You remember him, right?
The Pie was equally understanding the next night when I requested some time to swap all the wheels, tires, rotors, end caps, cogs... and in some cases, valve stems on all three mountain bikes. Lately we've had some stress related to a possible upcoming movement of our belongings from one domicile to another, so anything that could bring order to my life would be therapeutic. I made sure she understood that once I got going, there would be tires dripping with various tubeless juices, rotor bolts strewn about, expletives murmured when I discover at least one tire mounted backwards...
I would be incommunicado for another night.
By the time I got to putting the Stickel back together, I was already swapping the 19 tooth Endless cog off the new black rimmed wheels to a more Pisgah friendly gear, so it seemed like it was a good time to toss aside the 36X23 combo and put on this:
So anyways, since I was in the middle of this wheel swap that was partly for fashion (silver rims on the Vertigo) and partly for function (getting the weight weenie Crests off the Pisgah bike), I went ahead and tacked on more time in the bike room while The Pie and Nia watched some 80's movie in the other room.
Much more clearance, Clarence
I love my spousal partner. She and I both know I coulda done all this stuff on Sunday... but I woulda been thinking about it all the time until then. Happy bikes, happy Dicky, happier wife.
Before I go, I wanted to point out two things from the NAHBS experience.
I already posted this Street Ghost image from the party Saturday night:
Seven Stars Cycles.
And there's this image captured by Dustin Staley...
stolen Hero bike from NAHBS... ridden to the party and tossed nonchalantly against the wall. I'm assuming these guys are rolling around laughing after hearing that someone rode a stolen NAHBS bike to the party.
How would I know? I wasn't not there.
The Tour duh Charlotte is tomorrow.
Pre-registration closes at noon today. Day-of is $5 more and perhaps a thrilling game of truth or day with a race volunteer.
I can honestly say that no race offers a better registration dollar to prize/food/experience/beer combo.
How much beer?
An uncomprehendably incomprehensible amount.
75° and beautiful. This event will be something and then something more than that something.