Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CARGO, yo.

The Cargo project is really moving along for Lane at CETMA. I spoke with him on the phone for a bit again the other day. We're still trying to see if the paper route can be pulled off with one of these bikes. Right now, it's taking us about 1 and 1/2 hours by car. (170 papers) We are still dialing it in, so I'm sure we can cut at least 15 minutes off of that...It would be nice to sell the Honda, and buy a CETMA.

Well, 2008 is winding down, and I'm reflecting on the last year. My resolution last year was to post on the blog every day. Looking back, I did a pretty good job, I think, though yes I did fall pretty short of 365 entries, there was some pretty good stuff on here (and some total bullshit, too). Either way, thanks for stopping by, and here is to 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Bar

The Duke set it pretty high, didn't he?

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Call

Colin won his 3rd MOTAB in one year last night, and then called me to tell is a picture of all that going down.

*Note the PDW sticker on his phone.

Pirate Style

There are wants. And there are needs.

Sometimes they are a bit of both.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What Can Of Beer?

No, it isn't a Blaze Orange High Life, but I did stumble upon this Real Tree camo king can of Busch at the Citgo around the corner from Olson's. Also found the homeless camp in the Oaks bottom this morning...right on the muddy banks of the Williamette.
Kind of feel like Zombie today, just trying to teach the body to get into the paper route (ie sleep 4 hours, stay up for 3, sleep 4 more hours). But hey, for $800 a month, I can learn to be a zombie.

Friday, December 26, 2008

What I'm Saying

This is the shirt I mentioned in the previous entry. See that is a rad t-shirt, isn't it?

ALSO, you should head over to Molly Cameron's blog, and check out Belgium!!!!


Pretty sure I've had the above photo on here before. Pretty sure it is the basis for one of my favorite t-shirts. Well, at 1 am tomorrow, Jen and I are gonna get "trained" on our new paper route. Not sure what they are going to train us to do specifically, but we'll be ready:


I mastered that when I was 12 years old. Jobs are kind of scarce out here, but the Powells are nothing if they aren't survivors...speaking of surviving, I damn near burned our house down today when I left some tea on.

Damn, I'm a spazz.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Boneshaker is a little publication that Hurl hooked me up with when we were passing thru MPLS a couple of weeks ago. After a couple of stutter starts, I sat down and read it last night. I gotta say, I'm a fan. Word is you can get them at Powells Books, and I'm sure you can find them elsewhere. Pick one up if you see them.

What I'm Up To

Folks keep asking for photos of what we're up to so here goes. The first is a shot from the Oregon Manifest Show that featured some of our initial product offerings and Kathryn's baking prowess.
The last is a quick shot of the office just as we we're moving in. There is a bit more art on the walls now, some more shelving, coffee making ability, and music.
The second is of our silent partner, Sterling Sharpe. He is our heater/All Pro Wide Out. He has been working a lot harder that either of us lately because of the "arctic blast".
Things are coming together. The wife and I settled in the West Moreland/Sellwood area which is only about a mile from the office. We can walk/ride everywhere, so that is pretty much what we were looking for.
We haven't done much in the city yet, just due to being busy and the weather, but we here able to hang out with a couple of guys my brother and I grew up with back in Michigan, Jeff and Mike Snyder. They've both been out here for sevral years, so they've taken us to a couple of pretty sweet places.
Everyone out here uses the hell out of snow chains...
Oh yeah, there are more brew pubs/craft breweries here than anywhere else.
I'm home.

What's That Rack Lady Up To?

"Just add a pie, a towel and a cargo bungee, and you are ready to roll to that holiday pouluck!"
Damn, that's a fine rack.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Arctic Blast

Worst winter weather to hit Portland in ten years? Feels like the midwest...dammit it's cold. We moved into a house down in Sellwood. The whole place, yard, basement, etc. Very sweet set up. It's only .7 miles from work. Yeah you read that right. I can walk home for lunch.
More in a bit...sounds like one Jason Barnes will be in the cut this weekend. Word.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Yep snowing sideways here right now. It is crippling the city. Kind of funny.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holy Diver

I'm a survivor. Feeling like De Niro in Taxi Driver.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bike Craft

We rolled down to Bike Craft last night at the Roots Organic Brewery in SE Portland last night. LOTS of folks down there. Decent beers too.
We took the opportunity to ride around the city at night a bit as well, and I gotta tell you I'm stoked.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What On Earth?

