reblogging the reblog

as seen over on 10engines... this one goes out to my italian lady who has been mainlining carmex for a few months now.

"Alfred Woelbing was a buyer at a Chicago department store back in 1937, but he didn’t much like working in the big city. So he began his own business, making silver polish in the basement of his home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It paid the bills, for the time being.

Alfred then decided to create a home remedy for a pesky condition that he’d often suffered: cold sores. After much experimentation over a hot plate, Alfred created Carmex, and then proceeded to sell it to pharmacies by going door to door. If they weren’t interested in purchasing his product, he gave them a dozen jars for free—along with a post card for a re-order. He figured that if he could sell one jar at every drug store in Milwaukee and Chicago, he and his wife could make a decent living.

It wasn’t long before Alfred’s home-based business was booming. Apart from a wartime hiatus in production due to lanolin rationing, Alfred’s company—now known as Carma Labs—grew steadily. For 35 years, Alfred made sales calls in Wisconsin, Illinois and parts of Indiana. He remained president of the company until his death in May, 2001...

Alfred died at age 100. Up until the age of 96, Alfred worked 8-hours a day, driving over 40 miles to get to work. Even after he stopped his daily routine, his presence was still felt. His son and grandsons continue the Carmex lip balm tradition today."
-paraphrased from MyCarmex.

Iconic original jar imho, though no shock that the original cold sore purpose slightly downplayed in the jar's later iteration as below. Slight irony alert that a product to treat cold sores can help spread them if you use an infected person's jar... I guess "don't share" is the answer at all times. Anyone else keep a jar in the glovey that either melts in summer or is rock hard in winter? I should probably rethink that habit.

The tubes (introduced in 1988) might be easier to work with in winter but something about the milky glass of the jars is so great. The smell is pleasant and the mouth feel is tingly due to camphor and menthol.


America, Fuck yeah.

As reported by ABC News, this story below renews my faith in the American spirit. Also, it lets us know that not every young person in Boulder is a pot-smoking new-age hippie. So, read on... and take solace in the fact that maybe not all is lost in this world as long as there are rad people like Katheryn Lucas taking charge and kicking ass.

Colorado Woman Spots Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals it Back

A Colorado woman took matters into her own hands when her bike was stolen from outside of a Boulder sports bar. She tracked down her stolen bike on Craigslist, pretended to be an interested buyer and stole back her own bike.

Kathryn Lucas, 25, parked her bike outside of a bar where she went to watch a University of Colorado football game on the night of Oct. 4, according to ABC News’ Denver affiliate KMGH.

When she left the bar to head home, she discovered that her black Trek 1.2 road bike was missing. After filing a police report, she and her roommate began searching Craigslist to see if the thief was trying to sell the bike.

Sure enough, Lucas found a posting with a photo of her bike. She immediately recognized her bike’s red handle-bar tape and her water bottle holder.

Lucas responded to the Craigslist ad, pretending to be an interested buyer. Minutes later, a person using the name “Lance Robinson” responded with his phone number and instructed her to text him so he could send her his address.

On Sunday, Lucas went to the man’s apartment complex and asked if she could test ride the bike.

“I started riding it and knew it was my bike, so I just kept riding it,” Lucas told KMGH. “I rode it to my car and then threw it it in my car and then drove away.”

Lucas said she had not been planning on getting the bike back that way, but took advantage of an opportunity and made a spur-of-the-moment decision.

“They were a lot bigger than I thought they were,” Lucas said. “I thought it’d be like a little person that stole bikes and I’d be like, ‘Hey, I called the police and that’s my bike and you’re trying to sell it to me,’ but I just took it for a ride and went with it.”

After she had recovered her bike, Lucas called the police and gave them the thief’s address. “Lance Robinson” turned out to be 18-year-old Denzel O’Neal Crawford, who did not have a prior police record.

Crawford was arrested, confessed to stealing the bike and was released on bond. Police also told Lucas that, though her recovery mission was successful, it was not a tactic they recommend, according to KMGH.

“They told me for future reference that I probably would not want to do that by myself,” Lucas said.



alright, time to weigh in-- the fixed gear freestyle movement is gaining more and more traction, and encompasses so much more than the "hipsters in womens jeans drinking PBR" stereotype. think DJ+fixie+punkrock+no helmets and you kinda have the vibe. 26" wheels are where its at, and Specialized is on the bandwagon for 2012 with their P.Fix bike. That, with some ridiculous Quicksilver-esque remake in the works, and everyone and their mother uploading edits on the daily... it is a real scene. Now, how the F does anyone actually do any of this crap?

