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Day Two

wednesday, 30 june 2010. after work and a long nap, i decide to test the limits of my new build. wilmington, ohio can be potentially and extremely hilly in the outer farmlands in just about all directions. wisdom – at least, i hope it was wisdom – tells me to head east, to sabina. on the backroads i cycled through fields of soy and corridors of corn. traversing the backroads, a 16.3 mile route, one-way.

when i arrived in sabina, no parade or celebration for my bicycle and its first great accomplishment, but we found a lone gazebo by the masonic temple and sat there to rest my bottom and the bike’s cranks.  after rehydrating, back on the road, double-backing the same route in reverse. this time, a bit slower and with a couple more rests. this was the break-in ride, not just for the bike, but for my buttocks, which, two days later, are still sore.

and to my surprise, not one of the hills (two major, many minor) hindered the journey. yes, i had to stand up and pedal a few times, but nothing to deter my dismounting and walking.

when we returned to wilmington, the garage silently welcomed home its new two-wheeled friend.

Complete

complete! yes, it is true. monday, 28 june, John M. and i spent the afternoon/evening putting the thing together. major accomplishments: properly installing/inflating the presta-valved tires and cutting the seatpost to height. At 10:30pm, I left his apartment feeling quite pleased with our accomplishments. thanks, john!

tuesday, 29 june, after work, a nap, and the YMCA, I lined up and tightened the handlebars and the seat. “Old Orange” is now ready to ride! for her test flight, i pedaled to the office to show my co-worker Tyhese, then back down main street to the hospital parking lot connecting to the bicycle trail. passing the walkers, i felt an excitement as my insides beckoned to them to notice my “new” bike. most of them nodded and made eye contact with me rather than swooning over the anodized purple handlebars or green crankset.

down to nelson and back to mulberry. i heard about the disaster at Swindler’s Florists, so i pedaled to locust street to check it. swindler’s parking lot now has a ninety-degree slope, and they are running a pot-hole bouquet special. glad to see phil has a sense of humor for the mess of pavement.

back to the house, larry hops on asking about this “no brakes” concept. yes, it is true – no brakes, but one stops easily enough when needed. he figure-eighted the driveway a few times and hopped off. the bicycle spent the night in the garage, the proper resting place for bicycle of her caliber.

memorial day

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

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.

choosing a color

i’ve concluded that the color “scheme” will be logical: process of elimination. my goal: no two parts shall be the same color. purple handlebars, pewter wheelset. frame, fork, crankset, chain, seat post, seat, tires, pedals, and stem will all be different. the colors will be determined by what part i need next, what is available, and what i haven’t used yet. i will also have to take into consideration that some colors for parts like cranksets may be limited, so i will avoid those colors I know are available [for cranksets] when purchasing other parts.

crankset

all-city has some nicely colored cranksets that just may fit my bicycle perfectly: square taper, 110mm, 1/8″. i ran into the abbreviation BCD and didn’t know what it meant, so i yahoo’d it (google fans, don’t hate me), and found Urban Velo’s article on it. i don’t think it’s something i have to worry about at this stage in the game.