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Out With The Old

February 11, 2012

In with the new.

I rode my new bike home today.  It was a little nerve wracking.  I am not used to the frame yet and it is a different geometry than my road bike, but even from the little I rode tonight, I can tell that I am going to be loving it.

Weather was not great and I was not interested in getting the feel for my bike on slick streets.  I was very careful riding home and rode slowly.  I can see that this bike will be quick, quick, quick.


This is my first really nice new bike.  I have bought new before.  A hybrid from Pedal Revolution, five years ago.  But it was not a nice bike.  It was a cheapie that rapidly fell apart and had to have constant replacements made.  By the end of owning that bike I must have bought in triple what I paid.

A lesson I learned from.

Tonight I also handed over my Felt 35 road bike to Carlos.  Last night he signed up to do the AIDS LifeCycle and tomorrow, on my old bike, he will be going on his first training ride.  I feel like there is a lot of poetic justice to the Felt going to him.

And I am so glad to not be riding in clipless.  Although, I have to say, I wasn’t going to get cages, but I have already changed my mind.  In fact, on my first ride about–just around the block this afternoon while I was at work to make sure it was all fit properly–I almost said slap them on.

Now, after a slight commute, I know I want the toe cages.  I definitely don’t feel as secure on the pedals.  Yeah, I will have to give up wearing fancy pants shoes on my commute, but I would rather enjoy the commute.  Plus, I am still getting to wear regular shoes when I ride.  I won’t be as attached as on my road bike, but I will still be secured.

Tomorrow I will install some cages at work.  And they won’t be true cages any how, I am going to go back to the Hold Fast that I had picked out.  They’ll look good against the bike palette.  I also added a chain to the saddle.  I knew I would have it outside for an hour this evening, one of the few times this bike will be allowed locked up.  I was not willing to even humor the thought of leaving my sexy new saddle untethered.

Lance, who made me say, “aw shucks!” tonight (he said, “I’m proud of you!” when he was admiring my bike.  He’s a seasoned bicycle messenger–he knows bikes), had a great suggestion–plumbers putty.  Impossible to dig out and will harden like cement.  I will be making a trip to Discount Builders Supply this Sunday.  I will use some on the seat post and the rest on the seat underneath where it attaches to the seat post.

I will also keep the chain, doesn’t hurt.  I bought another lock as well–secondary security for the front tire.  I locked my bike up with three locks tonight.  I ain’t playin’.

Currently, I am looking at her, she’s inside.  I have not put up the pulley system yet, but after listening to the horror story a customer relayed to me this morning as he was re-ordering his bike, I was not leaving it outside on the back porch.

Some one told me the story of how his bicycle was completely ripped from the wall in his garage, the locking mechanism had been bolted into studs.  His garage was broken into and they yanked it off the wall.

Crack heads.

Yet, this person still wants to lock his bicycle up in his garage.

Now, you’re the crack head.

It will get stolen again, I assure you.  You have been marked.  Lock it indoors.  If you love your ride, lock it inside.  Please.

Unless you feel comfy dropping $1650 every other month, then lock it up outside.


Keep it close.  This particular person bristled when I suggested that, “OH, well, I only have 850 sq feet.  There’s absolutely not enough room.”

I call bullshit.  I have half that space and my bike is currently leaned up against my desk, why, I can reach out and stroke the saddle right now.


Making myself blush over here.

Bike porn.

That was what my bike was called before I took her home by another customer.



Where’s Your Bike?

February 9, 2012

Everybody wanted to know that tonight.

Feels a little weird to say, hanging in the shop window, but that’s where it is.

I have not even gone on a ride yet.

I have something to admit, I am a little afraid.  I might break it or ruin it or some how mess it up.  The fear is irrational, but there none the less.  Which gives me some compassion for clients coming in and talking about getting their bike.

The anticipation can build up so much that by the time you actually have the bicycle in your hot little hands, its become this gigantic thing.

