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Old 05-09-10, 06:20 PM   #451
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Sharp looking axe! Congrats. Glad you got to keep your other bass. Is the acoustic/electic an electric double bass? Post pics.
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no pics of the acoustic electric-- it was just a cheap squier. Here are some of my others. I traded the Marcus Miller for the mirrored American Deluxe P bass. Check out the reflection! "Standalone" is my handle from the bass forums. A bass cab that can do the job on its own is spoken of as a "standalone" cab.





I'm down to only one of those two double basses... the old '41 Kay was beyond repair and impractical to keep. It went back to NYC.... it was the loudest thing on the planet, though!

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I strapped on a big bag of trash that I filled at the entrance to the Los Angeles River Trail near my house. It all went into my recycle can because most was empty beer boxes.
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Yesterday, I visited a client on my old English 3-speed bike, which has steel rims. It was raining. My brakes were rendered useless. It was a surprise. Good thing I was on very lightly used streets.
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Standalone, I don't know enough about musical instruments to really follow you completely. I was picturing a giant electric guitar that you play standing on it's end, like a bass fiddle. Since you neglected to answer my question and/or show me what it looks like, I googled electric acoustic bass. Not what I was imagining.

Nice looking bass collection and studio. Interesting to learn the meaning of your user name.

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Tom Reingold seems to think transporting himself counts as a utility ride. That's called working smart. His product is knowledge. It's weightless, the ideal cargo, unless you charge by the pound. Ride on, Tom! Don't worry about your brakes, they'll only slow you down. Less is more when it comes to braking. Brakeless fixie riders think they are bad. Tom and I know brakeless freewheeling is badder. It's the worst!
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thats when you practice the good o' foot break.

Round my place, riding down hills in the rain doing 50km with your foot planted on your front tire trying to slow down. keeps the peds outta the way.
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Here's the action shot when I biked 200 some water bottles down to our Bike to Work Challenge launch on Monday:



One of the local bike shop owners met up at our non-profit's office and divided up the load with me. The best part was getting to the launch site. We just rolled the bikes right into the building through an open door and unloaded the bottles.

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Standalone, I don't know enough about musical instruments to really follow you completely. I was picturing a giant electric guitar that you play standing on it's end, like a bass fiddle. Since you neglected to answer my question and/or show me what it looks like, I googled electric acoustic bass. Not what I was imagining.
Yes,-- pardon the technical brand name jargon and such. Don't worry, you aren't missing anything interesting in the post. Here's a similar bass to my E/A Bass:



The bass you were thinking of is generally called an electric upright bass (EUB). I had one, a Palatino, that I traded for the blue bass pictured above.
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That's what I found when I googled electric acoustic bass. So while we're on the subject, how is that "electric"? I don't see any wires or pickups or anything like that.
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After riding in the forest for pleasure and to scope out any fallen trees for firewood, I swung by one of the local greenhouses on the way home to buy a Rosemary plant for my small greenhouse. Here are a couple of shots from the forest.



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I love rosemary. I like to bake it into bread. The smell is even better than the flavor!
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Today was my first long haul with the Ute--6.5 miles across the city with a fully loaded bike. I had to load up a bunch of groceries for a party at work, including a big bag full of fruit, homemade bagels, coffee cake in a 9 x 13 pyrex dish, various spreads, plus work clothes, papers, etc. It was pouring rain, and only one of the panniers is waterproof. I managed to make it to work in about 45 minutes, drenched to the bone, but all my stuff stayed dry. It was a lot more fun than driving or taking the subway/bus in the rain!
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Today was my first long haul with the Ute--6.5 miles across the city with a fully loaded bike. I had to load up a bunch of groceries for a party at work, including a big bag full of fruit, homemade bagels, coffee cake in a 9 x 13 pyrex dish, various spreads, plus work clothes, papers, etc. It was pouring rain, and only one of the panniers is waterproof. I managed to make it to work in about 45 minutes, drenched to the bone, but all my stuff stayed dry. It was a lot more fun than driving or taking the subway/bus in the rain!
How many panniers do you have?
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I rocked 100 bucks worth of groceries home from the commissary today on my Big Dummy. Just when I got it loaded on the bike rain threatened. Fortunately, it didn't rain.
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Last weekend I took my household hazardous items (17” CRT monitor, 3 computers, 4L of cooling fluid and all kinds of batteries collected over two years) to the city services center, 4 miles away. It was quite a heavy load on my self-made trailer and the first ride to test what the trailer can carry.
Several people recognized that I was the only person who was really environmentally friendly that day. Saying that I was not only dropping off hazardous items at the recycling centre but using a bike (+trailer) as well. Unfortunately, that was a sad truth. I kept looking up and down the long line of cars and trucks – no other bikes in sight. People in rural Manitoba-Canada are not too much engaged in saving the earth movements. I guess it’s already good that they’re not throwing their hazardous items in the landfill but take the time and stand in line twice a year to get rid of it safely.
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Just do it, Bjorn! Lead, follow or get out of the way!
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As it was a lovely day I took a little trip over to Maplins in Falkirk with my push trailer (about 14 miles) to get some cable connectors and wire for my Turnigy watt meter.

