TRIPS. Keven’s working on an organized group overnight trip in the local hills, where you pay a certain amount and for that get certain conveniences and certain companionship. You don’t get to specify your companionship; you just get…us and others. In a couple of weeks we’ll have more. It’ll be a low-key budget, largely but not entirely DIY trip, meaning mainly Carry It Yourself, although well have some food and do some cooling. More on that later.
NEW SITE CHALLENGES. We’re getting the hang of the new site and ordering system, and hope you do, too. Please try it. Don’t not try it because it’s new, at least. Get around on it. It will continue to improve. Many of you (six or seven is many) have said “looks good!”, and we’re glad you think so.
We’re getting in some Silver Thumbshifters in about a few days. I’ve been using them on the secret handlebar, and they work the way one would hope and expect Silver thumbshifters to work.
EXCHANGE RATE BLUES. The Yen is at a million year high, which means the dollar’s at a million year low: One of ourse buys 76.5 of theirs. Nitto stuff remains (at least from us) underpriced. That may be one of our problems.
NEW BIKE PACKER & GEN’L GOFER: We now have Elizabeth, a 19-year old student who’s prepping and packing bikes, and doing general grunt-gopher work with inventory. She’s highly skilled and meets the standard.
DINOSAURS. This is a random thought, but one worth thinking about for at least the time it takes to read it. I bet one of you has a view point that might help me deal with it. It’s about dinosaurs.
Most sane people in a position to know agree that roughly 65 million years ago, a big meteorite smashed the part of the earth that is now—-I think it’s in the Yucatan peninsula. Somewhere down Mexico-way, anyway. For now, for the sake of discussion, let’s say it hit exactly 65 million years ago—to the DAY.
It kicked up a lot of dust that blocked the sun and killed the plants and ultimately the dinosaurs that lived off the plants, and, naturally, it also lead to the death of the dinosaurs that ate the vegetarian dinosaurs.
The dinosaurs had a 200 million year run (I think, by memory), and then blam. But up until the blam, they seemed unstoppable. And if they were unstoppable, what would another 65 million years have been?
The genus Homo has been around for about 3 million years. Two million? I think it’s 3 million. And Homo Sapiens has been around for 200 thousand years.
Now, if the meteorite had hit just 147 years later, would we be in the middle of the Civil War? If it had hit your age later, would you be about to be born? How do things like that work? I am curious. The first bicycles came in about 1869, or 142 years ago. Highwheelers with solid rubber tires. If the meteorite had hit 147 years later, would the inventors of the day be close to developing the bicycle?
SCOUNDRELS. Three weeks ago somebody tried to break in here, but—-the evidence suggests he (or she, but I’ll take the sexist stance on this one) was scared off by the alarm. Go, alarm! I got a call from the alarm company and came down to investigate. I didn’t find anybody or anything missing, but the door was open. We’re bugging the place now.
DANGERS IN RACING. There was a recent story in the NYT about the dangers of bike racing. Some of it’s the superlight gear, some of it’s the bigger packs, some of it’s the earbugs the riders wear to stay in touch with their coaches.
LONG CRANKS. The superlong cranks, and the steel crank project in general, are moving along. It’s all about bolt circles, weight, Q-Factor, length, bottom bracket compatibility, and price. In four months we’ll have something interesting, maybe. Right now we have a sample, but it’s too far off.
SHIFTERS-IN-A-BOX to come. Silver shifters will soon come in a box. Prip Ging Kedals will soon come with spikes (for more money). Our MUSA pants are on the long side. I can wear a medium pant, but these days I prefer an XL knicker. I like baggy-baggy.
Be a do-gooder. The charity funds are a bit behind schedule. These are neat charities that need your money AND we’ll heavily subsidize your donations. You donate $100, you get $75 in credit here. Effectively it costs you $25 to give $100, plus you get the write off. You can donate up to $200 to each charity (per donation time) and we’ll keep on doing that. For two $200 donations, you get $300 in credit. Dave will process your credits within 4 days. Here are the links…
Whirlwind Wheelchair Fill out your information in Step 1, then go to Step 2. In the Program Area, select Rivendell as your—contact. Otherwise, we’ll never know.
The Fistula Foundation Fill out the form, and when you get to Step 3, second option, it asks what inspired your donation. Type in Rivendell Bicycle Works, and we’ll make sure you get your credit.
Easy and important! Remember, we cover 75% of your costs, in credit.