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road trip: X marks the spots

In new orleans, the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

April 2, 2007
New Orleans

Sitting on the stoop at the house we’re staying in in New Orleans, we noticed some graffiti we’d spotted earlier while getting lost near the Superdome … seemed to be tagged on the front of every house in this neighborhood too. Our eyes picked up on it because it looks so much like the old Hard Times Bike Club (now Black Label) logo — an “X” with the letters written in all four spaces.

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road trip: Dear Jesus, please get us the flock out of here

In the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

March 29, 2007

Favorite bumper sticker ever:

“MILITANT AGNOSTIC — I DON’T KNOW AND YOU DON’T EITHER”

Memphis trailed off in the rear view yesterday. We came down to Mississippi, to see Mamaw and stay at our awesome cousin’s family’s house. Both family and house are awesome, but … in general, religion down here is insane. Or should we say, the level thereof.

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road trip: Don’t ever tell a Southerner to ‘squeal like a pig’

In the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

March 24, 2007

Memphis, still. Randoms:

Something else we forgot about the Mid-South: Sunrise, when whatever the name of those birds are that swarm the trees like bats under a bridge all wake up at the same time and start chattering. Not chattering, really — much more of a gossamer noise — like all the stars in the universe falling at once, or the sound lightning bugs would make if they could talk.

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road trip: Bigrigs, east bound and down(-right scary)

In the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

March 16, 2007
Russellville AR (deep in the Ozarks)

Big rigs: Totally omnipresent on the blank stretch of I-40 from Arizona to New Mexico to North Texas to Oklahoma to Arkansas. They come out at night like thugs, crowding the highway and making little wittle cars tremble and falter and search for a safe warm parking lot somewhere to hide until the big scary rumbly things have gone away with the sunlight. Or at least petered out some.

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road trip: “they sure gotcha, didn’t they?”

In the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

March 13, 2007

(… sitting with the dog in a $27 room at the Needles Inn, on the CA/AZ border, waiting for the mechanic down the street to change the thermostat, which started malfunctioning last night. Not even out of CA and already with the. Meh, it comes with the territory.)

The 1987 Plymouth Reliant K-Car we are traveling in was painted a crappy white when we got it from Bill the Junkman, our car father who art the junklord at Ace Auto Dismantlers.

The car was cheap and charming, with dents and rust and half-torn-off stickers everywhere from being a San Francisco City vehicle in the late ’80s and then salvaged from a junkyard.

So for HELL ON WHEELS, Cyclecide‘s 2006 Halloween ‘Pedal Monster’ event last year at the SF Bike Kitchen / Cellspace parking lot, we commissioned Buter and Jase to each paint one side of it and collaborate on the roof, trunk, and hood.

Buter and Jase have both been featured in Juxtapoz and designed shoes for Reebok. They no joke.

That’s when a regular junkyard car became our pride and joy.

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road trip: Roll with the changes

In the ladies' guide to the apocalypse by summerburkes0 Comments

Monday, March 12, 2007
San Francisco

“The art of rolling.”

That’s what it says on the outside of Rizla packets. Today, more than usual, it applies.

We’re suddenly traveling solo across the country in a graffiti-covered car. Right now. This is a grand and sad last-minute job-leaving road-trip-with-dog-as-sidekick, to be with our mother and our dying grandmother in Memphis. But we’re going to make it as fun for ourself as possible.

Road trip!

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Press Release: Cyclecide at Stage/Coachella 2007

In cyclecide bike rodeo by summerburkes0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 29, 2007

CYCLECIDE BIKE RODEO plays Coachella AND Stagecoach!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — THE CYCLECIDE CLOWNS ARE COMING… AGAIN.

The only artist to be invited to perform at the Coachella Valley Music Festival for six years running, San Francisco’s HEAVY PEDAL CYCLECIDE BIKE RODEO returns to the grand music festival in the desert — and its new country-music twin the following weekend — with some BIKE-COPHONY of its own!

Once again, the most interesting shade on the festival grounds comes in the form of CYCLECIDE’s awesome (and world’s only) traveling PEDAL-POWERED CARNIVAL MIDWAY … Read More