Sunday, December 23, 2007

More jerseys and shirts for sale

Zoic, Canari and Craft jerseys and cycling shirts.

Craft jersey - worn maybe twice. $35

Zoic long sleeve fleece jersey. This is a synthetic fleece jersey, not wool. Zippered back pocket, excellent condition. $35

Canari 'SportWool' Jersey. I think I wore this once or twice. Sportwool is the same fabric that Rapha uses in their winter jerseys. $40

Zoic casual cycling shirts. Fits similar to a polo shirt. Doesn't look like a cycling jersey but has an extended tail and pockets on the back ... as well as a small zippered pocket on the front where the Zoic label is sewn. Mostly cotton. I wore these with jeans to work and no one noticed they were bike shirts.
$20 for both.

All the jerseys are in excellent condition and have been worn very little - no stains, rips or other problems. The two shirts have been worn a good bit, mainly as casual wear instead of on bike. Probably not crisp enough for office wear now but more that good enough for on the bike.
All shirts/jerseys are size large. Shipping *is* included in price.

- taz

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Richard Sachs/Verge Vest and Tights

UPDATE: Both vest and tights are SOLD. Thanks!

Richard Sachs cycling vest and bib tights by Verge for sale.

Vest - $35 shipped, Tights $45 shipped

- taz

Bontrager jerseys for sale

UPDATE: the Green/Gold/Red jersey is SOLD

A couple of long sleeve Bontrager jerseys and one short sleeve. Blue long sleeve and green/white short sleeve are XL, the green/gold/red is large. $40 shipped for long sleeve, $30 shipped for short sleeve.

- taz

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Recent find on eBay.

I was reading a recent thread on the Serotta forum about the perils of eBay. The general sentiment seemed to be the various scams, shills and hassles make buying there not worth the trouble. I think it depends on what you're looking for and maybe a little luck - and using some common sense.

Sorry - but you won't find this one any longer. It's at my local bike shop getting a headset installed. (I've gotta get a headset press sometime.)

- taz

Friday, November 23, 2007

random pictures from Seattle

I took a few photos before my batteries died. No theme, just some random shots as I wandered around town after I finished work.

Some tough luck for one rider at the state CX championships.

- taz

For Lyen

Here's the 105 calipers... there's a picture of the 105 triple fr derailleur somewhere below

Picture of the Ritchey stems - click on image to get a bigger view.

The top one is newer 90*, painted silver. The bottom one is the Nitto Ritchey. It's chrome but has some wear, -17*. Has nicer welds and a touch of rust where the chrome has flaked.

- taz

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Just a couple of bike pics

Yeah - these are mine. All except number 4 which has moved on to the great northwest. Got a little crazy with the bike acquisition thing lately. Am I turning into one of those CR types that accumulates great (and not so great) bikes and then never rides them? I hope not. I seem to maintain some kind of inverse relationship with riding and buying bikes. When the saddle time goes down, the $ spent goes up. Not a healthy proposition - for my waistline or my bank account.

Can't explain the RS fixation. Guess they just click with me, aesthetically and philosophically. Of course the ride is there, but there's something else. Kinda feel the same way about Bontragers. Maybe I'll post some more photos after these are built (2&3).

- taz

Saturday, August 25, 2007

recent bike rides

The heat in Atlanta lately has kept my riding to a minimum, but I was able to join a few short group rides this weekend and last.

The conclusion of the Intown Touring architecture ride, cut short by rain last month, was earlier today. Although coolish when we started at 9am, the sun broke through again and was mid 90's by the time I got back to my car. (yes - I drove to the start.)

No pics this time, but I did have two (!) flats.

Last week, a few friends and I had our occasional "vintage" ride - this time to Stone Mountain. I put vintage in quotes because the average age of the bikes on the outing was probably 30 years old. And that's only because of the 1940's Bianchi in attendance. Although not as vintage as some Cinelli/Masi-philes would like, this ride had some pretty choice iron.

Nick Z's new Peg - very sweet bike.

Roman's purple Richard Sachs

my yellow '87 Richard Sachs

1940's Bianchi

a closer look at that drivetrain

On the ride but no pictures: a pretty lugged Bianchi in the traditional celeste and Phil's (?) red DeRosa

- taz

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bike parts for sale - the prologue

Update 8/24/07 - Some pictures added, some descriptions changed.