I stole this from here. I gotta say hell yeah to that. God helps those who help themselves. I've always been a big proponent of the DIY mindset, and these guys have it in spades.
In the office for a bit today getting stuff dialed in...we've got a lot on our plate.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


My buddy Colin snapped the above shot at Hales Corners this year. I gotta say, the composition is compelling, and it is my favorite shot of the season. What I didn't know was that Christopher, whom you see on the run up in the back ground, had just done a beer hand up...epic.

We're there, man


We made it in last night, just after a stop at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River. With a 12-er of Sessions Lagers in hand, we rolled into the Rose City, and finally parked the Honda at Erik and Kathryn's place in North East. We got up this morning and had breakfast at the Tin Shed on Alberta, and I gotta say, if you are in town, stop there and get a San Fran sandwich. You will not be disappointed. Then walking along Alberta, we passed this thing sitting in front of a looks even better in person that I'd hoped.
This afternoon we headed over to the new PDW HQ. It is also a tin shed, but there is much less breakfast fare there, and a lot more pallet racking...but that is ok. The weather is pretty nice, it was delightful to ride around all day without a winter hat on under my helmet for a change, and get ready for this, there was sun!

We are stoked. I'll try to throw down some photos soon, when I have access to a digital camera again. It's on.

Monday, December 08, 2008


No you da ho.

We're in Moscow, Idaho this morning. Getting ready to make the final push to Portland. Jen was accepted to grad school here at the U of I years ago, but we chose to move to Kalamazoo instead. So here we are years later checking it out. The whole town is covered in fog still this morning, but we're gonna head downtown to get some bean juice and see the campus.
Hell of a drive yesterday, most of the way across Montana, then over Lolo Pass and into Idaho on US 12. Yeah, that was a heck of an idea. On the way up and over Lolo, it started raining, then snowing...Lets just say that ridge of mountains was holding back some crazy weather! Jen drove through all the worst of it, and she was bomber.
The drive was beautiful but quite a bit slower than going 75 on the Interstate. We headed down the otherside into the Bitterroot Wilderness area, along the Lochsa River, then into Sweetwater Canyon, to Lewiston, then north to Moscow. The drive so far has been really great. We've seen some amazing things, listened to some books on tape, and generally unwound a bit.

Seen yesterday on Interstate 90 between Bozeman and Butte, a retired couple in a GMC conversion "Get-A-Way" van with vanity plates "NOMOWORK". Classic.

Friday, December 05, 2008


From Rapid City, South Dakota!

Windy as hell, but warmer that Minneapolis. Stopped by 1 on 1 and the CRC coffee garage yesterday. Great as always. Finally got to sample some Surly beer. Damn, that makes me thirsty again. The open road is great. But that Tom Bodett is full of shit, stayed at a Motel 6 last night and there was no light on for us...but tonight there was.

Thanks Tom. Tomorrow will be the tie breaker. Also, I think we are gonna check out Mt. Rushmor in the morning, then press on into Wyoming and perhaps Yellowstone.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

This One Goes Out To Zack

Gettin' Gone

Well, everything is just about packed up. And as you can see the Honda is itching to get on the road...I'm gonna drink a couple of beers, and get some sleep. We're gonna shove off tomorrow before dawn.


Ever heard the story of Dock Ellis? Me either until this morning....
Los Angeles, April 8, 1984- Former Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Dock Ellis says he was under the influence of LSD when he pitched a 1970 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

Ellis, now co-ordinator of an anti drug program in Los Angeles, said he didn't know until six hours before his June 12, 1970 no hitter that he was going to pitch.

"I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn't know it. I had taken LSD..... I thought it was an off-day, that's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, "Dock, you're pitching today!"

"That's when it was $9.50 to fly to San Diego. She got me to the airport at 3:30. I got there at 4:30, and the game started at 6:05pm. It was a twi-night doubleheader.

I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria.

I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times.

The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."

The Pirates won the game, 2-0, although Ellis walked eight batters. It was the highpoint in the baseball career of one of the finer pitchers of his time, and arguably,one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Can't Deny It

Errol Morris makes a damn good commercial.

Things We Can't Share

Not everything is as it seems...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Three Santas Go Into A Bar

As was previously discovered. When you get a few of your buddies together and you all dress like Santa, you can pretty much do what ever you want...
MOTAB was one for the books last night. I think they all let me win, but fuck it, a win is a win. The trophy is all time, and I think everyone was happy with the gifts Santa brought them.


