Blahg - Grant's Blog



July 23 Time Sink: Jesus Christ Superstar, Paul Simon, Muhammad Ali and President Carter, trains, rear derailers, James Baldwin

  That up there is a pedal enlarger MKS is working on. This is a 3D printed plastic one. Watch for the real ones in a year. For people with really wide feet, or whose feet like to roam.  PENCIL, uh-oh. If the PENCIL (race-related stuff) bums you out, skip it. I flag it so it'll be easy.  Scroll down to below the the black-and-white photo of Ali. There's tons of normal stuff in here. Well, that's not exactly right, but the point is, it's free, it's my mental dump, and I get to do whatever I want to here. My brain requires it, and nobody has to read it. OK, let's dig in: Interesting story about a white woman whose relatives...

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Mid July and a McGoo Guest Editorial to gimme a break

------  Guest Editorial by Harold McGruther, Jr. Known in the two-wheeler world, as "McGoo." I'm not asking for or accepting Guest Editorials, but I'll take just this one, and I'm printing it as received. —G I suspect Grant will pen an introduction to this guest appearance on his blahg, but if he doesn’t, here’s mine:Only one of us is likely to remember the circumstances so vividly, but I met Grant for the first time at Merida bicycle factory in Taiwan in the fall of 1989. I was the recently hired BMX product and marketing manager for Mongoose at the time, and my boss Bob Margevicius introduced me to his peer in the showroom at the factory where Bridgestones, Mongeese, and nearly a half-million...

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July 2 Blahg. A lock, banana riders, Kozo Shimano interview from 2008 or so...

I'm about 50 percent sure that I won't get an email scolding me for using a peace sign in a bicycle wheel. The proportions are correct, for the peace sign. Bicycles are peaceful vehicles. Quiet, non-polluting, in use they don't contribute to global warming, they help keep you heathy, they kill few people in accidents, they free up space on roads. It is the vehicle of peace and everything good.  --------- I've shown this before, but I'm a sucker for hawks and telephone poles, serious. I know it's easy to believe the hawks part of that, but I really have always like telephone poles. I've wondered how they're made. It's not a deep mystery, but the whole idea. Where to they get the...

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MIDDLE OF JUNE

-----  The first thing and only important part of the BLAHG has to do with contributions to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservations. They've had a messed-up donation-acceptance program online, and it's been challenging at best and impossible at most common to donate. It's fixed now, but it still requires a PayPal account--which doesn't mean you have to use PayPal. You can still use  credit card, but for legal and technical reasons having to do with the kind of organization that the Reservation IS, online donations work only when you have a PayPal account.  The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the poorest in the country and has the highest rates of the worst problems imaginable, and the niche we're trying to...

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Mid June snoozer, but it's FREE, so what the heck.

      It has its own bottlecap and is the most innovative, unusual, opposite-of-market-driven, anti-slick bicycle shift lever of all time and will be forever. It looks at first like a funky chuckler, like a "boy, how far we've come" kind of juxtaposition deal, but that's missing all there is about it. It's made for bikes in poorer countries that need to be able to make their own shifters, and it's been around since 2004. I remember reading about it then. It made the news in the same kind of way that somebody who's 108 years old and still drinking whiskey makes the news. It's a feel-good story of a product you don't have room for in your life...

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