Monday, August 23, 2010

Andy and Ron...

if you see this bike in the Madison area and the rider on it isn't named Conner, please remove the rider so that the bike can be returned to it's rightful owner. Thank you.

Since I haven't been able to ride, I started catching up on some builds. This was one of them on the list. Went to a neighbor's college son who moved off campus for his sophomore year. He had originally brought up a 24"-wheeled Roadmaster MTB that needed about $30 dollars in parts just to get anywhere close to being reliable. He hadn't ridden it for what he figured was about 6-7 years. Not to mention, Conner is just a hair under 6' tall. I wasn't about to let it go down like that. After a brief chat, and asking for his trust I started the search. For less than the value of the parts needed on the R-master I found and picked up this old steel steed that had been sitting in someone's basement for the last 5 years. Added fenders, picked up a lock and a seat leash and replaced the derailleur cables. Even had some leftovers on the shelf from previous projects to seal those two cable systems. The shifters were pretty gummed up, but got them working well. I had forgotten how many parts were in those trigger shifters.

Took it for a spin and it was working very well. I was quite pleased with the outcome given the small investment. Sold it to Conner for pretty much my cost. He was blown away with what he got for the money. The cost was equal to or less than what a lot of people are listing their used department store bikes. Was happy to help out a "poor college student" who is working hard to put himself through school.

Happy commuting, Conner!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Not Happy at All

Was getting ready and looking forward to this, but ended up with this instead. Doing something simple, no warning. I'm now on my 3rd day being down. Don't know if I'll be able to climb onto the saddle or not.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Backyard veggie pick
Brutal mosquito haven
Much left on the vines.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Humidity high
Temperatures are as well
Hot, sticky and low

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bike to get popcorn
Support the local kids
Fam time is the best

We went to the zoo...

and saw dinosaurs! Except it seems that Julie and I no longer no the names of the dinos. They nearly all have names now that we can't pronounce. What happened to the simple brontosaurus, pteradactyl and triceratops? At least they've left the tyrannosaurus rex alone.
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