Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Meg and I would like to wish all of you the very best this Christmas! Stay safe with the weather coming, and enjoy the company of friends and family. Take care.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Because it's MN, and we're bored.

200mm. 53 x 21. Surprisingly ride able. Big ringin' it baby.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Totally Sureal.

Yesterday was interesting. I was talking to a guy about some bikes. He was about 65 or so, and was so far as I could see there was nothing abnormal at all. We chatted for maybe 10 minutes about different bikes, mostly the old Walmart vs bike shop discussion. As we were standing towards the front door, mid sentence, the guy started to stagger. He fell back a bit, catching himself in the doorway.

All the years in Boy Scouts kicked in. I started asking him the normal first responder type questions. "Sir, are you alright?" "Are you taking any medications?" "Have you taken any drugs or alcohol?" "Is there someone I can call?" No response. He seemed to be out of it, and I could not get any kind of sign out of him. As I walked back into the shop to grab a chair, he collapsed to the floor.

I ran back to him. He was breathing, but was in the same non responsive state as before. He had not hit his head, so I figured he was stable for the short term. I rolled him onto his back and went to call 911. By this time, he had not been in the shop 10 minutes.

After talking to the operator and getting the emergency response on the phone, services were dispatched. The fire hall is less than three blocks away, and they were here in less than 2 minutes. A fire truck, ambulance, and police cruiser all arrived that quickly. Within minutes, they had the man on a stretcher and took him away. Less than five minutes after they had arrived, they were all gone.

So there you have it. less than 15 minutes had passes since I was causally talking to guy about a Trek 3700. I was left with the most surreal feeling. There was no sign any of it had happened; the downtown was just as quiet as it had been before. The shop was quiet for the rest of the day. I hope the guy was alright. Crazy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Potts arrives.

The Potts is here. It's awesome. The fit is spot on. The construction is gorgeous. The build is simple yet high class. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Salsa Cycles Unveils Ti El Mariachi!

After some hubbub on the interwebs outed the bike early, Salsa officially unveiled a photo of their new 2010 Titanium El Mariachi. The bike will be geared only at this point, with a steel SS version on the way as well. The bikes will be US sourced, which is a return to some higher end offereing from them in the past. Lynesky will be building these particular bikes. I am a hug fan of the bead blasted graphics. It has the potential to be built into a stunningly understated bike. This really looks like it will be a winner for Salsa. More info as it's available, enjoy the photo for now.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The next 8...

Milltown Cycles will be closed for weather today. The wind is just howling at about 20-30 miles an hour. What was maybe 2-3 inches when I went to be is now a solid 8-9" in my yard. I don't remember when it was that we last got this much snow at once. It's pretty awesome.

The wind is supposed to die down later in the afternoon, and I may run to the shop to dig out then. Woddchipper bars will be in the shop tomorrow. I have 2, 25.4 x 46cm and 1, 25.4 x 42cm up for grabs.

Take care, enjoy the day.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The first inch has fallen.

We've gotten about an inch of snow so far today, and it continues to come down steadily. This is just the start of what they are saying will be 6-9 inches and blizzard conditions tonight through tomorrow. Should be fun! I'm looking forward to actual snow riding. I prefer to have some snow for winter camping, and it's about that time of the year as well. We're planning a few over night trips to some close by woods, so this will be nice addition to the scenery.

I'll be in the shop all day today waiting for the furnace repair guy to come. It's a balmy 52 in the shop currently, so it's not too bad. It'll sure be nice to get it working again though.

Hope your snow day is good. Take care.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Night Riding.

With winter soundly upon us, riding in daylight is getting harder and harder to do. Last night brought a perfectly clear sky with a brisk 18 deg temp. My wife was disposed with St Olaf Christmas Fest, so I had the whole night to myself.

After feed the cat and myself, I suited up and rolled out. This is the first real amount of snow we've gotten this year, albeit a small one. Once familiar things like ice and street salt are certainly things that take a bit to get used to again. This is my first winter on the Fargo, and it's been a joy so far. The bike's laid back, ultra stable geometry make it the perfect MN winter cruiser. I've set up the bike with two new things recently. A rear rack from Trek will allow me to carry stuff until I figure out the frame bag and accessory items for next year. I already have a few different bags from Trek, and these have worked really well so far. The Trek racks have been completely redesigned for 2010 and are mark ably improved in terms of weight, looks and performance. Set up is now much easier, and they re far more stable than many others in the price and weight range. Even with the bags moderately loaded I hardly notice them back there. It is harder to lift over curbs and such, but just rolling along the extra bulk and weight is almost unnoticeable.

The other addition is a Cane Creek Thudbuster ST. I don't know why I didn't get one of these sooner. In combination with the Selle An-Atomica saddle it's like riding a couch around. I'll definitely be getting one of these for the Big Dummy as well. While seated cruising the seat post moves just enough to take the edge off of stuff. After about 3 hours on it I don't notice it's there except my rear ends like me ;)

Here's one of my favorite photos from the evening. Totally unmarked snow covered the whole parking lot with remarkable consistency. The lighting is exactly how it appears in the photo. It was the perfect culmination of my whole night. Perfect.
The snow was about and inch and a half deep, with a light crust on top of it from being windblown. My tires made an awesome sound crunching through the layer. It was not hard riding at all and I was inspired to play around on the black canvas. I've never had so much fun just cruising around a parking lot. Enjoy.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Rawland press from an unlikely source.

Rawland Cycles sent our Ravn show bike to Suzuki as a partnership of shots that Sean made. This was an article from Wired about the bike at the L.A. Auto Show. Awesome!Story here.

Sean and I are really excited about this!