Steven Jensen from SKYLMT™ on Vimeo.

the last trick in this is so worth the video.

Jeff Dempler from Matt Reyes on Vimeo.




i dare anyone to watch this and not crack a smile... the riding is inspirational, and the commentary is just priceless...


'sup with SUP?

wonder what Laird Hamilton has been up to since tow-in surfing became passe? check it out--->


america, F-yeah.

not sure if this is really for real, but it really is funny. Thanks to Alexis for sharing!



i can't wait to throw a leg over a bike for a couple weeks...

Free from Andrew Quinones on Vimeo.

My first short film I made for film school. Motorcycles are a big part of life. I wanted to make a film to show how intimate we get with the road. Most people ride to get away from the daily grind and be alone. Even if you are riding with a friend, your own mind is what you have a conversation with. Others like to just take a drive in their car, but once you ride a motorcycle, the open road is never the same.-- Andrew Quinones, director


more serendepic-ness from the spanish skate scene

enjoy, and wonder if everything in Madrid happens in slow-mo, or if they are just so enamored with the effect still...


not sure i really understand this...

but there is a pretty good chance i will be in L.A. this fall, and i wanna go see this:

the next bike i buy will be a Surly Troll..

...helped in part because surly continues to prove how in-tune with the world they are. As evidenced on SurlyBlog:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

posted by Skip Bernet

Skip Bernet's avatar

Some answers to just about any bike forum post I’ve ever read

If you think your bike looks good, it does.

If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.

You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike.

Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is.

26” wheels or 29” or 650b or 700c or 24” or 20” or whatever – yes, that wheel size is rad and you’ll probably get where you’re going.

Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when they’re working and adjusted.

No paint job makes everyone happy.

Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts.

Steel is a great material for making bike frames - so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium.

You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy.

Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right.

Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop.

Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool.

Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there.

Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist – good job.

Hey, shaved leg skinny as hell super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer – keep it up.

The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked – 29”, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur.

No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok.

Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. They’re trying to stay open.

Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks.

Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less.

Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didn’t see you wave at them.

It sucks to be harassed by assholes in cars while you’re on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind assholes on bikes.

Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool.

Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. That’s just a fact.

Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes.

Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that.

Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea.

Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isn’t ideal, but for most people it’s necessary.

If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved.

That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe it’s not. You should get it looked at.

Touch up paint always looks like shit. Often it looks worse than the scratch.

A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad.

A bike that’s been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too.

Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.

Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die – then it is.

Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.

Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but it’s not a deal breaker not to.

Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make.

32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure.

Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too.

Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? I’d ride it.

Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes.

The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day.

Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group.

Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else.

Stopping can be as much fun as riding.

Lots of people worked their asses off to build whatever you’re riding on. You should thank them.


i just wanna ride...

as i lay me down to sleep, i come across a little film by some suprisingly right-on French guys. Sure, they are doing some stupid shit in this film, but they are doing what they wanna do... and thats all we can really hope for.

I.D.W.P from Edwin Europe on Vimeo.


spy fotos

is it the next new BMW superbike?
is it a test-mule for BMW motorrad italia?
is it a design study intended to work out issues for future production bikes?
or, could it maybe just be the result of one man with too much time, too much money, and too much carbon fiber?

you decide...

as seen in Lucca today, on my way to drop off the UPS shipments

from the rear, the tail-light blends perfectly with the seat

some sort of strange gas-tank magic-8 ball thing is going on here

from the front the bike looks like it could have been used on the set of Wall-E, or some sort of new-age moped

from the rider-view its all carbon, all the time. I hope you don't need to know any vitals of the machine...


double word score

as invented on the ride today:

serendepic [ser-uhn-dep-ik]
adjective and/or adverb
1. the accidental discovery of something whose level of serenity is on an unparalleled level
2. an action whose effect has consequences of great serenity

example: The views across the rolling hillsides, coupled with the smooth ribbon of tarmac being carved was serendepic, bro.

origin: While first coined in the Tuscan foothills, the true origins of this word may be traced to something that may or may not have been said by Jeff Spicoli or any of the other self-styled surfer-burnouts of his ilk.



