amazing how much you learn to appreciate the simplicity of a fixed gear road bike when youâ€™re working on a monster like this.
I spent a few minutes catching up with an old friend of mine tonight and he showed me some photos of him in Alberta that I thought were pretty incredible and worth sharing – Enjoy!
Next week’s sprints are going to be very interesting when this very large, very fast and incredibly sweet dude shows up to pound some serious ass!*
*I’m aware how that sounds and I don’t even care!
Iâ€™ll be going back to work next week after a week of Full Time Chillinâ€™ and there are ways in which Iâ€™m looking forward to it and, for obvious reasons, ways in which Iâ€™m not. Mostly Iâ€™m just really happy that I really capitalized on the time that I spent away from work and feel like I was able to really take stock of my life and start to get back to the kind of person I want to be â€“ thanks to those of you that made that possible for me.
I fought the law
Iâ€™ve always been told; â€œIf you get a ticket, take it to court â€“ even if youâ€™re guiltyâ€ and on Monday, I did just that for a ticket that I got for allegedly blowing a red on my bicycle. This is an informal estimate but I would say that 90% of traffic violation cases get thrown out due to lack of officer appearance. Unfortunately for me, my officer showed up. Fortunately for me, heâ€™s a pretty decent guy and wanted to help me get my ticket reduced.
Iâ€™m not the type of guy that always notices this thing but I noticed the prosecutor making eyes at me and Pierre the insane Gino who was in the seat behind me noticed it too. I donâ€™t want to assume that it had any bearing on how she decided to present the case to the judge but it doesnâ€™t matter â€“ I knew at a certain point that I wasnâ€™t going to have it thrown out so a $180 – $40 reduction is fine by me.
Storm The Gates – Sprints
Click here, here & here to see some pics of the event which was an incredible amount of fun and will hopefully become a regular event. Thanks to Ryan & Toby for putting it on, Brad for use of his helmet and Will for his timekeeping / organizational skills. Last but not least, thanks to Zion for providing the entertainment â€“ if you were there you know what Iâ€™m talking about! Yeah son!
Autumn FTW – Group Ride
Erinâ€™s boy, Gierhart from New Mexico is in town this week so Erin wanted to get a good crew together to roll around and show him how we do! The turnout was great and I hope we showed him a good time.
I want to apologize if I was kind of a dick before I left – it wasn’t my fault.
Iâ€™m not going to lie â€“ I thought it kind of sucked but it didnâ€™t stop me from having one of the best nights Iâ€™d had in some time which pretty much set up the rest of the week for me. This night birthed my latest super hero personality: Distracto.
My boy, Ollie XXX from Montreal is going to be tattooing at Good Time Design from October 12th through 13th so if you want to get tattooed while heâ€™s in town definitely get in touch and book some time!
Happy Birthday Alex & Dave and congratulations on your beautiful home; not to be outdone I ran out yesterday and bought a chandelier to hang over my tub as well. Time to up your game, kids!
With the number dialed and his thumb on the SEND button, UPS was about to feel the full force of B-MO â€“ the most Breadwinneringist motherfucker this side of Roncesvalles when this fella showed up at the doorâ€¦
Seriously, so jealous.
Now, Iâ€™m not much of a coffee drinker â€“ in fact I am not a coffee drinker with a huge black period. Sure, Iâ€™ll take the occasional sip of someoneâ€™s Soy Latte but I donâ€™t remember the last time I actually went and had a cuppajoe. It tends to make me a little jittery and has the potential to destroy my stomach but truth be told, I donâ€™t drink coffee because I think it tastes pretty gross â€“ or does it? Maybe Iâ€™ve just never had good coffeeâ€¦ I have now. Thanks Nick, Sam & Matt â€“ I drank black coffee from the top of the cup to the bottom and I just might do it again.
If youâ€™re a coffee-head and you havenâ€™t checked this place out yetâ€¦ wellâ€¦ youâ€™re not a real coffee-head. Yeah, thatâ€™s right, youâ€™ve been called out. Now get in there soon because they are taking pre-orders for cups of a magical coffee grown deep in the jungle (the mighty jungle) that if brewed just right, will give you the ability to see through the clothing of whoever you choseâ€¦ thatâ€™s right ladies, if youâ€™re one of the lucky few to get on that list you may get to see The Rennick in the way youâ€™ve always dreamed of.
Manic Coffee – 426 College Street (@ Bathurst)