Friday, January 21, 2011

Making it look easy...

FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft from michael evans on Vimeo.

I've always been fascinated by frame building.  When I was in high school, I had a grand plan to weld up a Columbus SLX frame of my own design.  I got as far as convincing my school to pay for the tubeset [it's in a box in my basement], but when I found out just how much work it was to actually make the frame, I lost interest.  I'm not a detail-oriented guy, and frame-building is detail-oriented work.  I have tremendous respect for those who have the wherewithal to build a bicycle frame from scratch.  It's a wonderful blend of biomechanics, engineering and art.  Indeed, I have frame-builder envy. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bike Profile - Wabi Lightning
A very bad photo of a very good bike

I can't recall why I ever thought a SS/FG road bike would be a good idea.  I ride in the foothills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains, where 10,000'+ peaks jut out of the prairie.  Headwinds and hills - that's all I ride.  Having gears on your bike makes a lot of sense here.  There have been many rides where the fight against the wind is constant, but "as soon as I turn around, I'll have a sweet tailwind back".  Of course, just as I turn, the wind changes direction, and I push into it all the way home.  That's probably why so many of us abandon our skinny tires in June when the mountain bike trails dry out.  Trading headwinds for bears doesn't sound too bad after 3-4 months of battling the air [the hills are always there]. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This is a well-edited video I came across on *gasp* Pinkbike...

2Ride (Short Film) - Full Version from Forev'Art on Vimeo.

Looks like a great place to ride. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Directions

I've been in IT for quite a while.  It wears on me like sand on beach glass; I'm more likely to attract necklace-making hippies, but I'm also ground down, dull around the edges and lacking lustre.  For a long time now, the best part of my day has been the bike ride at either end of it.  This is a bad thing.  Don't get me wrong, I don't expect that I'll ever jump out of bed, yelling "F*** YEAH!  Time for work!", but it would be great if I felt some [any] desire to go into the office.  Being a contractor is good because the longest my current contract will go for is to some time in July - I can move on to something else after that.  But what?