Before I do the whole "weekend in review thing," I wanna go somewhere else today. Matters that seem a bit more timely.
The King of Pisgah Series. Talking to Eric "PMBAR Honcho" Wever yesterday whilst ironically riding all over the general area of ORAMM, I found out the series is almost sold out. Considering the only info available about the series is that you have to do all five events to be in, that's rather amazing. For those that have no idea just how hard it will be to complete the task at hand, I present to you this Hitler video by Kris Kjellquist. I know you're thinking you've seen too many of these "Hitler videos," but I assure you that you haven't.
Obviously locals will find more humour in this than the Pisgah inexperienced. Among other things discussed with Eric yesterday were the routes for the Pisgah 111K and the next day's Pisgah 55.5K. This year the 111K will start with an up-and-over on Black Mountain and end the same way. The 55.5K will also end with an up-and-over on Black Mountain. Upon hearing this, I considered beating Eric with a mini pump and leaving him in the woods, but I only had a CO2 cartridge which would have required a great investment of time and effort to produce the same results. Ironic, huh?
The King of Pisgah Series ain't gonna be a joke. I thought about trying to add up how many hours of racing will be involved, but quickly realized I did not wanna know. Pisgah hours/miles are like dog years.
And there was also this item I wanted to bring up:
Fix It Sticks on Bike Rumor. This is yet another idea being funded (it met its goals) on Kickstarter. I do think it is brilliant. I have shared in the past that I only carry loose allens in my Tülbag.
A 4, 5, 6, with an attachment for an 8mm. That covers almost every bolt on my SINGLE SPEED, save for brake lever reach adjustment and rotor bolts, which I have learned are best tightened before the ride. The Fix It Sticks would make a tidy solution, not to mention offer plenty of leverage on the bolts that hold tension on an EBB or slider equipped SS.
But now I have that annoying squishy/shifty bike that I don't think I'm going to sell right away. I now use the larger (and newer and only one available) Tülbag filled with shit like a spare hanger, spare links (when I get around to picking them up at Bike Source), and a multi-useless tool. When I tried to use my multi-useless tool last week to adjust my brake levers, I couldn't get the hunk of shit in tight quarters. I've had similar experiences in the past, not to mention too-short bits and not enough leverage. This is the main reason I carry multiple allens and "invented" a method with which to carry them without risking loss or pokeage, thus the inspiration for the original Tülbag.
What's a multi-useless tool cost nowadays?
So I asked a question on Bike Rumor, but not on Kickstarter (since I would have to create an account and I'm afraid everybody is trying to steal my information because I'm old).
"I’m wondering what the final price point will be. Normally projects
on kickstarter offer a bit of a break for people who support the
project. At $25 (min) for a set with predetermined bits, does that
mean we’re talking about a $30 item?
I hate most multi-tools,and carry loose allens (4,5,6 and a press-on
8mm fitting) in a Tülbag. I see this design as superior to that option,
but I’m wondering about the eventual success of the product. With so
many multi-tools offering way more tools from $20-30, selling a four
tool set for @$30 may not be easy. It is a more functional design in
many aspects, especially tight places and bolts needing leverage, but
one would have to purchase at least two sets to cover all the bases that
a standard $30 tool does AND a chain tool.
Trying to think like a consumer."
I just quoted myself... whatever.
I am wondering if I'll get an answer. I think the Fix It Sticks are a damn fine solution to a problem, but a damn expensive one. I know that from the outside, a consumer can't sometimes fathom all the costs involved in the creation of a final product, so bitching about a "25 ¢ hunk of plastic that costs $40" isn't always fair. R&D, prototyping, molds... it adds up and we ignorant (me included) consumers just bitch and moan.
So maybe the price is justified by production expenses and the superiority of the final product. It's pretty ingenious, and so far my multi-useless tool has been nothing but training weight. I'm still considering buying in, even though a trip to the hardware store and @ $6 would fill the rest of my squishy/shifty needs.
Or I could end up with yet another multi-useless tool in the bottom of my toolbox.
*Not that they matter here.