The other half

This in from John M.

Now this kid is a baller.

Now this kid is a baller

Remember that when you think you can hit the group ride without a $3,000 set of carbon wheels, or you think your bike weighs 250 grams too much, or you need a new $450 pair of shoes to compete, or you whatever other lame shit. Ride your bike. Remember some folks don’t even have tires. You are lucky. Don’t forget it.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

34 thoughts on “The other half

  1. Damn bj. You really are behind on yer email.

    I sent you that 2 months ago.

    Let’s get with the program mmmk ??

  2. … and I was pissed off when I lost, while traveling, the pretty gold anodized titanium Hope skewer nut from my front wheel had to suffice with a regular skewer. And I don’t have matching tires anymore… what a contrast… someone could be riding a FreeSpirit with a rusty chain and be happier than I am.
    This post hits home that it ain’t what you have, but who you are.

  3. Godddam,,How do we get that kid a bike? I got a garage with 2 or 3 or 4 under the beer cans and empty boxes!!

  4. something about the look in that kidmachines eye says he can 2wheel float that biweapon sideways on a bed of sparks through the village market.

  5. …ahhh, the kid actually comes from a long line of wealthy ‘high wire act’ circus performers…he’s learning to ride the wire on the practice bike…

    …okay, okay, sheesh…ease up…get the kid some tires or a new bike…

  6. Here’s how I have been balancing out my less than stellar path through life.

    villagebicycleproject.org

    I head down and help shuffle bikes from one container to another alongside socially awkward well meaning people while the 20 year old beards watch and impress each other with their knowledge of crappy bicycles.

  7. Lovely captionBJ. Nothing like a third world glimpse to put ones silly ego issues in a better place.

  8. That is f’in awesome … simply awesome. If my bikes got used that much I would be in much better shape.

  9. “never let your equipment get ahead of your commitment”

    That should be DC’s new motto.

    Hack for the win indeed.

    Hey Pepin….what’s the deal with the soccer shirt ? I’m ‘merican so explain it using small words.

  10. @ TripleF In poor countries of south america, soccer is a religion. Soccer players are gods and kids don’t care about their bikes, when they wear the jersey of their hero.

  11. Ahh, Joe.

    A true American.

    Born brain dead, gonna die brain dead.

    Futbol or football ?

    To each his own I say.

  12. Bull hockey. Why is the “sport” of some third world shithole superior to The One True Game?

    Jesus, bitch! Does your life suck THAT bad?

  13. “The One True Game”

    Did you really post that ??

    One true game ??

    OK. As a young lad the game of choice was FOOTBALL. I played in High School and I followed the NY Giants mostly and I liked the Rams back in the 70′s.

    But….some people grow up and prefer other sports.

    Again. To each his own.

    If you think there is a TRUE game your a moron.

  14. I think those Bobke “Wanna go for a ride?” ads on the US Vuelta coverage are damned funny.

  15. Futbol (soccer) is awesome. I don’t follow it much because there just isn’t the time. But the skill and commitment of those guys (and girls) is impressive.

    American football requires too much equipment (and is arguably too brutal) to become widely popular throughout the world as a sport of choice. Soccer, on the other hand, requires little more than a flat, open space and a ball. You can pull that off nearly anywhere in the world.

    For me, personally, I’m a little burned on football after watching the owners act like friggin’ greedy idiots this summer. Those guys are making money hand over fist, and they act otherwise. I’m sick of seeing municipalities cough up huge amounts of money to construct stadiums that, in essence, act like little more than cash machines for the owners. Ticket prices are outrageous. Food and beverage prices are extortion. Television access is a joke. I could go on and on.

    Need I mention that my Eagles just signed that piece of shit Micheal Vick to a six year / $100 million deal? Vick. They guy who kills dogs and did 19 months in a federal penitentiary. (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4183786) The guy who, upon his release, had a birthday party at a bar and sold tickets to attend. One of his co-defendants in the dog fighting trial got shot. (http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/25/michael-vicks-birthday-party-reportedly-marred-by-shooting/) It just keeps getting more awesome. Google “Ron Mexico”. Vick is a class act.

    Not.

    He’s going to get killed this year. No team will be surprised by him again. They are going to blitz him from the left. And someone is going to injure him when he leaves the pocket. I seriously doubt he will make it through the season.

    Ok, I’m done. I need more coffee.

  16. Ron Mexico…that was some funny shit. Maybe the best part was the NFL official jerseys people were getting printed in ATL, customized with the name Mexico. Course the fun league stopped sales of those once it caught on. That is about the only positive thing I can say about vick.

  17. BJ – i hope to hell you don’t watch that goddamn shit again this year. the michael vick thing makes me want to vomit, you know. i forsee many deletions from my FB page soon, mother fuckers who want to say “he did his time…” blah blah blah. mother fucker will get his. watch. i am hoping for some full blown injuries, and i am not just talking about a broken arm. i’ll have a party the day that guy goes down – hope he can never get his dick hard again.

  18. Michael Vick should still be in prison. Read this from Stevil at AHTBM: (http://www.allhailtheblackmarket.com/2011/01/the_cat_is_way_out_of_the_bag_.html)

    “Hey Brother,
    Thought might find this enraging. A friend of mine has a client that was the lead federal investigator on the Vick case and not just Michael and it had nothing to do with dogs. Turns out Marcus, his brother, was the original target and it was all about drugs. There was a connection with Marcus and a high level drug dealer in Miami. So big was this dealer that there was around the clock surveillance being conducted by the FBI. The Vick brothers were photographed in FLA on a boat with said King Pin. Then the feds set up surveillance in Virginia on Michael’s home and accidentally found the dog operation. Then that was used as a threat to convince big brother Vick (the one with the most to lose since Marcus had nothing going on at that point) to turn over on the King Pin. So high up was the drug dealer that Vick took the 2 years for the dog thing, that the feds couldn’t care less about, rather that a death sentence from ratting out the King Pin.
    It’s a thug life at Virginia Tech. As the Blacksburg Police Chief said, “everyone on this football team is just a knee injury away from prison.”

  19. …mikey…i’d be a lot happier if ali starnes or liz hatch popped up while i was in the shower & asked me if i wanted to go for a ride…

  20. A little warning about that AHTBM link I posted earlier. The picture of the dog is very graphic. Not for the squeamish.

  21. …i was wrong about michael vick…initially i thought that, yes, he did get off lightly but i felt that he should get a second chance…hell, most of us need some kinda second chance in our lives…

    …but now, without even being aware of what was in this recent info link provided by stevil through gypsy (posted above), i gotta say that sad-ass piece of shit should be slaving away in a mickey d’s, not wallowing in guaranteed major-big-bucks cash for the next 6 years…

    …before this new contract, i saw him interviewed & his attitude was a whole lot less than repentant…it was basically “hey, that wasn’t such a big deal, ya ???…they’re dogs & that just part of a different culture from what you soccer mom’s n’ dad’s are used to…”

    …but hey…let’s not blame andy reid for giving vick the big buck contract…he’s in the entertainment bizness & he’s gotta produce wins & it doesn’t matter if the man he hires has no character, he’s got a good arm…THAT is what counts…

    …besides britt & garret reid, two of coach reid’s sons have done jail time, so vick just fits right in…part of the family…forgive & forget, blah, blah, blah, gotta move on, blah, blah, blah, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit…

    …knowing what i know now, what’s also disappointing is that i used to look forward to watching vick at virginia tech…it’s pretty obvious now that he’s been a sleazeball all his life…a sleazeball with football skills & a good p.r. firm…

    …i wish i hadn’t wasted my time…fuck you, michael vick…