Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I stared at the boxes for a long time before I mustared the strength to give them the blade. The bike was packaged beyond belief and I took my time in unfolding, unwrapping and seeing it come out little by little. Jamie and my daugtheres watched and were amazed by the stark white paint and the vibrant red. A lot of Ira and a bit of Eddy are in the frame. I am so grateful to have such an incredible opportunity. This bike will get ridden a lot. It is not a show bike. It is a bike to commute, transport, ride gravel, go on epic rides and promote my hatred towards the ever powerful automobile. At some point in your life call a framebuilder, tell him what you want,tell him the colour, sell some crap that you don't use, send a deposit and enjoy the wait.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Now go ride!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Extreme close-up spoke wrench
Salsa with now mandatory Surly Flask
Newly discovered Gravel
Monday Commute, I be gassed
Upstairs, Summer Station
Var Chain Tool, way Classic
Had to catch my breath for a while there. Sunday was out in the fields for some good Wind riding as I now call it. Did two hours on the Salsa and came home shelled. No natural barriers and nobody to draft off of. Anyway I awoke on Monday morning and still had the itch for more. Saddle up again on the Salsa and rode to work. It was drizzling, a bit cold and windy, of course. I am still trying to understand why it becomes so difficult to ride once the weather changes. Are we burned out? Are we bored of the same routes? Is it the restricting clothing?? Would like to hear some comments.
As some of you might have heard. Pizza Dan, Dr. Giggles and Self have made the roster for the Trans Iowa offroad race in the end of April. 325 miles of gravel on the B roads of our neighbors over yonder in Iowa. Must get a lot of miles before that and keep them Guts down. I think we can do it. More on TIV4 later.
Ira ryan porteur bike is in a box and coming to Illionois. Ira did a phenomenal job in the build and if you have time visit his site to see pixs of the White Faema paint job Porteur. At some point I had to have a custom bike built and I think he turned out to be a real master. Made in America too!!
Keep riding and may the winter winds be at your back,
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I am pretty sure this is my Porteur frame. This past Sunday was the Portland Hand made show which showcased a lot of Frame builders from Portland and the rest of Oregon. What you see is a custom mader Porteur frame painted in Faema Colors.
Can't wait, Ari
Russell Grove Forest Preserve
Kishwaukee river running by Russell
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This bike is an original Alex Singer from France. The image belongs to Ira Ryan's roommate Joel Metz who I believe has started this whole Porteur bike craze. As Oil gets richer and more expensive we will have to resort to the bike. I will build the Ira Ryan in this style and will have to hunt for parts for a while. No instant gratification here!!
Monday, November 12, 2007
He replies: “I have a question to ask you, but I don’t want to offend you”. She answers, ” My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”
“Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.”
She responds, “Well, let’s see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.”
The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!”
“OK,” the nun says. “Pull into the next alley.”
The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush. But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying. “My dear child,” said the nun, “why are you crying?”
“Forgive me, but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess, I’m married and I’m Jewish.”
The nun says, “That’s OK. My name is really Ken and I’m going to a Halloween party.”
Thank you so much Drunk Cyclist for this joke. I now have a bad cramp in my leg for laughing so hard.
It was warm when I jumped out of bed a 5am and thought that I should shake my ass and ride on over to the shop.
Took the gunnar with the fixed gear wheel and them knobbies. Had a fantastic ride in. I was in a bit of a hurry cause special friend was coming in at 10. I felt the burn getting close to the shop and finally made it there in 3 hours and 3 minutes.
Worked all day and rode home starting around 730. It was still warm when I left the shop but slowly but surely it started to get colder and colder. Specially as I rode away from all the buildings and big roads. These things dont' cause the earth to warm. Fuck no!
Out in the fields it was freezing. I had legwarmers, wool socks, wool under shirt plus Flatlandia jersey and my Trusty GaP TECh 7.00 dollar jacket. Also had my craft balaclava and man I felt the top of my legs frozen. I arrived home after 104 miles for the day and found a Gi-normous bowl of pasta with fake meatballs and I ate the whole thing. I am downing a Liter of water while I write this . Fixed gear riding is good for the legs and iF you havent' tried it give it a shot.
Lately I have been washing my clothes in cold water and then putting them on a drying rack I bought at Ikea for 14 dollars. For the normal dark clothes there is no use in washing them in warm setting. I also use the smallest amount of water. So a medium load is washed in medium and not large.
Also my Nissan has given me around 420 miles to the tank. I believe I used around 11 gallons to achieve this. I drive with the windows closed and even if it is a little chilly i don' use the heater. I rarely drive above 65 and most of the times on the highway I set the cruise at 60 and just chill. Driving is such a luxury. Riding a bike for 104 miles most of it on dirt and in the dark is hard. Slow dow, save gas and ride dem bikes more.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Contrary to the Paranoia created by the Weather.com and Mr. Dopplar and Fox news it did not rain this morning and we were able to complete a near 60 mile gravel grinder. Must have faith in the clouds and not be afraid of wind or water. Dr. Excitement and Dr. Giggles made the trek to the land of Pig Pooh, corn rows and gravel to enjoy some peace and quiet and do some miles without clicking out of pedals at every corner. We had a nice tail wind going straight out west a strong tailwind going a bit north, a moderate cross/headwind going east and a nice headwind for about 3-4 miles on the home strech. Our route was a very long rectangle according to my geometry teacher in Argentina.
Dr. Excitement was out on the new Aluminum Flanders and he pretty much has it dialed in. Giggles rode the trusty merlin and I was on the Ampalagua green bike. Tomorrow is going to be in the 60's and I am going to attempt a commute. Hope you all enjoyed the weekend.
Friday, November 9, 2007
First I have to bitch about the big fucking deal about the new I-355 Tollway. Who gives a fuck about a place for more cars, more traffic and more pollution? How about more bus service, more bike lanes?? No matter how many tollways and how many lanes we put in them we will always be congested. It is pathetic that they are going to have a fucking "bike ride" to initiate the new CARWAY in town. I give Kudos to our supposed uncivilized neighbors from Minnesota that have just inaugurated the following:
They seem to be more on par with commuting by bike and saving this planet that is on its path to becoming a flaming ball of inferno
Today I got home had lots of dinner and decided to start my night riding session. It was really cold and really dark and it did not help that I did not fully charge the battery. At some point I tood shelter under a tree since I was feeling the frost fall on me and it gave me the chills. The tree gave me good shelter and after an awesome pee and a few jumping jacks I was back on my beast. I rode to dekalb and then did some trails and arrived home frozen but happy. I am enjoying a glass of Grappa and Im hanging out in wool tshirt and wool socks.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Rte 38 heading west with a headwind Simple elements off Rte 38
Mandatory photo of Water
Heading home on Mowers Rd
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Voodoo Nzumbi Singlespeed MTB
A very comfy cockpit
Paul awesome rear hub with Mavic Rim
Will be riding a lot on the gravel this winter and am starting to put together my fleet. The voodoo will have duties at night where wider tires will be needed. Singlespeed. Paul rear hub, cane creek front wheel, Marinovative custom brakes. Race face cranks (180mm) 36x18 gearing, race face riser with control tech steam. Crap saddle with IRD seatpost. Michelin Semislick green silica tires. Cateye Enduro for honesty.