200 & Done? I say NAY!!

So the Chequamegon post was my 200th and I dunno what happened, I suffered a DK-esque collapse.  Well I am dusting myself off and am back at the helm of the good ship SOOT and looking forward to the next 200 posts.  I have been busy of course, helping Ira’s folks finish up their house so they have a place to live this winter that is not their garden shed.  I’m not kidding.  It is long hours as it is crunch time and my only riding has been the to and fro which gets me about 15 a day.  Not pro, but neither am I.  The work is okay, as the young hammer on the crew I get lots of tasks like gimme that level and hold this and even clean up our riding lawnmower but I also get to use power tools and fall off ladders.  Just once so far, and my knee barely hurts anymore!

I have been putting in some hours at the Bike Library, too and that continues to be rewarding.  Saturday was the first day since early spring that we still had bikes left at the end of the checkout brawl.  Rental bench even had a real paying customer, he installed some fenders and is thinking about volunteering.  That is all well and good but what I really want to talk about today is bottle openers.  As most of you know, I keep up on a great number cycling publictions both online and in print and nothing puts the grit in my chamois so much as the continued covering of and reporting on the latest and greatest in bike tool/beer bottle opener technology.

Exhibit A, from the fine misguided tech folk at cyclingnews.com:

A wrench to take off a bolt on rear wheel AND it can open a beer too?


For the sake of the scientific method I performed a test on Friday night last wherin I drank a six pack of bottled beer and I used naught but the touring townie to open said beverages.  I wedged the cap into nooks and crannies and applied pressure and pop!  Beer after beer was enjoyed!  I used my brake lever, 2 spokes (might not work so well for you radially laced folk), the top of the seatpost against the underside of the saddle, front derailleur, rear rack and, of course, a pedal.

Make no mistake, my verbal grumpy squat is not directed at the makers of these tools because, hey, there is nothing wrong with having one (although I must say if I had to lefty-loosey 2 wingnuts to undo my wheel or a beer cap I would be throwing that tool in the bottom of my least used toolbox) or using one, but to consistently report on the latest and greatest in bottle opening technology?  Give me a virtual break!  I’ll take a couple extra pictures and words from the Vanilla booth or about the Sturmey 3 speed fixed hub, thanks.

In other news, Ira and I talked on the phone and my bike is at long last, gonna get built.



4 Responses so far »

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    John L. said,

    Well said Steve! Although I have to admit, the wrench on the bottle cage is a nice aesthetic touch but so is the image of you opening beer number 6 on a crank bros. I watched part of the World’s online this week and thought of “ciaos Paolo” only it’s real this time.

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    ari said,

    Steve, congrats on the 40 in wisconsin and the 200 posts. I have been riiding the Ira and you will really enjoy it, though I would never wait 5 years for a Vanilla.
    How is your Salsa riding? My friend is interested in a new one called Selma.

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    d.p. said,

    This is so 2 ships that passed in the night: I once rubber-banded a fridge magnet bottle opener over the oil port on a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub to keep the liquid in and collect the metallic fixin’s.

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    bikeiowa said,

    John, Bettini and I are forever linked by the bonds of anonymous greeting. Thanks for the memory!

    Ari, maybe we can roll our Ira’s together in a midwest IRC jamboree! The Salsa is riding fine I must say, I wish I were riding it more…

    And d.p., you the man!

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