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I sure miss PDX even though we arrived a bit later than I wanted and +Choice Hotels royally screwed us in our reservation. Well, they certainly don't want our business.

This particular Comfort Suites isn't the one we wanted, and when I booked the room I went directly to Google Maps, zeroed in on the  hotel and clicked right through to +Choice Hotels site.

Well, the sneaky bastards don't tell you that they switch the reservation to the shittier dump up the street mid-stream through the process on-line. 

The moral of the story is read all the fine print so you don't get screwed like we were here.

Thanks, +Choice Hotels for showing me why your such a royally effed up organization. We look forward to staying at properties not owned by this outfit again. What a crock of shit, to say the least.

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Everything is just fine, +Dan Saunders. My wife loves this town and that is one damn good thing, you and everyone here in PDX rock!

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Once again the City fails miserably. If this guy approached me I might even think about calling the cops on him. It is hard to tell from the video, but it sure looks like he even stops in the middle of the road to "thank" people.

I sure wish Seattle would just get real and tell drivers to get used to cyclists instead of constantly trying to get us off the road since they don't really like cyclists in the City.

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Oh, you can ride, there is no doubt about that. Never could keep up with you on the climbs....

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Just picked up a brand new 1992 Centurion jersey with the original Avenir tags on it here in Chihuahua. Wow! Will post the pic as soon as I get home. The bike shop, Gato Verde, specializes in fixies and do the critical mass rides here. Great lil shop to expore, Rocco is the owner and in usual Mexican fashion, a true gentleman.
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I'll hang it up ONLY if you sign it!

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Feliz Navida from Ciudad Chihuahua! Wish we still had our bikes, but hey they were given a good home on Isla Mujeres, Qunitana Roo.

Weather here is around 70 degress and sunnny. Nightime goes down to right at frezzing. Love the climate and the people.

Viva Chihuahua!
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They should still be in the AFC and have to play against the Broncettes! Good luck with that possible schedule you mention...

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 This pic is from our 2011 trip to La Grande and area. If you ever drive on Interstate 84, get off onto the side roads and drive the back way into La Grande, a much nicer way of seeing the Blue Mountains than at 70 mph on the freeway.
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The inner workings of Tepic's shops. Here are old C30-7s sitting idle back in 2009 awaiting their fate.
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Well, I learned my lesson, never buy Sugoi again. Had to slow things up today in order to get my second brand spankin' new rain jacket at the LBS in Bellingham today. As usual, they were a good crew and very helpful. I really appreciate them taking the old jacket back and not asking too many questions.

Just about a month back I bought that absolutely horrible +Sugoi Performance Apparel jacket from them. The first night the zipper caught at the bottom, but I dismissed it and thought that it just needed "breaking in". Things only became worse after that.

Well, on Friday's ride in to work, the jacket decided that one month of a normal BC autumn/winter weather was too much handle and the zipper crapped out for good. Add to this that the reflective dots were doing a mighty good job of obtaining freedom on their own as well. This was a jacket that cost me one Lincoln per day! Ouch.

So, dropping 400 dollars later on a new Showers Pass jacket along with a new pair of booties and gloves from Pearl Izumi wasn't what exactly I had in mind for this Sunday morning but any rate it sure was bound to be cheaper than staying with that shitty Sugoi piece now destined for a Whatcom County landfill.

Last, +Sugoi Performance Apparel can go jump in a lake for not responding to my other social media requests. You have earned a outright dismissal of your product line from me and I will make sure that during next years Tour de Delta and White Rock races the cycling public knows what brand to buy and can rely on, and what brand to definitely stay away from. You guys at Sugoi just plain suck. 

That is just my racing schedule for Canada, so when I'm at Gorge Roubaix and the other five races I have planned next year in Oregon they will know as well what to expect from your poor product and poorer service.

If it wasn't for the LBS responding initially to my post, I would have gone elsewhere too. There are at least four other shops in Bellingham I could have visited today, but we chose to come back to this particular one because the guys are super mellow and courteous. Whether it's me or Eileen visiting, they are just downright cool to deal with, and that is what counts. Many thanks to them because it means I know the are actually monitoring and reaching back to their customer base. That as a result ends up me giving them more cash, not less. 

They are damn worth it, fortunately. I don't mind blowing my cash on them at all; Sugoi on the other hand can go suck bad eggs and won't get my cash any longer!
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+Matt Campbell These crazy dots are meant to be reflective and they do that job reasonably OK until as you said they fall off for any number of reasons. But Sugoi's sub-contractor took the cheap way out and left the overlay of fabric with the dots on the inside leaving those as nothing more than traction pads for the zipper to catch on and cause hell.

The jacket works alright in light rain and also reflects adequately enough too, but anything past that is beyond its capabilities. 

This mornings 26+ mile ride in was a nice 22 degrees and actually was colder due to wind chill but I still didn't need my new Showers Pass since I had layered up just right. I am sure I'll find out soon how well the Showers jacket does in adverse conditions. Their pants are great, I wore mine today over two pairs of tights to keep warm.

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A liitle different than Chicago, +Ben Diaz , wouldn't you say?!

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Christmas is winding down here at the BW MIrador in Chihuahua. One of the Mexican families three doors down from us has two daughters and a son who of course were giddy with joy over the presents they recieved.

The eldest hija got a brand new purple bike, the second oldest hija had a new skateboard, and the youngest, their son, a remote controlled Cat front end loader.

Well, by 2pm the handlebars were loose on the bike, and the daughter wanted nothing to do with it, and the batteries in the remote controlled Cat loader were close to dying.

Couldnt do anything about the batteries, but I promptly stopped the boy from riding the bike, grabbed my crescent wrench and proceeded to tighten the bars and give it a quick safety check. As soon as that was done, the elder sister immediately reclaimed her bike by kicking her little brother off of it, and she really started to pick up some speed! Nice to know my bike mechanic skills all still useful after all these years.
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The tools were for reassembling the bikes once we got onto Isla Mujeres. Heck, we both understand the daily ferry routine since we both live on islands. But this was so much fun in a different sort of way, and now a full 1500 miles or more later even without the bikes they came in handy! Next stop, El Paso!

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Why did Google have to go and screw up Youtube?! My "liked" videos are gone now with the new format. Thanks for nothing Google, you aren't as smart as you guys think you are.
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I would rather shape the world, than be shaped by it... Just saying. :)

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A pic I took in Cd. Zacatecas near the Teleferico. My first thought was that would be a halfway decent tatoo choice with the fourhands thing going on.
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Running around North America trying to find the best mountain biking for an old school VRC guy and maybe get lucky seeing some great trains too.
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Bragging rights? just a normal guy living an everyday life and trying to stay upright on my bicycle. Working on diesels during the day and playing with 4130 cro-moly at night.
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Waste of time and money. This is one of those shops that pretends to be the "know-it-all" type and is reluctant to even help if you don't sit there and take the abuse. Save your precious dollars and spend it elsewhere in Bellingham where their is real customer service and not tons of attitude combined with a holier than anyone look that makes you feel like you have just been banished to the back corner for asking a question.
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