Shock of the Old
By Drew Nelles
Every so often, usually after a paycheque arrives, I head to the nearby record store and sift through rows of vinyl. LPs are rarely significantly more expensive than CDs, and sometimes actually cost less—one local artist’s hand-assembled record was $12 to the CD’s $18. Buying the music on iTunes would be cheaper, but just about every new LP in the store carries a sticker that reads, “Free high-quality digital download included.” When I get home, I put the needle to the album. Then I go to the record company’s website, enter my download code, and the mp3 files appear on my desktop. I have both analog and digital—no need to choose.
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Two little pieces on bikes! From Best Health:
Are MEC’s new bikes worth the price?
Mountain Equipment Coop’s new line of bikes, made available across Canada this week, has been a long time coming. As a retailer of goods targeted towards both young, professional weekend warriors and the granola-crunching set, cycling seems like a natural fit for MEC. After all, the Vancouver-based non-profit has been selling bike accessories since 1978; why shouldn’t it make its own bicycles, too? MEC, however, is not just a retailer—it’s a sort of well-meaning behemoth, and its foray into cycling has drawn heat from the fiercely independent bike community.
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From Reader’s Digest:
How to Tune Up Your Bike
So your bike has been in the garage all winter and looks a little worse for the wear. No worries—you can give your bike a quick tune-up yourself.
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