Archive for July, 2010

Incoming!

Finally got off my duffcake and ordered up a MASI for official 30¢ Squad Business.

Not the Gran Criterium I pined for in the Spring, the IRA RYAN could not be denied, but this bike will get much more use in the crummy weather months coming up.

It has been a long time since I have been on an aluminum frame /  carbon fork.  Not sure what to make of the component mix.  10 speeds, just in the back!  Might have to go SRAM as a 1 by setup.  Or I could just take it back to my reliable 9sp Dura Ace.

For now it is just get bike, build bike, ride bike!

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Retirement Announcement!

Not yet, but rest assured, when I finally do retire there will be no comeback.  I would not want to put you all through that.

Or me either, of course…

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Post Ride Report!

Lots of blogs on the internet today are devoted to the dissection and discussion of two wheeled athletic endeavor.  I myself have been known to ramble on about this or that ride I have gone on, solo, in the company of others, in races.  I have boasted, lied (true!), told it like it was and how I wished it could have been.  There have been pictures.  The word epic has been employed.  (Lie!)

Well today, dear reader, I have a treat for you!  I will tell you nothing of tonights ride, but rather relate what came after.

I was enjoying a beer at a downtown establishment with a few of the fellas I had ridden with when I got a text message.  It was from Cody, and it was almost 8pm, and she was still at the shop!  I told her I would be right there, bid my companions adieu and went to the shop.  It was really hot in there, so I took off my shoes and socks and put on floppers and, still hot, took off my jersey.  Cody was working on a tricky coaster brake issue on a Magna that was driving her crazy.

As we were talking about it, a couple of people came and looked in the windows and got to see a nearly naked me!  I put my jersey back on, but my bib straps were hanging down.  So I closed the shop up while Cody finished the repair (long day Cody – BIG CHEERS FOR CODY!!) and we got ready to leave.  I pulled my bib straps over the top of the jersey, kind of ragbrai fashion or something, and we left.

Okay, if you are still reading, good, because this is the best part coming up!  We had to stop at Cody’s art studio which is above the Vine on Gilbert.  So there I am, it is almost dark, I am tired, I am wearing sunglasses, floppers, and have my bib shorts pulled over my jersey.  I am leaning over the handlebars of the IRA, just looking at the ground, when a nice College Kid with a messenger bag says, “That’s a nice bike!”  I said thanks.  He said he has an old Centurion and he thinks it is cool to see someone else riding an old steel bike because most of them have been turned into fixies.  I told him I could not agree more.

He walked off, Cody returned and we went home.  Respectfully submitted, the post ride report.

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