This will horrify you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Leave It To Europe

To take the beauty and simplicity of MOTAB, strip away the debauchery and the booze, and then call it a championship...via Bummer Life. Headed back to Michigan this evening, back to Madison Sunday. Hope to stop by Bells for some tasty tap beers. But really, I'm looking forward to some relaxing, next week is going to be very busy...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You Won't Understand

I have no idea what is going on here either. But I've got a few hundred Flickr pages to go, so hopefully it starts making sense...


Yeah yeah, I get it. Winter is cool in its own right. But when I woke up to see snow on the ground yesterday, I wasn't stoked. Last winter was long. Too long. I love winter, but I'm kind of glad to be moving away from the midwest...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pain Shower

Colin Elhart Photo

That there is Lyle Hanson. 2 years ago he was Cat 4 pack fodder with me. Last year he was at the front of the Cat 3 races. This season, he made his pro debut at Cross Vegas, and has worked his way into 4th in the State in the Pro/1/2 category. The Superfans (obviously as displayed by ZR's excitement in the above photo of Lyle's fourth of 13 laps last weekend) love Lyle. State Championships of Cyclocross today in Hales Corners Wis. Hopefully Lyle can "Do It Live" today. Should be a lot of fun. Weather looks cold, but nothing like the rain/snow death march we had last year.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Yeah, something wrong with that? I found this Vid last night about Lane and his shop. I'll be damned if I can get the whole thing to load, but you should give it a try and see what you can find.
Really cold this morning, but the sun is out and that is good. Also, looks like the wind has died down a bit today. The coffee is strong!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


The above vid of Lane from CETMA I sniped from Urban Velo today. I've been keeping track of Lane's progress on the cargo bike for the last few months and I gotta say, that guy is in the right business.
Speaking of CETMA, Jeff down at Revolution set me up with the parts I needed to get a cruiser up and running again. This one is a Schwinn that was found abandoned in the neighbor's yard. About the only things original are the frame and the chain guard. I got the CETMA rack on the front, and have been working on getting my pizza rack on that. Lets just say, it works, but it needs work.
Among other things, I've been watching some videos over the past few days. Lately I've seen films Bella and the Kite Runner, bike porn Fast Friday and Seasons, and tonight I'm going to try to watch the Strummer documentary, "The Future Is Unwritten". It had been a while since I was down at 4 Star video in Madison, but went there this morning. Damn, that place really rules. So many movies I want to see. Might be about time to fire up the Flix again.
Rode the cruiser down to the post office, and it worked really well.
Speaking of riding, Jen and I went on the WNR last night, and damn, windy but fun. It had been a while since I did a night time lake loop. Got me thinking about Lazar spraying folks with a stolen fire extinguisher back in the day after leaving the Muskie Lounge...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This Looks Pretty Sweet

Embrocation Cycling Journal, it looks to be a rad mag out of New England. They love cross. I love cross.

Check them out, ya'll.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big In Hong Kong?

I guess so. The PDW T popped up on The HK Fixed blog late last week. I don't know how, but it's pretty rad just the same. It is cold today.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

When I'm Thirsty, Let Me Drink

A 40oz hand up? Damn straight kid. Corey didn't even spill a drop, as he is a Team Magnus rider.
Whitewater yesterday, well done to Dave Thomas on a diabolic, yet fun, course. All suffering. The superfans in in full effect. Mexican food afterwards made it a perfect day.
I'm still battling a bit of a cold, but coming around. Another day of relaxing and drinking tea, and I should be even closer to being right side up again.
The new job is rolling along, slowly putting things together. We'll be shoving off in about 2 and 1/2 weeks. My travels were great, got to hang with my old buddy Weston out in Portsmouth, NH. Also got to have some dinner with Jason from Pedros, but missed beers with Petar from Mavic. Petar, soon my man!
Alright, there is some bacon here for me to eat, more later.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Never Mind

...thats my stop watch.

Nov. 13th a typical Thursday in New Hampshire.

1 State Trooper duped.
2 Moat Mt Beers.
1 PBR @ the Haus.
1 Smithwicks @ The Coat Of Arms.
3 PBRs @ The Stock Pot.
3 "beers" @ Press Room.
8 of Portsmouths finest stop by.
1 Split skull.
1 Jets win.
1 more for the road.
1 Walk home in the rain.

Live Free Or Die, indeed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Living The Dream

New logo by Creepyfriendly

"If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent. Cause, you know, they're saying 'This sucks, and I am going to do it my own way.'" Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia.

I started on a new venture today. So far so good, but I expect a struggle. More very soon.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Last Day

Like Joe said, "The Future is Unwritten"

Today is my last day at my old gig. I've worked here for 3 years, and I'm leaving on good terms, but it's time for something new.

