horses, urban velo int, & a P/T job?

Last  month’s Urban Velo had this. Please don’t think this is me pumping me. The thing is, when the media covers one, one is supposed to point to the media, too. So—it’s all part of the book thing. Interviews, stories, articles, whatever. Believe me, I’ve seen enough of me not to need this for my own feel-good, but also—-invariably—-the writers and interviewers are always nice people, and I get to meet them in the process, too. So without further adieu…

You can read the bigger type below it, then scroll up and there’s an arrow to the right for the next page, at which point you scroll down again to read that section. You’ll figure it out. Look for the arrows to click on. Scroll around, etc.



We may be looking to hire a part-timer here. Vince is heading back to school full-time and so on and we need to fill his gigantic clown shoes. Our most successful hires and employees have always been customers before they worked here. Sometimes we get a super overthetop enthusiastic candidate who loves bikes, loves us, is into it all and has been for years, and yet they’ve never bought anything here. You can’t buy your way INTO a job, but not having ever bought anything from us despite liking “this kind of” bike stuff…doesn’t ring of sincerity.

But whatever the case, we are looking for somebody to work three days a week. Maybe just sub four. For now, it’s not going to be a full-time-with-benefits position, but certainly could grow into that if it’s a good fit and the work is there. The ideal candidate, ahem:

• already has one of our bikes and knows a lot about us. You don’t have to own one, and if you’re 19 we don’t expect you will. Remember, these are ideal things, not total requirements.

• is good with people

• is not a slacker. Has kept jobs before. Probably has not been fired. Works hard.

* we’re into personal hygiene, so …. you better be, too

• is not hoping to get the job he can score industry deals on bike parts for himself and friends.

• lives near and won’t have any problem getting to work on time. I think it is illegal to ASK a candidate where he or she lives or how he or she will get to work…but in this case all I’m saying is ideally….for YOUR sake….you won’t live in Modesto, for instance.

• COULD assemble a bike. COULD learn to do so at our standard. WOULD be enthusiastic about that. This is ideal—-not a requirement.

• if you can’t work 10 to 4 and sometimes 5 saturdays, see ya’.

This is a good place to work for the right person. We have many emps who’ve been here 10 years or more, and several going on seven or eight. In all cases, they are super employable out there in the real world, even in a lousy job market.

Out of staters, too much pressure. We’d never ask you to move, but if you moved here and didn’t work out, well, that’s a drag for everybody.

Grant, who is I, will not field questions about this. If you’re interested or kno somebody who might be, they (or you if it’s you, but not you if it’s not) should email

John’s not here tomorrow, so you can cc me—-
But address your letter to John. The benefit of cc’ing me is that I’ll read the resumes and cover letters tomorrow and over the weekend, and we’ll be up to speed sooner. Sometimes we get lots of responses, sometimes not that many.

Cover letter, resume, references that we will absolutely check. The candidate must also state his or her salary requirements. No resume without them will be followed up on. You won’t be reminded. I’d even go so far as to say that if your inclination is to fret about that and ask your friends and family what they think you should put down, then you maybe don’t have the spine we’re looking for. That may be a little harsh, but the point is, we’re looking for a mature person of any age.

It really is a good place to work. We have a fine filter up front, but if you’re the right person…sure.



I have not been a horse person, but I think that’s only because I’ve not been a barn and ranch person. We all LIKE horses, right? One of my favorite movies is — I’m sure some of you will hate it, sorry —- The Man From Snowy River.

Sigrid Thornton—that had something to do with it, but it was mostly horses. The scene of ‘em running slow mo’ thru the snow about 3/4 of the way (o’ mo’) thru the movie was great.

I never flip past a horse story, and I remember when this happened. This is a delightful shorter-than-seven-minutes video of something that happened that makes you sort of proud to be a member of the species that helped:

Netherlands horse rescue

We have here a photo of the horses. I forget who took it, but some guy in Holland or something, and I bought a copy from him back then. Here’s the photo, hanged, and sorry it’s so blurry:

A woman came by and liked the photos and sent me this link, which has some supersuper photos of wild horses that live on Sable Island, SE off the coast of Nova Scotia:

I’m going to get a couple of prints from here, too.
Bikes and horses have something in common. One of the bikes we have coming up will be named after a kind of horse, so there’s that connection, too.


A woman ordered a custom mixte. Thru a miscommunication, my fault, it was built as a non-mixte. It is here:

She is not obligated to buy this one, of course. She said she might, also, but for sure wants the mixte.


Former Emp frevver friend Vaughn, whose Hunqa we showed here last time, has been out riding it. I wondered publicly why in heck he got Cliffhanger (heavy) rims and Big Apple 55mm tires, when he weighs about 120. He sent me this photo.

I understand he’s not actually riding up it, but I’m guessing he rode down stuff seventy-five percent as rocky. This stuff here—-well, one must know when a bike is the wrong thing.

And then this one, too, to which I must ask, ¿Quien es mas macho?

I’d say Vaughn es mach macho. He is also here:

Vaughn: Friendly tip. When you pose with a bike, show the drive-side out. Otherwise it looks left-handed and we’re frustrated not being able to see the drive train. Now, get back up there and do it again. I had to flip the photo. Street photos of bike are always left-handed, because that’s how they’re parked. Maybe not in England, I’m thinking.


Mark recently rigged a rear rack on the front of this 51 Hunqapillar. It’s a large rear rack. We’re thinking the rack won’t sit high enough for a 700c wheeler. It’s OK.

Here’s the attachment:

You can also attach a Mark’s rack or a now-discontinued 2-strut rack this way.


Here’s a perfectly good alternate way to carry a pump:

In some cases, on some bikes, with some pumps but not in THIS case, you might need a couple of straps. This Topeak Masterblaster pump works fine with one on this ol’ Sam.


Will try to post again soon. I will top-post, to eliminate scrolling.