Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0048 - Morongo Ride

Climbing Highway 62 on a track bike was probably not the best idea, and having such a high gear ratio didn't help either.

A front and rear break would also be pretty smart too, trying to stop at 35 mph with mere leg strength (downhill) is terriflying. (Did I mention the 18 wheelers driving only 5 feet away?) .

I'll be much more prepared next time I go up there.

. . . but I do have to say this was probably one of the most rewarding and fun rides I've ever been on. Big ups to Mike & Adam for keeping the pace.

(photos: M. De La Torre)

Friday, December 25, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0047 - 1 Year Without A Car (my thoughts)

Exactly one year ago I sold my car and told myself I would only get around on my bicycle.

I wasn't exactly sure what my intentions were but one thing was clear, I needed something new. I was due for a much needed change mentally, as well as physically. So I did the unthinkable : sold my car and stuck to my two wheels to get where I needed to go.

There was obviously a moment of hesitation at first (keeping in mind that school was almost 12 miles away) but the idea of commuting sounded like too much fun. I soon realized that this was a great decision. I didn't miss the stop lights, other drivers, traffic, paying for gas, insurance, and all the other expenses that come with owning a vehicle.

There was also another weight lifted which I was unaware of : I no longer felt rushed to get to where I needed to go. (With enough time) I could truly enjoy myself any distance I had to travel, have it be down the street or to the other side of the valley.

. . . to say the least I feel very liberated, another feeling I was completely oblivious to.

Monday, December 21, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0046 - Zooey Deschanel

. . . needless to say i have this thing for Zooey Deschanel

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bucio Wedding

(not a great transfer to Blogger)

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Experimental Dental School "Royal Fantasy Snow" from Jeff Guay on Vimeo.



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Thursday, November 26, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0044 (Retired Belts)

Vittoria: Randonneurs are probably the best road tires I've ever used, I thought this was a clever way to get even more use out of them.

.retired.belts. :

"As you can imagine, the tires go much quicker when you must rely on them as brakes. So in an attempt to offset the guilt I felt for burning through tires twice a month, I started thinking of ways I could reuse them.

I had seen tire phone holsters at bike shops. But I wanted to make something that could be worn by almost anyone that served a useful purpose and had style. The most obvious thing that came to mind, given the shape of tires, was a belt.

Given the nature of using repurposed materials, I wanted to use as little virgin materials as possible. So, after a few prototypes and mistakes, I have found the right process. I hand make all the belts individually from tires ridden in San Francisco."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Chinese Stars are on tour

We've been working on this for a minute . . .

$5 Presale @ Epidemic Ride Shop (68802 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City)
$7 At The Door

The Chinese Stars
The Dabbers
Sol District
Sensitive Hearts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The World Beyond Lil' Wayne. . .

XLR8R TV Ep. 129: Freestyle 101 with Doseone and Jel from XLR8RTV on Vimeo.

Just because it's on the radio doesn't mean it's good
Just because it's on the radio doesnt mean you should listen to it.