Spring Fever

Does the Spring Fever make one shop compulsively? If so, then that’s probably what I’ve got. In just the last two weeks I’ve bought:

5 new cycling caps (what the Hell, they’re cheap, right?)
1 “new” CPU (another 3.0G/512K/800Mhz Pentium 4)
Yet another video card (for a thus-far unsuccessful attempt to run CUDA on Kubuntu).

At least they’re all fairly small (<$50) purchases, so I guess it's not so bad. It’s not like I’m buying new bikes or fancy new wheelsets (yet).

More on Jersey Rehab

The other day I wrote about discovering a place where I could get my favorite jersey repaired. As is my habit, I procrastinated and didn’t get it mailed like I had intended.

Thursday was a perfect day for a ride, and since Thursday’s also one of the days that I-Pro (AKA ‘the bike shop’) is open, I again forgot all about the post office, grabbed the new bike, and headed out for a ride and ultimately, to the bike shop. Chatting with Roger at the shop and I told him of my jersey repair plans. He agreed that this sounded like a good idea and with my assertion that “it’s not like I could replace it for that price” (about $37 + shipping).

A little while later, I was browsing through his selection of gear and came across several of the ~2001 version of the shop/team jersey (the same as the subject jersey), tagged seventy-some-odd bucks, just as they were when I bought mine. Holding one up I asked:
“How long until you mark these down?” to which he replied that they already were, to (he thought) $30.
“Geez! Why didn’t you say something earlier? I actually can ‘replace it for that price’“, I laughed.
“I forgot I still had some of those in your size”, Roger admitted, rather sheepishly.

I had forgotten to bring my debit card along (usually not a bad idea to leave it behind when I’m going to the bike shop to browse), so tomorrow I’ll stop in and grab one (or both) of the smalls he has left. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a bargain, and those really are nice jerseys.

It’s Amazing; The Things You Find When You Aren’t Even Looking

Yesterday I was perusing some cycling newsgroups (as I am wont to do) and came across a link to Specialty Outdoors:

THE outdoor gear sewing and repair expert. Alterations, modifications and problem solving of technical clothing and equipment are my specialty. Visit the About Specialty Outdoors pages for more information, including photos, prices, and samples. We can do technical clothing repair and alteration, Gore-tex repair, tent repair and modification, backpack modification, and custom work too, just to list a few things. Be to sure to check the photo galleries as new items are added all the time. Factory authorized by The North Face Inc. for modifications and alterations to their gear.

In addition to tents, backpacks, and skiing gear, they also do cycling gear. Not only that, they actually have tips for sewing your own jerseys and shorts! (Oh how I wish I had a sewing machine and a talent for sewing). Anyway… I have this jersey, one of my all-time favorites (here’s me wearing it); a few (~5?) years ago this jersey (which was still relatively new at the time) was spending the winter resting, while the long-sleeved jerseys had all the fun. Imagine my horror when, come spring-time, I discovered that all of its elastic had gone all crunchy and lost its elasticity.

I emailed Specialty Outdoors with some questions and immediately heard back from Penny Schwyn. A few emails back and forth later, and the deal is as good as done. I’ll be shipping my beloved jersey off and a few weeks later getting it back good as new better than new!

If you want to find out more, here’s the Outdoor Specialty FAQ

I’m wearing my Dad’s slippers…

…but I know I’ll never fill his shoes.

If I could be even half the man; half the person that he was, that would be more than enough for me. I’m content simply doing my little part to keep his memory and his brilliant spirit alive, striving to to the best of my abilities to emulate some of the qualities that made him so great.
I miss you, Dad!

How to Maximize Your Footwear Investment

Buy these shoes. Wear them until they look like this.

If you would like to replicate this experiment, you can get the shoes here (and apparently nowhere else, I don’t know why). They’ll set you back about $90, but if they last you 6+ years of all-day, every-day wear before they start to disintegrate (as mine did), that works out to about $15 a year.

If you own and routinely wear more than one pair of shoes, your per annum cost will actually approach zero!

The New Balance 998 earns “Crazy Greg’s Seal of Approval”!

I’m a frugal, trend-setting fashion plate! (And, unlike Tommy Hilfiger, I do not have a monkey face… at least I don’t think I do.)