Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And to show I can also heap praise...

I'm not always sarcastic and critical (okay, most of the time). There were two booths at the show that had bikes I place in the category of "bikes-I-didn't-design-but-would-like-to-own." The first is the new Salsa Fargo. The second were the bikes from Rawland. I got a chance to talk with both Jason (and Mike - Mike and I solved the world's ills, so not to worry, everything will be fine) from Salsa and Sean of Rawland. Both guys are doing great things. They don't know it yet, but I'm going to bring some of their stuff in the shop for sale. There, I said it.

Thinking about why I like the bikes from these two brands, I see that they both have something in common: fat tires and drop bars. The combination doesn't get any better. Well, maybe a combination of vanilla ice cream and peanut butter cups is close...

(What's playing: Ben Harper Gather 'Round The Stone)

A "Glimpse" of things to come?...

Under the heading of model names that raise an eyebrow (and to show that it's not just Tim I'll poke fun at), is the new made in Taiwan, sorry, "sourced overseas" model from Ellsworth. For a company who has put a lot into the "we make it ourselves" basket, it's uncharacteristic to go to Asia for a new product. Their website title is "Ellsworth Handcrafted Bikes." The logo on the front page says "Ellsworth - Made in America." I'm not going to debate on the finer points of what handcrafted means since, technically, the Asian made frames are handcrafted as well, but "Made in America" is a statement that will need revision. "Made in America" - except the Glimpse.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I do not have anything against making bike products in Taiwan. That's where my frames are being sourced. I'm proud of my contacts in the Taiwan cycling industry. The fact that Ellsworth is making a frame in Taiwan isn't really even that big of a deal to me. In fact, if it was called anything other than Glimpse, I probably wouldn't have even noticed. But, the fact that the name chosen is Glimpse made me stop in my tracks. When I see the word glimpse, the first thing that comes to mind is "a glimpse of things to come." So, is the Glimpse a glimpse of things to come? Moving production overseas? Even the dictionary's defininition of glimpse isn't very flattering for a full-suspension bike. Glimpse: noun; 1. a very brief, passing look, sight, or view. 2. a momentary or slight appearance. 3. a vague idea; inkling. Maybe the intention is that other riders only get to catch a glimpse of a Glimpse on the trail because it's so darn fast. Maybe. Maybe Glimpse is a better name for a brand of women's undergarments. Works for me. And don't get me started on their new commuter - it's actually too easy to make fun of.

(What's playing: The Smothers Brothers on KPIG)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Interbike bound...

Heading to Interbike early in the a.m. to check on cycle touring/commuting type gear. Not taking the computer and that's a nice thing. Back on Saturday. It will be interesting to attend the show as a dealer compared to a manufacturer.

(What's playing: A Ray Charles tribute on KWMR - today would have been his birthday)

Dear Marty...

Dear Marty,
I'm writing to let you know I've been doing well out here in Marin County. I do miss the seasons in Wisconsin, but I'm done freezing my stays off during winter. My new owner has been preoccupied the past year with proving he's tough by riding his 'cross bike where he really should be riding me, a mountain bike. But it's okay. I think he realized today just how incredible I treat my rider when we went out to Fairfax and rode a loop around Tamarancho. I don't know why he still marvels at how nimbly I get around the trails - especially how well balanced I am when climbing up switchback trails.

Any way, I had a great day riding today. Here's some pictures my owner took. Try not to cry too much when you see them - ha, ha! Now if I could just convince him to get rid of all those other bikes he likes. I know he likes me best.

Here I am with the most awesome of signs! Now if all trails were like this. I'm okay sharing trails with folks on foot and horseback, but I do like trails.

Here's me with Fairfax and San Pablo Bay in the background.

A closer up picture.

Hey, look, there's Mt. Tam in the background!

Wow, this was a fun trail!
By for now,
Phoenix

P.S. My owner says you get to take me on a bike ride if you ever come out to Marin.

(What's playing: some bluegrass on KWMR)

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's a grrreat day for a mountain bike ride...

Said, of course, with a Jackie Stewart Scottish brogue. It's been way too long since I got out on a mountain bike. I picked up this old 1991 WTB be-decked Merlin a while ago and finally put my touches on it so it could be up to my standards. This is the bike that had the stuck seat post. The bike came to me with a Softride suspension stem. I would have probably left it on because I do like them. They suit my riding style and I have spent plenty of time on them in the early 90's. However, this one had such worn out bushings that a nudge of the bar to turn the bike resulted in the bike staying on a straight line because the bars would turn the stem without affecting the fork.

Before.

The first change was installing an old Salsa 150mm length stem. Because the head tube is a bit on the short side, I went with an Easton Monkeylite XC low-rise bar. After getting the seat post out of the frame, I went with Easton, again, for the seat post. I like this simple post. It's worked well for me for a long time on a road bike I had.

