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Back in the Saddle…

So to speak. I am still around and surprisingly enough so is the blogosphere.

Finally found the missing files so I can start rebuilding the missing pictures on the blog, and hopefully post a few more. No new bike acquisitions, and only minimal work on the current herd. Minimal riding too, unfortunately work has been getting in the way.

This past year has been full of too much of everything but bicycles. I think my yearly total riding might be in the low double digit range. Not good…

Life has gotten in the way more than a little. Dealing with ageing parents and my lovely bride being out of work for nearly a year due to an on job injury. Things are starting to level off and plans are afoot for a new shop after the first of the year. So things are looking up!

Hopefully things on the blog side will improve over the winter and I can get things repaired.

Aaron

Quasi-Annual Check In

Sorry folks, no really new content to add. Another year has slipped by.

An elderly friend of ours asked how I was doing, told her I was “living life at the speed limit”, she said; “I am too and they keep raising the damned thing”.

Working on rearranging some things in our life in hopes of gaining some semblance of control.

Aaron

Not dead yet!

Sorry about the total lack of postings in the past year. More job responsibilities (downsizing does this), picking up the heavy labor on our family farm due to aging in-laws and life in general. Also the dreaded task of having to restore the missing pictures has caused much procrastination on my part.

I am still buying bikes, working on bikes, and riding bikes as the opportunities arise. Hopefully I can get some housekeeping done around the blog…

Here are a couple of teaser photos for you. I recently purchased these two and yet another Twenty that I am waiting for Spring Thaw to collect.

Aaron

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2012 is over…Finally

Sorry about the lack of posting, cycling took a back seat to too many other activities this past year. I am still riding and still loving my bikes, just not as much as I would like. I also apologize for the lack of pictures. Many of my pictures were hosted on Webshots and they have since closed down. I will work on restoring the pictures as soon as I can. The good news is I have all the pictures, the bad news is they need to uploaded some where else to be visible.

Looking forward to wrenching and wriding in 2013!

I wish you a Brave New Year!

Aaron

and STILL They Roll In!

I had come to the conclusion that perhaps I needed to stop bringing bikes home…Good Luck with THAT one!

I have not one, but 4 folders come in over the winter months. The latest being a pair of Dahon Classic III folders. My lovely bride found them at a thrift shop, sent cellphone pictures. Of course the question was…”how much?” “They don’t know, make an offer.” I told her I would have to go down and see them first. She shows up at the house an hour later with them, the manager told her to just take them home and if we didn’t want them to bring them back later or bring the money. Got both for $100, parts are a bit difficult to find, but not totally impossible. They apparently were made for two different markets or in two different factories. The red one has a Sturmey-Archer AW 3speed and a full chain guard, the blue one has a Sachs Torpedo 3 speed and a bash guard, there are several other differences too. I have already put new fenders and a rack on the red one so I can use it when I travel, I think of it as a poor man’s Brompton. 😀

The other pair are from my LBS, someone brought them in for a repair estimate and decided to pass on the repairs and asked if anyone would buy them…yup, this sucker right here. 😛

The red one is a Rixe made in Germany, the gold one is an Atala made in Italy. Both have some interesting features and I will have to go a bit more in depth in a future post. For what it is worth the Atala is a better built bike than the Rixe. Both of them are single speed, Rixe has a coaster brake, the Atala a free wheel.

Rock and Roll

Didn’t quite make the Labor Day cutoff, but came close!

Got a quick test ride on the Giant Iguana today. Still have a few items to do and a couple of minor tweaks to deal with, but it is DONE! Now to get some time off to head out for a couple of days.