Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sunday in Austin

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Normally when I’m not racing on the weekend, I can’t tell the difference between the weekdays and weekends. Not really. Yesterday was different. It started slow and got progressively busier.

I was not going to go to the Handmade Bike Show again. I’m still feeling bad. But, I got a couple phone calls. One from a one friend, Laura Peycke, who is a Veterinarian at Texas A&M. She was driving over to Austin to go to the show. I was already dressed to ride, so I told her I’d meet up with her later.

It was nearly 85 degrees here yesterday. I just rode the 15 miles up to Ann’s house and picked up a couple ceramic bearing bottom brackets that didn’t make it in time for ‘cross worlds last month and rode back. I feel like shit.

I didn’t get to the show until 4 pm and right then they were giving Kent Ericksen a best of show award for the tandem he brought. I ran in to a bunch of people I hadn’t seen Friday. Suzette from Fi’zi:k, Wayne Stetina, etc. So, I hung there for an hour and went out with Laura to catch up. It was great seeing her and I wish she didn’t have to take off so quickly.

Anyway, in the mean time, Ann called and had some great Diana Ross tickets for a 7:30 Austin City Limits show. I was supposed to go to dinner with the Eriksen crew, so called George and Diana, who I’m staying with, and they were stoked to go. I had to rush up to Ann’s house to get the tickets and then drive the 15 miles south to deliver them.

I finally got back to downtown Austin to pick up Kent, Katie and Bo at 8 pm. We went to South Congress again. I was pretty done by the time we sat down to eat. But, we did get some awesome ice cream afterward at Amy’s.

I didn’t get back to George’s until nearly midnight and still needed to take Bromont around. These past three days were not the way to get better quickly from this lung crud I have going on.

Today I’m supposed to meet up the the Steamboat crowd and ride MTB on the Greeenbelt. That is going to be way too hard for me, but I’m going anyway. The beat goes on.

Best of Show award for dress, ATMO. Suzette.

Iowa girl makes good in New Zealand on Sunday. Amanda Miller wins final criterium. Pretty great Amanda!

Vintage Laura Peycke race photo.

Kent with his tandem.

You don't get many places that spice your salsa at your table.

Handmade Bicycle Show – Austin

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I was at the Handmade Show for a few hours yesterday. I can’t get too far without running into someone I haven’t seen for a long time. That is a highlight.

The show itself it unbelievable. Way better than Interbike in Vegas. There is way more passion here. Austin is the perfect place to host this show. It should be here permanently. Here’s a link to a the Dirtrag site of beautiful pictures of the bikes of the show.

I’m not good physically. The antibiotics didn’t do a thing. I have no voice. So, I don’t really have any reason to go back to the bike show because I can’t really talk.

We got out for a couple hours yesterday late. I have been feeling alright riding. Not yesterday. I sat on all the way back into the headwind. This is getting old.

Bill and I went out to dinner with Jimmy Mac. We went over to South Congress and had Mexican. The Airstream trailer food selection is crazy. I’ve never seen anyplace like it in the world.

We went by Mellow Johnny’s after to check out an industry party. I was pretty done already, so we just checked in and out.

Talk about losing my mind. I woke up at 5 am with a jolt. My mind had finally sorted out everything I brought and I don’t have my road frame. I guess that saves me a few hours standing on my feet. I have road cranks, so it looks like I’m going to be riding on an Eriksen ‘cross bike this weekend. Racing – hopefully.

Lug display at Richard Sachs.

Jimmy Mac.

Helping a Richard Sachs fan out.

Most of the displays are true artwork.

Nick Frey from Boo.

Ben Raby from SRAM and Slant from Rapha. Black is in.

Mexican on South Congress. One hour wait. Great food.

Texas breakfast. Perfect for a sick guy.

Bromont in the back looking for squirrels. He is way over heating here.

Austin trailer app for the iPhone.

Austin Again

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I’m not sure where the time on Wednesday night went. I was planning on finishing the brakes lines and drive the van down here. I’d went to the junk yard earlier in the day and scored the exact lines without much effort. I took the rust off them and recoated them with some rust proofing stuff. I had to lower the gas tank. Whatever. The short of it was I was doing it until after midnight. When I finished I decided that I shouldn’t drive it down here just 5 hours later, so I went and got the diesel van and that was that.

So I started packing at around 1 or 2 am. I don’t have a road bike together yet. I knew it was bad when I couldn’t recognize my road shoes. I haven’t ridden in my road shoes since the end of November. Wow, that is nuts. I have a new pair of Shimano shoes to put cleats on. I might as well start riding them now. I had ‘cross tires glued onto my carbon wheels. Road parts on ‘cross bikes. A mess. So, I brought both my cross bikes, my MTB and then my road frame with a few parts. Should be together by next weekend as I seem to be in sloth mode in every other aspect of my life.

The drive went great, other than I was beat. I sold a bunch of silver bars last week on the internet, to some guy in Edmond, OK, so I had to make a quick stop and deliver them. It was 1% of the value to ship them insured by the USPS. That is nuts. Do you think they loose or break anywhere near that percentage of packages they ship? I have only had one package I’ve ever shipped with the postal service lost. It was a drag.

So, we got down to Austin nearly early enough to miss all the commuting traffic, but just not quite. One major drag with this city is traffic. I’m staying down South with my friend George this week. We got into Austin by 4, but then it wasn’t possible to move South anymore. So, Bill and I just parked down by the river and went for an hour ride. It was great to ride some. We got back to the car and took Bromont for a run and let him swim some.

I took the wheels I brought to the expo center to give to Kent’s guys. By then, which was 7pm, the traffic had thinned out enough to get to George’s without much delay. I have no patience for traffic jams. I know that. I’d rather just go somewhere to wait and drive later.

We hadn’t really eaten all day. I started feeling pretty shitty. More than usual that is. George took us to eat at Mandola’s. It is fun Italian. I was not feeling that great, but the food helped. I had a Shiner Bock just to get into the Texas rhythm.

I slept 11 hours last night. I feel just so/so today. Pretty bad if I’m being honest. I’m going to the Handmade Show this morning and then riding this afternoon. It is supposed to be near 80. It sucks feeling bad when the weather is awesome. But, it snowed 6 inches in Topeka yesterday, so it would suck feeling bad there too. As an athlete, being sick is a drag.

Hopefully, by the afternoon, when I get some coffee in me, I’ll have more energy and have seen some unbelievable artistry at the bike show.

My new brake lines drying in the backyard.

I put a picture of this house on my blog in January. They've made a lot of progress. I like it.

This is the front of the house. I'm thinking that tree through the roof thing is going to be an ongoing problem for them.

It's not wise to let Bromont off the leash when there are so many birds in the water.

Looking off Mt. Bonnell near sunset.

Copper pans at Mandola's.

Austin Texas Bound

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3 hours sleep and now driving to Austin. I’m in Oklahoma already. The North America Handmade Bicycle Show is there this weekend. I’m taking some wheels to Kent Eriksen for his show bike. Austin is starting to seem like a second home. And it is 80 degrees there on and off the next week. I’m racing next weekend in Lago Vista. They are running the Sunday’s race counter clockwise, which is going to be really hard. If I don’t stop coughing green stuff out of my lungs pretty soon I’m going to be going back to the doctor. It doesn’t seem like these antibiotics are doing anything except making my legs feel like jello. Okay. Better concentrate on the road.