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Who doesn't love summer?

on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 15:09

This could be the best day of summer this year.

I just finished a fast, satisfying 50 mile ride. Now I'm sitting on the back patio, 73 degrees, full sun and cloudless blue sky, surrounded by amazing nature.

  • Three hummingbirds talking to each other as they feed at the honeysuckle & morning glory. (I've never heard hummingbirds talk before, nor seen more than one at a time - they're pretty solitary.)
  • Honeybees working the Ruby Spice & white Hydrangea bushes that are in full bloom. You'd think I have a beehive next to me there's so much buzzing going on.
  • Dragonflies perched on the tips of the

Paceline ettiquitte

on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 17:57


My friend Tom Pincince sent me the below in email. I've so often wanted to point cyclists to a good list like this (but not had one) that I thought I'd capture it here for posterity.

Items 7-10 are my own additions.


A note from one of the stronger guys I ride with in the morning. He just got back from climbing the Tourmalet. Note that I was dropped mercilessly this morning.


Subject: Paceline etiquette -- staying out of the hospital

Hey guys - -

Last Saturday night in France, I got a lot out of a discussion and wanted to pass it along.


Happy, happy, Jay, Jay

on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 12:34

Well, I finally wrote the "big check," and bought the bike of my dreams.  Yeah, I know this blog site is called underheadphones, and yes, I do like spinning.

But truth be told, I spend MANY more hours on a bike than I do spinning records.  And it's my real passion.  (Does that suggest I should rename my blog?  Hmmm...)

And this is "The Bike."  A Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL2.  Long name, but read "This is what the pro teams ride."  Because (for some unknown reason) Specialized doesn't sell this in the SRAM Red groupset I wanted, I built this up from the frameset.


Get out!

on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 12:46

If this doesn't make you smile at the end, I don't know what would.

A film entitled Get Out by Esma-Movie

Thanks goodness for indie french films! :-)


(Details about the film.)


Living outside yourself

on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 13:11

Clever, beautiful short.

Skhizein (Jérémy Clapin, 2008).