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wpstoll:Hope they spelled it correctly on their marquee!
wpstoll: PacMUle:i LOVE san diego... but i would really like to be in a place like this one day!http://www.grist.org/slideshow/2011-07-29-freiburg-a-model-city-in-germany/1In August and September 1977 I lived 19 km from Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest in Staufen, a medieval village at the base of a conical hill. The Romans built a lookout tower on the hill as part of a communications chain. The Romans kind of invented the telephone. A defensive castle was built on the hill in the 12th century and parts of the ruins have been restored. From the top of the tower on a clear day one can see the dark blue outlines of the Vosges mountain range past Freiburg to the west in the Alsace. The hill is now terraced for farming the local varietal grapes. I spent quite a bit of time in Freiburg while I was there. It was a short hitchhike/walk over scenic farmroads.Photo 1 shows the Martinstor, part of the medieval city fortifications that survived the violence of the centuries. Another similar tower to the north of the city is the Schwabentor. This is how I got to the city center from the university quarter on the east side of town. Photo 2 shows the McDonald's that preservationists tried to get put anywhere else besides the entry to the Altstadt. When I was there they served decent pommes frites and half liter paper cups of Dinkelacker beer for 2DM. The layout of the older part of the city discourages automobile traffic and cars are awkward among the streetcars, pedestrians, and cyclists. I saw big cars get stuck at a couple of corners that were just too narrow. Out near the university traffic is more congested, but that melts quickly away as one pedals east back toward Staufen.Photo 4. Staufen also has Bächle to divert water from the Neumagen river into the town. Car wheels fall into them periodically and sometimes the Schlepper has to come pull them out. On two wheels one must be very cautious where they aren't covered with steel plating.Photo 5. The entire neighborhood around the Marktplatz was blown to bits in the bombing raids of 1944. All the buildings were rebuilt in the exact same place and configuration, but with modern conveniences such as up to date plumbing and electricals as well as solar panel arrays that can't be seen from the ground. They are obvious from near the top of the single bell tower on the 12th century Gothic cathedral which the locals say was miraculously nearly untouched in the intense bombing that destroyed nearly all the rest of the city center. Most of themedieval stained glass windows had been dismantled in advance and hidden in the crypts under the floor. The glass from the few that were destroyed was reset after the war into modern abstract designs. With the window glass gone the expansive Gothic windows allowed blasts to pass through the structure without damaging the structural integrity of the building. Photo 15. In 1993 Jolie and I rode from Staufen to this train station in the pouring rain to travel to Heidelberg where we spent a week, but that's another story.
PacMUle:i LOVE san diego... but i would really like to be in a place like this one day!http://www.grist.org/slideshow/2011-07-29-freiburg-a-model-city-in-germany/1
billd:I Hate Cyclists
No Zigzagging on the Sidewalk: $50 Fine.We all know the "weaver" who meanders from one side to the other, cutting us off multiple times along the way. There is an exemption for the blind....No Walking Three Abreast: $100 Fine per person, which doubles for each additional person.What's more frustrating than being stuck behind a wall of people walking 2 miles per hour? Three people or more holding hands (even including a swinging child) doubles the fine.
mfutch:Just saw a sweater that matches that Mondrian/Look/Hinault "colorway" on Ebay for $10...
Velo Cult:Pretty ecstatic right now that we were chosen as one of only 100 shops in the country to be recognized as America's Best by Bicycling Magazine. Largest bike mag in the world. We even were one of the few that got a blurb as well. Didn't expect that from such a mainstream rag it shoes that things are changing in the bike industry. The same mag tests commuter and cargo bikes.
PacMUle:The Oatmeal has to be one of the best web comics of all time! that & Cyanide and Happiness...
Rapha North America has issued a recall notice on 200 cans of its chamois cream. In a release issued Friday, the company explained that the chamois cream containers, which have a baby blue label, had been improperly filled with its own Winter Embrocation mixture.Rapha began receiving complaints from customers describing a fiery saddle sensation earlier this month, prompting the company to shut off production of their chamois cream line until the problem could be isolated.
Sam:Rapha North America has issued a recall notice on 200 cans of its chamois cream.
"You can't ride in the middle of the street!" he demanded."Yes, I can," I replied, reasonably calmly, "if the road is too narrow to share."He proceeded to give me the "I'm a cyclist, too" speech, complete with telling me where and when I should ride and how I was doing it all wrong, and blah, blah, blah.I cut him off and reiterated, "I'm not going to ride in the door zone; that's a good way to get myself killed." To which he replied,"That's the price you pay for riding in the city."See? Some cyclists really are assholes.
Hans:Forget about getting into the bike building business, I should seriously think about getting into making bike cases!
Sam: Hans:Forget about getting into the bike building business, I should seriously think about getting into making bike cases!Your competition: Bike Lid