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Happiness is a Cheap Bike

For the last 3-4 years, I have been riding a $100 road bike purchased at Walmart. Concerned friends told me that it’s a waste of $100 because it would break down in a week. Instead I was recommended by said friends to buy something like a 1985 Bianchi at a garage sale (for the same price) and that would last me much longer, or instead save up and get a legitimate new $700+ version.

Let me tell you something, friends. I like my life simple and functional, and while I understand that you have to pay for value, I’ve found that in most aspects of my life, I can be happy with the cheap option, at least at first. I like learning about what works for me by starting with the cheap option, embracing it, and fully exploring the ways in which it is awesome and of course the ways in which it sucks.

If the cheap option leads to a serious interest in the activity it relates to, I then invest in a more expensive option. In most aspects of my life, I have yet to move past the first stage of enjoying the hell out of the cheap option. For judo and jiu jitsu, all my gi’s are still some of the cheapest out there (Fuji). Same goes for mp3 players, computers, furniture, food, cellphones, coffee, and women (only kidding on this one).

Well, my bike finally “broke down”, because the repair guy messed up an inner tube swap ($5) that now requires a $40 axle replacement. I said screw it and bought a new bike for $70. This time: a mountain bike. I’m as happy as a little kid with it. It’s not going to be as fast as a brand new Bianchi, but it’s pretty damn comfortable, and gets me from A to B in style.

Life is good.

Landlord in the Laundry Room with a Gun

My landlord changed the lock on the laundry room door and disappeared from the face of the earth. He is probably on his way down to Mexico now with a dead hooker in his trunk.

I don’t know the story of the lock change, but I do know that I train a lot, and I haven’t had access to the laundry room for 4 days.

The result is that I get to go into the dark abyss of my closet where I keep the gi’s that just haven’t felt right for me to wear for one reason or another. So I thought I would take this opportunity to list them, and mention which ones I like or don’t like. Turns out there’s 10 total of them, and only 3 clean ones left to go. Thank goodness tomorrow night is a no-gi, muay thai, and mma night.

  • Gi’s I like:
    • Fuji Double Weave White (Size 4)
    • Fuji Double Weave Blue (Size 4)
    • 2 x Fuji Single Weave Blue (Size 4)
    • Fuji BJJ Gi White (Size A2) too small
    • Padilla and Sons BJJ Gi (Size A2)
    • Jiu Jitsu Matrix BJJ Gi (Size A3) too small
  • Gi’s I used to love, but now we are just lukewarm friends

My two most expensive gi’s (the Mizuno Shiai) are great except they are just a little too big, even after all the shrinking.

The bottom line is that what makes a good gi for me is how well it fits first, and how cheap it is second. The Fuji single weave is $40 and yet it has lasted me longer than all my other gis. I racked up most of my early judo and bjj competitions in it. It doesn’t have too bad of a flimsy novice feel to it that a lot of single weave gi’s do.

The truth is I’ve been happiest with my cheapest gi’s.

As long as they stay clean… There’s a dead hooker in a trunk of a car on its way down south that’s preventing me from fulfilling that very important requirement at this time. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring some light to this mystery.