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Cyclecide Tour: Goodbye to Our Bus, the Shoo-Shoo Baby

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Oct. 14, 2004
Lincoln, NE

The hard-working folks at the impound lot on the outskirts of Lincoln, NE couldn’t have been very amused that morning when they drove up to clock in.

“Oh, great,” they must’ve thought. ”Why are a dozen hoodlums sitting on our sidewalk at 8am? … Are they prisoners in transport, or rock stars on tour? And why are they drinking beer at this hour?”

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Cyclecide Tour: we’ll write about the wreck as soon as we can

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Oct. 15, 2004
Minneapolis, MN

Lots of stuff going on. Hopefully by Monday you’ll be able to read all about Cyclecide’s show in Fort Collins, and then about this little thing where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and we got rear-ended by a semi and it put the brakes on everything.

Everyone’s mostly OK so don’t worry. OK? We are very lucky to be alive, in very good spirits, especially considering the benefit that our family is throwing for us back in SF, yahoo — and determined that the show must go on.

Too Dumb to Die — and for real this time,
Cyclecide

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Cyclecide Tour: New Belgium and the Bad Kids

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Oct. 10, 2004
Fort Collins, CO

New Belgium Brewery gets its name, indirectly, from bicycling. The fledgling company’s young CEO Jeff Lebesch, an avid bike rider, took a cruiser ride through Belgium a few years ago, and drank lots of delicious beer brewed by monks and such.

He came back with an idea to start a brewing company of his own, and called it “New Belgium” in homage to the suds he drank on his trip.

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Cyclecide Tour: Handsome Little Devils and fam-dambly dinner

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Oct. 6, 2004
Denver, CO

Colorado scares us. We know it’s a gorgeous place, full of exquisite landscapes and nice, well-educated people who do good things for the planet. The Centennial State also seems to be one of the world’s headquarters of weapons design and construction and, one would assume, includes a good percentage of people who have negligible attitudes about the unsolicited cancellation of human life.

NORAD, which controls the missile defense systems and airspace protection for America and Canada, looms up in the mountains near a humongous Lockheed-Martin production center in the town of Littleton, CO. And we all know what happened at that one high school in Littleton.

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Cyclecide Tour: The Woo People of Flagstaff’s drunken ‘Tequila Sunrise’

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Oct. 3, 2004
Flagstaff, AZ

Our Flagstaff show with the New Belgium tour landed on the same weekend as Northern Arizona University’s homecoming day. It did last year too, and in addition to the nice, mellow, bike-riding crowd the Tour de Fat usually attracts, our 2003 Flagstaff experience included far too many altercations with drunken frat boys, pugilistic sorority girls, unattended children, and slurring dads. One poor girl even fell off the Carousel, got run over, and left the party in an ambulance.

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Cyclecide Tour: Swing Bike Jedi

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Sept. 30, 2004
Phoenix, AZ

In 1976, a bicycle manufacturing company out of Logan, Utah set out to crack open the heads of little adventurous children all across America. The makers of the new-fangled “Swing Bike” promised that “with SWING BIKE, you can invent wacky maneuvers which leave everyone else bug-eyed in amazement!”…

From a distance, the Swing Bike looked like a regular ‘70s Stingray-ish chopper-thing, but when the rider unbolted it, a springloaded coupler unhinged under the seat, and the bike became double-jointed… and doubly hard to ride.

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Cyclecide Tour: Swing Bike Head Trauma and Stockholm Syndrome

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Sept. 29, 2004
Flagstaff to Phoenix, AZ

OK, so we didn’t go to the Petrified Forest or the Painted Desert. Well, we did, but it was in the middle of the night, it was closed, and there were no rest areas or truck stops with bathrooms for us to park and wait it out until morning. So Jarico drove 20 miles down the road to a gas station parking lot where we slept. Rather than backtrack, we eased on down the road to Flagstaff.

We were scheduled to have a day off and away from the bus, but once we got to Flagstaff (where we’re playing on Saturday), many of us didn’t go anywhere for a while. We didn’t even get down our bikes and ride.

After traveling for days on end, we had a touch of the ol’ Stockholm Syndrome — sitting inside our wheeled captor, eating lunch, drinking beer, and looking at each other dumbly, not knowing where to go now that the gates were open.

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Cyclecide Tour: Backstage In the Fishbowl

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Sept. 26, 2004
Durango, CO to right past Gallup, NM

We’re sitting at a rest area just over the New Mexico border into Arizona. We just ate some soup that Big Daddy made (delicious despite the onions), and now folks are outside in the crisp night air, drinking beers, smoking cigarettes, and settling their various squabbles in the dark at the picnic tables on the perimeter of the grounds.

Cylclecide’s always got a dozen or so big personalities on tour, and sometimes when we haven’t had proper down-time away from the bus — group bike rides, tourist days, window-shop strolls, and visits from old friends — we can get a little prickly. Some of us more than others, and on other days, the others more than the some.

when in doubt, wrestle it out

when in doubt, wrestle it out

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