Monday, August 24, 2009
This was my resolve for cyclocross tire clearance issues. Indentations work fine but don't look near as good. Since this was the first time I had tried this I had to put it to the test so I took it over to a friend's house and we stuck it in the vice and each took a turn trying to break it, it never did. I did manage to collapse the other side of the stay eventually but we both decided it was plenty strong. This is warrantied just the same as my other stuff. Check out that high-tech gadgetry phone holding the stay in place, oh-yeah, $14 at Wal-Mart. The Blackberry cost too much so I opted for the Mulberry. I bought an expensive phone once and it fell out of my jersey pocket and before I knew it was gone it had been run over about 600 times. My friend Larry Yancey said, "Its still good", there was no screen left in it and it looked like someone had held it to a grinder. I have tried to lose the Mulberry but it keeps following me home. Sometimes when I go into the store I will just leave it on the hood of my car to see if someone will steal it, I still have it, in fact, one time I came out of the store and there was another one just like it sitting there next to mine. Go figure.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is the frame I built for my amigo in Spain. Super chulo is how he described it, sounds cool to me. Mohammed Afana is the first friend I had when I arrived in Spain and we have stayed in touch all these years. He is spreading the MEECH name in Europe for me. Gracias amigo! Saludos a todos en Andalucia. Os quiero!Venga.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here are a couple of 'cross frames that I just finished up for Dereck and his wife. Dereck Treadwell is the cross country & triathlon coach at Hartwick College in Laurens, NY as well as a professional triathlete.
Josh Colvey painted these frames with a creamy butter and did the panel in a whipped cream white, no joke, these frames are painted with creamy butter and whipped cream. The greatest thing about these frames is that after almost killing yourself in a cyclocross race you can eat the frame afterward, the downside is that dogs are constantly chasing you on your training rides. Check out those extended seat tubes, I can't wait to see these frames built up, send photos. Thanks. Later.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have been getting in a ride about 5 days a week here lately and while that is a good thing about 4 out of those 5 rides I feel like I am dragging bricks, stuck in 3rd gear. It would be nice if there was a coaching hotline to call in times like these. Yeah I know there are coaches out there with readily available numbers to call but how much is it gonna cost after that first call. Its not worth it to me, I don't race any more and I have probably gone as fast as I am ever gonna go. Its not that I am pessimistic, I just know that if I am not putting in the miles, going to the races, and having ambitions of going faster like I use to how could I get faster, not to mention the added years. Besides, for the last couple of years I have been intrigued with building bicycle frames, I guess so I can get away from the pain and hopefully sell some of it to someone else. No matter how much it hurts I always go back for more, its a love-hate relationship. When you are out training and it just hurts and you think you are sick of it just remember it really is much better to be on the bike suffering than to be stuck at work wishing you were riding, so just keep pushing, get everything out of yourself that you deserve, those good legs are coming. Keep pushing ever onward!
"For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto the mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Mark 11:23
Stay tuned, more frames coming.