I've decided that the minimum I can sell for is $20.00 plus shipping (probably $5.00 if it fits in a priority mail box). Not saying that everything (anything) listed is worth $20, just that I'm not going to ship a package for less than $20. If you've already sent me an email and I haven't replied back yet, I will soon. And as always, first come/first serve, no shoes, no shirt, no service. I'll work on prices and more items/pics next.

Various and miscellaneous bike parts for sale or trade:

As you can see, I haven't posted any prices yet. Haven't had time to sort it out. If you see something you want, give me a shout. I'm pretty busy right now, but I'll try to get back to you fairly quickly. I have some other parts I want to list and maybe take some photos but can't say when that'll be.

Trades? Don't know what I want/need yet except for a Campy 27.2 seatpost (recent) and Campy record/chorus derailleurs. Non-bike stuff too I guess. (?)

Syncros seatpost - 26.8 - New (or NOS), black

XTR seatpost - 27.2 - black anodized finish faded or worn in spots but functionally perfect

SOLD   1 new/unused Dura Ace 9spd STI shifter, right/rear.

SOLD   Shimano 600 rear der, short cage (6400) - VGC

Shimano 600 front derailleur (6401) 28.6 - VGC

Ultegra 9sp front derailleur, 28.6 - EXC

SOLD   Shimano 105 triple front der. (5500) - VGC (sold)

SOLD   Shimano 600 (6200)front and rear derailleurs (28.6 clamp, short cage rear) - GC

Campy ergo shifters, 9spd. Mirage, Very Good appearance, rear shifter internals damaged, needs rebuild. (i will examine these closer before selling)

SOLD   Shimano Dura Ace - 7400 crank (170) - SOLD

SOLD   Shimano 600 (6400) cranks, fair or less, polished but lots of scratches - good for commuter/beater, with Suntour chainrings (non-ramped/pinned). Cranks are not too pretty but tapers are fine. 172.5

SOLD   Dura Ace cartridge bottom bracket, Italian, 103mm for use with 7410 cranks (not the crank above which uses 113)

Shimano cartridge BB - UN71, English 113mm - VGC, low miles

Shimano cartridge BB - UN52, English 113 - VGC

SOLD   3TTT Mutant stem, 90mm, 1in quill, removable face plate. ExC - bought new, had on my Sachs for a few hundred miles before going to longer stem.

Salsa quill stem, 1inch, about 120 with a +10 rise, Stiff upper lip removable front. Excellent condition, will get more accurate specs before selling

Salsa MotoAce 1inch threadless stem, 120. VGC, decal on 1 side only, polished aluminum.

SOLD   Specialized 'Dirt Drop' stem, about 130 and + 20 rise, I think. Made by Nitto, anodized black but has faded to a pewter color. Has a slot for brake cable. Circa late 80's.

Cane Creek Ergo Stoker 'Dummy' Levers - NEW - these are dummy brake lever hoods typically used on a tandem's stoker bar. Also useful (one) if you use a single brake on a fixed gear but like to ride on the hoods.

SOLD   Shimano SPD 737 mtb pedals, XT level with large platform. Used on a road bike, VGC.

Have other parts as well - Ritchey quill stems, Control Tech and Bontrager seatposts, couple of handlebars, wheels in mostly used/good condition.

Also still have Ritchey Road Logic frame/fork and Fuso frame/fork. FUSO AND RITCHEY SOLD. See entry from June.

And considering selling one of my Bontrager CXs cyclocross bikes (medium).
$750 for the black, $500 for the silver - but only selling one. (price is frame/fork/headset on each)

***This is going to sound harsh -and I don't mean it to be- but if you're looking for bargain/free stuff, use eBay or find a garage sale. It's just not worth the time or frustration to haggle over $5.00 or make multiple trips to the post office to ship $10 worth of anything. That said, feel free to make an offer - I'm reasonable - but don't be insulted if I say no and be sure to consider shipping.


August Cameron Painter, b - 8/19/2007

update 8/25

In other news - I'm an uncle! Woohoo!!! My brother and sister-in-law just had their first baby today. No name yet, 5lbs 13oz baby boy with a full head of hair. A few weeks earlier than planned but a sweet and charming coincidence since this was our grandmother's birthday.

Congrats Donald and Colleen!

- taz

cool song: September Gurls - Big Star (playing softly in Colleen's room when I visited)

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Intown Touring architecture ride

The Intown Touring Club held another interesting ride in July. The focus of this ride was contemporary architecture, specifically local modern housing. Sheri, this month's ride leader, and several other architects provided commentary and information.

