Rock ‘n’ roll

Some places the walls have ears. Here the trails have teefers.

Some places the walls have ears. Here the trails have teefers.

Yesterday I was out shooting snippets of video for my Adventure Cyclist review of the Specialized Sequoia when I decided it would be edifying to snap a still of some of the rocks I throw at these machines during our rides together.

Doesn’t quite give you the shark’s-tooth view I get from the saddle, does it? I need to go back and try again.

Meanwhile, I ordinarily read a bit of poetry before nodding off at night, but lately I’ve been browsing The Paris Review‘s interviews with authors and artists. If you need a break from the full-auto barrage of political news, check it out.

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27 Responses to “Rock ‘n’ roll”

  1. Dale E Brigham Says:

    Sorry to interrupt with tragic news, but let us all take a moment to honor and commemorate the innocent victims of the Bowling Green Massacre. May they rest in peace.

    “2/2/17: Never Surrender/Always Remember”

    Dale in Missouri (which touches, just barely, Kentucky)

  2. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Mark it zero!

    Never forget! They used Christians’ heads for balls and infants for pins! Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules?

    • Dale Says:

      Although I do, as Dale E Brigham reminds us, mourn the deaths that did not happen, in the massacre that did not happen; I do mourn the the death of a cottontail rabbit killed by a cat that a neighbor refuses to keep inside her home (except for meals).

      We should rejoice in the fact that we are about to instigate at least one more war, whether it be with Iran, China, or Australia.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Australia. Jeebus. We better hope it’s not Beer Wars. You ever drink with an Aussie? I made that mistake in Tucson once, when I was a young and frisky pup, and it took 10 years off my life.

  3. mooremediaone Says:

    +1 for The Paris Review. Thanks for the reminder, I keep forgetting to up my culture from Bicycling Magazine.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I usually read a chapter of the Tao te Ching before going to sleep. For the current situation, chapters 17 and 53 summarize it well.

    https://u.osu.edu/dialecticseastandwest/files/2016/02/taoteching-Stephen-Mitchell-translation-v9deoq.pdf

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hard to take a wrong step along the Way with Steve’s translation.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I have been reading a translation by Derek Lin for the last two years. He seems to be convinced that a literal translation, as much as the ancient Chinese ideograms will allow, is the way to go. He also takes a thinly veiled shot at Mitchell’s translation/interpretation in his note on the translation at the beginning of the book. Mitchell clearly states in his translation that he tried to make the language applicable to the modern reader, and that is was not a literal translation. Lin’s version is interesting, but doesn’t sing to me like Mitchell’s version. Lin’s criticism of Mitchell’s work seemed like a cheap shot to me and affected my view of his book from the start. But in some chapters I can see why trying to preserve the original language improves my understanding of it. Chapter 46 is an example. Anywho, I am ready to try another translation or interpretation. I think Lin’s version is going to be donated to the Friend’s of The Library book store.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Translation is a bitch. I’ve often wondered how much I might like some of the books I’ve idolized if I had been able to read them in their original language.

        I still chuckle every time I think of Charles Pelkey’s machine-translation “poem,” assembled from a snippet of race coverage, “We Were Fought By Men Very Fast.”

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    You need to get the camera down low to make the rocks look big and nasty. Stupid and nasty are the guys running the country at present.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Seeing a skinny tire going over rocks like that is just wrong. They make mountain bikes with front suspension for a reason. To keep my old ass comfy.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Righto, Larry. I was using the iPhone and not really trying hard. Today I did road with the neighbor, but tomorrow I may go back to the rocks and take an actual camera.

      As for tire size, sheesh, Pat, them dudes was 42mm. That’s plenty big for an old ‘crosser who used to rock the 28s. Just don’t hit the rocks too hard. …

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        42mm??? Well, if and when I come up, if we should ride that trail together, I will be on the Niner. 2.1 inches of rubber is what, and a Rockshok Judy to back them up!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Make that a Reba, not a Judy. Have you ridden your trusty D’Back on that trail?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I have, Pat, and I nearly stuffed it in a tight corner because I wasn’t used to riding with a suspension fork. Have I mentioned that I’ve never ridden a dual-suspension bike?

        The Jones is a pretty good bike for these trails, with its 2.4 rubber. The H-bars are a little broad for some cactus-lined sections and our absurdly narrow trailhead gates, though.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        That Jones might come close to the all purpose bike, I think? I remember when Salsa came out with the Fargo. I was tempted to see if I could live with one bike. I quickly got that idea out of my head. After all, what is a garage for?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The Jones covers the waterfront, for sure. I got mine in a road configuration with “narrow” 29×2.35 Schwalbe Big Apples, fenders and racks front and rear. But I pulled all that off and hung 29×2.4 Maxxis Ardents on it and use it primarily as a mountain bike.

        I’ve been thinking about going back to its original setup just for the hell of it, but I like riding it on trails so much I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  6. Libby Says:

    This in the Daily Fail today. Thirteen thousand Americans applied to purchase homes near Hurben in New Zealand in the week following the election. Seventeen times the usual number. The “home” invasion/land grab of billionaires leads off the article. One billionaire was granted immediate citizenship. Ordinarily 3 years of residence is required. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4190322/Tech-billionaires-building-boltholes-New-Zealand.html

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