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Biking warmup, Tax fun [Apr. 16th, 2004|01:50 am]
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I’m doing the Rosarito-Ensenada ride this weekend (they do it twice a year; I did it last September, too). My existing bike (a 1988 Bianchi Campione d’Italia, or something close to that) has treated me very well, but it is only a 12 speed, and the lowest ratio is 42:28, or 1.75 to 1 (and this on 700C wheels). I just don’t have the legs for that anymore (if I ever did).

So I went looking for a new bike. I thought I might be able to find one that would do everything well, but I decided that I would specialize a bit. For this trip, I bought a good sturdy road touring bike, a 2004 REI/Novara Randonee. Other than a bit of frustration when I tried to find racks anywhere else (they didn’t fit), it is a pretty nice ride. Taking a while to get used to the STI Tiagra shifters, though; I really want the small right lever to go to an easier gear, not a harder one.

And apparently all the new road bikes expect frame pumps to fit along the seat tube, not the top tube. What the hell? I want to use that area for a water bottle, thankyouverymuch! I’m experimenting with mounting one on the top of the top tube; its elastic barely fits, but it seems sturdy enough (although it cuts into the standover height a bit.)

Also added a rear rack, transferred my front bag mount from the old bike to the new, put water bottle cages on the new bike, and generally prepped it for real use. I had taken it on a short ride during lunch last week; tonight, I got set up for night riding to go drop off my taxes.

The main post office for San Diego is only about 4-5 miles away. I made the mistake of coming by that part of town on my way home (was looking for biking stuff) and it was insanely busy with traffic stupidity. Well, as of 23:30 last night, it was still destroyed. I’m very glad that I biked there.

There were at least two groups of protesters in front of the post office; the first were a pod of Bush-Cheney supporters... I gave them a big thumbs down. (Yeah, we need fewer rights, the draft reinstated, more tax breaks for the rich, and more taxes for the poor. Oh, and all non-Christians will be our slaves, and get those women out of the workforce and back into the kitchen...)

The next group was a freedom-to-marry pod. They got a big thumbs up.

The bike ride went well; I think I’m getting used to this beastie. We’ll see how I feel after 50+ miles, though.

[User Picture]From: weilok
2004-04-16 03:23 am (UTC)
wow sounds great. I was going to do the buy a bike and use it in England to get and stay in shape. UM NO! There are no bike paths, the roads have no sholders, and the roads are narrower than US ones. The bikes ride just like cars (ie same lane) which is cool but when you add in the narrowness it gets wild. The British pass any and everywhere, they also stop any and everywhere. Going down a main road and they want to check the map or get something, bam they turn on the turn light and stop right there in traffic. Shudder you got to see it to see what I mean. You could handle the situation but me with my shitty ballance ug way to scary.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2004-04-19 08:54 pm (UTC)

biking in england / europe

I still hope to eventually get over to Europe and do the touring-by-bike thing. Big hassle, though.

And I sympathize with the lousy traffic. Overall, I’m probably more comfortable in traffic than most cyclists I know, but it’s still no fun.

One of my neighbor’s friends is a guide for some sort of backroads touring company, and she leads people around Europe during the summers. I should try to get some maps from her while she is still with them. :)

Hope things over there are going smoothly! How much longer before you two come back to the States, anyway? I’m going to be in N.M. for the end of October / first week of November (NukeStock in L.C. then a wedding in Abq. on the 6th). Looking forward to switching to my green chile and beer diet again.
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[User Picture]From: lordsauron
2004-04-16 09:34 am (UTC)
"Oh, and all non-Christians will be our slaves"
That's not true. It is wrong and very immoral and it goes against Christianity's teachings. If you ask your every day Christian (one who actually practices the faith) they will find the idea of slavery unsettling. I, as a Christian, won't subjugate Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, etc.

"...more tax breaks for the rich, and more taxes for the poor."
The very notion of taxing the poor heavily would be illogical as revenue from taxes would be very low. How can one tax what another does not have? Also, the what we consider wealthy do pay the largest of the tax burden. While the bottom 20% hardly pay a dime. In fact they get $$$ (deserved or not) from the rich. In nations where there has or was forced economic equality, found themselves in some form of disarray.
Anyway, that's my take on said arguments.

I should get back riding...or running. I need to get back in the competitive spirit of track and field. I miss that.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2004-04-19 09:04 pm (UTC)


That's not true. [Slavery] is wrong and very immoral and it goes against Christianity's teachings.

I spoke sloppily. What I was really trying to express was that Christians seem to feel superior to everyone else; they feel driven to point out that superiority to everyone else (missionaries); and the current administration is doing its best to get its ideas of morality enshrined as the law of the land, because they feel that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

So what I should have said was: they want to treat everyone else as subhuman.

The very notion of taxing the poor heavily would be illogical as revenue from taxes would be very low.

Uh. There’s a lot more poor people than there are rich people. And there are more every day. And the powers that be — the rich people — are busy making sure that instead of having to pay one person full-time pay with benefits, they can just pay two people part time wages with no benefits! All that, and they try to reclassify McDonalds and Burger King as “manufacturing” jobs... so that sector can gain jobs this quarter.


Sadly, I really have basically given up. And I feel somewhat hypocritical for not selling all my possessions and giving the money to the poor and becoming a social crusader.

On the other hand, one of the reasons I don’t plan on ever having kids; I don’t like nor trust this world enough; it would not be fair to the children to bring them into this world, no matter how good or bad a parent I would be. I fully expect there’ll be a bloody revolution at some point, and I don’t want to be around for it.

Anyway. I phrased them poorly, but I feel that there are more than enough legitimate reasons to get Dick and Bush out of the White House this fall. Make of them what you will.
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