Wheels, meals and deals

The Marin Four Corners Elite. Look for it in the March 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

The Marin Four Corners Elite. Look for it in the March 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

Normalcy is beginning to rear its ugly head again (yeah, I know, I’ve said like this before and we all remember how long that generally lasts).

But for the moment, anyway, I’m back to practicing my trade (making shit up); cooking tasty and nutritious meals (tonight it’s either pasta al cavolfiore from “The Moosewood Cookbook” or pasta with smoked salmon from ‘The Feed Zone Cookbook”); and striving mightily to get some friggin’ exercise (short shakedown cruise on a new review bike yesterday).

Now and then I take a peek at the political news, which mostly makes me want to ring up the queen and beg her royal forgiveness. Does anybody really want to be president? Besides the Hilldebeast, I mean? Florida Man hates governingThe Donald and The Doctor keep trying to out-stupid each other, and it just keeps going downhill from that point, which in a sane country would be the bottom. Not here.

I have a soft spot for Bernie, because he’s at least half a pinko, but he’s asking America for a helluva lot more than a job, and you know what that means. Shiny object! Squirrel! Say, what was the old guy on about again?

Ah, well. The moon is full, the sun is shining, and if the stars seem slightly out of alignment, we’ll just have to live with it. America needs proctology, not astrology. Call it a headhunting expedition.

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11 Responses to “Wheels, meals and deals”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Bernie will scare the crap out of some people with that commie pinko Denmark stuff.

  2. Charley Auer Says:

    Perfect medical prescription!

  3. Larry T. Says:

    Cavolfiore? Yuck, unless there’s enough other ingredients to cover the taste. I can barely eat it even in Italy – I think there’s a reason it translates into something like “horse flower”.
    Gotta love Bernie but the establishment donkeys, led by that moron Wasserman-Shmuck will torpedo him if he starts to make Billary look bad, just like they did with Howard Dean awhile back. I joined their party just to work for him in the Iowa caucus and bailed out as soon as they’d screwed him over.
    Regarding the photo, sloping top-tube road bikes with the bars hovering up around the same height as the saddle are just – WRONG. I guess you don’t have to look at ’em while you’re riding one, but I’ll hate the folks at GIANT until I die for creating these ghastly designs.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself loves that dish, Larry. Me, I can take cauliflower or leave it, even with tomato, basil, garlic, parmesan and lots of black pepper. But sometimes a fella has to take one for the team.

      DWS will indeed slip the shiv to Bernie in a hot Noo Yawk minute. Lord, Charlie Pierce despises that woman. And for good reason, too. She could fuck up a one-car funeral if you spotted her the hearse. The folks the Donks think are smart only look so in comparison with the lot advising the Repugs.

      Hey, what’s wrong with 220mm of seat post showing? You should see my old MTB: 260mm at least. I feel like an old-timey flagpole sitter on that one.

      I recall Brent Steelman or someone very much like him opining that the only reason for sloping top tubes was to save money on tubing if you built bikes by the container-load. He did a very gentle slope on the TT of his CC back in the day, but that was intended to be a 700c mountain bike — perhaps one of the first of the 29ers-slash-monstercrossers — and I expect he was thinking about nut clearance if you suddenly found yourself straddling the sonofabitch on a technical bit of single-track.

      As regards bar height, now, former Adventure Cyclist tech editor John Schubert will tell you that we tourists want our handlebars 1-3 inches higher than on the typical racing bike … and in some cases, actually higher than the saddle. The goal is to avoid neck pain. I can dig it, having a stiff neck, a bad back and a dead chiropractor.

      • psobrien Says:

        Save the conjones. Beats traditional looks every time. Especially on the trail.

      • Larry T. Says:

        The flag pole seatpost and sky-high handlebar might work just fine – but that doesn’t make it pretty..or even non-butt-ugly. But as I wrote, you’re riding it rather than looking at it. As to Schubert’s idea – might be just ducky for slogging across Kansas, but I’d lay odds he’s slower than grandma when the road goes downhill with a turn or two if he has his bars up in the stratosphere, based on 3 decades of observations.
        As to Billary, I’ll hold my nose and vote for them rather than anyone from the Rethug clown car…if for no other reason than the Supremes that they’ll likely nominate. I’d like to see the Court tilt back a little more to the center. I really wish we could be done with Clintons and Bushs.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Cavolfiore grilled with garlic in olive oil over linguini is one of the standard “we are both exhausted after a day at the bomb factory” dinners. As long as it is washed down with a lot of chardonnay, its fine with me.

      Like O’G, I’ve got a bad back (herniated disk from several injuries at once) and a bad neck (whiplash from when an SUV t-boned my Porsche 944) so my handlebars are a tad high. That said, i can live with it. I’d rather ride with a weird looking bike than not ride at all.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    America, the only country whose language allows the phrases “direct action on the ground” and “boots on the ground” to have a different meaning. Maybe those special ops folks have hoverboards now. Obama needs to start firing a few folks, or go on vacation until January 2017. He could take congress with him; nobody would notice.
    I like my bars even with the seat (they may even go higher than the seat if my back gets any stiffer) but I agree that sloping top tubes and long seat posts just don’t look right on a road bike. But, is this Marin really a road bike? I bet it sees more dirt than pavement miles with Patrick piloting. But I like the humungous cassette. 12x 42 I’m guessing. I’m thinking SRAM 1×11 drivetrain with a road shifter operating a mountain derailleur?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      It’s amazing what you learn when you use the links Patrick gives you. At least my guess was right. I am interested in what you think about those through axles.

  5. Dale Says:

    The proctologist will not need to probe very far to find (US) America’s head. It used to be impacted pretty far up, but lately it has traveled southward.

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