An unusual (for Atlanta) mist kept temperatures comfortable for the first part of the ride. However, the precip eventually turned into a strong downpour about half way through the tour. With most of the group deciding that shelter was preferable to continuing, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the route and look for food.

Unfortunately, I forgot my camera this trip but Chris H. sent these to touring list

Byron just put out a notice that we'll finish the ride next Saturday, Aug 11 - meet at 9am at San Francisco Coffee on North Highland, a block south of Ponce. This social ride goes at a very easy pace, with frequent stops so definitely come on out, even if you're not an avid or fit cyclist.

see ya there
- taz


Most of you who have visited this page more than once, probably know (or know of) Alex Wetmore. For those that don't, Alex is the generous host and wizard behind the curtain for the iBob, Classic Rendezvous, Framebuilders, and Rivendell listservs, among many others. I can't give him big enough props and thanks for this.

Alex doesn't just do computer stuff for bikie people, he actually rides his bike (more than I can say for myself lately).

On his blog, the latest entry is about a recent bike camping tour to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This trip looks incredible. I'm ready to get on a plane and head to Washington today. The picture of Mt. Adams reflecting off Lake Takhlakh alone would make the trip for me. Well, if you can't do it its nice to read about it.

Go here to read about his trip and other cool stuff.

and hey! - if you've been subscribed to any of the listservs for more than a few months, why don't you Paypal Alex $5 or $10 bucks. Computers and ISP service (not to mention programming time) aren't cheap and you know it's worth it. For the record, he doesn't ask for $ and he'd probably be pissed off or embarrassed that I wrote this. Do it anyway.

- taz

cool song: That's the Way - Led Zeppelin

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

where do you eat?

(Seriously) Where do you eat?

I eat out frequently and lately seem to be going to the same places without thinking about it much. I'd like to find something new (but good). So - what restaurants do you like?

I guess this is really only relevant to Atlanta area readers. Prefererably, recommendations would be inside the Perimeter or maybe in the area just OTP around Perimeter mall - near my office. No other restrictions or qualifications. Cheap, expensive or moderately priced is fine - just trying to change things up a little.

If I get a pretty good list, I'll post it here.

- taz

two cool songs:

Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Coast to Coast - Elliott Smith

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Book swap

I've accumulated a few books that I'd like to move out. Rather than throwing them away (or donating to my local library - which seems to be focused more on baby sitting than providing literature) I thought I'd see if anyone was interested in swapping. I figure it's a good way to score some new books cheaply since my local library doesn't seem interested. Don't get me wrong - I like and support (good) libraries and bookstores. But since Barnes & Noble and Borders have driven out my local favorites, I don't feel too guilty about trying to save a little money. Besides, reuse is a good thing, right?

I'd like to swap one/one, or two paperback for one hardcover. Most of these are fairly recent and all are in good condition (read once and shelved). For this to work, we would probably need to have similar tastes. Or maybe not... who knows? Anyway my current interests seem to run toward travel narrative and living abroad type stories, usually humorous but not necessarily. Also like *good* current fiction and classics although I don't have any to trade at the moment.

So with that said, here's my list. I'll update to show what's been claimed (if this actually works).

If you see something you like and would like to swap, drop me a line ( or leave a comment.

Peter Mayle:
A Year in Provence
Tourjours Provence
Encore Provence
*A Good Year
French Lessons
Acquired Tastes
Anything Considered
Chasing Cezanne
A Dog's Life

Stephen Clarke:
*A Year in the Merde
*In the Merde for Love
*Talk to the Snail

Bill Bryson:
*A Walk in the Woods
*In a Sunburned Country
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Neither Here Nor There
The Lost Continent

Tim Moore
*French Revolutions
Frost on My Moustache
*Travels with My Donkey

Kurt Vonnegut:
*Hocus Pocus
*A Man Without a Country

France and French Life/Culture:

An Englishman in Paris - Michael Sadler
An Englishman a la Campagne - Michael Sadler
Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik
The Magic of Provence - Yvone Lenard
A Walk Across France - Miles Morland
Paris in the Fifties - Stanley Karnow
A French Affair - Mary Blume
On Rue Tatin - Susan Herrmann Loomis
Spotted in France - Gregory Edmont
Almost French - Sarah Turnbull
We'll Always Have Paris - John Baxter
Paris and Elsewhere - Julian Barnes
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong - Jean Benoit Nadeau


*Japanland (A Year in Search of Wa) - Karin Muller
*Wrong About Japan - Peter Carey
Lost Japan - Alex Kerr
Learning to Bow - Bruce Feiler

Other Travel/Living Abroad:

A Vroom with a View
That Fine Italian Hand - Paul Hoffman
Whiteout (Lost in Aspen) - Ted Conover
How Not to Live Abroad - Shaun Briley
A Trip to the Beach - Melinda and Robert Blanchard
Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals -

To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemmingway

Starship Titanic - Douglas Adams/Terry Jones
Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams

*The Pleasure of My Company - Steve Martin
*Shopgirl - Steve Martin

Books with an * asterisk are hard cover. All others are trade paperbacks (not mass market paperbacks).

