Jun 29  |  Statistics 6-29-12

Posted by , June 29th, 2012 at 5:03PM    

(Check out Vanilla in the July issue of GQ)

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 6 (42 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 9
cups of tea: 2
other: coconut water

food
bought lunch: 4
(wok, breakfast burrito x2, chips, sandwich)
brown bagged it: 2.5
(leftover pad thai, salami sandwich, chips, cookie. )

MUSIC:
If You Knew – Neko Case

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What Goes Around Comes Around –  Justin Timberlake

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RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
“It was the best summer of my life. We just stole fruit off of trees, rode our bikes and were afraid of girls.” - Greg

Jun 28  |  That Sense of Community

Posted by , June 28th, 2012 at 6:31PM    
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I get so snotty about group rides and such. Last week, one of the locals… who we all love dearly… lost his brother. Folks decided to dedicate Seth’s morning training ride to Ian… and to try do what we can. And so, when what we have in common is the bike… the thing we do is just go ride. And a ride where the whole point is to stomp one another… we go out and stomp. Seth usually shoots and rants about the stomping and also the hiding, and the good and bad riding. Ultimately it pushes enough buttons or strokes enough egos that folks show up… and are motivated to ride right. So, all of our lives are made better by Seth.

I’m kind of a difficult person and an acquired taste for folks… I get really upset for people when they die too young or take their own life. And I just feel really proud of all of us cyclists when we do what we do for each other…. and for me that’s that we ride in all the ways we ride, we give each other shit in all the ways we do, and we show up for each other when we can. Anyway… and there’s a nice shot of the stays on the Vagen at about 5:28. I hope the video isn’t too sentimental and I hope you’ve got a community of folks that you love and hate to ride with. It’s the best thing ever.
Why’s it always gotta be my fat ass being shot?
Noel

Jun 28  |  

Posted by , June 28th, 2012 at 2:17PM    

The fine folks over at Embrocation’s Tumblr site got a fun photo of our guest blogger Sam (aka: The Tiniest Sprinter), racing his new Speedvagen last evening at Mt. Tabor.

Way to get back on that horse Sam…

Jun 26  |  Statistics 6-26-12

Posted by , June 26th, 2012 at 2:54PM    

Today at the shop we had our summer intern, Delilah, working hard under the tutelage of her father. She’ll be building her own frames before too long I suspect.

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: (43 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 8
cups of tea: 2

food
bought lunch: 4
(wok, falafel, veggies, hummus, burrito, apple)
brown bagged it: 3
(Salami sandwich, turkey / avo sandwich, veggies, apple, chips)

MUSIC:

NPR

I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff

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RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
PAINT SHOP: We wrote the whole thing out in a white pencil.
JENN: Haha, very funny guys. Like invisible ink?
PAINT SHOP: No really… look at it.
JENN: Holy shit… you really did write out the whole thing in white pencil! I’m impressed, here… this whole time I thought you were just slackers.

Jun 22  |  Back on that Horse

Posted by , June 22nd, 2012 at 1:17PM    


Animal use only?  Please.  Pain pills is pain pills, right?

Nasty crashes have some really obvious negative consequences; pain, scars (debatable), hospital bills,  time off the bike, unwanted weight loss/gain…  All unfortunate, but all part of the game.  I’ve made peace with turning parts of my body into hamburger, replacing once-healthy epidermis with swathes of pale, wrinkly, easily sunburned skin-style-tissue-replacement, and I’ve learned to not stress myself sick over my looming debt to the health care system.  I’ve even managed to find some back-up hobbies for when I can’t ride, including watching TV, eating pills, drinking booze, and annoying my girlfriend/dog/anybody-who-will-listen with a near constant string of helpless requests, like bringing me more remote controls, pills, or containers of booze.  I’ve got a system.  After all, being 5 sports-related surgeries deep already, this ain’t my first rodeo.

This most recent ding came with one brand new, out-of-the blue issue for me, though:  A complete and total loss of nerve. (more…)

Jun 21  |  

Posted by , June 21st, 2012 at 4:55PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes? Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike: 5 (32 round trip miles)

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 7
cups of tea: 2
WATER!

food
bought lunch: 4
(salad, burrito, sandwich)
brown bagged it: 1
(turkey sandwich)

MUSIC:
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime (in honor of the first day of Summer!)
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RECENTLY OVERHEARD:

“I’ll be satisfied when Scott actually shits his pants.”

Jun 19  |  Sightings

Posted by , June 19th, 2012 at 1:29PM    

Brad en route to the New Pier Ride over Konsmo (aka: RoadChamp’s) shoulder. I poached the photo… but Brad… I’ll be out there in July…. Nice pink.

Jun 19  |  Statistics 6-19-12

Posted by , June 19th, 2012 at 10:23AM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes?
Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike solo: 5 (37 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 7
cups of tea: 4

food
bought lunch: 5
(shrimp burrito, burrito, burrito)
brown bagged it: 1
(carrots, turkey sandwich, salami sandwich)

MUSIC:
The More You Ignore Me – Morrissey

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RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
PREFACE: Call in radio station asked for people to call in with jokes about “their tribe”.
We only know one Painter Joke, our friend Tom came up with it.
Q:
What’s red and smells like blue paint?
A: Red paint.

Jun 18  |  Statistics 6-18-12

Posted by , June 18th, 2012 at 4:00PM    

Between our pain(t) shop and our frame shop, there are currently 7 of us. What happens here other than building and painting bikes?
Our domestic side? Here are our stats:

TRANSPORTATION:
rode bike solo: 5 (30.5 round trip miles)
drove: 1

CONSUMED:
beverages
cups of coffee: 8
cups of tea: 2

food
bought lunch: 5
(cha-cha-cha)
brown bagged it: 2
(carrots, turkey sandwich, salami sandwich)

MUSIC:
Allman Brothers – Midnight Rider

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RECENTLY OVERHEARD:
David: “If I was to describe this project in two words they would be “unique challenge”.
Birger: Rather unique challenge” if I may add a thing?”
Patrick: “Indeed! A rather unique challenge, indeed!”
- A conversation in Coat regarding a rather unique challenge of painting a Bullitt.


Jun 15  |  Wheels Again, and Math

Posted by , June 15th, 2012 at 1:46PM    

So I’ve been thinking about wheels again.  Sort of “again.”  I mean, I guess I never really stop thinking about wheels, but recently they’ve been jacking a higher percentage of my brain processing power than normal.  I think it’s because, due to increased boredom and indifference to my current project at work, I’ve been spending too much time on the internet reading equipment news and reviews from places like bikerumor.com.  So much of the content centers around new wheels and “wheel systems,” and so many of the articles leave me with my Hanes all in a twist, because there’s just so much bad information being perpetuated!

But rather than complain, I’d like to make something positive and constructive from my frustration.  That said, prepare for a quick engineering class that will hopefully help us all gain the power to see through the claims of companies who want you to buy their things, and make sense of what’s right and what’s pure fiction…

(more…)

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