I have to tell you about one of the great memories of being at the Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City that I attended this last week. I was out front of the Salt Palace Convention Center having my morning coffee. A women walked by with her young son and we chatted about the show, Dad was in at the show and they were taking a break. They went on their way, and a moment later I see them coming back, the boy on his bike and they came up to me and mom tells me that “Oliver” was adamant about getting his bike and matching helmet so he could go back and show the man. So this is Oliver in his cool bike with his helmet. He made my day.
I just came back from attending the NAHBS in Salt Lake City. I got to meet many builders from not only the USA, also South Korea, Verona, Italy, Japan and Canada. There was many vendors showing their new wares and designs and seminars covering many subjects. Above is a wood framed bike, its hollowed and shaped on CNC machines and is very high tech. Many things to see, and meant a lot of new connections and wonderful people who love the cycling culture. Below is Trevor, his parents own the Horton Collection which deals in cycling memorabilia, and the really neat thing is the great Eddie Merckx built this special custom small frame just for Trevor. Lucky kid. Consider attending the next show, you will not be disappointed.
It was the first time this year I got to break out my Kenda Klondike studded tires (700x35c) and give them a ride. I took a spin down to Market of Choice to pick up groceries while it was snowing. Most MTB tires will go well in soft fresh snow, but when it gets packed, or turns to ice, the Klondikes are the way to go. They add that extra stability and ” no slide” you need on ice or packed snow. It was fun to watch the cars that were out sliding to stops, trying to get going with spinning wheels etc. I was having fun riding through the deeper powder on the road side and enjoying just how nice and quiet it was with less cars and the snows muffling quiet. I also rode a bit today in the 18 degrees, but that was a little lower than my clothing was good for so I only spent a half hour or so before returning home. It’s always fun to cycle in a different type of challenge and environment, and that’s why I love riding in the snowy weather.
Last week me, with Jim Wilcox and Steve Hecker, representing GEARs bicycle club, took some goodies in the way of food down to the city maintenance yard to the crew of street sweeper. We wanted to let them know just how much we appreciated them keeping our bike lane in such great condition. The image is of just a few of the crew we caught in the lunch room, as they run three different crews through out the day. Pictured with the crew second from the right is Jim Wilcox, and right of him Steve Hecker of GEARs. Also know that there is a number you can call (541-682-4800) to report glass or other debris in the bike paths. Know that the number is for reporting, not for complaints or gripes you may have. I ride almost daily down Cal Young and Oakway and have always appreciated just how well the city keeps the paths maintained, and find the same to be true through out the city. So thanks guys for the great job you do, we much appreciate your work.
Morgan from Costco called me the other day for another finish assembly/tune-up job of a fat tire bike they just received for a floor model. The bike comes boxed, and are mostly assembled. I complete putting it together, attaching seat/seat post, straighten out handlebars etc. Then the critical part of going through the whole bike and making sure its mechanically sound to be ridden.
My customer Davids’ electric assist trike had a flawed frame (white one) and he needed me to move all his components on to the new frame (black) that the company sent him as a replacement. We had him back on the road in no time.
FYI I was at a business on Pearl Street a few days ago and the Lawn guy at the business next door was blowing all the yard leaves out into the street. It occurred to me that I don’t pay my tax dollars to the city to sweep up leaves that the lawn care guy is paid to pick up himself. So, I called the city and talked to them about what I had seen, and they informed me that it is in fact against the law to blow your yard leaves etc. into the streets. They also let me know that they do have times, certain days in late Nov and Dec that we can put the leaves, and only leaves into the street. But those days are announced on the news and in the paper and you cannot put leaves in the street any other time
I was out to do some work on a customer Kims ebike a few days ago, and when he opened the garage to get me his bike, in place of a car was a helicopter. Kim informed me he had been flying helicopters since he learned to fly them in the army in the 50s. In regards to the helicopter he told me, “don’t get one of these you will get addicted.” I’ll bet.
I did a tuneup on Lisa’s bike and installed a basket on the rear of her early 70s Schwinn, Collegiate bike. She informed me that she had purchased the bike new from money she had earned babysitting while in high school. That’s a great classic bike and a wonderful story. Above is Lisa and her Schwinn.
I was riding on the west side river trail near the waste water plant ( in the background) heading to the post office on River Ave, when I passed this park bench with a pair of shoes and an empty beer can, with not a soul in sight. On my return about a half hour later, this same scene was there, again with no one owning the shoes around. I commented to the man pushing a stroller just in front of me regarding the shoes and can, and he said, ” it told some kind of story.” I agreed.