Friday, May 27, 2011
Friday 0 exercise
I spent much of the day building up a new 29er bike. I bought a frame on e-bay for almost nothing (as much as a pair of new tires). Ben helped me for much of the build. He has a crazy awesome mechanical mind! At just 4 years old he installed the disc brakes with little help from me. I also bid on a cyclocross frame. It's a sweet frame so I threw in a bid for fun... and won. So I also have a new cross frame which has been something I have wanted for a decade. My dream frame is a Moots or Independent Fabrications Ti cross frame... but at $3000 I can't have what I want. I was sponsored by Merlin for 4 years and I would get 2 bikes per year, I'm kicking myself for never asking for a cross frame. I could have had a dream ride. I've never bought or received a full bike because there is nothing finer than a bare frame waiting to be built from the ground up. Installing every part, every bolt makes the bike personal. My first job after I left home was as a bike mechanic in Lawrence Kansas. The shop was hiring and I went in and applied with zero wrench experience. I told the owner I would work for free until I learned how to wrench and he took my offer... 5 days later he hired me. I went on to be their top salesman and not a bad mechanic. I love bikes and cycling. I'm disheartened by the whole doping shit and especially Lance who I've always loved, but it's not the top riders who inspire me. It's me riding and loving what I'm doing that inspires me.