Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Interwebs is a grand and glorious wonderland...

...where people buy slick old tat like this awesome and mildly roached out early GTI...

...for $2500.

Or this glossed and flossed retro-custom Flock of Seagulls-on-tour shaggin wagen.


They both sold, and Flock of Seagulls is still an awesome band. The Flock would have never done a cover song in german. 

Long live the Interweb.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DuPont and Brevard NC

We struck off from our far flung corners of the country to meet up in North Carolina and ride DuPont this past weekend. A few of us from Jacksonville, and the old boys from MD, GA and SC. Charlie, one of my local friends, and I drove up in the Grape.

Through VRBO the SORBA Jax fellas had discovered a house in Brevard for not too much dough and we stayed there. It wasn't big or fancy, but it was clean, had AC and was in a great location and that is really all that matters. So we arrived on Friday and trucked on down to the Hub bike shop and Pisgah Tavern for a Pisgah Greybeard IPA. Tasty. I've slowed way down on the booze of late and one beer had me for a loop.

Breakfast at Sycamore Cycles and Crank Coffee. First day riding was Ridgeline and Turkey bluff/bald/peak/slope/something-or-other. Good stuff. Some 25 miles or so. Yes that is the Jamis Dragon. Yes it is my only active bike right now. Yes it has no suspension. No you don't need suspension to ride in western NC. Control your speed and ride the trails like a surgeon slices flesh. No 6" travel battle axes necessary.

Then we went to Hubba Hubba BBQ in Flat Rock where I selected this guy...

...and he was delicious.

That evening we went to Oskar Blues Brewery and I had a Dale's PA in the tap room upstairs, where I also boosted so many stickers from the "free" sticker bin that they took it away from me and hid it under the bar.  Hey, they are free, right? I also almost fell off the barstool my legs were so rubbery from the day's ride. No I was not drunk.

Day two sent us to this view, and we rode Slick Rock, Cedar Rock, Burnt Mtn, and some other crap. I call them "trails".

This cool cedar shake mural was on the wall at the restaurant where we ate lunch Sunday before driving back. The Cedar Mountain Cafe. It was very tasty. I had the Spicy Billy Burger which was a burger with bacon, jalapenos, goat cheese and pickled onions.

A motley bunch.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mo Motoring Fleas

The  weirdness continues to sell on the flea. Recently this Scandinavian beauty, complete with all 4 original Inca wheels and the original goofy decals sold for $6000.


And this old beat tasty morsel, said by seller to have been parked for 15 years, sold for the low low price of $1050. Quattro!


Picks ganked from the flea. Buy now and save, the place is full of 80's dreams!

Recently the flea announced their intention to return somewhat to their roots as a place where the weird and rare can be found and purchased by the old and crazy. Good for the weird and rare, good for the flea and good for the old and crazy (me!) A hat-trick of win!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Turds are on the Move!

Spotted on Car Domain.

One of the signs that we Americans should get used to seeing, as evidence of our continued slide from dominant superpower to "The Biggest Italy on the Planet", is the proliferation of junkers on our roads. Now, I like to see these rescue stories so I'm not worried at all, and hey, Italy seems like an OK place, but for all of you leased up to your eyeballs and paying $700 a month to "borrow" a 7 Series BMW trying desperately to convince yourself you're rich, well for you the writing is on the wall, or at least driving down the road.

SAVED! POS Nissan!

Before Sunken in the ground and left for dead.

The Turds are loose!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What the?!...

More cultural enlightenment, courtesy of...me!

Not "Heidi's Topless Swiss Chalet Style, Politically Neutral, Roller Derby Emporium", but her lesser known and likely much less successful venture, the Italian Restaurant. Which sells that classic Sicilian dish, and favorite of Cosa Nostra bag-men the world over, the "Hoagie".

I know we want kids to drink milk, but wtf people. I mean, is that an udder or does the damn thing have 4 testicles?

Because "Place hands under tap, at which time a super heating infrared laser will torch the very meat from your bones, scarring your soul for life, leaving you standing there drenched in your own sweat and feces, trembling with abject fear, a whimpering gutless disfigured freak of a human being and shell of your former self" didn't fit on the sticker?

and not so freaky... a Westfield Lotus 7 clone, in Jacksonville, far from home. Very slick.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Geezer on the loose!

March 2015 - Tillie Fowler Regional Park.

Didn't even break my hip.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


A deal I've run before with other frames too good to throw away but not worth enough to me to sell. Selling frames is hard on eBay today, what with eBay's shift in emphasis to the 'buyer is always right' default. So when I get one that I don't want, but somebody else might. I offer it for free on the interwebs. This one is possibly destined for Europe, if the shipping is manageable (the beneficiary pays the shipping) and if not its up for grabs. If you are interested, drop me a message.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Danger Ranger

I am not ratty.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Goodies from the recent flea.

Shaggy SDG in blue, and some other red thing - $35

Euro-chic Ford Fiesta from UK - $3800

Talk about a time machine!

Altek pretties from the Pros Closet - $56

Slick old Specialized Dealer sticker - $8

Whyte PRST-1 full suspension bike, from back in the day when engineering was simply a suggestion. What could possibly go wrong! 

A better pic, although not the same bike, although also ganked from the interwebbage, although also developed by a drunk gibbon, although I can't find my pants. #toomuchinformationthanks

And a Yeti FRO, raped of its wheels and left for dead - $812

And I didn't buy any of it, cept for my pants.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Suggestion and Reply

My brother posted this picture of a VW on his blog. Clearly there is a lot of interest here in proudly rocking the cool old patina mobile schtick....

...to which I retort...

Have a nice day.