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Old 02-15-06, 02:34 PM   #1926
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I can hit the gym here at work during the day.... I'm looking at starting to train for some long distance riding, and a bit more leg mass for the explosive jumps. I got showers...wooohoooo
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I am invisible every day that I ride.....at least that is how it seems as NOBODY looks and they don't cross the street until I am right in front of them

Riding a bike in Toronto has made me a better pedestrian and a better driver too.....I look 10 different ways before I do anything in the street.
damned straight Jet.... from my days messin' twenty years ago I've always ridden from the concept I am invisible. Whenever someone gets too damned close I always get that sheepish shrug of the shoulders and 'I'm sorry I didn't see you'.... What if I said that after I wiped them off the road with a 40km/hr elbow to the noodle?
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I am invisible every day that I ride.....at least that is how it seems as NOBODY looks and they don't cross the street until I am right in front of them

Riding a bike in Toronto has made me a better pedestrian and a better driver too.....I look 10 different ways before I do anything in the street.
damned straight Jet.... from my days messin' twenty years ago I've always ridden from the concept I am invisible. Whenever someone gets too damned close I always get that sheepish shrug of the shoulders and 'I'm sorry I didn't see you'.... What if I said that after I wiped them off the road with a 40km/hr elbow to the noodle? Drivers are just as bad but you can't really elbow a car, you gotta stop and drag the driver out before you can elbow him in the noodle.....jk'ing I never drag them out.

I AM INVISIBLE!!!!
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Ice race this Sat?
a bit of info here:
http://www.dufferinpark.ca/home/dufferinpark.html

weather's looking good too: -7C with flurries according to the weathernetwork.
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Old 02-15-06, 03:29 PM   #1930
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6-9pm cool....... sounds like a reason to twist a couple up and see who shows....
I won't be racin' though
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Old 02-15-06, 03:33 PM   #1931
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cavernmech: what time does it start?
Registration at 5 P.M. Racing starts at 5:30 sharp. We have to be done by 8:45 or the local "community representatives" aka folks with nuthin better to do, get all crazy.

As for fixies last years event saw 1st and 3rd go to fixed riders.
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anyone got a last lap cow bell?
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Oh....I forgot to mention also.....typically the 3 boxes on the rink turn into impromtu boozing areas. Just be sure to bring yer plastic cup to hold your "apple juice".
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Well that answers that question. You think well cavernmech....lol
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Oh....I forgot to mention also.....typically the 3 boxes on the rink turn into impromtu boozing areas. Just be sure to bring yer plastic cup to hold your "apple juice".
hey oh wise one, will there be different heats for studded/non-studded tires? or is it every man for him/herself?
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there's a separate race for non-studded apparently
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But who will admit to NOT being a stud though?
I'm a husband so I suppose I don't count anymore.
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Ice race looks cool. I'm going to have to check that out.
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Are we ALL watching? lol
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But who will admit to NOT being a stud though?
I'm a husband so I suppose I don't count anymore.
Yeah, I've decided to totally let myself go..
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Just got some more beer.. picked up 6 Oatmeal Stout, and decided to try something new..

http://www.unibroue.com/products/raftman.cfm

having one now.. pretty good stuff! My last few experiments weren't that great, so I'm happy.
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I have to be really careful with Unibroue. I had a Maudite and almost went anaphylactic. Way too much malt for me, sort of like the trappist ales.

Unfortunately I'll likely miss the ice races. I have a women's soccer pub night to go to.
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Ice race looks cool. I'm going to have to check that out.
Iím going to try to make it out baring any crazy weather.
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i'm pretty sure yebisu is not exported. the only stuff we get is kirin draft, asahi super dry (good stuff) and sapporo draft. all the seasonal beers and premium brands they keep for themselves. selfish bastards... someone please prove me wrong so i can pick up a 6pack
unfortunately, i do not think so...

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Sapporo Beer of Japan Cuts Exports to Increase Sales of Canadian-made Products
Japan's Sapporo Beer is no longer exporting its Yebisu beer to North America as the company plans to focus sales efforts in North America on Sapporo brands made at Sleeman Brewing Ltd of Guelph, Ontario. Brands brewed at Sleeman will be promoted instead as the products are fresher and cost 10% less to deliver. Sopporo began making beer at Sleeman Breweries last January.
Information summarized from: Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun (Japan)
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SAPPORO DRAFT
LCBO 300756 | 650 mL can
PRODUCT DISCONTINUED*

Price: $ 3.20
Beer, Non. U.S. Beer, Regular Brewery
5.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Sugar Content : 3

Made in: Japan, Japan
By: SAPPORO BREWERIES


Tasting Note
Golden colour; delicate dried grass/herbal aroma; lively effervescence; balanced with clean bitter hoppy finish.

