This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Winter time projects are behind the early spring

   We're in Michigan.  It's early March.  I'm not supposed to play golf now but that's what's goin' on.  This is incredible weather, for biking or any other outdoor activity except skiing.  The spring has taken us by surprise and I just took the studded tires off  Byron and started cleaning him up.  I expected to have my son's bike ready before the weather broke but just got the frame back from the powdercoater. 
 I had my old mixte sitting around and, since it is a little small for me, thought it would make a nice bike for my son who rides to and from campus everyday.  His current bike is a Jamis Commuter and very nice for the job, but a nicer,faster, funner bike would be good for him also.   Since nearly all his college education has been covered by grants and scholarships,
 I thought it the least a responsible father should do.
   The big issue for his frame was the removal of the headbadge.  Raleigh had those really ornate,paperthin brass headbadges riveted to the frame.
 So the thought of "rejuving the bike" without it was unthinkable,
but removing the thing scared the crap out of me.
I ended up drilling out the rivets with a high speed dremel to avoid any risk to the headbadge.
That worked well enough, and I sent it out to the powdercoater.
After it came back I simply glued the headbadge in place and, of course, 
spent a little time detailing the lugwork on the headtube.

 Eh, Voila'.
It worked pretty good.
My son liked it, he is condescending though, he thinks it's just another stupid self-indulgence of my childish obsession.  I'll show him!

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