Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence

Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Better Late Than Never

Happy birthday to me...but wait, my birthday was in August. Yes, indeed, it was. However my birthday present was finally completed and presented to me two days ago. Better late than never, right? Due to my constant bitching about wrecking my road bike commuting to work, seeing as how Rochester roads have craters instead of potholes, Trevor decided to build me a commuter for my birthday (or just to stop my complaining). As little time as he has now that he is back in school and working, pretty much any free time he does have is spent in the studio (or with me) and not on something trivial as building bicycles. I joked in late August that it would become my birthday/Christmas gift...it was closer to Halloween. So here it is...

Isn't it great?!?!?! I love it! The other night I had to take it on its inaugural run to the rock gym in the most inclement cold rain storm. It was such a smooth ride! Here are some of what this awesome ride boasts: Armadillo tires for flat protection (I was getting way too many flats on my road bike - not fun in sketchy parts of town.), single speed drive, rear break, fenders to protect my posterior from getting drenched with road spray (not cool to go to work with a rooster tail), riser bars - for comfort of course but the best part are the wheels. T$ built those bad boys up himself. If you look closely you will see the spoke patterns are different on each one. I love it! Oh and the frame was an old scrap frame from the shop that he stripped and refinished. This is the best birthday present ever! Now I only to need to name it :)



6 comments:

flahute said...

Rear breaks are not good things, last thing you want is for your rear to go one direction and your front in another ...

Have you thought about using brakes?

As for names ... I think Pavel is appropriate for an everyday worker.

Ari said...

I know...the front brake is not installed yet. Don't you worry I will have a full set by the end of the weekend. Did you mean not using brakes? No way, man, I am way too reckless for that...and I can't name it Pavel, I work with a Pavel, that would just be weird.

stickboy said...

Sweet ride!
The fenders are a nice addition. I have them on my commuter and though I would taken them off in the summer (who needs them in sunny Colorado, right?). But now that I have them, I couldn't live w/o them. (its all the darn geese crap on the bike paths!)

In Soviet Russia, bike rides You!

Jennie said...

Have you taken it over any sweet jumps yet?

Nice job T$.... you now have the Jennie stamp of approval.

I think if Joel built me a bike I may die.... as un-mechanical as I am, I think I'm the better of the two of us.

Ari said...

"In Soviet Russia, bike rides you." LMAO! I fell out of my chair...think I cracked a rib...!

Jay Stein said...

no fixie? you don't need brakes with a fixie.