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I thought that I had dodged this meme after it recently made its way though the bike blogs that I read regularly, but Nadejda from Pan-Dan (an excellent design blog by the way) tagged me last week. OK, I have already put it off for a few days, so here are 6 somewhat trivial things that you probably didn’t know (or care to know) about me.

1. I love to buy used books. Usually I go for design, architecture, history, nature, or bike books. I pick them up at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, library cast off sales, or wherever I can find them. My wife is not always happy when I bring home books that smell like they spent a few years in a dank basement, but she is pretty understanding.

2. I don’t like to wear shoes. I never wear them in my house and usually not in my yard unless it is really cold. At work, I prefer clogs so I can slip them off under my desk. I usually wear shoes on the bike. Lately I have really started liking my SPD compatible sandals for mountain biking.

3. I like to watch cartoons when I am riding my trainer. Sure, I know I could be watching those bike specific training DVDs, but I prefer to watch old episodes of Woody Woodpecker or Bugs Bunny. I used to just watch PBS shows, but I found myself slowing down or stopping so I could hear the TV. The cartoons are just visual stimulation so I can look at something while I spin away and daydream.

4. I have a hard time letting go of my old bike stuff. I have 7 complete bikes, several framesets and wheel sets, and boxes and boxes of old components. I have been selling some of my old components on Ebay, but every time an auction closes I find that I have a hard time packing up the old stuff. Items like old Cook Brothers cranks, or XT thumbshifters may not be doing me any good stored away in a box, but I always look at them and handle them for a while before I finally can bring myself to ship them out.

5. I don’t have, or want, a cell phone. When people ask for my cell phone number and I say I don’t have one, they always look shocked, like I said that I don’t have electricity or running water. It is not that I am antisocial, but I just have no desire to carry around a phone. I do think cell phones can be useful in some situations. My wife has one in case of an emergency and I have taken it on long rides before just in case. So far, thankfully, I have never needed it.

6. The little troll pictured here has been ziptied to the stem on one of my different bikes for the last twenty years. He currently resides on my single speed and probably could stand to have that faded orange hair washed one of these days.

OK, that’s it. So who is next? I know Graham, Fritz, and Gene already did this recently, so I’ll go to the b-list and pick a few blogs that I like:

Bike Hugger
Neil at Road
Carolina Triathlon
Foldable Walter
Cycling Shots
And the b-list originator Masiguy

No pressure to play along of course, but why not? It makes a nice filler post. Have a good weekend everybody.


  1. Fritz January 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Six things? Things have inflated!

    I slip my shoes off at work, too.

  2. James January 26, 2007 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    I thought the same thing. You got off easy with 5.

  3. Lou Smith January 27, 2007 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Old books are the best! It’s actually better if they smell like an old basement. Hehe, just kidding. But it’s cool to wonder who read the book before, and to see the old sometimes out of date content…

    Lou Smtih

  4. Anonymous January 29, 2007 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    No cell phone…GREAT! My family of four also have had to deal with that silly response from friends and business associates for many years. To us the cell phone is an albatross and appears to be nothing more than a security blanket, perhaps umbilical cord, for the childish masses. I suppose I’ve seen too many close calls/people running red lights with phone in hand creating unnecessary dangers for everyone. I believe the device, as currently used, is a major deterrent to a civilized society…can you hear me now? What fools…

  5. grand_bi January 30, 2007 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    I like old stuff, anything with a history, not necessarly books, I dont have a cell phone neither want one (I have a pager though for business only), I’m a designer as well but I dont work in design and sometimes I miss the creative part of that but I have a bike shop instead so I can absolutely not complain, shoes belongs on my feet and god I hate riding a trainer! I think hockey is the best way to keep my heart in shape! … oh and I’m back from my first visit to arizona and Phoenix and Tucson are looking like 2 endless suburbs… scarry!

  6. wert September 14, 2007 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    To us at web design company the cell phone is an albatross and appears to be nothing more than a security blanket, perhaps umbilical cord, for the childish masses. I suppose I’ve seen too many close calls/people running red lights with phone in hand creating unnecessary dangers for everyone.

  7. Narender November 26, 2007 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    I do purchased old books online..oooohhh, I too love old books..somehow, it makes me happy and content, curling in my favorite corner reading them with a cup of coffee.mmmhh…

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