Lights, camera, inaction

Must be a gravel bike.*
* Gravel not included.

Timing is everything.

Yesterday morning I went out for a short run (keep muscle memory alive!) and then hopped on the Giant ToughRoad SLR 1 with the idea of wrapping up its video review for Adventure Cyclist in advance of the next member newsletter.

It might have been smarter to do the shoot first and the stumble second.

I figured that by midmorning on the Monday following Easter weekend most of my fellow trail users would be on the job, in school, or buried deep in household chores. Nope. My cinematography was interrupted over and over again by moms pushing strollers, dog walkers, hikers, rock climbers and other truants.

You’d think we had the nation’s second-worst unemployment rate or something.

What? We do? Never mind.

And with Il Douche busy crashing the economy I might have to start shooting these things on a trainer in the living room. The open space around here is liable to start looking like a hobo jungle out of “The Grapes of Wrath.”


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22 Responses to “Lights, camera, inaction”

  1. Herb Says:

    I’m sure in reality that like me you may grumble a bit when on the trail and toddlers and pets are wandering all over while their keepers stare at cell phones. Yet, I take a deep breath and am mindful that at least they are OUTdoors and maybe, just maybe will wish to protect our recreational areas from development by the 1% who rule us. The more use and crowded my local rail/trail gets the better in the long run. And no, I do not subscribe to the bullshit that supporting rail trails will eventually lead to bikes being banned from roads and streets. That argument sounds like the NRA cooked it up. BTW- like you I was surprised how many people get Easter Monday off. At least here in Michigan where believe it or not there is still a glimmer of the UAW poking through now and then.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well said, Herb. I have been delighted to see how much New Mexicans love their open space … so much so that I normally ride trails only on weekdays. Come the weekends a thundering herd descends upon them.

      And since the lab offers a flexible scheduling option that lets employees get every other Friday off, sometimes I skip Fridays, too.

      What I particularly like to see is some squirt wobbling along in front of the parents. More butts on bikes! Especially them itty-bitty ones. My last copy of BRAIN contained all of 32 pages, including the covers.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Those people have a lot of nerve getting in the way of a working man.
    I went for a ride yesterday to test my back muscles. So far all systems are go.
    PS: I got to get me one of those “Contact Neutral” saddles. Then I could get rid of that heavy suspension fork on the Niner.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Dern recreators. They’re Takers, not Makers. Unless they buy bicycles from their friendly local IBD, in which case I’ll give ’em a pass.

      Glad to hear you’re back in the saddle, even if it isn’t a Contact Neutral. I’ve been riding so many different saddles I’ve forgotten which one I prefer.

      I know which kind of suspension fork I like, though: none. The DBR Axis TT with its Judy gets out about as often as Ted Kaczynski.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I was going to get a Niner 853 steel fork for my Niner. Then they quit making them. I couldn’t find a new one, just beat up used ones. If I see a new one, I am going to give it a try.

        • Shawn in the Gorge Says:

          If you don’t find a quality made factory fork, you might source out a starving frame builder that offers fine rigid forks. Yeah, you might pay more, but you’ll get true craft art that you can be proud of.

          As for forks myself, even though I was a so called Mechanical Engineer in the distant past, I kind of prefer the no maintenance rigid forks. Suspension on a bike is comprised of multiple elements – tires, frame, rider flexibility and forks. I try to stay flexible enough that I can ride without a suspension fork, even on a mountain bike at various times.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Good advice, Shawn. That’s what I did with my DBR road bike and the backup Steelman Eurocross. Steelman fork for the one, Kelly for the other.

          Surly and Soma both do good aftermarket forks. And Niner is doing a 29er steel fork — they carry it at BTI up in Fanta Se.

          There’s only one suspension fork and one carbon fork in the fleet. I don’t trust carbon after a bum Ritchey put me into a Death Wobble back in Bibleburg, and the trails in the ‘hood here in Duke City are mostly so gentle that suspension would be overkill.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Thanks for the suggestions gents. I looked at the current Niner steel fork, and it is set up for a through axle. I think I would like through axles, but then I would have to buy a new wheel, since I am currently using quick releases. Am I right?
          I could get one of these for around $375, but that seems a bit much just to try a rigid set up.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          I should have thought of Soma. Looks like they have what I want.

