Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Windsocks II

Another fender option just arrived today. SOMA Fabrications
makes these crazy full-wraps in several colors. We have 2 different blues, a pink, and a sweet red color that just happens to look great on this Surly Crosscheck. Hell-if you buy the red ones we'll even throw the Crosscheck in for $950. The other colors are $40. Come and get'em.

Friday, February 8, 2008


The weather station on my roof has been down for the past few days (I think a squirrel got tangled up in the windsock), so as I was leaving my house today I made an ill-informed decision on which bike to to grab. Once on the road, it didn't take long to realize that my fixed gear with just a rear freddy fender was a poor choice, but I was running late so I kept on keepin' on.

I know what you're thinking; and yes of course I saw the snow falling out the window. But how was I to know the road would be so wet? As it turned out, today was the perfect day for my winter road bike. With full wrap SKS fenders and mudflaps I would surely have arrived at the shop with dry feet. In my experience, there is nothing more damaging to an otherwise sunny disposition than standing around all day with two cold, wet dogs.

So let that be a lesson to the kids out there: stay in school, don't do drugs, and put some damn fenders on your bike before this "good" weather goes away.

Sheldon Brown 1944 -2008

Sheldon passed away this week. I for one am thankful for the many questions he answered about obscure technical issues that occasionally come up while doing a repair or spec'ing an unusual part. His internet presence was omnipotent. Often customers would come in and inform us that "Sheldon said..." whatever about whatever, and I have grown to pretty much consider it gospel.

Even the Bike Snob - who has made it his stock in trade to lampoon every aspect of cycling culture - had nothing but kind words and respect this giant of cycling culture. Thanks for all that Sheldon. RIP.