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I was just on the approach to the new bridge over the river Forth...

Bridge approach.



when the chain on my push trailer came off, Damn. Went I stopped to put it back on I realised I'd lost it? I then walked back along the road and retrieved the chain, back at the bike with the chain I found that I had also lost the small sprocket of the motor, double Damn. I walked back along the road and managed to find the sprocket but couldn't find the nut that holds it on. I had to cycle on to Falkirk unassisted

On Bridge looking back at the Ochil hills.



When I arrived at Falkirk I went straight to Maplins and showed the guy my Turnigy watt meter. Sorry we dont have any wire like that. Have you got any connectors? Sorry we dont have any of the type your looking for. I left Maplins and headed for Halfords as my bike needs new tyres. Do you have tyres that will fit my hybred bike - 700 X 40C? eerrr no, we dont stock those type of tyres.
So my journey to Falkirk was a bit of a waste barring for the exercise and a nice sunny day.

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Now if your drive hadn't broken you wouldn't have even gotten the exercise. At least the ride wasn't a total waste. Better luck next time.
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I carried Fiji water. Water shipped from the South Pacific. How much crude was used to get these eight 1.5 liter bottles to 16th street? Honestly, isn't there any water from North America that's good enough for you? How about tap though a really nice filter?

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That's what I found when I googled electric acoustic bass. So while we're on the subject, how is that "electric"? I don't see any wires or pickups or anything like that.
There's a piezo-electric transducer in the bridge-- you can plug it in and amplify it. It's a unique sound.
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I carried Fiji water. Water shipped from the South Pacific. How much crude was used to get these eight 1.5 liter bottles to 1815 16th street? Honestly Nick, isn't there any water from North America that's good enough for you? How about tap though a really nice filter? Think, man. Wake up.

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My question is how much expensive bottled water is simply tap water being touted as something it's not by unscrupulous companies. I only buy bottled water when I'm traveling.

When I lived in Virginia after first moving to the D.C. area, I couldn't believe how pungent the tap water smelled during certain times of the year. Once I saw the reservoir that Montgomery County draws its tap water from I wasn't too enthusiastic about drinking it straight from the tap. The reservoir seemed to attract more Canadian snow geese that other bodies of water in the area, which is saying a lot, and there was goose fecal matter everywhere you turned, including in the reservoir. I used a Brita filter system back there. Now that I'm in the Rockies, I have wonderful tasting well water and a whole house filtering system.
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I sort of overreacted there. Lead in DC water is back in news. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...052100193.html
CDC may have mislead area residents concerning the safety of our water supply in 2004 when lead levels spiked.
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Yesterday's utility rides...
In the Morning 9 miles to pick up the morning newspaper and a few grocery items... My early afternoon ride..11 miles round trip to deliver some papers/documents to some friends living a few villages away.. and lucky for me about 650 feet up the mountain.
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Took a wheelbarrow, circular saw, 70 feet of heavy duty extension cord, toolbox, and drill driver in the trailer to my kid's school to help build a school garden.
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You could have strapped it to the top tube. Not much different in time from walking 1 km vs loading up a bike, but any further and a bike would have been much faster.

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Or just carried it under your arm and ridden one-handed - after all, only 1 km. That said I would have walked it too. But my bf would have ridden it. I'm like its only 1 km isn't it easier to walk? His answer, no Which I can't argue with...
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