No. 30 Early November. Required reading, this time. It's light.

Posted on November 01 2019

No. 30 Early November.   Required reading, this time. It's light.

 

Once every several years somebody sends us their original art of a bike-thing. This one we got six years ago, and it's been hung on the wall  in the showroom in an out of the way place, on a binder clip and magnet to a broken picture hanger hook since 2013. Sometimes I go for months without looking at it, but lately I've been looking at it every day. I absolutely love it, and want to thank (again) the person who painted it (watercolor), but I can't find the name in our database. It looks like Lacotta to me. Is it you? Let me know.

Look at his use of green. Isn't that so curious and fantastic? Look at everything. It's just so beautiful. Don't forget to notice the feathery tendril-things on the lower part of the brass hammer at the end of the spring.

Here's a phonetograph. So much for precise precision:

It's "BELL 26" in our line, I believe.

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Sometimes somebody who isn't us comes up with something we love and hate them for at the same time, for beating us to it/for being more clever. The Crust Doggie Fork is one of those things (yes, there are many others).

I first saw  it on Sofia's bike, and have been on several rides with her with Flynn:

 

It's not your eyes, it really is a blurry photograph. Here, Sofia shows how to walk up steep hills when there are parallel steps.

The fork fits most "rigid" mountain bikes. It's really neat, and if you have a bike you can dedicate to a dog, get the fork here:

https://crustbikes.com/products/clydesdale-fork/

They're out, probably. They do batches, so it's feast or famine. They come powder-coated black, and with a doggie box on it, you shouldn't care. I'm going to get one and put it on an '80s mtn bike (which I don't have, but I'll come upon one now that I have the need).

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 Where do you draw your "green line"?

Right about here, for me.

 Water use may increase. Bleach, too? Some kind of disinfectants. Those things cancel out some green points, don't they?  Not for the guest rooms, in any case. Hotels, not those, either. 

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SWEATER NEWS (the Cheviot-wool English sweaters we made a hubub about about 2 months ago)

Review: THey're gonna be groovy, and a good lightish-medium weight for cold weather and cool weather riding, layerable maybe, crew neck, whatever, $120.

News: They're coming Feb or March. After many months of mental terror, I finally got an answer. Eight months ago I started this and said late Sept delivery was important. Now it's going to be Feb. Well...can you please hang in there? 

If not, can you take it as a credit? It's a special, lighter weight knit they don't ordinarily do. This is our specialty: Complicating life unnecessarily, going to a Trouble Factor of 10 to achieve an Improvement Factor of 3.

Regular refund is always an option. Let VINCE know:

vince@rivbike.com

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 Vince saw this somewhere around here, and it turns out that World HQ for JustRide Premium Indoor Cycling is in ... Indiana. Which makes two BLAHGS in a row with Indiana mentioned.

I passed this onto my publisher, naturally hoping the Premium Indoor Cycling people would have many millions invested in the name, but were in violation of some kind of trademark law, but No, it's all fine. My editor said, "Just enjoy it," which I guess is not as good as $100,00, but I'm back to normal now.

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 The CHARLIE  H.   GALLOP  ANAGRAM  CONTEST IS OVER.

Dang. We were at 233 entries, the mail had been delivered, and then I got  a UPS envelope addressed to"

 Serena P.G. Trent & Crew

Rivendell Bicycle Works, etc...

OH, I get it. My name, anagrammed. 

In the envelope were 16 postcards with 283 entries, or exactly fifty more than all the other postcards combine. It took me 75 minutes to type them into the list below, but I want to say something about them before you read and dwell on every one. This list is like scotch whiskey or bourbon or something. At first exposure, it seems insane, like how could anybody come up with

ARGILE C. HOP HALL

and think it was, like, a potential winner? That's not even how you spell "argyle."

(I have not learned to like any alcohol yet. I love the Heaven's Door bottles, though. I'm kind of collecting them.)

But then, after continued exposure, the genius emerges, and then beyond the genius, you start to realized that valuable life lessons are hidden inside this list. You become less up-tight about what people think. It frees you and makes you laugh at and love things differently and more than you ever had before. You realize the gift that this is, and the good that comes of reading too much into things. 