  3. Libby Says:

    Thwarted. Maybe today will work for the video. As for the other stuff, ya gotta, meaning we gotta, laugh instead of crying or is it laugh after I stop crying?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I hear you Libby. There was a guy, don’t remember his name, that was a guest on the NPR news show “Here and Now.” He said the late night and cable comedians were the only ones left who are hitting the Dumpster hard and making comedy out of his antics. He then said that this trivializes the seriousness of what he is doing and that is just isn’t funny anymore. I agree with him; I don’t think it’s funny anymore. The guy is simply too dangerous to laugh at anymore. Or as George Carlin put it, “Never underestimate the power of large groups of stupid people.”

      • Ira Says:

        I’m not American, but every time that orange arsehole opens his mouth my retirement fund takes a hit. He’s treating international economic negotiations like a shady real estate deal. I can certainly understand how he managed to drive a casino into the ground (not an easy thing, the house always wins). If he doesn’t shut up pretty soon, me and a lot of other retirees are going to be looking for work.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The video is a wrap (sorry, image not clickable). Another hook opens up in the garage. Winning!

      And yeah, Beelzebozo’s flailings don’t exactly seem to be dollaring up on the hoof for us deplorables. Herself reports our 401(k) is hopping around like a grasshopper on a griddle.

      Time to buy gold and bury it in the back yard? I could draw a map and everything; I’ve seen plenty of pirate movies. Arrr.

  4. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    There’s a certain amount of perverted joy when Orange Hitler’s antics put the screws to the boneheads who voted for him…as in Iowa pork sales to China.
    But somehow I think it’ll all somehow get blamed on Obama, right? Most of W’s f–kups seemed to be Clinton’s fault. Gotta hand it to the Rethugs, they’re masters at manipulating those folks my wife describes…will they ever wake up and realize they’ve been had?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, I doubt it. Americans have a long history of voting against their own (and the country’s) best interests.

      Today the problem is magnified by the Faux News bubble. If you’re in there, you’re not getting informed, you’re getting brainwashed. TVs blaring Faux News rained toxic bullshit down on every waiting room in every public building in Bibleburg, which should explain much.

      And Sinclair may be worse. They’re gobbling up local stations right, left and center and turning their talking heads into … well, into talking heads. But heads that talk the Sinclair talk, which is so far right it’s almost left.

      A sizable portion of the Fourth Estate has become a fifth column. And now here’s Stormy with the weather! Looks like another shit monsoon today, folks, so don’t forget your galoshes.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        How did one of your loyal readers put it? Was it a “fecal tornado?”

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Batten down the hatches! That is most definitely not a white tornado.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I’m afraid you are right – I remember some boneheads in Iowa going on about the Parkinson’s disease Hillary suffered from..which wasn’t mentioned on NBC, PBS, BBC or any of the websites I regularly look at.
        When in the USA I’d tune into Faux News Sunday now and then and was often surprised when Chris Wallace asked some of the Rethugs tough questions…but my guess is the morons wearing the MAGA hats watch only the Trumpists like Hannity or “Three dolts on a divan” (as Pierce says) on cable?
        Now Steve Bannon’s in Italy advising the right-wingers over here…and saying how “fascinated” he is by Mussolini. There’s certainly F-A-S-C-I in there, but I think the last two letters are S and T? Gawd help us all!

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          “Three Dolts on a Divan.” Charlie knows how to sling the old word salad, que no?

          Maybe the Italians can teach Steve-o something about grooming and how to dress while he’s over there. He makes your average hobo look all GQ an’ shit.

          And I’d hate to watch him eat. Must look like feeding time at the zoo.

          • larryatcycleitalia Says:

            These Italians are far from the Milanese who work on their “bella figura”. Salvini and the rest of his ilk dress pretty much like Steve Bannon + a scarf. Berlusconi’s a bit better but then again he looks way-too-much like Trump (or a mummy) otherwise. My hope in a way is that the 5-star dolts take over and quickly demonstrate their inability to do anything (they’ve run Rome for 2 years with terrible results) and get replaced by a resurgent center-left like they’ve had for awhile. My fear is the fascists like Salvini getting their hands on the levers of power…they kind of know how to govern after being in power in the north for awhile…and taking over the whole country would be a disaster in my book.

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            Hey Larry, is there any way you could just keep Bannon over there?

        • David Rees Says:

          JFC… are you kidding me?

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