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Sep 15, 2012

Vermont Diaries #1

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31 comments:

Ellen Lloyd said...

Oh yeah. Among the things never to buy at a department store: bikes. And walmart is probably the worst.

I work at a children's bicycle camp during the summer and it is SO easy to tell which bikes are cheap department-store bikes... and which were bought by parents who recognize the value in a bike that hasn't fallen apart by the time they want to pass it on to another kid. The walmart-esque bikes are invariably some combination of a)shoddy brand, b) shoddy parts, c) shoddy materials and d) shoddy assembly... they're just not worth it.

If you can't shell out the bucks for a decent bike, bought from and assembled at a proper bike shop or sporting goods store, most people are really better off looking on kijiji or craigslist for used bikes in good shape.

alex augustus said...

bikesdirect.com dude :)

Ludwig Bon Quirog y Migriño said...

It'a just "Sikh." No "C." Cheers! :) Love it!

Petra van Berkum said...

Lol, I have a side job at a store too, sometimes people come back and I just know things suck, but yes I have to sell them anyway :P.

Alfonso said...

Bought a bike from Carrefour in Spain for around 99€. I just wanted a simple, normal bike so I thought this one was ok. It has been two years or so since I bought it and i've spent almost 70€ on repairings and replacement parts.

Besides this one is not the original one I bought. The one I bought at first got replaced the following day because the gears were damaged.

What makes me angry is that, many years ago, bikes in this range of price were much more solid. Call me conspiranoic but I think we are facing planned obsolescence.

BTW I love your comics, specially those about "life lessons", I learnt many of them on my own too! Congratulations dude!

AnnaDenise said...

Awesome.

Anonymous said...

I adore your comics... there´s something on it like liniers .. that mild innocence makes us recognize a lot of things in our own lives.. congratulations.. they are amazing ! by the way.. u r a brazilian aren´t u ?

Irene Yan said...

DUDE! You flew first class? Whats the bathroom like?

Alex Noriega said...

its made of gold and they give you free cocaine... no kidding

Mladen said...

Haha, that's awesome. Makes me go even slower with my bike buying decision...

Tiffany said...

Have you considered submitting the part of your comic about the Wal-Mart bike to The Consumerist? They never have comics on there, so it might be a refreshing change of pace for them. I love the way your illustrations bring the story to life.

Anonymous said...

Oh God, I had to learn about Wal-Mart bikes the HARD way...

When I lived in Florida, I decided to go on a bike riding health regimen. Problem was, my old bike was too worn & rickety for daily use. So I decided to get a new bike at the local Wally-World, about ten miles away.

My plan was to ride my old bike up to the Wal-Mart, buy the new bike, test drive it on the trip back, and then retrieve my old bike with my car later on.

I got started at 10am with no problems with the old bike. Got to Wal-Mart around 10:45 and locked my old bike on the outside bike rack. I bought the new bike pulled off the instruction manual and whatnot and proceeded to head back home around 11:15.

What a horrible, shoddy bike!The front fender was twisted to grind into the wheel. The gears constantly stuck and the handle bar was looser than a goose. On top of all that, it was getting hotter thanks to Florida's lovely August sun & humidity. I had to stop half way back at a gas station for a cold drink. It was then that I decided to return the lemon bike back to Wally-World. I would just go home, load the bike back into my car, Get my money back, grab my old bike, and return back home. Simple.

Half an hour later, I was riding up to my from door. I was hot & tired, but a quick drink from the fridge and a shower would cure that. But as I was looking for my door keys, it dawned on me.

I had left my king ring & all my keys back in my bike lock, which was at the bike rack at Wal-Mart, guarding my old bike from theft.

FUUUUUUUUUUU-

Needless to say, I had a very hot & tiring return trip to Wal-Mart with the noontime sun beating down on me. Thank God, my keys were still in the bike lot back at Wal-Mart. I was afraid someone would have took them. After snatching my keys, I decided to get return the lemon bike while I was there. The guy who ran the returns desk gave me a knowing smirk and said "Don't worry, we tend to get these back quite often."

Keys firmly in my pocket and two big bottles of Gatorade to keep me hydrated, I made the long sweltering trip back home with my old bike. Oh, and because of the 100 degree heat, the old back tire had a blowout. Terrific. I walked my bike back home.

By 3pm, I had reached home. First thing I did was grab the biggest glass of water I could and chug it down. My hands were so shaky from the heat & exhaustion, I had to hold the glass with both hands. I finally collapsed on the sofa and didn't move from there for an hour.

So yeah, Take it from me. Don't buy Wally bikes.

gutscheine zum ausdrucken said...

very good comment

Kato Kaka said...

Haahaha! Wow.

Lim said...

Still in Vermont? Up north should have pretty foliage pretty soon. Vermont being my home, I'm both excited and nervous for the rest of the trip diary. I hope Vermont treated you well!

Anonymous said...

You need a proof-reader!

KuDaKi said...

"I know, our bikes suck" I find the last three drawings on your comic, somehow, really meaningful in a way I can't explain at all.

Does that even makes sense?

Alex Noriega said...

yes it does

meus5 said...

Hi, Alex.
I like your drawings very much, and I've been following your blog, it is so nice. :)
So I chose five of the "Stuff no one told me" series drawings that I like most and posted on my blog. I chose them first, then I thought it would be a good idea to link them back to the original post, not the home page, but I noticed there is not a search box. Maybe it would be a good idea to add this, because even though it is possible to google them, maybe the tool here would make it easier to find those drawings we've seen and for some reason would like to view again, what do you think? I couldn't find the box, maybe if there is actually one here, then I'm sorry for bothering! :)

franciscowi said...

So where are the new SNOTM's?
I mean, i feel like abandoned without new entries/lessons

belén.- said...

hola, me encanta lo que hacés. leí que sos de barcelona, asique supongo que podés leer castellano (espero que). yo solo balbuceo inglés, asique no quise pasar verguenza escribiendote.

besote y gracias por dibujar.

A.L. Sundt said...

I was born and raised in New Mexico and I'm currently living in Albuquerque. I lived in New Hampshire for a while (not Vermont, I know, but next door), and hope to go back when I'm done with school here.
I guess I don't really have that much to say, I'm just even more intrigued now that you've mentioned two places I'm somewhat close to in one comic.

Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs. said...

I just love your comics so much, they are a bit nostalgic somehow...and make me feel that better times are always to come. I missed the time you were here in Brazil, if you ever come back, let us know! and keep doing what you do with so much passion and talent.

Heather said...

Hi,

I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?

Heather

Paul Moses said...

I literally know the exact taxi driver you're talking about. There's only like 2 cab companies in range of White River and one of them is driven by this ancient woman who refuses to pick up a local because of his disability... -_-

Ártemis said...

I miss your comics :)

Ispas Victor said...

When are you going to post new comics? :(

PRINCE MB said...

Owe Some I miss your comics

sugarfree said...

I love your drawing very much
it made me laugh so loudly!!!
especially "in taiwan"stories!!!

by a taiwaness girl~~~

Priscila Boltão said...

Alex, if I haven't seen you featuring on Iris comics I would think you died or something :(
Come baaaack

Nancie Neal said...

If you ever decide to get a bike in VT again, in the spring there's a ton of yard sales and some have really decent bikes for sale.

You can always to a search for bike shops in the area and you might find one that sells used ones for a reasonable price.

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