There is a briskness in the air and every where you turn there is
some kind of pumpkin/nutmeg flavored pastry being dangled before us.
It's also a reminder to get a few things caught up before the snow flies.
My son has been having flats. He came to me after the second one.
I went over the tire and could not find anything still in the tire, the tube I installed held air overnight and another day. But the holes I patched were in identical spots, and I could not find a wire, nail, grain of sand or anything to have caused each of them.
Oh well, move on I guess.
The "other deal" I have sitting on the table is the front fork for my Hunq.
The paint has been marred badly since I first put
Blackburn Lowriders on them.
The wiggling around under load put some really ugly gouges in the paint.
Now that I am using the big Surly rack on the front, I feel safe that I should get that matter corrected.
I sanded them down to eliminate the gouges and painted about half of each fork. Looking carefully under full light you can just barely tell the difference in sheen. I will probably redo this in the spring and make sure I mask off the lugs so there won't be a noticeable break in color or sheen.
I had actually considered having the bike stripped and powder coated before I went to the country bike rally in Minneapolis. While I was there all the Riv fans were fawning over the paint job and I realized it really is an interesting bike I should maintain. Not only did I get it from the original Waterford run, it has the first chosen colors for the bike. It's a piece of history in eccentricity of it's maker. According to a Blug post, Grant and his painter went 'round about the orange and grey. Grant liked it, but the painter argued the colors were from incompatible ranges of the palette and shouldn't be together. The painter insisted on lug lining to keep the orange and grey from touching. Grant hates lug lining, but finally gave in. Is it me, or does this sound like two crazy people trying to collaborate on a rational decision? Well, now that paint job is a $400 option.
So, I got that going for me. Along with the first purchased Bosco Bars on my HIllborne,
I have prizes which should concern nobody, but do.
Boy this past week got away from me. I was a little busy with some other work and the last real decent ride I enjoyed was last weekend. Some locals and I did the annual
Forests and Foliage in the Fall ride in the Yankee Springs area.
It was a bit of a chilly morning (below 40F) but cloudless and promising.
There were nine of us who braved the morning while I know a number stayed in because they are just plain sissies. We were toasty and comfortable within a few miles and the air had that fresh autumn briskness that comes with the cool lack of humidity. The route is initially hilly with a Cat 5 climb through thousands of acres of hardwood forests turning to shed their leaves for the winter.
After the halfway point, the route becomes really fast, with a series of rollers that lead predominantly downhill. It's a beautiful and pleasant metric for a fall afternoon. Next year I may schedule it later in the morning so the wimps can come out and play.
In other news I found a greeting card in my mailbox this week. I don't get a greeting card from anybody but aging relatives at Christmas.. Hell, I only go to my mailbox once or twice a week to clean out the coupons and throw them away. I wasn't sure what it was,
but it came from Rivendell Bike Works.
They weren't even thanking me for my business, but more impressively for something I wrote.
Not here, but on a Bike Forum. Apparently one of them noticed a comment I made on one of the flaming anti-Riv threads on the Bike Forums and they just wanted to thank me for defending them.
I guess that's customer appreciation of a different level, but I am always amused when Riv or Grant are mentioned on the Forums. It attracts a vitriolic group of children who can't understand there is a different world than than that of the Spandex Hamster. Thanks, Riv for noticing.
I have been kind of convalescing since my return from Minneapolis. I threw my chain and hyper extended my knee with all my weight on it. Damn that hurts, and it just doesn't like anything after that for a while. After the drive home, it was so stiff I thought of calling for help just to get out of the car. In the meantime, I have been riding for work or errands, just because.
I did run across this nifty little tool from Topeak. It's called the Urban 8 and has 8 tools, like 2 tire irons, two spoke wrenches, two allen heads, a big hex wrench with a nice long handle for axle bolts and,of course, a bottle opener to help solidify our religious relationship with the brew pub industry.
All this bolts right to the water bottle bosses
with a couple of substantial thumbscrews and only costs about $10.
It's really neat, a city bike toolkit in a handle.
I bought one for Byron and one for my son's Jamis Commuter. A day after I gave it to him, he had a flat and found that the hex head wrench does not fit through all the over sized tubing and flairs in the rear dropouts, so it was useless for that. Oh well, maybe I am not a good parent after all.
It works fine on Byron's Soma Buena Vista frame. Beware parents bearing gifts,