The arbitrary use of abbreviations and punctuation and multiple mid-name initials, and the whole thing with how comfortable he is with letter combinations that make we mere mortals shudder. The names that aren't names, or seem to be names, until the last part. So long, it's been good to know you--I'm moving to the planet this guy hails from. Or as he might say, haels from.

He told me in an email that once he got started, he couldn't stop, and it was so much fun. Him for President! Most of these would make superb bike model names, but one really stands out. 

I like the way he was treating the "contest" like a lottery. I wonder if he rejected any of his attempts. Sometimes you have to mentally punctuate them...but maybe, from his point of view, that ruins them.

If or when I go catatonic and can't follow the plot of Wheel of Fortune, I will have these printed up on what'll amount to my "happy list." I hope I never get to the  point where CHLOE H. GAL PARIL will fail to make me happy.

Or    IRA G. "HELLO PAL" C.H.   

GALCHIP ALL HERO
ILL CHAP GAL HERO
REGAL HILL CHAPO
HOLI CHAP REGAL
HI GALE ! ROLL CHAP !
HI CHAP ! GALE! ROLL !
ROLL CHAP, LAGE HI
HI ROLLA LEG CHAP
ROLL HI LEG APACH
GILL APACHE HI ROLL
GILL APACHE ROHLL
GIL EPOCH RAHLLA
GIL EPOCH LLAHRA
LARA H. GILL EPOCH
GIL ALL EPOCH RAH
GIL E.P. ROACH HALL
GIL A.E. PORCH HALL
ARGILE CHOP HALL
ARGILE C. HOP HALL
GAEL HILL CHOPRA
GAEL HOP CAR HILL
GAEIL HILL CAR HOP
GAEL HILL PHO CAR
GAEL HILL HOP CAR
RICKHOP GAEL HALL
ERIC GAL HOP HALL
ERIC LAG HOP HALL
ERIC HOP GAL HALL
ERIC HOG LAP HALL
ERIC HALL HOGLAP
ERIC P.H. GOAL HALL
C. HIPER GOAL HALL
CHIPER GOAL HALL
CHIP "GOAL" HALLER
CHIP LOG HALLER
CHIP LOG HALLERA
OLGA CHIP HALLER
OLGA CHIP RALLELH
OLGA CHIP HER ALL
CHILOHLA GLAPER
CHILL "OH" GRAPELA
OH CHILL LA GRAPE
ARLO H. "CHILL" PAGE
HOLA, CHILL PAGER
CLAP, OH HILL RAGE
RAGE HILL --AH PLOC.
CLAIRE L. PHOH GAL
CLAIRE LAG L. PHOH
CLAIRE H. LAP LOG
CLAIRE H.H. GALLOP
CHLOE G. PHALLAIR
CHLOE, GRIP ALLAH
CHLOE, GRIP LALA
CHLOE GAL PHIRAL
CHLOE H.L. GAL PAIR
CHLOE H. GAL LARIS
CHLOE H. GAL PARIL
LOLA H.C.L. GRAPE HI
GAL CHERI HOPALL
CHIRI "LAG" HOP ALL
HELGA CAR PHOLLI
HELGA CARL HOLIP
HELGA L. CAR PHOIL
HELGA CARL LIPOH
HELGA H. LIP CARLO
PHIL CARLO HELGA
HELLO CAR…GPIP, AH !
CARLA PHIL HOGEL
CARLA PHIL OH GEL
CARLA PHIL GEL OH
CARLA PHILOH GEL
GIRL, PAL, HELOCHA
CLIP HER GAL! HOLA!
HOLA ! CLIP HER LAG !
CLIPER H. GALHOLA
CLIPER H. GALOLAH
GIL, CLAP HER HOL
LOLA H.C.H. GRAPELI
LOLAH C. GRAHPELI
