talisman2Wow,  about three months and some change since my last update. Dang.

I had been posting about the RatRodBikes Build Off submission I was working on so I guess I could start there. Well, my bike build didn’t go well. It didn’t turn out at all how I first envisioned it. I wanted to build it into a townie and it wound up being a single speed fixie-type. Well sort of… I haven’t taken off the cogs in the front or rear and I can’t decide whether I actually should or just  put the derailleur back on. Ugh… and on top of it all I didn’t get it done in time either. For some reason I thought I had till end of August and the deadline was end of July.

When I first signed up for the challenge I remember thinking “wow, four months seems like a long time to put together a bike but ok.” Turns out it four months is a long time because the challenge is only three! Even three months is kind of a long time, too though… or is it?

Actually I now know why RatRodBikes gives so much time. I’m sure they know most of the site members are like me and have work, family and other responsibilities. Putting together an idea in your head and then gathering and/or buying the parts takes a while believe it or not. There are some really, REALLY awesome builds that site members put together though.

To see some of the winners you can go here: Build Off #8 winners

The bike turned out ok but as I worried in an earlier post, it really isn’t going to work for me as far as the size goes. The frame is about four inches too big for me. I can ride it but it isn’t much fun.  I’m going to go ahead and sell it but I’m not sure if I’ll even get what I put into it and that of course doesn’t include my time.  I put about 85 bucks into that bike in the way of paint, new tires and tubes, a used 27″ wheelset, a saddle, handlebars and of course the frame and forkset.

Here are a few more pics:

Dang so in almost four months what else has happened?…
Not much. It’s so friggin’ damn hot here in Texas that it’s misery to ride. Five minutes out in the sun and I feel like I’m going to burst into flames. And I’ve got some melanin in my body! Weird things is I did manage to put in quite a few miles in during September. Actually it’s the most miles I’ve put on a bike since 30 days of biking back in April.

image1My boss changed carriers for our cell phones (one pretty awesome perk I have at my job is work pays for my phone!) With the change came iOS so I am now one of the masses who has an iPhone. I gotta be real honest… I don’t really like it. In fact for a number of reasons I really, REALLY hate iPhone. It’s really hard to get used to after having been an Android user for a couple of years but I have found a bike app called BikeBrain that I really like only because the analog speedometer looks pretty cool. : )

What else… OOOOH!!  I got another bike!  I mentioned it on Twitter but haven’t really posted any pics of her yet. But i have to say I… am… in lovvvve.  I’ll write about it in the next post.

Let’s see what else. I’ve discovered cyclocross. Not that I’ve done a race, participated in any workshops or done anything remotely cyclocross except take my bike out on a dirt trail and tried hopping on and off it while riding. That hasn’t been pretty but I’m getting the hang of it. And there really isn’t any graceful or cool way to fall off your bike while trying to trudge through sand. I hope I can get to the point where I feel confident enough to do at least one race this year despite my lack luster attempt at practicing for one. When I first started trying to practice I was all “hell yeah!!! I am SO gonna do this!” After a few weeks of riding in dirt and sand, falling off many times, and in general punishing my body, I’m not so sure.  I’m not as young as I used to be and I’m feeling it more but I’d like to give it a go, at least once.

That’s all for now. I’ll show some pics of my new (used, but new to me) bike I recently got next time.

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