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Jim Thomson, Author

Jim rides a bike a lot and hates people.

Dear Thule: GFY.

by jim / May 9 2010 / 10 posts

Spoiler alert– this post has nothing to do with professional cycling or racing. This post is about trying in vain to get existing bike trays to fit on a new car. Given that we put a man on the moon and all, this seems only modestly ambitious. WRONG, says Thule. It can’t be done! At least not without buying $200 more crap from those...

TT Toledo

by jim / Sep 19 2009 / 4 posts

Coming to you live from stage 20 of the Vuelta, and reporting whilst still marginally sober. Racers are coming in fast on the 30+ min time trial, with several overlapping at the finish. We’re parked at a beer garden along the last little stretch, having run the last 10 km of the course earlier this morning (no rental bikes to be found, so we...

Rock Hoppin’

by jim / Aug 24 2009 / 2 posts

In keeping with the retro thread from Frank and his MB-Zip, here is the bike I spent my weekend on:For those of you squinting, it’s a Specialized Rock Hopper, circa 1988.  This museum piece is my ride of choice when visiting my in-laws in Boise, ID.  It’s perfect for the miles and miles of dry single-track in the foothills outside of...

Why we watch

by jim / Aug 1 2009 / 3 posts

The tour has been over for a week now, not that I really noticed.  And that should have been a capital ‘T’ in “tour”, right?  Mea culpa.  And a yawn. Don’t get me wrong –I have nothing against the tour.  I even think the route was fine (they rode their butts off around France, what more do you want?).I’...

Round and round

by jim / Oct 16 2008 / 0 posts

I just rode around Lake Washington on my single speed. “So what, you pussy?” I imagine you are saying. Fair enough. But what if your brother-in-law is keeping the pace at a brisk 24 mph on your 9-spd Cannondale, hills and all? My knees are numb and my quads feel like jello. I will never go near that Lake again without a derailleur.By the number...

Stuff it

by jim / Jun 1 2008 / 0 posts

I spent Memorial Day weekend in Boise, and on the actual holiday I headed out for a big ride with my brother-in-law. We started at 2800′ elevation, and ended up at the local ski area, Bogus Basin– where the parking lot is a mean 6200′.It was a great ride, until the skies opened up in a downpour and the temperature dropped to 45F. Sensing disa...

Szzzz…

by jim / Jan 15 2008 / 2 posts

This morning was one hell of a shiny one in Seattle. It snowed/sleeted/rained/somethinged last night, and every surface was a sheet of ice. Undeterred, I rode the trusty steed in to work with my brethren (yes, many other cyclists were out and about). A few near misses ensued, but then I had my moment at the intersection of Brooklyn and 50th:I pu...