Sunday, August 26, 2007

Have wrench will pedal

I just found three blogs dedicated to chronicling life on a Supercycle.
Kind of neat - three guys who have taken on the challenge of performing all the repairs needed to keep their Supercycle bikes running, and seeing how many miles they can get on the bikes.

The blogs are:
Bike of Doom out in Winnipeg.
In this post the writer ponders the question of how long it is worth it to keep repairing his bike, and when you officially declare (after installing replacement parts) that the bike you are riding is no longer the bike you bought.

Urban Xavier in Montreal.

Maple Leaf Test Rides in Toronto.
He doesn't say where he got this stuff, but in this post he pastes a long rant from a Supercycle owner about bike shops, and then a rebuttal from a bike shop employee.

Anyway, just thought these were interesting cycling blogs. And it is an interesting question - when is the bike you ride no longer the bike you bought? After the first drive-train replacement? Bottom bracket? Wheelset?

And a Monday update:

On Pinch Flat today, the Bike of Doom guy discusses the fact that he has unwittingly inspired people to buy Supercycles.
And this is the Bike of Doom Upgrades section - the posts where he discusses the various problems and repairs he's gone through with the Supercycle.

And on a totally other topic - Alberto Gonzales has finally resigned. Rumsfeld, Rove, and now Gonzales. Now please, will the democrats start subpoenaing these people and hammer Bush and Cheney as well!

(the following from Andrew Cohen's Washington Post blog)
When historians look back upon the disastrous tenure of Alberto R. Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States they will ask not only why he merited the job in the first place but why he lasted in it as long as he did. By any reasonable standard, the Gonzales Era at the Justice Department is void of almost all redemptive qualities. He brought shame and disgrace to the Department because of his lack of independent judgment on some of the most vital legal issues of our time. And he brought chaos and confusion to the department because of his lack of respectable leadership over a cabinet-level department among the most important in the nation.

He neither served the longstanding role as "the people's attorney" nor fully met and tamed his duties and responsibilities to the constitution. He was a man who got the job not because he was supremely qualified or notably well-respected among the leading legal lights of our time, but because he had faithfully and with blind obedience served President George W. Bush for years in Texas (where he botched clemency memos in death penalty cases) and then as White House counsel (where he botched the nation's legal policy on torture).

For an administration known for its cronyism, and alas for an alarmingly incompetent group of cronies, Gonzales was the granddaddy of them all. He lacked the integrity, the intellect and the independence to perform his duties in a manner befitting the job for which he was chosen. And when he and his colleagues got caught in the act, his rationales and explanations for the purge of the U.S. Attorneys were so empty and shallow and incoherent that even the staunchest Republicans could not turn them into steeled spin. Devoid of any credibility, Gonzales in the end was a sad joke when he came to Capitol Hill.

1 comment:

The Squeaky Cyclist said...

How about when the frame is replaced under warranty with a different model/year/SIZE frame? I think the only things left from my original bike are the rear cantilevers, the handlebars, and the brake levers!