Last Thursday at 4:00pm the fall season arrived. The humidity dropped, the temp dropped and the summer was over. August was a bit of a letdown with all the rain and September is not much less wet. This past weekend however the weather was super and the smell of fall was in the air.
Post season baseball, crisp sleeping weather and all kinds of food that I love. Octoberfest beers are soon to come.
There are some cool bikes coming back from paint. This bike which is for a guy that has a kind of famous blog. I am sure many have read it. www.bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com
The bike is a very subtle theme of good quality parts that have very little bling factor. Once again, black and white are the "in" colors.
Since when did cross become a summer sport!!! I hardly consider myself a person stuck in the good old days but this early season cross racing seems crazy. I remember when Labor Day was when you stopped riding your road bike and switched to only riding your cross bike. We called it N.B.C. (Nothing But Cross). Corny but was something we all looked forward to. Now the race season begins the weekend after labor day!
Just in the nick of time Chris will be getting his cross bike. Each year I feel I am on top of all the cross bikes and will have them done with plenty of time to spare but each year they make the schedule earlier and earlier. This bike will get assembled tomorrow and raced Saturday. Nothing like a race to see if you did a good job assembling a bike. White sure is a popular color now. Seems all the bikes are white and black recently. Luckily the next bike is about as orange as one could ever imagine.
I have also been working on the Di2 wiring and feel this rear der. loop is cool. Clean and still gives the impression of an actual rear der. cable (which I think is a good thing).
Keep dry and have a great weekend.
PS- this was not a rant but an observation.
There is a type of person who always finds excitement in taking things to the limit. This is a personality trait that is hard to keep at bay. This bike is made for someone that wants to take it to the extreme limit. I suspect this bike could get many people in trouble by allowing speeds that are clearly out of control but (a) you either don't realize it or (b) you actually don't care and wanted to go that fast. I look forward to hearing about all-day epic journeys which included a 1 hour downhill.
This bike is getting the Di2 which I think is amazing. It is one of the rare times I feel it is worth getting the first version of something. Di2 is new and will probably change over time but man is it amazing. I am now working on the wiring and making sure it is all well hidden.
Here is Martin's bike after welding. I am excited about this bike as it is my first bike with the Rocker drop outs and the Rohloff hub. I think it will be a great bike and should be right at home in Queens, NY.
Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.
Today is my son Jack's birthday. Technically, as I write this it is literally his birthday to the minute. It was a crazy year that went by lightning fast. He had the good fortune of spending the day with his mother since Andrea took off from work to make sure it was a great first birthday.
They went to Smith Memorial Playground located in Fairmount Park near the Strawberry Mansion to meet his two cousins Emery and Eyan. This picture was sent to me while they were at the playground. It appears he is very busy and having a good old time.
Just so it is not totally non bike-related I will include what I have been doing. I wrapped up Martin's city bike and have started George's Di2 road bike. The Di2 is exciting as I think the stuff is amazing. Not cheap but man does it shift amazing.
Photos from that bike in the next entry.