|I found this little wonder of CNC machining and anodizing from the 90's|
"Here" being my basement shop area which I jokingly refer to here on the blog as "The Lab". Only a few fortunate souls have ever seen it, and it is likely better that way. Well, from the standpoint of the past, it is. Now I am hoping to change that a little bit.
Cleaning up this vortex of bicycle paraphernalia has often been an exercise in futility not unlike making New Year's Resolutions. I would start in earnest, make a little headway, then something would distract me from my task and the next thing you know, I am adding to the piles instead of removing them. In this sense, I am my own worst enemy. Not unlike trying to diet, when you just cannot let that last doughnut be left to dry out because that would be such a waste, and what's just one more doughnut today? No big deal. Except that you do that every week, and you sit on the couch and watch the 150 channels of doom on your dish TV because, you'll get around to exercising soon. Then your pants don't fit.
How did that happen!
So, how am I like that? Well, I have this terrible habit of bringing home stuff folks don't want at the shop which I still see value in. Tubes for instance. Customers want tubes swapped out in this magical thought that new tubes will help prevent a flat tire. I guess that is why many customers want perfectly good tubes swapped out. Anyway, I bring them home, because, ya know, they are still good tubes, right? Well, after almost 15 years of adopting "misfit toys", the island has reached critical mass. It was time for an intervention.
|No- that is not a "badge" from the recently released "Rogue One"|
Besides the obvious mental benefits I have also found that I have been getting things done as far as repairs and changes to some of the bicycles I have down there. I recently got the Snow Dog back up and running, as a for instance. I have rediscovered bits and pieces I had forgotten I had. I even found a cool pocket knife I barely remember getting but is really quite nice and useful.
One thing I ended up digging out was a frame I had custom made back ten years ago. I figured I would get that back up and running again, since it really is basically a Fargo knock-off, but it was made pre-Fargo. So, a drop bar specific 29"er. I'll be posting more about that in the coming months. Since it is orange in color, I think it might actually end up being a "matchy-match" for the new RidingGravel.com jerseys we'll have coming out soon. (Stay tuned for the pre-order linkage if you are interested.)
The decent bits, but still stuff I'll never use, is being carted out temporarily to my "garage of little use", a run down two stall affair that we cannot get the doors open to. The only way in is through the walk in door, so it is a safe place to temporarily store these bits for now until I can transport them to our local bike collective so they can make use of the stuff.
It's been a good thing to get started and I intend to keep going until I have the place stripped back quite a bit. I don't need to be a hoarder, and the simpler I can make the shop, the cleaner I can make it and keep it, the better it will be in the end.