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12 Days of Dig: Day 5

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Dec 17, 2015 – It’s day five of the 12 Days of Dig and this is what we dig…simple tech in a high-tech world. Here we have some classics, simplicity, and a little more. Here’s day 5 of the 12 Days of Dig, Enjoy!

Peloton

032_peloton 2_page1_image2Vans Slip-Ons
There’s nothing better than a worn-out, worn-in pair of Vans slip-ons. There’s no support, they’re f lat and they’re not recommended for serious sport— but there’s something great about the simplicity that makes them perfect. They’re stripped down and basic and get better with age. In most cases, the material will break down before the soles wear out, but the holes and rips are signs of love and forgiveness, of true wear and adventure.
$45; vans.com

032_peloton 2_page1_image3City Bike Conversions
In the rafters of the garage sat an older, Campagnolo-equipped Bianchi in all of its Celeste-green glory. For years it sat there, given up by a brother-in-law who no longer had any use for it. What to do with it? In this case we took it to our friends at Coco’s Variety in Frog Town, Los Angeles. The original levers were traded (and credited) for simple SunRace friction shifters, a generic aluminum seat post was mounted and the bike was re-cabled flawlessly. We added a set of 1980s Araya wheels with Schwalbe Durano 25c tires. The “aged bronze” rim color meshed perfectly with the Bianchi, making for a clean retro look. Add a Brooks saddle, Portland Design Works (PDF) Takeout Basket, and PDW Whiskey grips and the 12-speed rig is ready..
More: cocosvariety.com; schwalbe.com; brookssaddles.com; ridepdw.com

032_peloton 2_page1_image4Life & Thyme Magazine
If you’re reading this, then you still think printed magazines have value and maintain relevancy. In our opinion, there are more really good magazines out there than ever before. Though we don’t consider ourselves “foodies,” we do love Life & Thyme. It’s not your typical, run-of-the-mill food magazine just filled with recipes with ingredients you don’t have; it’s subtitle is “Culinary Storytelling,” which tells you it’s more of a journal bound with interesting stories about the people who make the food, the tools they use, the inspirations behind the recipes and the brick- and-mortar establishments we visit to eat and drink.
Cost: $16 More: lifeandthyme.com

032_peloton 2_page1_image1RSL Compression Guide (CG) Speakers
While we embrace the wireless world as much as the next person, we think the wired world still has a lot to offer. Back in the day, before RSL was sold and then run into the ground, and before the owners decided to move production to China, they made speakers here in Southern California (Canoga Park to be exact). The lineup was impressive, but for us the standout is/was the CG line. They’re bookshelf size and heavy and can handle any hellfire you may throw at them, including Black Sabbath “Vol. 4.” You can still f ind these speakers on Craigslist or eBay (make sure it says Canoga Park on the backside) and often the boxes have coffee stains or chips, but as long as everything else is dialed, early David Bowie will still thump like a crazed, giant bunny rabbit.