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I’ve always said security guards at retail stores and at commercial buildings are useless

I’ve always said security guards at retail stores and at commercial buildings are useless

Check out this video, Security guards do NOTHING. They don’t even call the police. I guess if you aren’t selling shoes from payless they don’t care.

However, they are always quick to yell at you if you try to take a picture… Grrrr. Hate those rent a cops!

Video found by Via Cyclelicio.us.
I grabbed it from UrbanVelo

What would you do?


I once had my bike stolen from inside the building I was working in.

I was on the 3rd floor of a building in New York City on Greene Street in SOHO. Our building had a “guard” at the front door where everyone needed to sign in and out. We also had a freight elevator in the back that another building employee would pick you up and make you sign in/out and would run the elevator for you.

I would be taken me up in the elevator every morning (for a year at that point) with my bike. And my bike wasn’t some off the shelf bike look like every other bike on the planet bike.

I had a totally custom Iron Horse mountain bike. I had stripped all the paint off and covered it in stickers and replaced every part on that bike. You could see me coming from blocks away and it was a very distinctive bike.

So one day I come to work like normal. I took off the front wheel and LOCKED my bike up in the hallway of the office I was working in. Front wheel locked to the frame. I didn’t have enough room by my desk to store my bike. Note: Our company had the ENTIRE floor.

End of the work day and I’m heading out to go home and my bike is gone.

Guard in the front didn’t see anything and the dude with the elevator in the back didn’t see anything either. FUCKERS either were too dumb to do their jobs or stole my bike themselves.

OH I could rant about this for hours…

Ride to Superdawg with Stu

Ride to Superdawg with my new riding buddy Stu.
6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646

Finally got a day under 100 degrees and took full advantage with a ride to Superdawg and back. Met Stu at the Botanical Gardens and rode with him from there and had a superdawg for lunch.

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Never Ending Summer Heat Wave

Say what you will but I have had the best intention of riding every weekend. However, this never ending heat wave is keeping me inside and off the bike and I can feel my waistband expanding. 100+ degree temperatures have become normal and I’m sorry that is too hot for me to enjoy riding.

I have taken a few short bike rides just to do errands which I have not logged here because they were just running errands but, I am so frustrated with this weather.

So, I have started cleaning up my torture chamber (basement bike on a trainer) to be more comfortable and to be a place I can hang out in hopes I will start riding more inside if I can’t ride out.

I really hope we get a nice long autumn.

Cervellum Hindsight 35

Would you use this?

Photo from Bicycle Design .net

I like the idea of it replacing my garmin and heart-rate monitor. Video recording sounds interesting but, not sure how useful it would be to watch. Might be good for insurance purposes though.

Product Page: http://cerevellum.com/hindsight.aspx

UPDATE: I GOT ONE FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!

4th of July Ride – Bailed

Too Hot

I bailed on the 4th of July ride today. I’m not enjoying the organized rides so far. Too much driving for too little in return and today is Soooo HOT!
Temps going up to 98 degrees with a heat index of 115 degrees. They also say it might go higher. 92 degrees when I got up this morning and the picture is the thermometer on our kitchen window @ 1 pm. Thermometer is not in direct sunlight…

Pam and I went out for a drive with Lily today and just spending 15 minutes outside the car walking was oppressive.
No ride today. Thinking I need to get mentally prepared for some basement miles in the coming weeks. This summer is turning out to be way too hot to be enjoyable.