Intelligent design

The Front Range seems very far away when you're between Falcon and Peyton.

The Front Range seems very far away when you're between Falcon and Peyton.

Lots of good thoughts in comments about the larval T-shirt/jersey design. Thanks to one and all. I think Jon P. hits the nail on the head when he suggests starting with a cheap T-shirt and taking time to dial in the pricey jersey.

The Mad Dog Media-Dogs at Large Velo jersey never did sell worth a damn through VeloGear, and neither did my Bog Trotters cyclo-cross jersey, so I’m wary of getting stuck with a closet full of these things.

I also need to come up with some amusing “sponsors” to put on the sleeves, pockets, collar and elsewhere, and I don’t feel the need to rush, especially since the DogHaus needs a new roof and insurance is unlikely to pay.

So, yeah — T-shirt first. I’ll have a final design and cost locked down by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, I spent part of the last two days riding the bike, which is a lot more fun than playing with Photoshop. Both times I rode northeast on Highway 24, yesterday on the Soma with fully loaded panniers as a sort of shakedown cruise for that eventual tour, and today aboard Old Faithful, the DBR ti’. Forty miles with panniers and 50 without. Guess which was easier.

Highway 24 is about the closest thing you can find to a flat ride in these parts. It used to be the Sunday group ride, back in the early Nineties, and while the traffic has certainly grown exponentially, the shoulders remain wide enough for a double paceline (or a single fat bastard).

The only hairy moments involve a few pucker-pass bridges, a la Highway 115. I don’t care what Satchel Paige said about not looking back — you hit one of these bad boys with an 18-wheeler in the oncoming lane, you want to take a quick squint over one shoulder to see if another 18-wheeler is gaining on you.

The math is simple: 1 pucker-pass bridge + 2 18-wheelers + 1 fat bastard = 1 closed-casket funeral.


11 Responses to “Intelligent design”

  1. Charley Says:

    No funerals please, I have lost two friends and 2 acquaintances to vehicle – bike accidents. It sucks.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Keep us posted on the touring adventures. It’s still in my dreams. When I first started riding, I used to think some day I would be able to do a cross-country ride. I still wonder if some day I will be able to do it, not physically, but will I ever be able to have the time to do it or will I have to work the rest of my life with only a few days off here and there.

  3. Larry T. Says:

    I really HATE bridges like those, same with ol’ 101 north of Santa Barbara — we simply don’t do that ride anymore as even if you manage to avoid ending up on the grille of truck hauling loads of crap to Sprawl-Mart or Son-of-Sam’s Club it’s no longer our idea of fun. Count at least one of those commie t-shirts as sold as long as you get M..all this talk had me pull my “Old Guys…” t-shirt out and wear it — it’s too big!

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I don’t remember if I had any of the Old Guys t-shirts although I remember bugging Patrick about when he was going to morph the t-shirt into a bike jersey; that goes back deeply into my Hawaii days. Still have three of the jerseys. Two are the original “Other Yellow Jersey” and one is the red and white.

    Have to think about the faux sponsors. Marx-Engel’s FreeWheels? Newt Gingrich brand chains?

    Anyone following Newt Gingrich’s House of Hate? Old Newt is starting to sound more and more like Joseph Goebbels, just substituting “Muslim” for “Jew”. Hitler was better at hate mongering than he was at suggesting solutions to the Great Depression. Newt is taking a page out of the same script rather than having any good ideas about the Great Recession.

    Sieg Heil.

  5. Doug N Says:

    I like the sponsor idea, though the ones I came up with are not relative to the schema. I’ll try em out anyhow…

    Corn: it’s naturally high in fiber. See for yourself!

    Duofold: You’re wearing tomorrow’s underwear…Today!

  6. Jeff in PetroMetro Says:

    I came to the party late, but I got one of the red Mad Dog Media jerseys a year or two ago. I don’t have any of the others.

    T-shirt sounds great. I want one.

    I wonder if a couple of real companies as sponsors might be the way to go.

  7. Ben S Says:

    Well the UN Bike Cabal story of Dan Maes has made it, to of all places, Slashdot a tech blog

    Comments include
    “The UN can be, like Obama, both corrupt and ineffective, and diabolically genius at the same time. The rich can be corrupt plutocrats who purchase government wholesale, and an oppressed minority who desperately need tax cuts, all at the same time. Conservative thinking requires no logical connection between its premises.”


    ” the bicycle program is only a gateway into bigger policies including, but not limited to, forced abortions and population control.

    If you’re a guy and you don’t ride a good bike with a ‘nad-friendly-seat’ you’re on your way down the path of bike-conspiracy-related sterilization which will result in population control.

    I don’t want to call this guy crazy … because I don’t want to offend any crazy people.”

    and (sigh)

    “Do you really think bike messengers and guys who think they look good in lycra should reproduce?”

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Newt, Maes and our own Steve King are not as nutty as they seem. It’s all a ploy to get the votes of the folks who ARE this nutty! Don’t know about Maes but Gingrich and King are both smart fellas, this is nothing but political theater designed to gin up support for their big-business friendly, right-wing programs. I have to give the Repuglicans credit, they’ve done a masterful job at getting the very people who would benefit LEAST from their agenda to be their most rabid supporters.
    I hope they put a bunch of these racist screamers on ballots all over the country as there are not enough of the real nutjobs who actually vote to elect any of ’em…they’ll just cause most everyone who’s not a left-winger to stay home on November 3rd. Since these guys are currently the party of “no-f__king-way” we need more Democrats elected to get anything done. Sad, isn’t it?

  9. khal spencer Says:

    Hit the nail on the head. Newt is a smart guy and utterly without moral scruples. He is fully aware that he is using vapid right wing propaganda to win the votes of the mouth breathers, who ironically will have less to gain than the German proles if his side wins. At least the Germans got the Volkswagen. Eventually they were bombed flat. With the Repugs, we will continue to go broke while the fat cats take the money offshore or into gated communities.

    As I said, Newt is not much different than old Joe, the Minister of Propaganda in the Reich. So if a few stores have their windows broken or if a few houses are torched, its just collateral damage. Bring on Krystallnacht.

    Sad part is that the Donks, left to themselves, aren’t a whole lot better at governing than their Elefink opponents. If only a few rational people would win.

  10. Steve O Says:

    Love it when folks talk about how smart Gingrich is. Obviously, “smart” is a moving target. Intelligence has too many components for someone to be good at all of them. Newt is a half-way decent historian and usually gets his nouns and verbs in alignment when he writes and speaks. But he’s been full of nutty ideas since his first day as a congresscritter. What fools people is that, in American politics, if you talk about good old-fashioned conservative principles from time to time, even if you don’t practice them, the folks you care about will believe you. Hence Bachman and Palin … politicians who would never be taken seriously if they didn’t remind their constituents that they’re solid conservatives with every other sentence.

    Newt only look smart by comparison.

  11. Steve O Says:

    Ben S: I’m convinced that most internet comments are written by moles pretending to be the opposite of what they really are, trying to make folks think that the other side is nuts. Because no one of right mind would offer up the lame rationalizations and illogical arguments that make up the majority of any paper’s comments section.

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