Well, I will be breaking rule #7 and actually going into work today. It has to be. There’s not enough room in my storage area for the bikes/shocks/etc that need work.
Hey, this from Garro. Its awesome. He says “Do what you can with waht you have and quit bitching!”
In cycling news, the Het Volk (now called the Omloop SomethinginFlemmish) is today. I’m fired up!
But it snowed 2 feet again so I”m going skiing before I go to custom bike land.
Enjoy these photos that sprouted themselves in my mailbox.
I’ve been there before.
Thats pretty much a daily occurrence in my world.
Yeah, I pretty much don’t take call anymore.
The Gilly…out there doing the hustlin’ work of the lord.
I rarely have anything to do with cars on this site….cept shit like this.
emotions new rollers…pugsley compatible only with 6 PSI.
I know the shitbike has been through a lot, but wait until Wakeman finds out its in Steve’s garage.
I know its small, but it does sum up what I wish I could say about politics.
With Photoshop, Seve can change the world.
Not all custom bikes weigh 12 lbs.
This from Casa Coconino….Phlag Phorever.
I’ve got my team of experts out right now measuring snow depth.
Just in case you needed to get your priorities straight.
Last and certainly least, “eat a bag of dicks” has now been replaced by the more gentrified “go sip on a bag of dicks”.
The 24 hrs in the Old Pueblo starts soon. I think it will be awesome. It may rain. If your drunk, it doesn’t matter.
Frostbike happens this weekend in MN (aka, Portland East). I’d like to go some time. We thought long and hard about it but decided instead to once again put our hard earned money into our business instead of our travel. I’m sure people are having a nice time.
But there are other ways to have fun without having to leave the warmth and comfort of your own home.
When sent this, the email read “caption this”. I said to myself ” I Love White Kids With Beards?”
Kudos to “the” Loudass, who is working on the alphabet with his brood.
Watch this, I have to go to work.
This is what I’ll look like later at the Mo’
OH, and if the evil kit was a bit too much with the ‘fuck off’ and the ‘hail satan’, the CRC kit will look much better in front of your kids…because they won’t know the stamp of the dark lord seen on the license plate….but you will.
Order from Hurl HERE.
Well friends, not much to say, but lots to show you…
First off this, from a dentist in South Dakota who commented which state is more fucked up, South Dakota or Utah?
“A bill that critics say would make killing abortion doctors a justifiable homicide is scheduled for a vote on the House floor this afternoon.
House Bill 1171, sponsored by Rep. Phil Jensen-R-Rapid City, states that it is a lawful defense to kill a person who would harm an unborn child that would likely result in the unborn child’s death.”
Thats scary, so lets balance it out with some smiles….This one from Zeke.
In CustomBikeLand cycling news, Mrs Dr Evil and I will not be attending Frostbike in MN. Registration is full…and we waited too long to register. Oh well, I”ve got 5 bikes to build between now and Sunday and do have to work at the dental office Thursday and Friday.
And now for some pics from my inbox….
Look, there’s even a shot of Damo!
Look, its steve, roger and carl
Look, the new Ibis Cycles Project Love Unit 2 way brake lever kit….
Quote via Fixie Dave “What’s with these recumbent bicycles? Listen, buddy, if you wanna take a nap, lie down. If you wanna ride a bike, buy a >#*%^* bicycle.” –- George Carlin
In dental nooze. There are many patients at the office who I really care for and love to treat. Here’s a fresh upper right section of chompers. Nice Huh?
Anyway, just like the bike shop, its the good people who keep you going!
Got to ride down south again last weekend. 60-70 degrees. I think I have the honor of being the first person to ride Goulds since its been dry. Please, be kind out there and don’t ride where its muddy.
In cycling news….
Must Reads: Armstrong to hang up his cleats?
The Los Angeles Times: Armstrong on Retirement 2.0
In an exit interview with The Associated Press, Lance Armstrong says he will not race his bike again. The interview seemed to confirm that Armstrong would not be racing at the Tour of California in May, though that question was never directly put to the seven-time Tour de France winner.