LOLA G. HELP CHAIR
LOLA CHAIR GELPH
LOLA H. CHAPEL RIG
GAIL L.L.R. EL CHAPO
H/L GRAIL - EL CHAPO
ALLEGRA H. HICPOL
ALLEGRA H.P.H. COIL
ALLEGRA OHH CLIP
ALLEGRA H.H. COPIL
ALLEGRA H.L.H. COP !
ALLEGRA H. PHILCO
ALLEGRA CHIP LOH
ALLEGRA CHIL HOP
ALLEGRA HIL CHAP
ALLEGRA PHIL CHO
ALLEGRA H. LIP CHO
ALLEGRA H. HIP LOC
ALLEGRA H. OH. CLIP
CPA H. HI LEG ROLL
CIL LLH "HERO" CAPA
LEO H.H. GRILL CAPA
HL. OH CAP EL GRAIL
HOL GRAIL CHAPELL
LEO HL GRAIL CHAP
LL OHH GRAIL CAPE
GIO H. EP CRAP HALL
GEO H. EL PARC HALL
GIO A.C. RALPH HELL
RALPH GIO CAHELL
RALPH GEO CHALLE
RALPH GIO LC HEAL
RALPH GIO L. LEACH
RALPH G CLIO HALE
RALPH GEO H. CALLE
GAIL HL LOCH REAP
ERICH H, HAL GALLOP
ERIC PAL HOG HALL
ERIC HH. GALL OPAL
ERIC H. PAL H.L. OLGA
CHERI H.L. PAL OLGA
OLGA CHERI H. PALL
OLGA CHERI P. HALL
OLA H.C. PIER HALL
OLGA HIP REC HALL
OLGA CIPHER HALL
OLGA CHIPER HALL
OLGA H. PIERCHALL
OLGA H.C. RIPE HALL
OLGA HH. RIPE CALL
OLGA H. HIP CALLER
OLGA H. RICH LAPEL
RICO HH. LAG LAPEL
RICO H.H. GAL LAPCH
RICO HELP G.A. HALL
RICO HAG HELP ALL
RICO AH HELP GALL
RICO AH HELP . LAG
RICO P.H. HEAL GALL
RICO L.H. HEAP GALL
RICO H.H. LEAP GALL
RHICO H.L. LEGP GAL
RHICO H.L. LEAP LAG
RHICO H.L. PLEA LAG
RICO H.L. PAGE HALL
RICO G. HALAL HELP
AGIE L. CHOP HALL
CHOPI LAGER HALL
GAIL H. CHOIR PALL
GAEL H.L. CHOIR PAL
H.L. PAIR LEGOLALCH
REP HAL LEGOLACH
RIP LEGO CHALLAH
RIP GEO H. CHALL HAL
REIP HAL H. GEO CALL
RIP G. HAHA! LEO LLC
RIP LEO H, CHAGAHL
RIP LEO H. CHAG ALL
RIP LEO H, CAGHALL
LORI HEP CAGHALL
LORI H.G. CAPE HALL
GLORIA CHIP ALL
LORI G. PEACH HALL
IGOR L. PEACH HALL
IGOR H.C. PEAL HALL
IGOR C.P. HEAL HALL
IGOR L.L. HEAL CHAP
LEA HIG ROLL CHAP
LEA HILL GROCHAP
LEA HILL CHOGEAP
LEA P.H. HILL GO CAP
LEA H.P. CARGO HILL
LAH L. PHIL CARGO
LEAH H. PILL CARGO
LEAH L.L. HIP CARGO
LEAH HILL P. CARGO
LEAH PHIL L. CARGO
PHIL HEAL L. CARGO
PHIL A HELL CARGO
RICO H. HAL GEL LAP
RICO H, HAL GEL PAL
CARL GIL H. HOP ALE
CARL H. GIL OH PALE
CARL GIL H.H. OPLALE
CARL H. HOGI LAPEL
CARL H. PHOLIAGE
CARL GIA HELL HOP
CALLIOPE H.L.H. RAG
CALLIOPE H.H.R. LAG
CALLIOPE H. GRAHL
HIP CAGE ROLLAH
CALLIOPE GRAHAHL
CALLIOPE H.H.. LARG
CALLIOPE H.H. GLARA
CALLIOPE H.G. LAGX
CALLIOPE R.G.H. HAL
CALLIOPE L.R.G. HAG
CHARLIE H. LAP LOG
CHARLIE H. LOG PAL
CHARLIE L., HOG PAL
CHARLIE L. LOH GAP
GAIL L.L. HOPE CHAR
GAIL R. HOPE CHALL
GAIL R. HOPE R.C. HALL
CALL H.. GAIL HOPE
GAIL H.H. ROPE CALL
GAIL H.H. COPERALL
GAIL L. PEARL CHOH
GAIL L. RAPEL CHOH
AIL H. PEACH ROLL
GAIL LH. PARC HOLE
GAIL H.H. COLL PEAR
