• Age 32: Joel @ Macalester College

    Me, when I was younger and still thin, balancing on my bike in front of the old Student Union at Macalester College. The jersey advertises Cycle City, sponsor of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club's racing team. Photo by Tim Haviland in the summer of 1981. (Th…

  • Age 56: Back on the Bike

    Joan took this shot of me as I was getting the Old New Bike out last Saturday. Except for a short spin the night I picked it up, this was my first outing since the rebuild (illness, snow, ballgames, and mandated gym trips have interfered more than I'd ha…

  • Joan, Barn, Sky

    Joan and I define "long ride" differently. This barn is at the far corner of a fourteen-mile loop from our house; she considers it a long ride, while I consider it a short one. So it's pretty common for me to follow a joint ride with a second, more stre…


  • Age 29: Have Bicycle, will Travel

    Me and m' bike, early in 1978 when I was still skinny, and the bike was still fairly new. Note the stylish red shorts, the equally stylish red knicker sox, the blue arm warmers, and the style-resistant MSR bicycle helmet. The jersey advertised BikeCent…

  • Troopers on Bikes

    Michigan State Police Troopers patrolling the parade at the St. Ignace car show; June 2005.

  • Shadow & Light

    What remains of the grain elevator, my shadow, and town's best lawn: Downtown Mulliken, last Monday, shortly before sunset. The lighting was glorious. Taken from my bicycle at the corner of Main and Railroad. Just as I pressed the shutter, a piece of d…


  • Bicycle

    Near where I parked on the outskirts of the K-College campus, I found this bicycle anchored to a tree. ========== This photograph is an outtake from my 2012 photo-a-day project, 366 Snaps. 366 Snaps project discussion and stats for September 4.

  • Basement Bikeshop


  • Assenmacher by the Garage



  • New Old Shoes

    Always wanted a pair of Diadoras. Got 'em! =========== When I bought my first cycling shoes, the cleats were a separate purchase. The recommended installation advice was: * Ride the bike with the new shoes for 50 miles or so. * Check-see whe…

  • Wheel and Shadow

    An unintended photograph from yesterday morning's bike ride.

  • Craft

    Artistry in steel.... Don't think I've mentioned my other Assenmacher. This one's also old, but a lot newer than my original; I took delivery of this frame the same week I moved into our house. The bikes are quite different. The old bike is your class…


  • Pedal, Cage, & Wheel

    Love my platforms. Phil Wood pedal, MKS toe clip, Cinelli (Alfredo Binda) toe strap. New Old Stock from eBay. They went on the green bike, and now have perhaps 150 miles on them....

  • Bottom Bracket

    Explored! #299 [October 16, 2007] Thanks! Dismantled the bike over the weekend and took it to Assenmacher's for a repaint last night. In another month it's gonna look new. I'm sure I'll post more pix at that time. Meantime, a few details: The frame w…

  • Dropouts

    Another view of my old bicycle's frame, after 85,000 miles. It's in builder Matt Assenmacher's shop to be repainted, and realigned.... 85,000 isn't as unattainable as it probably seems. At 15 miles per hour: 100 miles takes less than 7 hours 100…


  • Shadows

    Joan, and our shadows. Mount Hope Highway, a few miles from home.

  • Downtube

    This is, of course, my other road bike.

  • The Great Escape-In

    Cyclists gather at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before the opening event of the 1978 National Convention of the League of American Wheelmen (LoA Bicyclists, now), hosted by the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club. We called the convention Escape '78, and this r…


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