And I'm excited about that! More very soon on the Powell's plans, I promise.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Your Mind?

Yeah, this is gonna fuckin' blow it.

The Move

Well, there is a fork in the road comin' up dear readers. Jen and I are leaving the midwest soon, and we're gonna be cutting some of the fat from our lives before we go. More about that in the next few days.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I Voted!

Thats right folks. I voted that this image is the definitive image from the 2008 Wisco Cross series!

Well done Djonn for the sick click. As always, well done to Christopher. With a blue ribbon in your hand, everyone is a winner.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Lake Superior

Yesterday morning, Pickens and I hiked down to this beach North of Marquette. We took Elsa with us, she is seen in the above photo waiting for her bacon hand-out. One of my favorite things about visiting the UP is hiking. Something that I really only get to do up there. I did a hike up Hogsback Mountain on Saturday morn with just Elsa and it was so peaceful and warm. The knees hurt a bit on the walk back down, I think either I'm really out of shape, getting old or a bit of both.
The water was REALLY cold, so no we didn't swim, but Elsa went in.

Marquette Police Blotter

Oct. 31st 2008

"8:03 p.m. Large group of kids setting off fireworks behind maintenance building at high school."

High School is a scarey place. And that is why it is stop #1 on the Ghost Ride folks.

Back From God's Country

Yep, pretty much did everything I set out to do:
Sauna, hiking, drinkin', racin', sleepin, and hangin with old friends. I also got to unload a semi truck full of bikes down at Lakeshore bike. Thanks to the Dombrowski's for letting me stash my gear at their place!
More a bit later today.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Devil's Night, Detroit

Don't burn yo'self now, ya hear?
And maybe watch this film tonight. It's one of my favorites.

Nom Nom Nom

Stole the above photo from here, via here.

Happy halloween! Headed to the UP tomorrow for the Ghost Ride Friday night and the UP cross championships on Saturday. Oh yeah, and to meet Coleslaw!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Birthday's Past

Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. Played it pretty cool, just some dinner and drinks with some pals. The above photo was from a couple of years ago, when a bunch of us went down to Mideval Times in Schaumburg. It was pretty awesome, just like the scene in the film Cable Guy. I had a bit too much Mead (bud light) and security told me to cool it as my plate smashing was 'scaring the horses'. Yeah, like the sword play and jousting wasn't? I just wanted everyone to know the Red Knight was the best knight.
Either way, yesterday was mellow. My buddy Good Times shares my birthday date, and I asked him what he did for his big day yesterday:
"I drank some Italian liquor made out of fermented Rubarb, I think its called Campari, then smoked a huge blunt. Probably not the best idea I've had."

Sounds, original.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Amy Dykema Photo

This is kind of how the Pro/1/2 race went at Washington Park this weekend, in case you were wondering.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thanks Lee!

Ran into Team GT's newest hammer yesterday, Lee Unwinn, at Washington Park. I've worked with Lee for a couple of years on various projects. He is a PRO in the truest sense of the word. Typically, he's more of a slow twitch type (read likes going round in circles for 24 hours) but this season he's throwin' down on the Cross circuit. Always good to bump into him. He shot me a link on his blog today, so I figured I return the favor!

You Stink

Madcross Photo

'You Stink' Those were the first words out of Jen's mouth last night when she picked me up after MOTAB. Well gosh, it's nice to see you too!
Long day yesterday. Got rollin early with Lyle, Kelly and Colin. Got to Washington Park with what seemed like plenty of time, then all of a sudden, Djonn, Ryan and I find out we're racing 45 minutes earlier than we though, and we jumped into the start sans warm up. Brutal from the start. Didn't feel well ever. The picture is of Planet Bike's newest rider Billy Knutson chasing me down. He caught me a couple of times, and finally put me away on the last lap...sorry for trying to take you dowwwn Bill on lap 2. I skipped my left pedal off a root on the inside of a turn, and tail whipped old Bill right off his bike. 29th place on the day out of 60 plus, but there were 10 guys I could see not that far up, on a different day, it would have been top 20 for sure...
Lots of Superfanning for the rest of the day. Bunny hops through fire balls, a Sparks Hand-Up. Before leaving Milwaukee, we stopped at The Sanchez household for some chow. Seriously, Carrie well done on the tacos.
Rolled back to Madison in style (i.e. a Cadillac Deville). Grabbed a drink and Mickeys and headed out to MOTAB. Last night was the 4th anneversary of uninterupted MOTABs.
Low turn out and cold, otherwise good.
Which brings me to the Jen comment. I guess a day of racin, eating, hangin out outside, and drinkin doesn't make a dude smell so good...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Riding Into The Weekend

