Too little time – June 12, 2010Posted by Bill in Equipment, Photography.
Tags: american river parkway, Photography, relationships
My intention has been to regularly post the photography generated by the request from the kind people at the California State Fair for the benefit of the Pedaling to Adventure bicycle exhibit, and my blogging time has been overridden (pun intended) by the balance of life. My apologies to friends who have been looking for promised posts.
Quite apart from this photo assignment has been the infrastructure of my ride, the ways and means by which it can happen. Without the ride, there is no blog. As mentioned before, my wife has joined me in this interest such that our life includes the bicycle, in in a form that gives me enormous pleasure. She is the true foundation & rebar of my bicycle infrastructure.
Earlier posts have detailed the process of the ’08 Madone 6.9 coming into existence, with its debut last February. I built this thing up from parts acquired through a number of sources – see those posts – but the combining of parts alone, without the finesse of experience, does not let one of these lovely bikes sing. I have thrown together kids’ bikes from scrounged parts, and they worked fine. What I did not understand was that the tolerances of adjustments in bikes designed to go fast with little mass were well beyond the instincts of a newbie. A half degree on the angle of a derailleur hanger is critical. Whodathunk?
So meet Brendan:
Brendan not only did the final tune and handle bar wrap for my Madone, when the bike turned up with an annoying tick coming from the rear wheel, he cheerfully rechecked the tune, finding (and repairing) a very slightly out-of-true hanger. This photo collection for the state fair could not be complete without due credit. I already have a link to City Bicycles on this blog, as they have brought me great pleasure and security that someone in this town knows what they’re doing with bikes, and does it cheerfully and with passion in what has to be a very competitive business. If you know City Bicycles, don’t feel you need to schlep into downtown Sac to get the job done. Go see Brendan in Citrus Heights, on Greenback just west of Sunrise.