Monday, January 30, 2006

Old Pueblo is rolling in fast....

Am I ready? Am I ever?

Current plan is to get as many miles under my belt before the race. My goal is 5-6 laps, having a five person team, that might not be feaseable. I'll do my best.

iPod: Ben Harper (Live from Mars disc 2) "The drugs don't work"
Socks: DrunkCyclist 2006
In the stand: 29" WTB/ DelGado front wheel

Last four websites (in my history);

The Sneeze

Monday, January 23, 2006

Selle San Marco Gus R:

Well, the first ride on the saddle is in the books. I had installed the saddle on my hardtail SS, what better way to test a saddle....

First off, The saddle is an inch and a half wider than my normal saddle. The saddle is also quite a bit flatter than my usual. It looks good though, a little too much like a DH trimmed down but very sleek.

While I do have a large posterior (aka Budunkadunk), the saddle is not the shape or size for me. The saddle had enough cushion but, the shape (very edgy) felt odd. There is also a seam for the different material on one side.

More review later....

Friday, January 20, 2006

I figured it out, SG likes to drink....

I just got home from the second birthday of the month.....I wasn't expecting it.

It's not pretty .....

Monday, January 16, 2006

What can I say, it's been a weird week so far.

On a positive note, I have more work than I know what to do with. That's how I deal with problems in my life. I drown them with work. It's not health but, it works for me. A very close friend of mine is throwing a birthday party for herself this weekend, that will be good for me.

In the stand:

+ Marin SS conversion
+ Bianchi Fixed conversion
+ Giant cruiser repair

++ Cervelo TT bike build

Playing on iTunes:
She wants Revenge, "These things"

Socks on my feet:
Rasta Crew

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Roxanna Fitzgerald Cogswell
(Jan 28th, 1925- Jan 13th, 2005)

My grandmother died last night. When my mom called this morning I knew something was wrong.

In fact even though the COD was a heart attack, I think my grandmother knew when it was going to happen.....

I received a thank you card from her last week. Don't get me wrong she always talked about how old she was but, we never took her seriously. In the card she mentioned how "at least she saw Christmas". She didn't see her birthday though....

I believe there is a silver lining to everything. The silver lining to this is that my Mom and grandmother were talking to each other. They had an argument over twenty years ago that tore them apart but, in the last year or so they patched things up. I am happy for that. I know my Mom is sad right now but, she would be really upset if they were still arguing.

Goodbye Grandma....

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I almost forgot. I am starting up a product review feature on this blog. Of course I will be reviewing the new bike and parts but, I will also be accepting products for review.

This week I received a saddle from a friend at Velimpex (the importer for Selle San Marco). The saddle is a Selle San Marco Gus R. The Gus is a DH saddle but the Gus R is Selle's XC edition. I have installed the saddle on my rigid SS for the test.

At first glance, you immediately notice the flatness of the saddle. The top of the saddle has definite ridges on the sides including a seam on one side. There is also a strange Titanium plate at the back of the saddle.

For some reason Blogger isn't allowing me to upload photo's but, I will when I can.

Review soon....
Finished another bike today! This one being for free but, I'll chalk it up to marketing. Tomorrow seems to be the only day I have free. Thursday is booked. Friday I am working the Carlsbad Marathon expo/ Birthday party for DW "The Card Shark". Saturday I am thinking Hodges since I am working the expo in the afternoon. Sunday........

Pinky's Rear derailleur, shifters, cassette and grips came in today. I am still waiting on the fork (coming from Maverick American), the brakes (I ordered them through B&L), saddle (Vanilla hasn't placed order yet) and most importantly the frame. To quote my boss "God Damn, God Damn!". Anybody need some work done on their bike or some new parts? I am going to have to ramp up business to pay for this beast.


Saturday, January 07, 2006

Word to the wise.....

When you realize there is something wrong with your bike, fix it now!

Last week I rode my bike afterwork nothing hard, just a spin. Towards the end of the ride I was suffering up a hill and my chain came off. I looked down and the masterlink (It's a Mavic 10 chain) had come apart. I quickly inspected the link and it was pretty worn, not good. I snapped the chain back together and said to myself "I need to pickup a chain at the shop". I didn't and forgot about it. I guess that's one of the drawbacks to being a mechanic, your bike is always the last to be repaired.

Today I left for a much needed ride with some friends, not thinking about the link. About 20 minutes into the ride, just after a short climb the chain falls off completely. When I say completely I mean it. Low and behold half of the masterlink is gone! By the time I realized I was screwed, I called the front group and they were miles ahead. Fat Tim helped me look for the link for awhile but, I realized it was a lost cause. Atleast I was wearing my camo so everyone that passed by pointed and laughed. Good times.....

I am really angry at myself right now. I have decided to scrap the riding for today and clean up the casa.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Whew! Just finished a gem of a bike build. It's one thing to build new bikes. It's a completely different beast when some of the parts are old some new, most are greasey, grimy and some are missing parts. Not fun....

Well it's done so now I can look forward to the weekend. Poker night tomorrow, Road ride on Saturday and hopefully a MTB ride on Sunday.

Hope to see you this weekend.
Some more of the parts are on the way for pinky. I have even acquired a seatpost for it finally.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy F'n New Year......'06 looks to be prosperous year here at PBS.

The casa is still a mess, the wheels are done and my parts for Pinky are starting to roll in. SG is gign to be rocking tomorrow. We have been closed for a week and the orders are aplenty. I will get them all out.....maybe.

Big Jonny over at DrunkCyclist has his store up and running. Checkout his new socks, T's and jersey's. I have had the socks since Interbike. They are tall boy's and look like old Basketball socks. Very pimp.

Link dump:
Portland Cyclewear: I finally followed up to one of my Interbike brochures. They make Custom Wool jersey's. I ordered one to see how it looks. If it comes out well I may offer them on the site.
Maverick American: I ordered an SC32 29er fork for my Pinky project. I can't wait to checkout this fork.
Fizik: Fizik just updated their website. They are offering more custom colors and offer more saddles in the custom program. Yep, you guessed it! I have one on order for Pinky.
Chris King 24mm: You can't have a SC32 without one of these. You can't have bling without King. To top it off it might as well be pink.

Pinky, aka SyCip Super Unleaded:
Thus far;

Frame: Custom Ti 29er
Fork: Maverick SC32 29er
Wheels: King hubs, Salsa Delgado rims, DT Comp spokes and nipples.
Tires: WTB Exiwolf's (for now)
Rear Skewer: Salsa steel
Brakes: 2006 Hope Mono Mini 160's
Drivetrain: SRAM XO RR derailleur, XTR FT derailleur, XTR Cranks/ BB, SRAM 990 cassette, SRAM PC99 chain, SRAM XO Trigger shifters
Stem: Hope
Headset: King, is there anything else?
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy SL
Seatpost: Moots Ti
Bars: Raceface Alloy riser or Next Carbon
Saddle: Fizik Aliante Custom

I am hoping to ride the bike at the 2006 Old Pueblo race. I am crossing everything, please do them same for me. JBS, if you are reading, I will send you some Camo if you send my frame before Feb 15th......

5 SyCip's am I loony? No. I am inspired, loyal, appreciative, in awe and I like the best.

Rubber side down, Leather side up.....