Travelling With A Bike

I've flown a "few" times with a bike. The experience can be anything from seemless, to nightmarish. Personally, I'd love to be able to ride to and from the airport everytime I fly somewhere. Get to the airport, take the bike apart and pack it, get where I'm going, grab the bike from the baggage claim, build it ride away. Obviously idealistic, but for many of my travels this could work just fine. No rentals, or waiting for a shuttle, etc. It's also a great way to see the city you are visiting.
I read this morning on that the PDX airport is toying with the notion of providing a bicycle assembly area for travellers.
Thats pretty rad!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Check This Out!

New shirt design for Swobo. A couple of months ago Swobo asked for new t-shirt ideas so I emailed Tim Parr and told him about this concept that I had. He was into it, but made no I find out, HELL YEAH, I guess they did like it! Buy One.

No I can't 'hook you up'

Dr.'s Orders

When the new GnR albumn drops next month, here is how you can collect that free can of Dr. Pepper.

Donuts and Robots

Djonn brought the Eric Joyner interview on Fecal Face to my attention the other day. Some sweet pics of his stuff. He typically paints robots and donuts, mainly mid century tin robots. He's got a collection of 30 or so that he looks to for inspiration.
Then last night I picked up issue #93 of Juxtapoz, guess who has a profile? yep, Eric Joyner.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Couldn't make this up. I had a dream about the boat in the woods once.


Guyswhocuttheirownhair dot com is live now, kids.

Hey World,


I'm Cole Becker and I approve this message.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen

Mr. Coleslaw Becker!
Cute little guy, isn't he?
He'll be popping wheelies in no time.


Big In Japan. I do love bags, wouldn't mind having one of their Air Force 1 backpacks...especially one of the limited edition Real Tree Camo ones.

On other news, this is not good news. WTF?

Git 'cha dolla here!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Go Ro Go

Sad But True

The Alpinist is gone. I don't consider myself an alpinist, nor an expert on magazines, rather an enthusiast in both. The Alpinist, like The Surfers Journal, is one of those rare magazines that went its own way, and put out a beautiful periodical. You wouldn't see tons of ads, lists for must see places, or the latest gear. You would see breath taking photos, and rich, vivid writing. Sad to see it go, but it had been a tough year. Truely it "appealed to a demographic with a penchant for living in pickup trucks"

I can relate, and that is rare these days.

Weekends Like This One

Madcross Photo

Weekends like this don't come along very often...and when they do they need to be savored.
Rode to Saris Friday night with Heath and Chris to the Bike Fed/Saris Gala fundraiser. Lots of good freinds, tons of cash raised (Over $100K is the report, largest one day fundraiser of its kind for a bike advocacy organization) Spent a long time talking to Pete from Cog. Get ready for their Photo Annual that will be out soon, its going to be sweet.
Saturday watched Jen race at Badger Prairie, got some house work done, then headed to Revolution Cycles Saturday night for a fund raiser to buy a wheel chair. Kelly wanted to raise $2K, but EVERYONE came through huge to bring in $4K to help Brad pay some bills, AND buy his own wheel chair.

A pretty good night to be in Madison. Positive energy. Big Time.

Yesterday down to Janes-vegas for the Gibbs Lake Showdown. My favorite cross course. Period. Way to go Cory, the venue, the food, the live band, everything. It was a day of firsts:
First recorded pastry hand up
First dollar bill hand up for the elite ladies
First live snake hand up
First small child hand up

Pretty much if we can find it, we'll try to hand it up to racers. Then after we were done racin and super fannin, we took our keg, stopped at the Janesville Hooters (as is the custom) and headed back to Lyles to drink a bit more. Slept like a dead animal last night.

Good hustle out there.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'll Post McCain's Tomorrow

It'll be worth the wait I promise.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


My lunch followed a similar path to Cale's, only with less suck and more awesome. We jammed over to the Prince, one of those places that doesn't need to even bother with a sign.

The entry way is void of any corporate meters. A simple sign tells you about something that will no doubt be tastey...

As far as I know, Refresco means good lunch.

Pastor tacos with cilatro, onions and goat cheeze? This is going to be awesome. has been confirmed. My choice was a good one. While Noodles may be acceptable, when compared to the Prince: everything else loses.

Food coma, comin.