Where’s my gold watch?

Bagged and tagged: the Salsa Journeyman Claris 650.

Yesterday I drew the May cartoon for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

Today I wrapped a video for Adventure Cyclist.

And now, as El Rancho Pendejo seems to be remarkably free of bikes needing review, it seems I don’t have any paying work to do for a month, when the next BRAIN ’toon is due.

That ain’t a job. That’s a hobby.

Shit. I think I’m retired.

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8 Responses to “Where’s my gold watch?”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Damn, that Salsa looks really top heavy including lots of stuff on the fork. It’s like a big ass pickup camper that looks like it’s ready to roll over every time it goes around a corner. How does it handle?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      PS: Well, you’re on Medicare now. And you can probably start drawing Social Security pretty soon. And, you have been giving the whole life up to this minute. So, why not take a little now? You know, fixed income and all that shit.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G et al: Please allow me to quasi-philosophize here a moment.

    You already have a “Big Gold Watch”. They come in many forms; but the best is the one you have: good health; a great spouse; pets that adore Herself (and you too!); a wonderful sense of humor; superb writing/cartooning/blogging talents; a beautiful home in a nice neighborhood; hobbies that are fulfilling; a strong sense of helping others; and an entrepreneurial spirit. Need I go on?

    PS: I agree w/PO’B. The CG and moment of inertia on that bike have got to rival that of a large John Deere tractor moving at 50mph. But it, the bike, is a beauty, eh?!!

    Ride on!!! 🙂

  3. TJ Says:

    What’s retirement? Old guys who never get old never retire. Party on!

  4. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Gents, I only had about 20 pounds of minimalist bike-overnight gear on the bike, with the heavy stuff slung under the top tube. The two bottles in the main triangle and and the bigger bottles low on the fork legs accounted for quite a bit of the weight, so it wasn’t bad atall atall. I was scooting around on the Sandia singletrack like an angry badger.

    If I were out for reals I’d mount a tool bottle down by the bottom bracket, which would also help lower the ol’ center of gravity.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    That’s a rather funny-looking setup from my viewpoint. Used to be the weight was all down low with panniers front and rear and perhaps a small rack pack and/or bar bag up top. But I guess riding off road ain’t gonna cut it with that kind of setup? At the same time I wonder how much of this is like the old TV car pitch – How you COULD (but unlikely that you would) drive your Jeep off the crowded freeway and get to work bouncing over hill and dale through people’s back yards to get to work? They don’t care if ya really do it or not, just as long as you buy the products.
    SS? We split the diff, I took the early, lower payments while the wife will hold out for the larger ones later. Neither one of us has a regular, steady income these daze though Piedmont Cycling Resort keeps going and the wife scores an academic grant (like her current Fulbright gig) now and then, so no worries.

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