This is the photographic difference, one-of-'em, anyway, of chemical film photography and electronic digital. It's technically bad, but has a look that can't be imitated,
I can't believe how right up my alley this is. Sent to me by Eric Marth.
I eat at least 160 cans of sardines a year. I save the tins to put bike photos and bike related golden gems of universal truth into 'em. I'm way behind--don't send me your sardine cans, please--I've bot at least 180 cleaned and ready, but they're all bland now. Sardine can art, the decline thereof, mirrors a lot of stuff happening. There are much bigger things to cry about, but still.
PENCIL, only incidentally
Matthew Grimes, 13, left, and brother David, 11, started participating in e-sports as an alternative to in-person athletics during the pandemic. Photo by Jake Dockins for The New York Times. Look at their sox.
THE E-SPORTS GENERATION
Step Aside, LeBron and Dak, and Make Room for Banjo and Kazooie
Kids were already drifting away from traditional sports before the pandemic, with ramifications for the entire sports industry. The trend has accelerated in the pandemic.
FRISCO, Texas — A miniature basketball hoop hangs from the bedroom door. Soccer trophies are prominent on the dresser. Each sport competes for the time and attention of David and Matthew Grimes. But both are losing ground to another staple of adolescence: the video game console.
David, 13, and Matthew, 11, are fledgling e-sports athletes.
David thumbs his controllers and listens to strategy talk from a YMCA coach on Monday nights. On Wednesday, he takes on all comers. Matthew has league play on Thursday. At least one weekend a month, they compete in a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.
David and Matthew are part of a surging migration among members of Generation Z — as those born from 1997 to 2012 are often labeled — away from the basketball courts and soccer fields built for previous generations and toward the PlayStations and Xboxes of theirs.
E-sports got a boost, especially at the grass-roots level, during the pandemic. Between at-home learning and the shutdown of youth sports, a high-tech generation found even more escape and engagement on its smartphones and consoles.
I meant to put this in the last Blahg, but ...didn't do that. It's from around Dec 3 NYT. I always like this guy's columns.
Another film photo that only the guy who took it could like,
This is Will's phone. He got it used and used it harder, but it's still going.
He told me, "sometimes I think I can feel little bits of glass in my skin," but don't just harp on the glass part--look at the edge, too—follow the edge around the whole perimiter. This should be in an Apple ad. There should be a campaign to collect the most beat-up fully functional ones out there. Will's would at least make the top three, and among General Managers of an international bicycle company (technically, we are that), he'd win for sure. Let's see what the phones of the GMs of Trek and Specialized and Giant. Heck, through Felt in there, just for fun.
Will spends money on bikes and cameras, and squeezes a lot out of both. Slick new phones aren't on his list.
WE received three ROSCOPLATZ, Rosco Bubbe (our catch-all brand), one each 50, 55, 60. Up to and including now, but maybe not in the future, Rosco Bubbe has been a catch-all model name for a variet of low-volume (as low as twelve) frames that for one reason or another, we have materials and time to make. And in this case, the current Rosco Bubbe frames, well, the fork maker made a tiny cosmetic error that I swear to dog 95 percent of the custom builders in America wouldn't consider a goof, but they did. The rack-mount holes in the fork crown are sometimes UP TO 3/16th-inch off spec. They work 100 percent as well.
Rather than waste them and make our fork maker sad, we did ye olde lemons-to-lemonade thing and designed these ultra-super frames around them. They're 98 percent Platypus geometry, 100 percent Platypus fit and ride, but we got a deal on the forks and we made plainer (no lugs) frames, and added a bit MORE tie clearance (they fit 55mm tires with fenders), and holy toledo, everybody who's ridden them says a version of the same two things:
(1) "Oh my god, this is what a bike should ride like"; and
(2) "Nobody could ask for any more than this."
They are NOT hillibikes. They look CLEMish. but they're more like Platypuses.
For the prototype colors, James picked a Coca-Cola red that came out a bright red-orange ("James Red," from now on); somebody else picked a Mermaid; and then we got a purple, for wild fun.
James and Vince picked parts for the 50; Sergio for the 55, Antonio, the 60.
Here's something I got in my stocking:
Little known FACT about me, although it's not little-known to my family: I'm a hack, low-level numismatologist. I specialize in 1943 pennies and buffalo/Indian head nickels, with minor forays into Indian-head pennies and with plans to add Walking Liberty dimes and quarters. I don't care about condition or rare dates. I just likem clean, so I boil and then dry them before carefully pouring them into clear cream bottles.
