Dude, where’s my column?

The homebound leg.

Whew. Finally, chucked another Bicycle Retailer column and cartoon over the transom, just in the nick of time, too.

This fake-news bidness isn’t as easy as some folks would have you believe.

Yesterday the brain-lock was so severe that I had to resort to vigorous outdoor exercise to shake the nickel loose and set the music to playing.

Apparently I wasn’t the only sufferer. The trails were alive with folks running, riding, or simply enjoying a beautiful day in the Duke City.

Today — not so much. Gray, cool and damp, which is to say fine weather for making up stuff indoors and enjoying a rare cup of afternoon coffee.

A fella who’s not making it up is my old comrade Hal Walter. Check out MotivRunning for one of Hal’s stories about his neurodiverse son, Harrison.

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10 Responses to “Dude, where’s my column?”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Lovely photo. I’m jealous, sitting here in my office cranking out science.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Man, it was nice yesterday. I shouldn’t have gone for a ride, but I just had to.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Same here. As one of my friends put it, “A Top 10 Day in Iowa” and it turns out a road loop I ride to the south was almost free of motorized traffic due to construction on a bridge…and will be for a couple more months!
        What is that bike in the photo? Reminds me of my old B-Stone MB1 after I converted it to drop bars back-in-the-day. Same color even!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Larry, that’s my Co-Motion Divide Rohloff, with the 14-speed German hub and Gates Carbon Belt drive. I keep thinking I should swap the 29×2.0 rubber for something smaller, but it sure rides nice on the local singletrack.

        • Doug Moore Says:

          As a newbie to the 14 speed hub w/ belt drive, I’m still amazed at the smoothness and quite while pedaling. Magic.

          Coasting is a different story, it’s a little clacky, but I’m getting used to that too.

          And because I’m lazy, I love the fact that I can shrug off drive train maintenance day in, day out, week after week. Perfect for my slightly insane commute through the L.A. mean streets.

          If you’re out there racking up the commuting or touring miles, it’s highly recommended. But – it’s pricey, so prepare yourself 🙂

          Happy Riding,
          Doug Moore

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Doug, it really is magic. One of my favorite things about the Rohloff is if you get caught at a red light (or at the bottom of a steep hill) in the wrong gear, you can just shift to a more accommodating gear while at a dead stop.

          Also, greasiness is at a minimum. No muss, no fuss.

          Rear-wheel removal and replacement is a little involved, but it’s worth the tradeoff, I think.

          The Co-Motion guys are big on the Pinion gearbox, too. Anyone tried that? That’s still on my to-do list.

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            Havene’t had the chance to try a Pinion gearbox. Ever since having a Schlumpf Mountain Drive crankset, I have been interested in no derailleur drivetrains, combinations of derailleurs and gearboxes. I still might pop for a Schlumpf crankset one of these days. Besides easy shifting, a big advantage, as Patrick noted, is shifting while stopped. A Schlumpf Drive and a Shimano Nexus hub could give you 14 or 16 speeds, belt or chain drive.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Figured you were up against deadlines. Rained yesterday, on and off starting from 1PM into the night. Nice. Sunny today. Ride tomorrow. Hal’s stories continue to amaze me. I wouldn’t know where to start or have the patience to keep at it like he does. With the skills that Harrison has, there must be a place for him in this world. Did Hal ever get him a guitar?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Deadlines and other goodies, Paddy me boyo. The party, she never stops. No more calls to the courtroom this week, happily. But I still have two weeks to serve.

      Hal is indeed a miracle of modern paternity. He just clocks in and plugs away. There should be statues, ticker-tape parades and award banquets. Seriously.

      I think the two of them are sharing a beater guitar at this point, but I’m not certain.

  3. Dale Says:

    Since we are not talking about HWMNBN (not the former rider), I thought I would mention the Vuelta.

    I did not watch the Giro or the Tour, but team Sky seems very good at winning races and making the winning so boring that I probably won’t watch another. Seems like if you throw a ton of $ at a project these days, that’s all it takes.

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