Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
At this point we may have to push the date back a week or two. I'll keep ya'll informed.
Monday, February 22, 2010
We are slowly assembling all the gear we need for the frame building shop in the store, and the piece we really wanted was a nice milling machine. We had been watching the Busy Bee specials and had decided we would get a small bench top mill (made in China) for $699. This wasn't the ideal machine for us, but with our limited space we should have been able to squeak by with it. We went out pick the machine up but alas they were out of stock. So instead we put down a deposit and resigned ourselves to a month and a half wait. The wait turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
While we waited I decided I would try and figure out which hole saws we need and other bits and pieces to get the mill set up for tube mitering. After lots of phone calls to tooling shops and confusing info I decided to give Toby at Hot Tubes a call, Thom and I took framebuilding classes with him last year and he is a wealth of knowledge.
During our conversation he asked what kind of mill we were using I told him we were getting this bench top mill, to which he promptly replied that we should forget that piece of #%*** and come down to his place and pick up a Nichols horizontal mill that he had just acquired that morning. Well it took Thom and I a total of 5 minutes to decide we had to make this happen, especially since it was going to cost us less than half the Busy Bee. This mill was the same type we had used to build our first frames in Toby's shop so we were somewhat familiar with it.
A few days later we were on the road in a pick-up truck destined for Boston hoping to heck the mill was going to fit in the truck bed without causing some major catastrophe, it weighs 1200lbs.
It was quite the production to get the beast into the back of the t
There was lots of creaking and groaning on the way home, causing a number of nervous stops to check the straps.
Then the big question of how to get it off the truck without a forklift. The answer was with our friendly ATS driver, his hydraulic tailgate and my dad's huge winch.
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It took me another full day to strip off
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Date: Saturday Feb. 27, 2010
Location: Kanata Lakes MTB area
K2 Entrance - intersection of Klondike and 2nd Line Rd
Time: 7:00 pm start
6:15 - 6:45 pm sign-in
Cost: $10.00 Donation - includes commemorative race number plate, food/snacks, beverages
The current trail conditions are fantastic and a regular ol' MTB with low pressure tires will work just fine. Those who own studded tires may find a slim advantage in the corners or when the urge to "rail" something occurs. Cross bikes with wide-low pressure tires will also do fine. The course will be finalized the day before....at this point we are at the mercy of mother nature.
The race will be approximately 2.5 - 3 laps on a well marked course. Every attempt will be made to avoid heavily iced areas. Plan on riding/racing for 1-1.5 hours. Since this is a night time event, helmet or bar mount light sets are mandatory. A light system with a minimum output of 170 lumens or 10 watts will be sufficient, although more is sometimes nice too. A back up or safety headlamp/bar light is also a good idea.
Immediately following the race there will be refreshments served with veggie and carnivorous munchies. There will be a gear shuttle running prior to the race to deliver participants bags to the finish area. Feel free to bring a change of clothes, blanket, folding type chair and warm boots
for apres race wear.
To register for the event, please send an e-mail response to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tall Tree Cycles during business hours (613-725-BIKE). It would be great to see all the familiar faces at the start. Now let's keep our fingers crossed that Mama Natural cooperates!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Most people don't know this band. Underworld, from Britain, has been around for a long time, I believe they started sometime in the 80's but it wasn't until the movie Trainspotting came out that they found a little fame. I never really picked up on them until one of my favorite design company's, Tomato, picked them up as a client.
It has taken me a long time to get into electronica music and I contribute this band to helping me find the love. Their fourth album, "Second toughest in the infants" released in early 1996 (yes this is old) has everything you need for training. Heavy repetition, with slight change ups to peak your interest, multiple beats to follow your pedal stroke with, and most of all, for me at least, a sound that mesmerizes me. I fall into a trance almost everytime I listen to this album. Check them out.