I feel that I can get sucked into the instant gratification land really quick.  I want it now, I want it sooner than now, and I want it to be awesome.

But awesome does not happen over night.  And when it suddenly does materialize, after much work and thought and action, to see the finished product is sort of overwhelming.

I am also working on negotiating my time and my space.  Meaning I work all week-long, including Saturday, have commitments to be places every night, including Saturday, leaving just Sunday available to work on a wall mount system for my room.

I don’t want to take the bike until I have a system in place.  I don’t know how long mounting a shelf will take, or a pulley either, now that I think of it and I am afraid I may need a drill, which now that I think of it, I could probably borrow from work.

Something to do on Sunday, I suppose.  Although my Sunday is split between commitments as well.  But I am going to see about it.  I really don’t want to leave my bike hanging in the window.  She’s very captivating.

Although back-lit most of the day, so I am not actually very distracted looking at her and it’s been fun to tell people that it is mine.  I can share the excitement of a new bike owner coming in to get their new wheels.  I am in a quandary.

I don’t need the bike right now.

But my God, do I want to show it off.  I do.  I do.  My ego is all hyper excited.  Look at me!

This is definitely a look at me kind of bike.

I am sitting here trying to do two things at one time–write this blog and try to figure out how to get my bicycle as fast as I can.  Should I walk to work tomorrow?  Then I can ride it home after work.  But I will be meeting Jennifer at Muddy Waters on Valencia and 24th, do I want to lock it up outside of Muddy’s for an hour?

As I also need to configure a leash or a locking mechanism for the seat.  I splurged on an Italian saddle.  I do not want to do that twice.  I see way too many people, two sometimes three a week, that come in without a seat or a seat post.  I also upgraded to a nice seat post, I don’t want to lose it.

There are a few things I could do.  I could chain it.  I could cable leash it.  I could never leave it outside unattended, although reality is that will probably happen sooner rather than later and I would rather not believe that I will always be able to lock my bike inside.  I could also super glue a ball bearing into the seat post.

I am leaning toward the ball bearing.  Looks far cleaner than a chain and will not mess with the aesthetic of the bike.

So simple.  So clean.  Yes, flashy, yes loud, yes flamboyant.  But also simple, lean, quick and efficient.  I got the best of both world’s today.

I also got a lecture from a fellow about not having a rear brake.  He was asking me about the fact that I am only running a front brake, and why.  Common myth is that the majority of your breaking comes from behind, but the opposite is true.

70% of your braking power comes from the front brake.  I just have a front brake.  I got the lecture about going down hills and flying over your handle bars, etc.

First, I am on a one speed.  The hills that scenario would play out on are not hills I will be climbing on my one speed.  Second, if you keep you butt in your saddle and your weight in the back, you are not going to fly over the handle bars coming down hill.  There may be the sensation, and I have felt it, going down Gough, but you won’t actually fly over.  Well, unless you hit something, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the brake.

And I work in a bike shop, should it freak me out just too much, I’ll get a back brake.  I  don’t feel the necessity at the moment.

I am just debating again, hoist or wall mount?  Perhaps the thing to do is check in with the guys at work.  They have more experience than I do and I can probably get some good recommendations.

We have a couple of systems in the store, a hoist for the ceiling, a Cycloc, and a bicycle shelf that is made by Knife and Saw.  The wood bike shelf is hands down my favorite.  It is also $299.  The Cycloc is super cool looking, $120.  And the hoist?  $40.  I am probably going with the hoist, but I am rather smitten with the Cycloc.

If I find out it’s not too terribly hard to install, I think that will be the route I go.  In fact, I know we have the color I want coming into the shop soon.  I know because I ordered it.  And I ordered it thinking that I may very well be ordering it for myself.

I also have had a fair number of folks say I should keep my road bike.  I agree she is a sweet ride, but do I need two?  I would rather it go to a deserving home.  Of course I am not super motivated to sell as I have no spare time to show perspective buyers the bike, but I am sure something will work out.

I really want my new bike.


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