Serving Suggestion
Lightly spiced finger foods or sushi


NOTE: Prices subject to change without notice. All products may not be available in all stores. Call or see your local Store Manager for details.

*This product has been discontinued. Limited quantities are available for purchase in select stores only and cannot be transferred to other locations.
fortunately, there are still kirin beers (ichiban & classic) at the beerstore.

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senbot> what brings you to japan? how long are you here for? i am over in wakayama (southeast of osaka).


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Dude... I'm surprised the beer is something you miss from Japan... admittedly, I've developed a soft spot for super dry, but overall I would take canadian beer over japanese in a second. Don't know if you get it in TO, but the most delicious beer I've had is KLB raspberry wheat (they're a kitchener microbrew, I believe) although, it does taste like raspberry, so I don't know if that makes me less of a man, or something.
i find the larger japanese brewers (i.e., the mass-produced ones) much better than any of the canadian counterparts (e.g., molson, labatt, etc.); as a mass-produced beer, yebisu (malt and black) is very good, along with others, including any of the variety of kirin, sapporo or asahi beers. i would take any of them over a molson canadian (or similar brew) any day! indeed, there are some tasty japanese seasonal brews, too.

regarding smaller breweries, japan also has quite a variety of microbrews that are totemo oishii and rival canadian ones! of course, i think there are a larger variety of quality canadian microbrews, but this is because of the greater popularity of beer historically. unfortunately, the greater popularity of beer in canada also means that you get swill like kokanee wildcat...blegh! just look at the "top 10" beers at the beerstore:

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BUDWEISER
CARLING LAGER
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KEITH'S ALE
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That's why we export Molson Golden.... chemical warfare?
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ugh.. I should have slushed it out this morning. I wussed out and took the subway. It took me over an hour to get to work, and it takes me <15min by bike.
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fixedude... I'm on JET... How about you? I'm getting some experience before going to teacher's college, hopefully at u of t. at which point I will be able to ride the khs flite 100 I have stored at my parents' house... Have you checked out any keirin while you're here? I just found out that there's a keirin track in town here, and i'm planning on checking it out soon... just haven't really had a chance since I found out about it.

For some reason japanese beers remind me of beer that is on the way back out... they're more bitter? maybe? Although it's mostly draught that I'm thinking of, I guess. Bottled and can beer here isn't bad... definitely if you compare it to blue, and you avoid happoshu/fake beer. Although if you have any recommendations for any particular J-microbrew beers, I'd be into hearing.

And I definitely agree with cavit8 about maudite. It was definitely the worst beer ever. if you hold it up to light, you can't even see through it.

sorry for the lack of toronto based content...
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as soon as I hit queen it was a rainy slushy ride but no biggie, I thought it would be worse.
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fixedude... I'm on JET... How about you? I'm getting some experience before going to teacher's college, hopefully at u of t. at which point I will be able to ride the khs flite 100 I have stored at my parents' house... Have you checked out any keirin while you're here? I just found out that there's a keirin track in town here, and i'm planning on checking it out soon... just haven't really had a chance since I found out about it.

For some reason japanese beers remind me of beer that is on the way back out... they're more bitter? maybe? Although it's mostly draught that I'm thinking of, I guess. Bottled and can beer here isn't bad... definitely if you compare it to blue, and you avoid happoshu/fake beer. Although if you have any recommendations for any particular J-microbrew beers, I'd be into hearing.

And I definitely agree with cavit8 about maudite. It was definitely the worst beer ever. if you hold it up to light, you can't even see through it.

sorry for the lack of toronto based content...
i am also here on JET...going in to 3rd year. teaching experience, eh? (you are definitely working too hard then... my first class tomorrow is at 11:30AM and my second--and last!--class ends at 2:30PM...and that is with my 1hr lunch.). i have not checked out any keirin yet, though there is a race next month at one of the prefectural tracks <www.keirinwa.com> i might be checking out. i take it your track is <www.takamatsu-keirin.com/index.html> with chitaka-chan as your mascot.


always avoid the happoshu! unfortunately, most beers in japan are from either big or micro, with not much in between (e.g., similar in size to sleeman, big rock, creemore, amsterdam, etc.), meaning that you can usually only get the microbrew selections in the towns they are brewed in. microbrews from towns i can specifically recall, include ones from kinosaki, kumanokodo and hongu, along with some others i cannot remember. otherwise, there was a great 'international beer festival' in osaka last year that i checked out and that, amongst the international brews, had a tent with a good variety of strictly japanese microbrews.

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