January 26, 2011
RR43 is 95 percent finished and 64 or more pages long in mosly 9-point type….too long, too small, but you can read it as a pdf online and zoom in while saving trees. We will have a paper version, but only a thousand or so this time. Orderable later, not now, and it’ll cost about $7. It’s the only way we can do it, but you CAN read it free and in full color online. The Readers aren’t moneymakers, but they can’t leave a super deep divot, either.
We’re looking at a couple of new cranks, neither of which exists yet. I’m not confident the current Sugino will be around in a few years. It’s a successful crank, I absolutely love it, but my radar is buzzing about its future, and I want to be ready. Besides, some riders who might buy it don’t trust it because it’s so inexpensive. They figure something must be wrong, and nothing is.
Last year was our first down year, if that’s the word for it. The line went down. Not by a lot, but it’s never gone down before, and so it is noteworthy. We either lost a little money or broke even—-our accountant will determine that in a month and a half or so.
It is not devastating, or game-changing. I’m not laying anybody off. We’ll be extra careful about inventory. There are things we can do without, and for every new thing we bring in we’re going to smack one thing off the list (the plan, not a promise).
This is back-scenes trivia. In a few weeks we’ll throw new photos on the home page. The plan is to go with all black-and-white film photos, just to make it harder. Of course they get scanned, so it’s not toooo gritty and real.
Some of you are tired of the diet-food-fat stuff we’ve had up here. It’s OK, but weight is a huge health problem for lots of people, and there’s information circulating that has made a big difference for many of you. At least eight of you have lost 30 or more pounds in the last half-year, and had an easy time doing it. Anyway, the link below is a Canada-radio interview with Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat, and if you have the book you’ll want to hear the voice behind it, so here it is:
The link was sent to me by D. W., who said:
I don’t pay much attention to any of the diet information that you have on the website but after listening to this interview, I think I might.
We got new bells in. I think they’re underappreciated, which makes sense, but I really like them. You can hang them from your handlebar or top tube and let them jingle, to tell people you’re on your way, without the instant positive commanding ping of a regular bell. It’s less of a sudden “hey man, I’m a coming” and more gradual thing that won’t feel like a bell in the back. They’re only a dollar and made in Connecticut.