Bike Spotting…

7 04 2011

Seen on the streets of Victoria, BC...

I spot some cool bikes when I am out and about on the streets of Victoria. I like my blinged out bikes, but sometimes a simple practical rig like this catches my eye and makes me smile…=-)





Who I need to sleep with?

7 04 2011

Acorn Bags - Roll Bag...

To get one of these Acorn Roll bags?…=-) You can’t buy them in the traditional way. Acorn does have a webstore, but most of the products are out of stock. They make them in small batches in a random order that’s not obvious to a potential customer. They post them for sale when they are finished and unless you happen to check the site on the right day [potentially 1 out of 60 or 90] you are SOL. Now I like a challenge as much as the next guy, but this represents a retail model I can’t get behind. I mean I get the low production made by hand part, but I don’t get the randomly throwing them up on the webstore with no warning part. They’ve got an idea of how many they can make and which ones are popular so why not create a wait list for 2011. Take a customer’s money so the sale is 100% and then give them a target date this year for shipping. I’d be cool with buying a bag today that I wouldn’t get until September. When 2011’s production is sold shut down the webstore and repeat the process in January 2012. This way the Acorn folks generate 100% sales and the customers know they’ll either got a bag this year or they won’t and they can buy something else.

Just a suggestion…

Don’t even get me started on the fact they won’t sell a bag to a Canadian. I thought Canadianism was a thing of the past, but I guess I was wrong…;-)~

Although I will admit playing hard to get is sexy!





The Hills are Alive 300K…

7 04 2011

Ready to roll...

Update: I’ve decided not to participate in this ride. Sharon wasn’t happy that I was going to spend the Saturday of her 4 day Easter Weekend riding my bike which would screw up any plans to leave town for the holiday weekend. Add to that the Easter holiday road traffic and my general level of unpreparedness for a brutal brevet it seemed like a reasonable issue to concede on. Sharon’s work schedule doesn’t have the same flexibility mine does so 4 days off in a row without taking vacation time is understandably a big deal for her. So instead I’ll spend the long weekend surfing at Tofino – *sigh* the sacrifices I make. I’ll ride the BC Randonneurs lower mainland Hatzic Hills 300K on 30 April which gives me an extra week to prepare and I figure the course can’t be any harder than the Hills are Alive! As a bonus Sharon wants to visits friends in Vancouver so she’ll come along and feel like she is part of the rando support team…;-)~

I’m thinking of riding the Hills are Alive 300K on 23 Apr with the BC Rando Club.  The name sounded a bit ominous…lol…, but then I read Raymond Parker’s blog post about it and I’m not sure if I am better of knowing what’s in store or just doing the ride blind?  One thing I really like about this ride is that it starts a 5 min bike ride from my house so I’ll be able to ride it door to door – that’s a first for me!

I put a bug in Aaron’s ear about this brevet so hopefully I’ll have some company. Suffering isn’t half as much fun alone…=-)

Aaron is smilling thinking about all that climbing!