Hit it hard

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Pass out of the roar, and into the soar.  That’s what I say about cycling, and about life.  Never was a big fan of The Ramones until I found out some things about these guys, and their origins.  I mean, you need a translator for most of what Joey is saying.  Take a watch of this beautiful sound check turning into one of their songs:
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Nothing like them will ever come around again to planet Earth.  Something to learn from them:  hit it hard, don’t take breaks.  I’ve been hitting these hills hard and pounding up them.  I took out my ‘fast mover’ today for a long jaunt through the city, and went through downtown so fast I don’t remember anything about it except for passing cars.  Then I had a hill in front of me:  a big one.  Time to pound it.  I hit it as hard as my heart can take it, because my legs are saying: GO! MAN, GO!  I can train my legs to explode, but for the heart it’s not an option.   Dying on this bike, it is possibly my destiny.  Other rigs come and go, but this here is my baby:

The things I love in life
The things I love in life

I’m up to six bikes now, for the time being.  I just bought a  road bike for its time trial bars and I bought a time trail frame with 650c wheels.  I’ve never owned or put together one of them.  Thought I’d give it a try.  I’m on the search for that ‘big cookie’ chain ring but to find it takes patience, and possibly connections.   I up to just enough Shimano and too much Campagnolo, anyone need a C8 rear D?

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About littlejar

5 - Learned to ride in paved alley behind liquor store in Lowell. 16 - Road bike riding alone while peers do soccer practice. 18 - First new road bike bought with winnings from Project Graduation. 20 - Burlington VT. Nuff said. 22 - Joined the Air Force. 23 - Joined team Fair Wheel in Tucson - rode the Shootout. 24 - Rode El Tour in under five. 26 - Toured to Quebec City 28 - Toured Oklahoma to Vermont 30 - Found my dream bike - a 1989 58cm LaBan (#22) 32 - Experienced Minneapolis and saw BIKE CULTURE. 34 - Building my first bicycle frame, with a self made jig. USA

9 Replies to “Hit it hard”

  1. Rock And Roll High School is one of the best films ever made. Riff Randall was hot like the sun.

    Possibly the best live show I ever saw was Ramones in some insanely over-crowded and over-served bar in San Jose CA around 1985. Must have been 1500 people in there, thought the place was gonna explode.

  2. 1,2,3,4!

    you can’t listen to contemporary rock and roll and not find ramones inspired riffs and blitzkrieg bops. you’re right, there has been nothing like them before or since. rip joey, johnny, and deedee.

  3. great fucking video LJ. the ramones. damn. fuck im old. 1988 – 2 shows in 2 days. lots of tikillya and black spandex. fuck rock n roll HS. watch the most recent documentary. deedee was a trip. a junkie till the end. RIP deedee you are my most favorite ramone ever.

  4. I have a 58t ring down in the building. I ‘think’ it’s 135bcd…I’ll GIVE it to the cause if you need it. I’ll check the bolt circle tomorrow…