LUG rides again!

Remember this guy? He’s gonna be on Zoom and ESPN.
And here I always thought he had a radio face, too.

This time around, the acronym stands for “Legislative Update Guy,” and the live updates will include a video component.

No, not old “Monty Python” clips. Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person.

My old Live Update Guy comrade Charles Pelkey and his fellow Wyoming state legislators will be participating in a special session via Zoom beginning Friday. And yes, we can watch. And without having to drop any of our DonnyDollars® into the Tip Jar!

Bonus! Winning! So. Much. Winning.

Charles rang me up last night to wish us a belated happy wedding anniversary and we spent a few minutes catching up. In addition to attending virtual special sessions of the leg’, he’s continuing to practice law, and while he’s not exactly burning up Wyoming’s roads on the old two-wheeler these days, he is finding time to do a bit of walking.

He’s also appearing in the latest HWSNBN documentary, “Lance,” as you can see from the screen grab above, which I liberated from the trailer.

Filmmaker Marina Zenovich has directed works on Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, and Roman Polanski. I don’t believe I’ve seen any of them, and I don’t believe I’ll be seeing this one either, having exactly zero interest in the latest version of Ol’ Whatsisface’s “truth.”

But it was cool to get a live update from an old pal.

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12 Responses to “LUG rides again!”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Hello to Charles!

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good on Charles! Not riding much these days is exactly what I am doing. My interest has not returned; I put the Double Cross on consignment at my LBS (M&M Cycling.) I also stated to clean out the bike bits and tools that I have stashed over the years and gave them to the guys at the shop. I just want a bike I can jump on a do a few miles on with little muss or fuss. Preferably a hybrid or semi-recumbent. Don’t want to spend a bunch of $. Any suggestions?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hmmmm … I’ve been impressed by Marin’s bikes. They do some interesting, affordable stuff. You might have a look at their Muirwoods line, intended for “urban commutes and errand running.”

      Kona’s Dew line looks good, too, though I’m not real big on aluminum.

      Salsa’s Journeyman is another possibility. I reviewed a drop-bar 650b version, but they do 700c and flat bars too.

      What about retrieving your Double Cross and making a flat-bar, thumb-shifting, single-chainring townie out of it? I did that with my Voodoo Wazoo and it’s become one of my favorite bikes. This is an old shot from B-burg; these days it does without fenders.

      Voodoo Wazoo

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Putting a flat bar on the DC is a possibility. I have the brake levers. All I would need is some bar end shifters, the bar, and grips.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The thing I like about reworking an old bike is that you probably already like it — it just doesn’t fit the kind of riding you want to do now.

        With a simplified drivetrain, flat/riser bars, and a rack on the back for fetching bits of this and that to picnics and jam sessions, you’d have a nice little townie, and fairly cheaply, too. Your boys at M&M might have some of the parts you need on hand. Rivendell is a good source of new “old” bits, too, like friction thumbshifters and whatnot. BTI has Sunrace bar-cons, thumb- and twist-shifters, too.

        • khal spencer Says:

          I overhauled the CAAD-5, which I bought in 2003, by replacing the Ultegra rear derailleur with a mountainbike model, an old XTR, so I could put a 12-32 or 12-34 cassette on it and thereby not beat myself to a pulp on steep climbs. It will even take 28 mm tires. Cheaper than getting a new bike plus by now, I have the thing so it fits me. But getting retro parts is harder than ever with the major bike manufacturers going to planned obsolescence.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Unless you are going to one of those bikes with belt drives, etc, seems that setting up the DC as a bike without too much attitude makes sense. Flat bars. Platform pedals. Even a chain guard if it can be jerry rigged.

    • Shawn in the Gorge Says:

      It’s so nice to have a “hop on and ride” bike. I use an old mountain bike with 1.9″ Conty Town & Countries on it. It’s a warranty replacement of a warranty replacement of an old what was then called a mountain bike that I purchased in 1989. It’s an aluminum framed vintage style mountain hardtail with a Surly rigid fork, 26″ wheels and an 8 speed setup. I’m using the original bar top “7-speed” shifters and the original crank spider with really cool FSA rings (24-36-46 – I prefer a 48 but I bought the rings in a set). I use a vintage Scott AT2-LF bar with Paul’s brake levers. The rear derailleur is a SRAM X-0 that I stumbled across at a thrift store (woohoo!), and the pedals are M737’s that have been to hell (LA’s house?) and back.

      I use the bike for everything and really enjoy it. I used it for loaded bike touring and I suppose it could be called a gravel bike. But I rode it a few years ago in a mass-start road event to the beach in Oregon and it was great. I can pull a decent speed on it and enjoy the pursuit effect it has on me when a road bike rabbit is sighted ahead.

      The difficult thing about my dirt / gravel / psuedo road rig is finding what are now called vintage parts for it.

      Regarding Solicitor Pelkey’s interest in two legged transport, it is a pleasant thing to do. My interest is to (perhaps “was to” now) travel to new places and just walk. As we age we want to use it now before we eventually lose it.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        An old MTB with a rigid fork is the bestest. Total go-anywhere, do-anything machine. The parts hunt can be a pain, though, especially if you don’t know any pack rats or shop owners who never, ever throw anything away.

        Brian Gravestock in Bibleburg was one such. That dude had parts dating back decades. But I think he sold them all to another outfit when he closed his shop and went to work at Old Town Bike Shop.

        Rivendell is a good source for the new “old” bits, and so is Velo Orange.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          A “hop on and ride“ bike is exactly what I want. I was considering a Electra Townie Path 9D. I had a Townie a few years ago, and it was a hoot. Put on a helmet and gloves and go. Put a rack and basket on the back,Topeka I think, and ran to the farmer’s market with it. Easy sleazy. It never gave me a bit of trouble. I put Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on it, so no flats. I should have kept it. Problem now is that Townies are sold out and might stay that way for some time. I’ll let you know solution I come up with. That Rivendell Clem looked interesting too.

  3. Herb from Michigan Says:

    POB the best thing I ever did was the Rivendell Joe Appaloosa. I wanted something I could tour with. Even though I haven’t yet and maybe won’t load the overnight gear I’ve still carried some hefty commute loads. That Clem looks like the hot ticket for a lot less $$. I keep eyeballing it for no damn good reason. But.. what is the biggest meat you can put on the Soma? For a true all-rounder with BarcaLounger comfort I’m saying you need to be able to go at least 40 mm. Others will pooh poo going that big but man, the cushion ride means any road – anywhere. The Riv secret is chainstays that are looooong. In fact you use more chain than any normal bike but they still shift like butter. Don’t tell the cognoscenti but I’m not using clipless pedals and wear any old shoes I happen to have on.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I liked the Joe and the Clem (I’ve ridden both). That José bike has chainstays for days and days. A Lincoln Town Car has less wheelbase.

      That Soma Double Cross will do 38mm for sure, ’cause that’s what I have on mine. In fact, all the Somas in the garage are on 38s (they sport fenders, too). The Voodoo Wazoo is wearing 42mm, while the Voodoo Nakisi is on 43mm and can do 29 x 2.1. Fatterer is betterer.

      The Soma website says the Double Cross can manage 45mm (40mm with fenders).

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