i visited tony and sarah in columbus, ohio on sunday (30 may) to celebrate their daughter, harper, for living two years on earth. overnight on an air mattress, then for memorial day, we toured columbus via bicycle, visiting the topiary garden and a taco truck (taco pollo – $1.50/ea. -mmmmmmmmmm).
harper and tony, as we prepare to leave the topiary gardens
back streets, neighborhoods, business districts, and cobble alleys. the highlight: when tony said i could ride his vintage schwinn varsity that he converted to fixie for winter riding. the tour made my month, and more than ever, i look forward to riding my Aztec in its new form.
tony's schwinn varsity fixie
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.
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.