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Elgin, JC Higgins, J.C. Higgins, They're All Sears bikes, and all freaking awesome!!  I love that the Firestone bikes are all the same frames too... It's too bad there isn't more information out there about these bikes as they totally kick ass.  Yes, they're not quite as good quality as a Schwinn, but they're absolutely serviceable and personally I find they fit taller riders a bit better.  One really could ask why AREN'T these bikes ruling the world about now?!?

Friday January 26

by Bryn — last modified Jan 29, 2007 10:49 PM

Had an early meet up and an all around great ride!

So for whatever reason I completely FAILED to get any decent pictures on Friday but here's a posting anyhow...

I had spotted the weather was going to be good on Friday so I took the day off work.  We had a few other errands to run (specifically scoring a new pro flash for Amber by trading in a bunch of old camera gear) but finally got out the door to be at Science World for about 4:00 and met up with Mad Dog.

Amber brought her REAL camera out (so there will probably be some pics coming in the future) so we started with a nice little photo shoot around the general Science World/Plaza of Nations area.  In case anyone hadn't heard the Plaza of Nations roof is coming down soon, along with a couple of the surrounding buildings.  Apparently the deal is the roof was only designed to last the length of Expo, no longer.  ALL the bolts holding the little sections together were apparently cheap crap and have rusted out to the point where they're no longer safe.  The cost to replace all the bolts would be astronomical - at least when you're building the thing in the first place it's not in any danger of just collapsing for no reason whereas right now they don't feel it's safe to even have anyone near it.

We rolled along False Creek towards the park and took another quick stop by the Burrard bridge.  Sun was just going down around then, NASTY cold wind came rolling in, brrrr... So much for warm!  Kept on trucking after a bit and rolled through the park over to the roundabout.  By that point it was only about 5:30 or so... We headed on to the Mill for some dinner, had a little sticker shock at the price though.  Can't say it was particularly worth it - they apparently feel that they're in the $25 category for Dine Out which is a bit much for a pub.

About 6:30 we finished up there and gave Charles a call.  He wasn't QUITE ready to head yet but we were close by... Rode along under Canada Place through Crab Park and then took the Main Street overpass back up through Gastown to the topside.  Went on out to the end of Canada Place and chilled there till we saw the Seabus was half way across.  Popped back down through the tunnel, underneath again and over to the SeaBus terminal right as it docked.

Once we had Charles with us the 4 of us headed on back over to the Roundabout for meetup.  Melissa popped on in pretty soon thereafter, followed by Dylan and Kendal.

We hadn't been up and over in a few rides so we headed through the park down past the war memorial to the water park.  Washrooms there were still open, good for girls!  It was about 8:45 by that point so we decided to try and catch the 9 O'Clock gun.

Took a leisurely ride over to the gun and got there with a few minutes to spare.  I shot another little video of it but I didn't really have my camera set up right - it's pretty dark.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll see it again!

David was meeting us at the gun - he popped along pretty quickly.  Not QUITE in time to actually see it but close enough.  We honestly haven't been around the gun in quite a while - just never really worked out time wise as we're usually getting going a bit earlier through the winter months.  Anyhow once the 'big excitement' was over and David had a chance to settle in we ran back along the SeaWall to the roundabout again and on through to the other side.

Pretty standard route from there on in - took the south SeaWall as far as we could go, headed back on through the West End again stopping at the usual places on to the Burrard Bridge for some skids.  Flew back through False Creek to the Casino where we basically all split and went our separate ways.  Good ride, good times.

See ya next week!

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