Wednesday, April 20, 2011


All winter long, whenever "they" said it was going to snow it didn't. Finally spring is here, and we've been able to get a few weeks of riding under our belts. "They" said it was going to snow last night, and it did. I woke up this morning to six inches of wet, heavy, mashed potato like snow. Go figure I just had my snow tires taken off last week. Anyway, Benson says he's up for a snow ride tonight, but to be honest I'm not even sure the trail will be passable on bikes. Skis? So stay close to your communicator, and Benson and I will try to put out word one way or another this afternoon.

In way more exciting bike related news, my geared 29er is only a few short steps away from being put back into the stable. Secret Steve is going to come over this afternoon (thank you very much) to oversee the final tweaking of the rebuild to make sure I don't screw anything up too badly. I'm sure I could stumble through it with a bit of headscratching and making it up as I went along, but I've been without this bike for far too long now and having a fully competent mechanic like Secret finishing up seems like the fastest path to being able to actually ride it (just maybe not tonight, but this weekend for sure).

Scott welds good.

Notice that in the future I will be able to simply bolt on one tiny little replacement piece instead of bending the frame back into shape. Success!


SARGE said...

WTF happened to your 29er?

WPG said...

The dropout/hanger got bent out of shape last August, twice. Scott said he probably could have bent it back again, but it would eventually need to be replaced with a replaceable hanger (they only became available in steel a few years ago). I told him to just go ahead and do it now rather than riding around waiting for it to happen again. So he chopped off the old dropout, welded on the new one, and matched up the paint. Good deal for me at $80.