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    A file stroke is conversation. I pick up the tool. One of them. And try to talk to the metal. The metal always talks back. This much I learned early on. My job is to listen. To talk back. To ask the metal for more time to make my point. To convince the metal that what I have in mind is best for all. The metal hears me. Some times the metal listens. Often it shows me why I'm wrong. And should stop talking. And move on to other areas of the bicycle frame. The conversation is a process. An adult life full of conversations has convinced me that the frame I began making isn't the frame I finished making.

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    The pages turn at the same rate of speed no matter how many words are on them or how slowly one reads. In the time it takes a heart to beat, we're looking at so little sand that counting the grains as they pass almost seems possible.

    There was the day in 1971 I sought redemption. That job that would hold my attention until Goddard College could teach me - I didn't get it. To right my self-esteem, I journeyed to London. And ended up at the Witcomb family's front door.

    It was never my plan to do this. Until it was. The first decade was about denial. I can leave anytime. And in a heartbeat, I began to accept my place. Did I ever get even? Has anything been redeemed? I didn't want to be a bicycle maker. I became one.

    Fate is a word I can't define. Is it like the wind, taking us from the left all the way over to the right? What say do we have? If we stand around long enough, will our names be called? We get a turn. The lucky ones may get a few. And then it's up to the next in line.

    We're not born with a playbook. If we stay light enough the wind can catch us and blow us around a bit. We never land. Because the wind is ever-present. And before long, we have stories to share. Advice to parse out. And a life lived.

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    Fantasy Gene

    And in the time it takes to press Send I feel better about myself. Knowing that others too are keeping entropy at the forefront. Despite a life long (so far) desire for order I seldom get close. Thatís why God gave me a fantasy gene. And I use it. Maybe not daily. I close my eyes and see white walls (wait Ė I DO have these) and a surgical approach to surfaces, materials, and tools. And a systematic way to cull the unnecessary. My eyes canít stay shut long enough. What I have are piles and layers and old magazines that should have been tossed. I make bicycles with open eyes. And then close them. Share the fantasy. Arrange disorder.

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    My Devilís Tower

    That scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Richard Dreyfusís character is obsessed with what he saw what he thinks he saw what he imagined Ė it doesnít matter. He goes deep into his dinner and begins to construct a mound on the plate that resembles the Devilís Tower in Wyoming.

    We all have our Mashed Potato Mountain. Or should. Mine. There are parts of the whole that take me away. If a frame is the product of three days labor, a good several hours are spent on smaller details that grab me and bring the process to a halt. Maybe five times between start and completion. Areas of detail. My Devilís Tower.

    The seat lug confluence is among my focal points. The parts are joined. The flux is rinsed. I begin to carve the shapes onto the left and right stay tops. Often the two sides donít match. But they donít match close enough that I care. Or donít. The area looks at me and I look back at it tenfold. And then move forward. Time. Is. Money.

    I spend a LOT time holding metal and tools. In many ways itís like me touching myself. When thereís an itch within reach, I scratch it. Then people pay me for this. If thereís a lesson for other makers and people in the personal service industries itís this: If youíre not fascinated with your own work, be surprised if anyone else is.

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    Working every day until cx season starts. Part of the routine. By late August my bench won't hold me up on weekends. Or most Fridays. I've been inside since January. And but for the daily rides. And what happens when the sun sets. I know my space well. It's a gift to hold the tools. And touch the metal. And make the bicycles.

    I finished another one. These sections didn't speak to me. They sit on the surface. Parts of them will travel to JB's. And change color. Come back to me. And then go away. And make someone happy. The material knows. These pieces are no less the work than the work is. They're part of what I make. Even when they're not.

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    The days when I can walk in and light the torch and use my forefinger already curled up and lure the material I'm not as much luring as coaxing I'm not as much coaxing as I'm willing it I'm not as much willing it as I am seducing the whole lot because it is in essence seduction there's so much at stake when I make something a maker is indentured to a paying client first well maybe not first well maybe the client is a patron because the maker is indentured to no one but himself to do the best and then repeat his best but improve upon it the next day but on those days when the luring and the coaxing and the willing and the seducing go so well you wonder well you don't REALLY wonder because all that practice is what delivers you to these days these days when every possible dot on earth going back to before dots were even recorded every dot connects and makes you feel like King Shit because really it all goes so FUCKING well and it's why they pay you the big bucks these are the days we live for.

    And in another life I could have been a mohel. Just look at my precision hacksaw cuts. Don't. Tempt. Me.

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    When something is perfectly aligned.
    And then no longer is.
    Bring Back The Eleganceô

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    When something is perfectly aligned.
    And then no longer is.
    Bring Back The Elegance™

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    The frame is not the frame.
     

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    Maybe 1980. First year I sponsor the club I came up in. CYBC (Connecticut Yankee Bicycle Club) becomes CYBC/RS. Martin Bruhn had the idea. I agreed without a thought. I was always supported when I raced. It was time to give back. Maybe 1980. Did I already mention that?

    This is Warren Zanes. He was (I believe) a Junior when the photograph was taken. He soon went on to the rest of his life, starting The Del Fuegos. Warren if you read this, you have pioneer status in many things, this longstanding art project of mine among them.

    For the detail mavens, the initial foray into running a team included having the support of Apollinaris Spring Water and Le Coq Sportif. My name appeared on the kits up on the upper right breast area in a smallish type size. That would change the next season when we started the red and white thing.

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    Two measurements. Three maybe. And some experience. And intuition. Common sense. And knowing what belongs where. And not belaboring the point. And not turning it into a board meeting. And not turning it into a bored meeting. A rider sits somewhere in space. Over and between two wheels. That place produces efficient pedaling. It's a place of comfort. And it also allows the working parts to play nicely with each. Measurements chosen well result in a minimum of friction. For the athlete. And for the components. It's all so fucking simple. But not easy.

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