been a while since last post – been busy – very busy. We’re having good times here, too good to take time out to post. Y’see I am not a synaptic poster. If I have a thought, then my synapses generally tend to send specific commands to my muscles that have a direct impact on that thought. In other words, my immediate reaction to events is to directly act on them, not write a txt, tweet, blip or post. I don’t have anything against that physiology, it just isn’t how I function. Here’s a photo:
Be happy with what you have, appreciate others around you and use your brain.
Well, these folks are the B•TEAM
in the meantime, I was busy doing a variety of things. Some graphic design work for decals. New decals and Ultegra components went on the MIXCX. Schnelletour was reworked and received new decals. The frame fitter got decals also. A while back, in the middle of middle Florida I found a gal and guy who do nothing but cut mostly cypress and cedar trees. Cuttn’m in big honkin’ 12/4, cross and slab. 12/4 = 3″ by the way, that’s woodman’s verbiage. So I made a couple into 2 coffee tables that key into each other to act as one. The configuration can change or you can use them as two separate tables for different purposes. Finished with tung oil.
A kind note left on the o.noah recently. Ahhh, so pleasant!
so here we are: actively working three projects at once: building Untitled #1, painting some rails, advising/assiting Max with Bamboo V2. You all know Untitled #1, this should be ready for paint very soon, it just needs a headbadge, dropout cleaning and a rear rack. The rails are a side project; design, paint & install. I engaged my studiomate, Elena to do the building. She’s an expert that’s why. See her works here. and Max is running along with Bamboo V2 assembly. I’m mostly advising him on the build because he needs to build it himself.
So a documentarian named Max Tubman inquired with me about participating in a movie that will follow his building of a bamboo bicycle and riding it in the Pann-Mass Challenge. It is a fundrasing event for cancer research and treatments where participants ride from 25 to 192 miles across much of Massachusetts. Today we swapped steel for bamboo on the main frame tubes of an old Trek Singletrack. Be on the lookout for some fundraising activities and opportunities to purchase bamboo goods here and on other sites. Many of the goods will either be fully or partially tax-write-off-able. Here are photos of Max and the bicycle tacked up:
After listening to so many folks who make blanket statements about their preferred (or exclusive) frame materials, I wanted to state my opinion on frame material here. Doesn’t every material has its place in frames; steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, bamboo and even wood?? I certainly think so. Choosing your material is probably based mostly on your prior experience and what you are attempting to do on the bicycle. In my experience, I prefer aluminum for racing < 2 hours, carbon fiber for (temporary) short distance race-rippin’-sprinting, and steel for absolutely everything else: cruising, touring, non-race rides, racing > 2 hours, shopping, tasking, multisurface riding. I want to experiment with bamboo (planning in the works, you wont want to miss it) and will stay away from wood for the forseeable future. The difference in the ride characteristics of these materials is significant, and from what I’ve seen in the past 25 years is that as you go up in the high zoot high tech materials, you go down in the long lasting strength and ride quality. That’s why:
I love Steel.
I race Aluminum.
I worry with Carbon Fiber.