Not having an inspired week, I took off early yesterday with Ira Ryan and ran errands. Went by River City bicycles and harrassed the competition, then by Stumptown printers and picked up new Vanilla posters. Dan Gilsdorf (my tattoo artist and pal) did the artwork in the “retro art nouveau(sp?) style” and they are just perfect. I’d post pictures but I do not want to spoil the surprise. Dan has a graceful hand. The artwork is not a direct copy of the retro style. It has it’s own thing going on. And really stands on its own. It made me feel warm.
I never realised that Stumptown printers is 1 block from my house. I have always liked that print shop. The work that comes out of there is amazing. Quality people run the place. It is small and local. When I find some money, I’ll give them some money.
Then off to Vanilla bicycles. I have not been to Sacha’s shop in a month or so. They have put up some more walls to kinda define the Vanilla space from the other bike stuff going on and are f’ing busy with all the Handbuilt bicycle show projects. I know I keep mentioning the “secret project”. I had only heard rumors of it for the last few weeks. I got to see it last night. shit! I think the thing is going to weigh in at like 50 pounds. I saw a couple of the track bikes he is taking down too. shit. I want one. They are beautiful. I would love to race one.
We got new Veloshop jerseys in yesterday. Veloshop waterbottles, Schwalbe tyres too! The new Nobby Nic tread is going on my XC bike in a second. Super light, agressive with widely spaced knobs, great for all the riding we will be doing around here until the summer time. Then I’ll switch over to the Racing Ralph tread. Pretty much the lightest XC tyre around. Besides the Geoff Kabush edition paper thin Maxxis tyres. I really like the Schwalbe tyres. It is a shameless sponsor plug. They are really light, I have been really happry with the “Jim” “Ralph” and “Albert” treads. Ok, I do kinda loathe the names. But, c’mon, are any of those names ever any good? Mutantoraptor? What the hell is that?
And speaking of the paypal button. I’d like to say thanks to the small handfull of people who put thier money into my bike racing last fall. I ended up not spending the money all fall and then using some of it this spring to pay for renewing my expensive UCI license! The self funded racing thing gets hard to manage and not having a big money sponsor (or enough talent to attract a big money sponsor) really means that every cent counts. So thanks.