Happy New Year, even if a bit late. I love the red bike you posted recently.
Thanks for the picture of the saddle box. It may help when my wife asks me to get rid of the "parts bin".
And thanks again for giving me those wheel boxes last summer, which helped get my old Colnago over to Hong Kong. It's interesting trying to ride a 53/42 up the steep hills around here; it's quite a change from the triple on my other bike!
And I like that red bike too.
Today we took Julie to the airport. She'll spend the next 30 some hours in airports and the air making her way back to Namibia. As a Peace Corps Volunteer straight out of college she has spent the last 28 months teaching English to kids in the middle of nowhere. Living in a village of mud huts and elephants has taught her much about life; but she went in with a lot. Now, she was home for a few weeks before re-enlisting in a new position. This time she'll be helping other PCV's as a resource over a whole region of Northeastern Namibia. Being the age I am, and knowing the history since JFK set it in place, I can think of nothing else more noble for a recent college grad to pursue. She'll arrive back home again in about a year without grad school, or a plan; but she'll be prepared for life in a good way.
thanks craig. i´ve a little paint question for you.....my frames are powder coated and afterwards i´ve always wanted to write something on the inside of chainstay now in your opinion could i use some sort of paint pen you know the thin edding type ones and would i then be able to spray it over with a dose of clear paint, whatcha reckon ?
Yes, it should work for you. Most permanent paint pens applied in a thin line seem to not react with a clear coat over them. Most clears you get in a spray can aren't very tough though, and they tend to yellow. I'd be best to shoot a urethane clear over it with an airbrush. See your local paint suppliers who sell automotive paints and buy a small amount to experiment. I would stay away from the oil based pens since they don't dry very quickly. You will also be dealing with overspray on the edge of your painted area. You may be able to buff it out by hand. Good luck!
rellis, I use Chem Clean ox-out 526 in my soak tank. This isn't for flux removal or any soaking during the building process. It's the last step before final paint cleanup. I soak it good, rinse with water, dry it, and hang it up for a day. It does a good job at cleaning up the insides. Before paint I then do a final mechanical clean with gray scotchbrite pads and PPG paint prep. I like how it's worked for me and every frame I make, or paint gets run through the process. I use a polyethylene tank just for this purpose.
Why I find time alone in my shop rewarding. That said, I am most comfortable when I am surrounded by teenagers. I shot this by quickly walking around my room, all the time being certain not to show students faces.
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Still have 13 coaches of course but that's a different discussion.
Nice interaction with your students I'd say they are lucky to have a Teacher who obviously cares about them.
The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
When I was in Kenya, we went through Nakuru, an nice town with lots of bicycles. There were bike mechanics on nearly every corner, not just adjusting bikes (mostly Chinese Flying Pigeons and similar) but welding them back together and retreading tires. I saw one of the guys going around picking up all the scrap metal and rubber bits, separating them out into paint buckets to be used later. They even had a small forge and anvil. I had been sketching out an NGO project for bicycles in my head, but I had a minor epiphany. As low level as the economy was (I heard an economics talk about "unmeasureable" economies in places like this or Calcutta or Manila,) it was definitely vibrantly active. An NGO, though well meaning, might disrupt or ruin the whole thing incredibly easily.
I am envious that you teach art. That's fantastic. A dream for a lot of people. Perhaps some of your students.