On his comeback, Armstrong said he has no regrets despite not winning an eighth yellow jersey: “I can’t say I have any regrets. It’s been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another tour. Then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third. I have no regrets about last year, either. The crashes, the problems with the bike — those were things that were beyond my control.”
Saturday there is a nordic race in Round Valley….The Haut Var (classic) is also happening…in France. I’m sure Versus has coverage of the Tour of Quatar or Oman or something. Alright, hope you enjoyed the pictures…Off to work I go.
Then this joke…
So a hardworking doctor has a plumbing project. He spends all day Sunday working on it…..doesn’t get it completed. After working the next 6 days, he goes at it again on Sunday – his only day off….still not completed. Finally he calls out a plumber to fix the project. It takes the guy 10 minutes and he hands the doctor a bill. “$130?” the doctor says. “I work hard, you do too, but man…$130 for 10 minutes of work. Thats crazy”. The plumber says “Yeah, thats what I used to think too when I was a doctor”.
Big props to Lance, who shows us in this picture what bridging up from the pack means.
Here is Chewy, rocking an All Hail the Black Market Kit at SSAZWC’s….I’ll bet a good time was had.
Especially since Chainsaw emerged from the snowy white north with his Bronco’s bike.
Glad everybody had a blast. One of these years I need to make that event happen.
Rather than going into the shop at 8am, I’d rather be in London with Troy and Scot.
Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find some way to amuse myself after work and a ski…
Lastly, here is a ramble not composed by yours truly… This industry is fucked!
Does anyone else feel like we’re heading backwards in this fucking industry?
Let’s take a look at front derailleurs. You used to have to know the seat tube diameter and then, bottom swing or top swing, top pull or bottom pull. Leaving us all with a million derailleurs just so we could have that one the customer would need when they needed it. Then Shimano came up with this great idea. We’ll make one size clamp, send shims to fit all the other sizes and make it be both bottom and top pull. This left you with really only two choices, top swing or bottom swing. This lasted for a few years and unicorns and rainbows abounded.
During this time the giant red S decided that it was a good idea to have the front derailleur mount directly to the chainstay. So you have a funny little adaptor and then disassemble an E type derailleur and put the thing together. As far as I can tell, this was the start down the slippery slope on which we are now standing. If you aren’t sure what I am muttering about, check out the QBP catalog. Go to XX front derailleurs. Now you get it. To help you out, QBP has even added a link to a front derailleur “standards” page. It’s not a standard when there are ten of them…
If you can get that figured out, you are moving in the right direction. Next you need to decide what kind of headset you need. Mind you that there are internal, external and integrated, campy, zero stack and to add to the standard you can now get everything in an assortment of tapered combinations… This one is about a year or two in the making, but same idea.
Now for rear hubs. 130, 135, 142 or 150? Good question. Would you like a skraxle, bolt-on, qr or thru? 6 bolt rotor or center lock? How would you like it if we just gave you an enema and took your money instead?
It seems that once we finally get all the dumb standards sorted out and convince the manufacture that they are unnecessary or retarded they decide to try 50 new things. Which of course will only work if you have the right parts that are usually available about six months after the standard is introduced. So you bought an SWorks frame, congratulations. I’m sorry you can’t ride your bike for another 90 days because we can’t get you _________ (fill in the blank).
Anyways, just what I’ve been dealing with for the past few days…
Let me know what you think of all the “standards.”
Oh and I almost forgot, is it ICSG 05 or just plain old ICSG?
Yes, its been a while…because its busy.
Check this out…its depressing…if you go out and ride your bike it’ll be okay though
Props to Captain Chris, who was pugsley riding in the High Uintas….Bad Ass.
Ibis Mojo HD’s have been ordered, Silk SL Road’s will be in stock in less than 2 months. Enve makes the greatest stuff on earth and its 65 degrees and sunny in Hurricane right now.
Need anything else to feel good? How about this from my man Mike in Surf City.
A dentist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO
paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands
would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local
technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and
learned all he could.
When the time of the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared
carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the
results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score
of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the Instructor, saying, “I don’t want
to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there
is an error in the grade?”
“The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart
perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together
again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark.” After a pause, the
instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through
the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career.”