Sunday, August 8, 2010

Japanese steel tubing and peppers

We've been getting these Japaniese Shishito peppers the last few weeks at the Farmer's Market. These things could be the next fad, like arugula or cupcakes, or other utterly trivial fads. You fry them in a pan with a little oil, add salt, and you're done. Eat them whole, seeds and all. They're great with eggs. What's so great about them? They have the most savoury flavor of any pepper I've tasted.  They're not a hot pepper, not even a little, and not especially sweet like a bell pepper either.

I also got a new bike---well just the frame and wheelset, the rest I migrated over. A steel 29er from Salsa Cycles called the "El Mariachi." I set it up with a Stan's No-tubes wheelset. I even got matching water bottles. The frame is Japanese Sanko tubing, not that that means anything to me, but it fits with the theme today. The chain tensioning system is what sold me on the bike. So simple, and you can set it up as a geared bike no problem. I also considered the Niner SIR that has an eccentric bottom bracket (EBB) tensioning system, but previous frustrating experiences with EBBs made me shy away. I love this bike. The frame just became available last week, and like the peppers, I think we will be seeing a lot of these blue bikes around.

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