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a matter of days

the conversion has started and my blood is pumping. so as the rain falls, to ride the momentum, i turn to beloved online  shopping, although some might argue that environmentally and economically it bites the dust. nonetheless, i couldn’t wait any longer, and all needed parts are ordered. the “other” category of things i’d like to get but shall wait on are: toe clips/straps, new seat, and spoke reflectors or lights.

More to come soon. Oh, and John, you said something about apparel? Outlier has amazing apparel that I hope someday I can afford.

slowly but surely

so i finally made it back to k&g bike shop in kettering to get fitted for a bottom bracket. brian helped me again. when he looked at my frame, he asked, “you got the crank?” and I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the last time i was in, he told me to get the bottom bracket first and then worry about the crank. no crankset had i, but i think he could sense my distress and offered what they sell in the shop – origin8 cranks!  i gladly chose an anodized green 46-tooth crankset, and brian took my bike to the back. i watched him work on it from the sales area. below are before and after pictures of the frame.

it looks like these pics are kind of small. sorry.

the original intent was to paint the frame/fork beforehand, but time snuck away from me and when it returned, brought some warmer days, and my legs are itchin’ for a good ride. maybe next year. until then, i’m really liking the way it looks, although now i wish i hadn’t removed the decals.

this morning i also ordered a bike tool by bomb tactics. now the only other thing i’ll need is a set of hex wrenches (size 8 & 5) to carry with me when i go.

badge

this is the bicycle badge from the Concord Aztec 10-speed. i wonder if i can re-rivet it after i finish repainting. the bike also had a Columbus, Ohio bicycle license sticker on it from 1972 (!), but it crackled to pieces as i removed it from it’s adhesive home on the tube near the rear wheel.