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

tour de france

what's left to say?

- taz

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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- taz

Rude boy

Nobody has said anything about me misspelling Desmond DEKKER's name. Guess y'all really don't care .

For penance (and because it's about the greatest freaking reggae/ska/rocksteady album ever), I'm gonna listen to this
at least 3 times tonight. You should do the same. Or at least Pressure Drop and 007 Shanty Town.

- taz

Saturday, July 21, 2007

does this look like a spam blog?

Is anybody out there? Probably not... no bike pictures recently.

And what the hell is up with Google locking me out for suspicion of spamblogging. What is spamblogging anyway?

whatever... Here's some (definitely cool) songs floating through my head and across my ipod lately

Israelites - Desmond Decker

Moon over Marin - Dead Kennedys

Gideon - My Morning Jacket

My Favorite Things - John Coltrane

Too tired to do anything interesting lately, much less write about it. Work, eat, sleep, repeat. No bike, no nothing. I'll try to make at least a feeble attempt at posting next week.


Monday, July 16, 2007

blatant ripoff

A typical afternoon in place Paoli, L'Ile Rousse, La Corse

(In homage to Tarik's 'The French do everything more stylish than you')

Photo credit to Stacy - who has a much better eye than I do.

Friday, July 13, 2007

chronic town

stuck in some kind of 80's CMJ musical time warp lately...

cool song: Blue Line - Let's Active

Mitch Easter has a new album - yeah I still call them albums. If that name rings a bell, maybe you should try and find a copy and give it a spin.

taz - athens, ga. class of 80something

some stuff to read...

and other miscellaneous junk...

Stumbled across this blog the other day - Fun stuff in a cynical, mean-spirited way. Which is, of course, my favorite way. But only if I agree with you.

If you ride a bike, you gotta read this:

This guy must be reading my mind. I try to be one of those 'anybody on a bike is a good thing' people, but sometimes you see something that makes you go 'what the hell are they thinking?'

If you read this and laugh, you get it. If you read it and get pissed off/insulted/pout, take a look in the mirror. A little tough love can be a good thing. Note to BikeSnob: don't apologize, you know you're right. And yeah, I'm guilty of #6 - I've posted pictures of my bikes, but I'm not intimidated by my bikes... (really... No, really. I'm not - c'mon - okay, maybe just a little.)

By the way... if you haven't noticed by now, I way overuse the ellipsis. You know, that three period punctuation symbol to indicate a pause or incomplete thought ... see - that one. I have a lot of incomplete thoughts. You're probably thinking 'he uses too many hyphens and parentheses too'. Well, don't expect that to change anytime soon. If it bothers you, send a note to BikeSnobNYC. I'm sure he'll give you something else to worry about.

While I'm rambling, I should point out another bloggish type useful service. JimG has a website that aggregates interesting cycling blogs, whatever that means. (no, don't explain - I know what it means). Look for it at Most of my page views have come from a link on his page (all 5 of them). Yo! JimG, when's that Bontrager Registry gonna happen?

Hmm, I think I've got a seventh sign for the BikeSnob: obsessively searching the web for esoteric bike info instead of actually riding your (my) bike.

If you're still with me this far - go read Tarik's blog. He's got some pictures of a Corsican fish dominatrix. I go to Corsica and get a picture of a train, Tarik goes and gets piscine scented rubber fetishists. I had a chance to snap a picture of a fisherman that looked like Roger Daltry, but I blew it - dead camera batteries.

Anyway, here's my picture of the L'Ile Rousse-Calvi express:
Yes, I actually took a round trip on this - twice.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

a few more Cirque photos

More bikes this time...

Rene Herse

An interesting early(ish) Bontrager cyclocross.

very blue J.P. Weigle

Alex Singer

another Singer

the guy on the right had some cool t-shirts and socks for sale

- taz