Hello, sweetheart, gimme rewrite

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, so he subscribes to our digital product. So what? You have any idea where he's making me ride?"

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, so he subscribes to our digital product. So what? You have any idea where he’s making me ride?”

Merrill Oliver of The New York Times digs into the day’s big story: “Why the hell am I riding a bicycle in freezing temperatures, on icy, sandy roads and trails lined with cacti, at altitude, with some bald-headed asshole in Albuquerque?”


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25 Responses to “Hello, sweetheart, gimme rewrite”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    OG: I hope you showed him your “Old Guys Who Get Fat in Winter” jersey(s).

    If that’s him in the pic, he looks pretty fit. If that’s you…..you’re always fit!

  2. Pat O"Brien Says:

    Why not? I would. I assume he is humoring an old classmate.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, Merrill and I went for an extremely short ride last time he visited us in Bibleburg. Today we got an hour in, with some climbing and a quick descent on the Bear Arroyo trails. Wish I’d had the fenders on the Soma, though. Red sand up the bum is hard on the bib tights.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    So is this going to be in the NYT?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Haw … not likely. Merrill is an old pal from my Gazette days, back in the late Seventies. He passed through Duke City en route to California, burning up some vacation time and tending to a bit of family business. I dragged him around some of my new favorite roads and trails after a light snow. It was a rare three-jerseys-and-booties kind of day.

      Another former Gazetteer and brother cyclist, columnist-turned-councilman Chris Coursey, is in the wine country (when he’s not into the actual wine), and I expect he and Merrill will do some longer and warmer rides out there.

  4. Charley Says:

    It is a great question though!

  5. bromasi Says:

    Now about those jerseys?????

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Bro, the whole jersey project got sidetracked by our move to Albuquerque, Mister Boo’s surgery and recovery, various home-improvement projects, and a significant dearth of uncommitted funds.

      I anticipate at least one more pressing fiscal priority, perhaps two, this month. But I plan to revisit the project in February. So stay tuned.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Maybe, after hearing about another cracked tooth yesterday, the availability of your disposable income and mine will coincide. You make them and I’ll buy ’em. Well, two of them anyway.

        By the way, we are really enjoying the Apple TV. If you have reasonably fast internet service (say 25Mbs or faster) it works very well. To use the iTunes radio feature you must have an Apple account.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Next time you talk to Merrill, say CIAO for us! We enjoyed riding with him on our Umbria-Le Marche guided tour way back in 2000. Small world, eh?

  7. Debby, south of Longtucky Says:

    Looks like a fine day in the ‘burque! Be glad you’re not in Crestone: current temp 11F after a morning low of 5. 12 inches of snow on the ground, too. Up here in the Peoples’ Republic, where I am at present, quite a bit warmer but no sun.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Boulder, I presume?

      • Debby, south of Longtucky Says:

        Correct! Sun is out now and things are looking up. Today is one of the 300 after all. 🙂

      • khal spencer Says:

        Beautiful place, Boulder. We were there a few months ago, whenever it was you had that forty degree temperature drop was when we visited. Amazing weather. We watched the front move over us in real time as we hurried back to our host’s home from walking the dogs.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Jeeze, another cop just busted for murder, up near Walsenburg.


  9. khal spencer Says:

    BTW, Patrick. Regarding that Vision Zero talk. You said to give you an F, which still escapes me, but I did think of this….

  10. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Meanwhile, riots and church burnings to accompany damn near martial law in the home of cyclocross. Ain’t terror, ignorance, and religion, and the assholes who use it to get riches and power, just great? Gimme a F……..

    But, please forgive my foul humor. Changing brake pads on Avid BB7 brakes, two bikes, and dealing with SRAM X9 real derailleurs, with springs strong enough to launch cargo capsules to the space station, has got me in a state of total frustration.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Lucky me. I rode a bike set up with Shimano 9 speed, 105 brakes, all on a 13 year old Cannondale today. If the old shit works, use it…..

      Hey, O’G. Just tried to call you on that talk I am supposed to give. Got the “sorry, wrong number” deal. Can you email me your current coconut wireless number?

      • Larry T. Says:

        Same here Khal. Very much enjoyed a ride today on a bike with only 9 cogs in back and brakes that squeeze the sides of the rims. It was built up in 2005 and other than normal service, it’s had a new BB installed plus chains and tires on regular basis and that’s that. Still works like new, even on rides like this
        On the other hand, perhaps its rider could use some updated components?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Give me a brake, guys. I moved the older BB7 brakes from Sandy’s old C’Dale F600 to her new Salsa Ala Carte frame. All the components on that “new” bike are 8 years old except the XT crankset and fork. The original model BBDB Avid mechanical disc have easy pad changes. The newer 6 year old Avid BB7 brakes on my Niner are a royal pain in the ass when changing pads. They were OEM on my two year old Gary Fisher Ferrous 29. I moved all the components from that Fisher onto the new Niner MCR frame 4 years ago. When changing pads in the BB7 calipers you have to hold your mouth just right as you utter words that would make Mad Dog blush. But, I love the old X9 drive train save one thing. And that thing is removing the rear wheel. Swinging that derailleur out of the way is tough. Best done with the front in the middle ring and rear in smallest cog. Even then, it’s not as easy as it should be. But, it has been shifting great for 6 years on two different frames. So, have I redeemed myself?

      • Larry T. Says:

        Don’t have a lot of experience with SPAM, but none of it has been good….same reason many others change the R to P..and add an O to change the brake name to AVOID. Still remember the first time I tried to quickly swap a rear wheel for a SPAM user…thinking “WTF? The neutral support guys in road races must HATE this stuff!” Not a big fan of SHIMANO either (we used to add a T after the I) but at least their stuff works OK, especially when it’s new.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I agree Larry. When the pads on the NIner wear out, I am really thinking of the TRP Spyke for replacements. Also, when any major part of the SRAM wears out, the drivetrain will go to Shimano XT.

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