Careful cyclistthings!! Specialized may sue you over the use of the word “tarmac”!!!
You throw snowballs for me while I pick oranges for you…
However with all the citrus greening and canker in the industry, Florida may soon switch over to peaches…
Specialized pressures Canadian bike shop to change name
US bicycle company pursues trademark violation of “Roubaix”
A small bike shop in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada has recently been threatened with legal action by US bicycle manufacturer Specialized regarding a trademark violation concerning the shop’s name. The Calgary Herald reported today that Dan Richter, owner of the Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, received a letter from lawyers representing Specialized demanding he change his business’s name because the bicycle company owns the trademark of the word “Roubaix”, a model of bicycle in the company’s line.
This is official The Church Of Cycling will now be boycotting Specialized!
I love Specialized’s products, but this will probably effect my purchases in the future. Seriously Specialized?
Tis the season to remind everyone that dropping money in those little red Salvation Army buckets is giving money to an organization whose media relations director (Major Andrew Craibe) once stated in an interview that gay parents deserved to die.
The Salvation Army is staunchly against homosexuals, especially gay parents. They want to help families in need—as long as they’re not headed by homosexuals. So that bell you hear ringing is actually the sound of intolerance and hatred.
I ask you to think twice about giving any money to this organization, and that you share this with friends.
A good reminder. Instead of sticking that dollar in the bucket, here are some worthwhile charities to give it to this holiday season:
The Ali Forney Center (serving the NYC LGBTQ homeless youth population)
Feeding America (they currently have a $125,000 challenge grant from Unilever so your donation will be doubled)
Everyone deserves help this holiday season. Opt for a group that’s inclusive not exclusive.
As a social services worker who works with the mentally ill, homeless, poor and needy, I am very much against the Salvation Army.
Tonight’s commute in central Wisco. The roads have a smooth ice covering with no tire ice ruts from cars which can cause you to fall if your bike tire gets caught and you’re trying to turn out of the rut. I am thinking about studding my tires but this will take the fun out of commuting in the winter… I could have ice skated to work today. The temp is fahrenheit.
I rarely miss the opportunity to ride in gorgeous weather. But I am absolutely exhausted and too stressed from work to ride today. Normally a good ride melts that all away but when I just can’t focus on getting kitted up, I know it’s time to drink instead. #cycling #tampacycling #tired #work #worksucks #stress #weather #Florida #happyhour #jimbeam
A mix of dedicated bike trails and cycle paths, the 5,000km La Route Verte is North America’s longest cycling network, taking in Quebec’s cities, rivers, lakes and fjords.
Saw a lot of headlines this week on how to handle difficult relatives and awkward conversations at holiday family gatherings, and I thought, everyone is someone else’s freak. For every situation in which two people are happy to spend time together following a long absence, there is another…
When studying for my masters degree in counseling psychology (which I ultimately abandoned for philosophical and political reasons) one of my professors made a profound point when we began speaking of family. Ultimately his statement was “You don’t disown family.” Everyone else in the world can be dropped if needed. But blood is important. You can’t choose your family.
Now, I do not believe in “all-or-nothing” statements or scenarios. That’s just not the way the world works. All too often those difficult relatives (or friends) will speak in superlatives that are false. “You always…” “You never…” “Why can’t you ever…?” These are usually emotionally driven statements that are utilized in order to create drama, incite an equally emotional response or try to make the receiving party feel bad. In short, the use of superlatives don’t contribute to the constructive resolution of any argument or disagreement.
In fact, the only thing that can conclude difficult family gatherings is being able to what we all strive to be anyway: strong, confident, self-accepting, and happy with who we’ve become as a person by our own self imposed standards and ideals of who we want to be.
With family, this can be difficult because there have been years of status establishment and a defined hierarchy. One of the hardest things to be able to do is step back from that dynamic, examine it and decide what parts of it you truly agree with and which parts you’ve simply been following along.
Furthermore, what so many people overlook is that it’s okay to disagree. Families don’t have to share the same belief structures on any topic. That’s what makes us individuals. We are free to think and experience things that change our minds and open us up beyond the pre-established norms that we were raised in.
Finally, and this is a big one, it’s okay to feel whatever it is that you’re feeling! Emotions are not a logical, rational thing that we can or should control. We need to emote in order to resolve things within ourselves. We are allowed to hate, dislike, get annoyed by, feel sad/happy/excited/depressed… But it’s how we utilize these emotions to resolve our inner conflicts and beliefs that is our ticket to ultimate peace. If we simply project these feelings or their causes onto other people rather than looking for their meanings within, then we have already lost.
Family is enigmatic at best. I don’t care how “great” of a family you come from. Their problems and issues don’t get resolved unless the participants are eager for resolution and psychologically capable for resolution. So, do your own part by being at peace with yourself because, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me.”
I’m not a huge supporter of Performance Bike, but I do a lot of online buying from bike shops. Mostly smaller shops since I’m looking for parts and specific items. I frequently browse Performance’s site and have bought a variety of things from them, including two framesets that I love.
But over the years I’ve had a lot of problems with them. Their so called “sales” and discounts are a sham and I never, ever trust the “Discount Taken in Cart!” garbage. So I just thought it was hysterical to read this on their site.
"20% OFF EVERYTHING"
EVERYTHING! Every-fucking-thing! Woo hoo! EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!!!
Oh, wait… some exclusions apply. You mean like:
"All coupon/promotional code discounts are taken at checkout. Promotions may not apply to the following: Avid brand, Castelli brand, CatEye, Dakine, DZR, Fox brand, Fox Racing brand, Garmin brand, Go Pro brand, Hammer Nutrition brand, Kinetic brand, Kreitler, select Kryptonite locks, Mavic Inc brand, Pearl Izumi, Rock Shox, Shimano Components, Sidi brand, Speedplay brand, SRAM brand, Stan’s, Twin Six brand, Wipperman brand, Zipp Speed Weaponry brand, Select Bell, Blackburn, Cateye, Giro, Easton and Louis Garneau Items, e-Gift Cards, Gift Cards, Team Memberships and Team Membership Renewals, sales tax and spin doctor service plans. Promotions may exclude Shimano Components and Bikes and Frames."
Well I guess not everything is 20% off… Including the things you were planning on buying.
A Salvation Army bell ringer cheerfully asked me other day, with all the gusto of a Valley-girl, “Hi! How are you today?!”
To which I stopped, looked her in the eye and said “Bad.”
I don’t think she knew what to say or do…
For tumblr posts, I always forget to either change my verbiage from “cold” to “cool” or provide a disclaimer about “Florida cold.” Hands down, the weather down here never gets actually cold. After the blistering heat that defines the other nine months of the year in Florida, my use of the word cold is definitely relative.
My apologies, good sir.