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    If youíve read this far and wondered about the frame in the last 2-3 posts, itís on a FedEx truck on its way to JBís. Iíve already forgotten about it.

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    ...Next up a mini-version of what I do at the bench. Itíll be a lot smaller than the picture suggests. A 49cm frame for someone needing a 66cm saddle height dimension. All the measurements will be scaled down to make this work. The top tube 52cm. A reach from a 28cm length saddle nose the Ďbars in the 50cm range. So far weíre up to 196cm and I havenít even thought about the fork. But I will. The head tube on this one is 1.5cm taller than it would be with a horizontal top tube. I lifted it because I didnít want it to get confused with a salt shaker....
    This means that hope is still alive. If the list ever opens again, I might get that 50x53, 68cm saddle height, and headtube extension frame that would fit my abnormal proportions (assuming that is what I am told I need).

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    Last Steps

    The last thing I do before a frame is entered into the RS census book – that step is decorating the seat lug area. By the time I arrive here, every other assembly procedure, task, quality assurance check, and related correspondence with the client has been put to bed. I’m now twenty minutes from done-dom. There are several pins to knock off and burnish down. The entry port for the seat post has to look good. And sharp. And all RS-y and shit. And the last part of the final section of the last and final thing I do is to whale on the seat stay plugs so that they look better than they did for the previous two plus days. There’s the shape and the radii and the curve and the symmetry, and all of it has to look swell from above and from the rear. The side views matter less because it’s not easy to sight one and then quickly sight the other to see if they look alike. Data point: They. Never. Do. I stopped trying, or caring about this when Bush One was in office. Oh heck maybe a lot further back than that. Probably when Marshall Crenshaw was still hot. Thing is, when I get to this area, these details, my head is miles (that’s American for kilometers) away from the work I’m finishing and already two hours or more into whatever I’m planning next. But I do have to eke out some beauty some elegance so that JB has a target to hit when he loads the paint. But to say I sweat matching the rights and lefts would be a lie. I try. Muscle memory drives this bus. I try. But not that hard.

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    In The Shadows

    Finished this ‘lil one yesterday before sunset. The shadow is telling. My studio space gives good shadow atmo. This gem is 48cm by 50cm with a 12cm setback. The head tube is 1cm taller at the top because I didn’t feel like wrestling with the parts and turning the area into a salt shaker. Wait. I already used that line two days ago. Eagle eyes will notice the PegoRichie Ne Plus Ultra™©ģ chain stays, made specifically for each frame on demand when and where needed (?). This allows, for example, the RS Piccoli Gioielli 64 degree dropouts to play nicely in a space that’s actually 66 degrees. Always thinking. Always thinking.

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    Switch

    I started the next commission before the ink on that last one was dry. It’s been a long while since I’ve worked so much and been as productive. Feels good. This one is a 61cm road frame. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except in contrast to the last five, it’s for someone whose taller than 6′. Frames of a certain size range seem to go together easier and also build themselves. I’ve felt that way since 1973. Before that, I didn’t have a clue since I was still looking for any crumbs left from the wisdom of others. Those first several years were about watching American Bandstand and wondering what parts I gotta shake to look that cool when the music played. I gotta tell ya’ – the rhythm thing is an acquired taste. Maybe it’s a feel. But when it finally comes, you hear the sound more crisply and react in ways that should be banned. Making things is like that. You wanna make, but you don’t know. So you watch and watch and try to find that inner switch that works the osmosis machinery. I thought I found mine early. But was only fooling myself. And others. In the recent weeks it’s come back in spades. The switch is flicked on.

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    My Leftist Life

    I was in Boulder in ’79 working for Shimano. They sent the men’s team to the Red Zinger and I was the head mechanic. We had a day off and me and Gromek – he was the manager – we were at the mall and I stopped at a jewelry store to get a chain for my mezuzah. The sign on the door says “Free ear piercing.” John sees me going in and teases. “Ha you’re gonna get your ear pierced?” I answered ya, kinda’ sorta’ to see his reaction. “I always wanted to get mine pierced“, he says. So we both man up, get stapled, and split the cost of the pair of earrings. And I bought a chain.

    Since then I’ve continually tossed more metal into my left lobe. I may have lost a couple. But I’ve made up for it too. Until this morning, I couldn’t tell you how many hoops dangled. Now I can. Inventory taken. One hole. This many rings. All performing at once. Film at six. Too much information atmo.




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    Twice Weekly

    Thereís less than a moment between finishing a near perfect on every count 57cm road frame for an as yet unknown client, then spending a few seconds admiring my work, transcribing the dims into the RS Lifetime Hall of Records Book No.18, and then doing what Iíve done since Day One when an assembly is finished: I completely clean and organize my work surfaces, use the whisk broom to drive all the metal filings and tube offcuts to the floor, sweep up, and get ready to start over.