U-hu [longboarding] from 284mb on Vimeo.


pumptrack, period

alright, this video is about as close as you can get to the feeling of riding a good pumptrack. from the slackjawed blank stares to getting a case of vertigo and just laughing at how much fun you are having--it's all here. Now, if i can only get these italians to figure this shit out! as in:

hey, italiani, dove รจ la pumptrack cazzo?



i wanna ride with these guys

i don't know if it makes me less of a man to say that this still brings a tear to my eye, but i don't care--if i still have any friends and we can ride when we are this old, i will have won the game.

a big thank you to my mom and dad for sharing this video with me, and i hope to ride again with them soon!


moto rebuild

alright, the time has come-- i am taking the plunge and having my BMW r75/7 customized by the guys @ Untitled Motorcycles. The bike has been in my family since it was new--and indeed is as old as i am, which is like 30-something years now. I can remember when there was a sidecar attached and my dad would pick me up from school... In fact, he had the bike for sale at one point, but the collector that came to buy it only wanted the sidecar--so the bike stayed and i have been riding it ever since.

For the past couple of years it has been sitting in a top-secret storage location in Colorado, awaiting the day when i would either tackle the project myself or have someone else do it. I decided on the latter--the reality is that i wanna ride this thing, i want it to be cool, and i just am not that great of a moto mechanic. Plus, once i found Adam and the guys at Untitled, they are basically building vintage Beemers the exact way i see mine turning out... i know the internet is full of blogs where guys just build a sweet old bike with nothing but hand tools and elbow-grease, but something is telling me i am better sticking to what i do best--and letting Untitled do what they do best.

strapped down and ready for the voyage

the ol' girl still runs, but it's time for a little resto'

so, these spy photos are all that could be spirited out of Colorado before the bike was packed into a truck. HUGE props to my friend Mark for these photos and for being the bike's caretaker for the past couple of years. By now the bike should be at a port in New Jersey and about 10 weeks from now it will be in London. If everything goes according to plan, the build will happen over the winter and i will fly to London in the spring to drive it back to Italia. Not real sure about importing/licensing/insuring a bike in Italia, but what else am i gonna do in my spare time?

alright--stay tuned for some more in process shots and updates of the build.

in the meantime, check it out--the goal is something like this bike from Untitled, but with a few suprises...

better than average...


kswiss just got real

quite possibly the funniest thing i have seen in a long, long time


Just a Mirage

another cool moto video by some guys who just might be too cool for school... i can't help but think they should have used the song Mirage by the Queers, but whatever, still good.


Skoda 2011 TdF commercial

pretty cool to see this--and pretty sure i will be sick of it after seeing it in every second commercial break on EuroSport... but rad for now.



pretty good words to live by; written by Dan Shafer, put into a song by Kepi Ghoulie. if i could have said it better, i would have...

Take a Look

you keep hopin' some day you'll have it all
it keeps your mind chasin' dreams down a slick and darkened hall
you just can't be happy with what you've got
unless you own the whole damn lot

think about what you have instead of what you don't have
and you will find that you're doin' better than most
when you finally hold the things you've been longin' for
you immediately think about the next

have you ever looked around you
have you ever enjoyed the moment
have you ever let yourself just simply be

can you think of strengths that you have
instead of what you think you need
did you ever question what you believe

grass just gets greener on the other side
while the moment keeps passin' by
and it will never be good enough
to appreciate what's always there

and if you take a look
well alright


funny stuff

better than television

So, there is a pretty big movement growing globally with vintage/restored/cafe/scrambler/japanese/euro/american/brit/ton/whatever motorcycles... the general trend seems to be moving away from choppers and ridiculously unrideable machines to more garage-built do-it-yourself type bikes. To me, this is cool... in fact it has made me really get serious about saving all my lunch money for a rebuild of my 1977 BMW r75. I am going to have Untitled Motorcycles do the build in the spirit of their UM3 Street. Adam and the guys in London have vintage Beemers figured out like nobody else, and after literally hundreds of hours of looking through blogs, websites, catalogues, magazines, and looking into my own skillset--i think the Untitled build will be perfect. Just gotta save the cash, get the work visa for Europe (thats a whole 'nother story) and get the bike to London... easy, right?

Anyway, so in the mean-time i have started watching all these videos about all this kinda stuff. Some are good, some are great, some are crap. I know that most people who think they are cool might have already seen some of these before, but i wanted to post them here to start a collection of stuff i like and to have it all in one place for my own personal motivation--to give me something to do when i need motivation to stay on the path...

alright--first up is the video from the French dudes from Blitz. When i saw this i really knuckled down and decided that my next priority will be to get my Beemer built.



cyanide and happiness

this has gotta be my favorite new comic, check it out on the interwebs...



SF bike stuff

check out the complete lack of fixed-gear retardation going on in this video... found over on 8negro