GAIL P. HEAR CHOLL
GAIL L.P. HARE LOCH
GAIL LAP HER LOCH
GAIL H. PAL LOCHER
GAIL H. PAL ROCHEL
GAIL CL LOC REAP
HELGA HILL CAPOR
HELGA A. HILL CROP
HELGA CHILL ROPA
HELGA CHILL P. OAR
HELGA PILL CHOAR
HELGA ROACH PILL
HELFA POACH RILL
HELP P. ILL ROACH
HELGA L. PARCH OIL
HELGA P. LARCH OIL
HELGA L.P. CHAR OIL
HELGA H.R.C. LAP OIL
HELGA R.H. CLAP OIL
HELGA R.L. OIL CHAP
GAIL R.: HELLO, CHAP
GAIL HELLO PARCH
ELLA R.P. CHILAHGO
ELLA RAP G. HOCHI
ELLA RAP HIG OCH
ELLA H. LOCHAR PIG
ELLA H. GAP ROCHIL
ELLA HCH GALOPIR
ELLA RL HIP GACHO
ELLA R.H. LIP GACHO
ALL HAIL H.E.C. PROG !
ELLA H.G. HAIL GROP
ELLA H.G. LICRA HOP
ELLA LICRA HOP H.G.
ELLA LICRA HOP H.G.
HELGA L. HOP LICRA
HELGA PORC A HILL
HELGA A. PORC HILL
HELGA CROP A. HILL
HELGA HILL PORCA
PILAR C. HELLO HAG
HELLO OORI G. PACH
ARI L.G. HELLO CHAP
ARI L. GLOH CHAPEL
ARI G. HOLL CHAPEL
GIA H. ROLL CHAPEL
GIA P.H. LEACH ROLL
GILL H.P. EACH ROLLA
L.G. EACH HIP ROLLA
HACA HIP GEL: ROLL
CHIP AHA GEL ROLL
CHIP A. HALL ROGEL
CHIP A. LOG OR HALL
CHIP A LEG OR HALL
CHIP AHA LEG ROLL
CHIP A LAG ROLLAH
HI CAP! AH--LEG ROLL!
HI LAP HELL CARGO
PILAH HELL CARGO
LIP AH HELL CARGO
HI HELL! CARGO LAP!
HELLO C.G. HAIR, LAP
HELLO PAO! C.G. HAIR
HIRA "HELLO PAL" C.G.
IRA G. "HELLO PAL" C.H.
CHIRA "HELLO PAL"
CHIRA HELLO GALP
CHRIA G. HELLO PAL
CHIRA G. HELLO LAP
HELL PILAR CHAG
PILLAR LEG HOCHA
HO CHA GEL PILLAR
C. OH HEAL PILAR

 

All of those LOLA's made me think of the song LOLA, and I remember at first liking those songs when I was little, then getting a little jostled by the them, and now hey whatever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=LemG0cvc4oU

 

RELATED to the anagrams, the Charlie H. Gallop bike model drawings have been finalized. I would love to give them all to Specialized. I want Specialized to make them, no changes. Out of any metal, but no carbon. Mike Sinyard, if you are reading this, call me, let's make a deal. My price is $Zero and you can keep my name out of it. It is a phenomenal design, smart--quirky--attractive--not "classic." 

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Cash flow is...horrible now. I don't know why. Please try to buy something, OK. It feels swirling here, and not up. We have so many good things in the works, and so much good stuff now. We're trying hard on important matters, at least in the bike world. Bicycles. The best thing ever, and I've never liked riding more than I do now.

 G

 

 

 

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