    For a maker, starting over is that chance youíre gifted, that chance to improve, to get it right Ė and the ďitĒ is different for all of us. And for each of us itís different every time. But that moment is real. You finished one. Pause. Reflect, if thatís your thing. And walk back up to the bench and get ready for more. After 45 years of this, itís still the best part of the job. Redemption. Hope. Redemption and hope commingled. I love it. Itís the only time in all of making when things are perfect. That next commission is nothing but an idea. Some numbers scribbled next to a name. With hope, you actually remember the name, and the guy whose name it is. Because heís been waiting for the moment too. Just in a different way. That moment of perfection becomes conceptual at best. Because soon youíll grab some wrenches, a file or four, the tubing and parts youíll need for the next several days. And in a heartbeat, a dream gradually declines into disorder.

    The makerís job is to arrange disorder. Twice a week. For life.

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    Lesson

    I forgot about this guy. Pity the poor Richie-Issimo lug and PegoRichie pipes so elegantly joined and ready to become a bicycle frame. But that was late Monday afternoon before the week went sideways. I’ll nail this order shut by noon Sunday just in time to hear the Not The Jonathan Schwartz Program on WNYC. For the last several days I haven’t done much that isn’t related to my new built-in wall units, the ones with the self-closing doors. They’re stunning. And after so much effort spent obsessing about the design, the arrival and installation, and – the hardest part – what to place on each of the shelves, after so much effort obsessing, I see daylight. I don’t see much sun. But we do have a daylight siting.

    I love my studio space. I continue to look at all of it as one big art project. Having rolled through too many decades and maybe a half dozen spaces, this one feels like a keeper. I don’t learn many lessons, and the few I do learn I try to ignore as a way to seem detached and aloof – it comes naturally, though I do work on it – this week’s lesson is this: when the chaos ends, the heart no longer beats.

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    But It Is

    Walking a lot. ĎWill start riding soon. Reflecting on loss again; thinking of it as gain. And on the value of experience. Experiences, really. Iíve thrown myself back into work, in some ways because people are waiting. But mostly because itís what I do. Iím a maker. With enough distractions Ė anything at all that removes me from the bench Ė and I donít have much to say. I can say it with metal and tools. And in the past year or more since weíre been back, Iíve tried to, no Ė I have deconstructed my routine so I could maybe just maybe drive it forward. Each process. The file strokes. My torch settings. Even the volume of flux I use. Everything is being stripped down. Or away. Paying more attention. Closer attention.

    And of experience. Of experiences. Iím rethinking. Sometimes. But maybe not every time. Maybe all those hours and years are not a positive. The repetition. The honing of skills. The getting used to things so that Ė et voilŗ Ė intuition suddenly happens. Maybe they get in the way. Maybe all that happens is that youíve done more. Made more. Seen more.

    Iíve been thinking too much. Thatís fine. And that maybe. Maybe. The first time. That first moment before youíve had too many. Too many that will somehow dilute the lot of them. That first one is the one. The precious one. The one thatís so perfect that all others are measured by it rather than any other way. That first one is the best. And then the tension follows.

    This isnít about bicycles. But it is. Itís not about life. But it is. Thereís a moment when you just donít know but you try anyway. And that gift you get when you stand back. That wonderment. How to bottle it. To make it happen a second time, and a tenth time too. Iím thinking about that. A lot.

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    Walking

    I havenít ridden since the 10th of January, that fateful day in Reno. Maybe Iíll start again after the weekend. In its place, Iíve been walking a good 90 minutes daily. Thatís always been my off season activity. We live near the tracks so making a left out of the driveway and then hitting the rails after a 30 second hoof takes me to a private room in which I can either plan my next move of global branding domination or simply detach and look at the Connecticut River in all its glory. Most times I opt for the latter. And when I donít, I still try to take things in an unserious way. Iíve found that as years pass, and most of them having been lived, itís easy putting one foot in front of the other, and repeating the motion, and then repeating it again, and then Ė and then start wondering where I fit into the bigger picture. Taking stock. I dunno. Looking for affirmation. Maybe. My experiences with quiet time, especially the moments earmarked as exercise, these are when I look inside the most. And after about 91 minutes I return to Earth and work with metal. Thatís why they pay me the big bucks.

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    Thought you might enjoy seeing this one. It's old.
    I bought it from a guy who raced it here, who bought it from a guy who raced it somewhere else.

    I don't race it. I'm old. I ride it some here, though.

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    Nice old one with the iconic Behringer I.C. fork crown distributed (then) by Mike Royce of Arnold Industries. Probably 1976 vintage.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    Thought you might enjoy seeing this one. It's old.
    I bought it from a guy who raced it here, who bought it from a guy who raced it somewhere else.