I think I've mentioned these before here. The dates were raised too much and wore off. They were a rare coin that wasn't renewed for a second 25-year term. Only 1913-1938. A one-termer, like the Donald.
Cycling Baggies (formerly “knickers”)
Forgive the lengthy details that follow, but it's our way of preventing returns...also addressed below. These are based on our old classique knickers, but with a few changes, mostly improvements:
- MUSA military fabric, slight stretch, Berry-compliant (google it). Instead of the all-nylon, they’re like 96-4 nylon and spandex. I know this veers off our tweed-and-orgo cotton vibe-theme, but these are better for riding.
- The belt-elastic is also Berry/Military spec. The best in the world, or at least the country. It doesn’t have to be, but it really is. It’s not stitched in, so it’s what we here call “theoretically replaceable.” You can get your own ¾-inch elastic and buckle. They won’t wear out, anyway.
- Orange mesh pockets with blue trim. Good water drainage and heap mucho fun, if that’s allowed. They’re inside pockets, not orange outside.
- No buttons on the rear pockets. I never used mine, so I made this unilateral call. I doubt there’s a person in the world who’d put a wallet back there and take the time and develop the dexterity to button it, so we have button-free pockets.
- No adjustable bottom-of-leg straps. I always felt my floppy straps as I pedaled, so out the window they unilaterally went.
WAIST: The CUT is the same as before, but there’s less gathering of elastic, so it feels looser. Basically, they’re more vanity-waisted now. If you have our old ones you can get the same size or one size down.
BUTT-‘n-THIGHS: Big & baggy. They're not Hammer-pants, but you won't feel restricted in them, so they're good for riding, hiking, all-purpose wear. From knee to hip, I think of them as sized and shaped like segments of baby telephone poles. I rarely wear anything else, and these new ones are my favorite yet.
LEG LENGTH: They’re either short long-pants or long knickers. At full length, they’re closer to your ankle than your calf.
The lower opening is too wide to hike up over most calves and have them stay put. Easily fixed with a needle and thread, but most people can’t handle that, and were sorry. If you’re between sizes, you can comfortable size down, and that’ll help. If you want to modify yours, pinch the outer seam about an inch, lay a few stitches in there with beeswaxed threat, and finish it off like this or some other way. I've used another way for decades, but this works, and watch the one after it, too:
These are more covering than classically flattering. They’re like two long wide tubes. You won’t fill them out. But they’re perfectly good even on-the-town if you’re already got your girlfriend or boyfriend, and on a bicycle, they’re the best bottoms in the land. They’re not waterproof, and we opted out of a DWR (durable water repellent) surface treatment, because they’re already fast-dryin’ nylon, and the DWR treatment isn’t green or durable enough to last even 1/8 the life of these pants, which I estimate (your mileage may vary) is about five and a half years if you wear and ride in them a few hundred days a year.
Color is a dark tan—a medium brown, two notches darker than the color that’s sometimes known in the garment industry as “British tan,” which is much darker than, but on the same scale as "Pallid American Khaki."
SIZING: See ye olde belowe:
Sizes there are as I measured them laying the, across my lap or on a table. Here are the spec dimensions:
And here are some images of genuine people wearing them:
That's Sergio. He says the smalls are fine in leg width and the waist is fine (but no need to cinch the belt) but he likes the length of the meds.
She had the hardest bike ride to high school in America from about 2007 to 2011: more than 1,100 feet of climbing, round-trip. A car would have taken LONGER, tho, and she had the option of two schools, and that's the one she picked, even knowing the commute. I rode with her for a few years. Actually, most of that time. Always on the way, usually on the way back...but I wasn't allowed to go right up to the school. She often wore flip-flops, even in the winter.
She rides a Glorious every day to work/school. She, too, would never wear these pants, but I mentioned that hey, this is the family business, it's paid for a lot of your stuff and school, so come on, man. And she did.
The thing is, we aren’t a clothing company with a staff of pros pattern people. We hire out for help with the patterns and markers, but the shape and details evolved over about 15 years...and they STILL might not be right for you, they might look funky or something, or not sexy, but they work really well.
They’re sewn 17 miles from us by a sewing shop we’ve seen and it seems like a pleasant, light, open, clean space.
We’re going to sell out of these, and the middle sizes might not last a week. If you return them, fine, but we’ll probably be out of the next size up or down, so we’ll give you credit. Cash returns on expensive stuff that we barely break even on hurts too much.
We’ll get more in as we can. The next color will be kind of a sage-y green and they may be 7 to 8 months (July, August) out.