A local upscale magazine is excited that the Tour of California is coming through the area, and has called local bakeries, including us, and asked for photos of bikes and accessories to show. When entities outside ask for things like this, I tend to suspect they expect and hope to get photos of bikes like this:
And I sent this, which represents us well:
I think she took it as a joke. Unless you know bikes and have a certain history with them, it just look dirty and goofy.
This is a 12-year old titanium-railed B.17 that’s been not well cared for most of the time, but was saved by stuffing it with foam and tying up the flaps some:
The leather stretched away from one of the nose rivets, and I was catching pants on one of the rivet’s sharp edges, so I taped and twined (and shellacked) it into compliance,.
Here’s a close-up of my sloppy, but good-enough, nose job:
Somehow it reminds me of a camel, or an Arabian. Something from that part of the world.
It’s hard to find a fantastic-looking helmet, but I like the plain roundies that aren’t too big, like this one, a Lazer (brand) Armor (model):
It’s shown without a chinstrap here, but of course it has a chinstrap. I wonder why chinstraps always have to be so strong. If you’re mid-skid-and-tumble and your helmet catches on something, wouldn’t a breakaway helmet be safer? The nylon webbing on most helmets has, I’d guess (this is an extremely educated guess) — a breaking strength of at least 1,000 pounds. If I’m skidding along and my helmet catches on something, I’d like it to break away at about twenty pounds of pull. If the maker starts off with a 20-pound chinstrap, time may degrade it to two pounds, though, and they don’t want that. A subpurpose of making helmets is not to get sued.
This helmet is designed in Antwerp (great town name) and made in China. Is there a bike helmet that’s not made in China? A customer wanted to know.
Every few years we get scolded for not selling anything made in China, or at least, for calling attention to it whenever we do, which isn’t even monthly. China is one of many countries from whom we don’t buy, but not everything is political. This one, for us, is a mix of politics, practicality, and naïve idealism. The practical part is that by not selling anything made in China, we don’t waste any time debating a particular widget, and it helps us stay focused. The idealism thing is that manufacturing jobs are a great way to employ huge numbers of people, many of whom aren’t likely to get jobs doing anything else, and if they can’t get any job, they’ll still wind up with money and goods, but…how?
I see that neutrinos are not faster than light. Neutrinos are subatomic particles, and the hubbub started about six months ago when some scientists said they (neutrinos) were faster than light, and this was big news because, if it turned out to be true, then the whole E=MC2 equation that won Einstein fame would then be false. Anyway, neutrinos seem to travel at the speed of light, but not faster.
The poster alluded to in a recent email update is one being drawn and printed by David Lance Goines, a local artist—a posterist for 47 years, as a matter of fact—who is well-known in the poster-art world. I had two in my house before I even knew who did ‘em. The first one was poster No. 3 of his all-time, and the other one is…his Che Pannisse, the most famous restaurant in the S.F. Bay Area, I think. In Berkeley, for sure.
It’s with some misgiving, some…funny feelings…that I even mention the artist. Because his posters aren’t cheap, and they’re quite a bit more expensive than we can afford, but this is another one of those “what else is new” tales, and it goes like this: Two years ago we contacted DLG and asked hey, how much? And it turns out his price hasn’t increased since 1992, when I was hunting for somebody to do a Bstone poster, and called him up, and we couldn’t afford him. Bstone had way more $ than we have, but I had a budget, and there wasn’t room in it for the DLG poster, and so —- well, I think those are beautiful posters we got, made by David Wormell in England, and I’ve never had a regret.
Those of you who have not yet lived half of your expected life are living quite a bit different life than those of us who have, I think. I’m not going to live to be 114, so I am over the hump and peering down the other side and can see the bottom. It makes me reflect and get a little sad, and then I’m OK again. To de-personalize it some, to bring it back to Rivendell and how a growing not-exactly-crisis but something affects this here, this is how:
I wish I’d communicated better all along about what role I want, or wanted Rivendell to have in the bike world. Early on I thought I knew, but it has subtly changed over the years from something sort of like classic to something sort of like friendly-practical. “Classic” means something pretty close to old and trendy now, with kind of a closed mind or something to function, in a way. People have their own twists and interpretations of all these labels, anyway. I just wish there were a two-word way to encompass what we’re trying to do with the bikes, including function and attitude.
I missed last week’s S240, but Keven and Dustin made it, and here’s a neat picture. It was just north of San Francisco, so they rode over the Golden Gate Bridge. What a neat spot. I definitely want to go there.
The next couple of months are going to be super busy and hectic for me, mostly because of a small book tour the publisher has arranged. I’m not a traveler, but I am being thrust into this, and I am looking forward both to doing it and to having done it. First stop is the New Amsterdam bike show in NYC, where Eben Weiss (BSNYC) will also speak, because he has a new book, too. He’s going on a bigger (more stops) tour than I am, but will end it sooner. I’ll go see him in San Francisco.
The tours put you in Minneapolis one day, Austin the next, Iowa the next…things like that. It’s not what I’m used to. I’ve never done anything like it, in fact.
Our Canadian sockmaker ran out of blue sox in certain sizes, so we got some gray ones in, and they are in stock now.
And after that, we’ll get green ones, made JUST for us.
Remember the ten special Bosco-Rubbe kind of bikes, like the one here?
Ten of you ordered one without knowing anything about it, and the deal was: You got no say over anything about it, but it would be a good bike for what it was, and Mark Nobilette would build it, and for not having any say over it, you’d get it for a reduced but still expensive price of, I think, $4300 before tax and freight….but it wouldn’t have a fancy paint job or anything. A low-key special bike, of unspecified specifications and details totally at my discretion. Well, the first one is coming in next week, and we’re getting a clone of it, and we’ll build up ours first and show it here.
I LOVE Pelligrino bottled water, but this video spoils it for me. I’ve only been loving it for a month or so, only five bottles, max. OK, I’m off it:
And local Carey Russ send this:
I am taking a few days off-ish and am in Oregon, seeing an old friend in Vancouver, WA, and we rode to the Oregon Bike show and saw…stuff.
Wood rims, and there’s a new company with BOSCO in the name. Like our new bar. Does “Bosco” have significance I don’t know about?
Here is the wildest bike there. Bamboo wrapped with carbon, and a suspension fork and rear end. There are so many ways to make a bicycle. And helmets, too:
They start at $240, but some woods cost more. Before you snicker (too late?) consider that it’s just wood versus plastic and hey—— it’s creative. I generally wear an air helmet, except at night. Here’s another:
What the heck. Sure. You know….I mean…really, why not? Here’s the info:
Oh, and here’s a typical inside:
People doing their own thing. Good.