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  1. i used to like to go to the mazama store for coffee on the way in/out of mazama, but even that sucks balls.

    i now only use the store for last minute things i forgot to buy at the food pavillion in sedro wooley on the way over.

    the twisp river pub is badass, ill take it over the winthrop brew pub any day.

  2. i have 2 friends with the axis and they say the same thing, i might have to go out and get it tomorrow :) anyone up for a long ride on fri?

  3. Thanks for everyone's responses.

    I won't be at gregg's b/c i used to work there and am well aware of why i don't want to buy there.

    I won't turn it into a fixe b/c i'm not a trendy enough re-nob to belong to that crowd (no need to waste that gas $$, john).

    I also don't want to convert an old road bike b/c I like the possiblity of having larger clearance for bigger tires.

    I just found a last year bianchi axis on sale that I think will do the trick. it is significantly lighter than the other bikes i've been mulling over and definately nods towards road riding. aluminum frame (for durability) with a carbon fork (to dampen the bumps of shitty seattle street paving/potholes). decent (although not excellent) components and comes with 3 chainrings instead of 2 (like most cyclocross bikes) to make pushing my fat as uphill easier.

  4. As of right now I have a mtn bike that I like a lot, but I'm tired of abusing it around town and commuting on it (better to abuse it on single track), time for something new.

    I think a cyclocross bike is what I'm looking for. I want all the advantages of a road bike (light, better geometry for long rides, etc) with the burlyness of a mtn bike (seattle roads suck). i think i would lean more towards road standars with this new bike. in general i'd like to avoid disc brakes since i won't be full on in the mud (doubtful that i'll start racing) and they're more of a hassel than they're worth (for my needs).

    So far I'm looking at:

    bianchi volpe

    kona jake (or jake the snake)

    surly cross-check

    redline conquest

    kona sutra

    rocky mountain solo

    rocky mountain sherpa


    anyone have any experience with these bikes? other suggestions?

  5. Does anyone have any info on the Burdo route "Restless Native"? I've heard/read bits that make this sound like a good route but can't find anything beyond that. Any help would be much apppreciated.

  6. Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)!!!







    Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.






    A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.






    The process by which some people seem to absorb success and

    advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard






    The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream

    only to get screwed and die in the end.


    5. CUBE FARM :




    An office filled with cubicles.






    When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.






    The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.






    Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.






    A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.






    An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.






    Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.




    Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.







    The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again. ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft- com:office:office"









    The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.


    15.404: Someone who's clueless.




    From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested site could not be located.


    16. GENERICA :




    Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.






    That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an email by mistake).






    Well-Off Older Folks.






    Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.


  7. My fovrite Sarko quote:

    "Vous en avez assez, hein? Vous en avez assez de cette bande de racaille? On va vous en débarasser" (Said to an white woman in the middle of a poor Parisian suburb during the 06 riots).

    Translation: "Have you had enough? Have you had enough of this group of hoodlums ('racaille' has racist undertones in French)? We're going to get rid of them for you."

  8. In my limmited experience at smith, there are either good pods for cams, or the nubbins on the inside make for great nut placements. tricky or not, though, I always thought an "R" rating denoted inadequate gear for a section that could result in pain/suffering (but prbly not death). Is this not the case?

  9. i agree that if someone can move quickly, allowing folks to jump on and pass should be common sense/courtesy. however, i've had folks request to pass saying that they had done it before and it won't take long, then they proceed to haaaaaaaaaaannnnnnggggg all the way up it. if you can't back it up, don't pass, wait your turn patiently or go do something else, its not like there aren't TONS of fun (hard and easy) access routes to higher up stuff.

  10. for me there's also a big distance between trying a route for the 1st time and doing it again. some routes are deceptive on where the hard moves are or where the gear gets good or bad (i.e. the crack suddenly flares or full on peters out). if i'm trying for the first time, i put gear pretty much wherever i can and afterwards it looks like i was practicing my suturing. usually when i go back, i place the minimum required gear to keep me from decking.

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