    I don't race it. I'm old. I ride it some here, though.

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    Small

    Leona Helmsley once said, ďWe donít pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes.Ē She probably wished no mics were near. And Randy Newman sang, ďShort people got no reason to live.Ē Both may have been on to something. Better to ask them. Here, at my bench, the vertically challenged seemed to have all ordered up at the same time ?? years ago. As I reach the end of my queue Iím seeing that 3 of every 4 commissions is for a cat or kitten whoís barely five foot nothing. This 50cm unit Iím working on now will end up okay, but some of the intermediate steps taken to get it to this level of completion remind me of that saw, the one that goes, ďSome sets of tubing just do NOT want to become a bicycle frame.Ē I had to use all my powers, and all my skills as a mortician to ensure this oneís mother never sees what I did to her boy. Fade to black.

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    This is my favorite read. We are about the same age and I will be checking daily if you are open to new orders. I just retired and could fit one more bike in the stable.

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    My WTAF Stare ©™ģ

    Yesterday Deb and I went to a March For Our Lives gathering that took in maybe 300 people or a few less. Organized by a teenager. Several adults spoke. Maybe six younger school age people presented. And two people sang at different times. The last person on the program was a nine year old girl who eloquently read from a heady four page text she wrote. To say all of this was moving is an understatement. Everything and everyone was cordial, civil, and conciliatory.

    And then there were the seven losers across the street, all with Trump signage and bullhorns, each trying to make an impact on the MFOL crowd. The worst offender was a women who, for maybe 100 minutes straight, kept yelling the slogan written on the sign she made for the day. It read, “Feminism Kills.” What. The. Actual. Fuck.

    They may have the right to gather and protest, or stand for their agenda. But to do it that day, as they did, as a counterpoint to those trying to do something against gun violence in our schools – well, it’s beyond deplorable. It was all I could do to keep from wishing the absolute worst for these seven people. But for a two hour window, that’s what I wished, and it’s exactly what I hope they get.

    Thank goodness for youth and the next in line.

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    Did the police deliberate enforce a separation of the two groups?

    I haven't read any of the other local reporting yet, but I'll be interested if other MFOL events had similar opposition groups in attendance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Polack View Post
    Did the police deliberate enforce a separation of the two groups?

    I haven't read any of the other local reporting yet, but I'll be interested if other MFOL events had similar opposition groups in attendance.
    The event was held at a commercial space with a large private parking area. The business owner has hosted a 1-2 hour get-together every Saturday since Trump won. It was all above board, permits etcetera. There were police there, mainly to keep the traffic flowing at this three corner intersection. Said losers were across the street on what is probably town land. No one from the gathering gave any outward energy to them. No words hurled. No one crossed over to talk with them. Nothing at all from "us" was directed to or at "them".

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    We had one here in teh Big Tomato, because it's the state capitol of California.
    There was a pretty good crowd, because a local guy got shot and killed dead down in South Sac last week, and it's been in the news

    The only questionable counter demonstrator I saw was some guy on top of his car, preaching to the crowd about how Jesus was the answer.
    When the crowd started kinda chanting back, he responded with some stuff from Revelations, and how the only righteous would be saved.

    It was strange, but not really in the same category of strange as the people who showed up for yours.

    I was gonna stop and trade scriptural references with him (I love Revelations, with all that whore of Babylon stuff), but my wife,
    who is the smarter of the two of us, grabbed me by the pocket and pulled me back into the march.
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    Am Ready

    It’s different this year so far. I did my time off the bicycle and was getting itchy but not so itchy that I was ready to start 2018. For someone whose entire life in cycling is inseparable from the sport and pinning on numbers, riding is tied to training. Even when you get back on after a layoff, and body parts have gone soft or atrophied, and you’re heavier than you once were, and it’s too cold to even think about tan lines – even still, each ride is a contributor to that elusive fitness your ego craves.

    But I wasn’t ready when I was ready.

    So I took a different path.

    I’ve been riding in my street clothes. My man clothes. The clothes I work in. And when that time of the day says it’s time, I simply grab my winter jacket (from Uniqlo) and change into my Chucks (low cut, and in a hard to get orange color for those trying to imagine), and find a wool hat and some gloves set aside for snow shoveling, and I go. My rides are all while wearing normal outfits that one might be seen in doing a quick errand. No cleats. No helmet. No kits. No sleek sexy Euro chic affected attitude. Just a dude riding around the neighborhood having a good time. Having a really good time.

    I’ve been doing 80-90 minutes a day like this and having a good time. A really good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post

    So I took a different path.

    Iíve been doing 80-90 minutes a day like this and having a good time. A really good time.

    I need to do this. Got hurt, burnt out, look at all the expensive techwear and find myself thinking..."Jesus, I just want to ride a bike without stepping into a phonebooth."
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