This frame is from the era when Merlin licensed WTB's Grease Guard system for the bottom bracket. Bearings are pressed into the frame with a straight 17mm axle. The inside seal of the bearing is removed as there is a system that allows grease to be pumped in through a grease port on the bottom of the shell into a sealed labyrinth that directs the grease into the bearing purging the old grease out and filling the bearing with new, fresh grease.

The bearings in the frame were shot. Couple this with the Topline cranks that were on the bike and I had to install new bearings, bottom bracket axle, and cranks. I've never been a fan of early 90's CNC cranks, and especially of the Topline cranks. Give me a nice cold forged crank any day. And I had just the right crank - a Ritchey Logic crankset with 46/34/24 rings. Perfect. New bearings pressed in with new 123mm axle and the bike's taking shape.

Parts laid out ready to install.

Inside the shell showing the snap-ring grooves and bearing stop and the grease port.

Right side bearing installed in place on the axle ready to go in the frame with the other bearing.

I pulled the brakes off, cleaned them up, reinstalled with new cables. Noting finer than WTB Speedmaster rollercams. The rear brake pads were worn, so a new set of WTB Gripmaster dual-compound pads went on. Front brake pads are fine so they stay (when they wear out, another new set of Gripmaster goes on). New derailleur cables, fresh grease in the WTB Classic hubs. Pulled the fork and cleaned up the rust forming on the steerer tube (note: one should always coat a steel steerer tube with a layer of grease to keep rust from forming). The headset is also a WTB Grease Guard model made by Chris King. That puts the bike with Grease Guard in all the bearings (hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and even in the brake arms which rotate on a brass bushing/bearing).

So, the bike is ready to ride. Where to ride. I haven't ridden the San Gernimo ridge yet, so that's where I head. I quickly came to the realization that I am sorely out of shape. The steep hills kicked my butt. They were short and steep and that's not what I needed today. The weather being absolutely beautiful made up for my shortcoming. It's hard to ride when your mind still thinks your body is race ready, but your body is not quite on the same page. Oh well. Instead of staying with the plan to ride into Tamarancho, ride a loop, ride back, I knew I needed to make a better decision so just rode out 1 hour and back an hour. That was sufficient.

Okay, on to photos. The view from San Geronimo ridge with Pine Mountain Ridge and Bolinas Ridge behind that.

The bike.

Front end - note rare 118mm front WTB hub with custom Potts built Type II fork. Extra special.

Rear hub.

Front hub with early 70's Campy flat quick release. The front hub is 118mm wide at the lock nuts. A standard front quick release is too short. This quick release is from an era when rear hubs were 126mm. Works just fine on this hub. The skewers that came with the bike were Ringle twist things - I hated those in 1991, I hate them today. Give me a nice quick release any day.

Front brake. The braze-ons are for a Bruce Gordon front rack.

Fine coating of dust.

Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

Low bridge (well, low if you're 15 feet tall).
From 1991 Merlin / WTB


(What's playing: The Clash Spanish Bombs)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How hard can it be...

How hard can it be to remove those little pieces of tape that brake makers fix to their road brake calipers to protect the finish in shipping? It's the first thing I do when I install a brake on a road bike. And it's one of the first things I'll do if it's on a bike I'm working on. Leaving it on is like, well, you might as well leave the plastic on your new couch. I would personally prefer to have a tiny scratch on the arm where the other arm touched than that piece of tape.

The thing that gets me is it's very likely that the person who assembled this bike when it came out of the box is a bike person. They work in a bike shop because they like bikes. If you like bikes, why leave that nasty piece of tape on the brake? Do you have one on your bike or did you remove it? I've not seen this tape left on on any pro bikes. I know they aren't the easiest things in the world to remove. I even mentioned this to a friend who used to work at Shimano at one time. I don't think it was a priority for them, though. If Shimano removes it before taking a product shot, then everyone else needs to as well.
(What's playing - last three songs: The Clash Clash City Rockers, The Beatles Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Simon and Garfunkel The Sound of Silence)

Monday, September 15, 2008

When will companies make knickers long enough...

Knickers, 3/4 pants, pedal pushers, capri pants, manpris, shants, the basic mid-calf riding pant is a good piece of bike riding gear for cool crisp mornings. I'll cover my knees in weather with temps below the mid-60s. My knees thank me for keeping them out of the cold air. When I wear lycra, I've got a pair of knee warmers that I got from RockShox years ago before they were owned by SRAM. They are one of my favorite piece of bike gear. Definitely top 5. I don't know who made them for RockShox and I wouldn't mind another pair or two to use when these finally give up the ghost.

When I want to be less racy and more casual, I like knickers. At least I want to like knickers. You see, at 6'3" tall, I'm tall, but not giant tall. However, my legs belong to someone much taller than I am. And it's those legs that prohibit me from finding knickers that work like they're supposed to - by covering my knee. The knickers that I really want to like are the Endura Humvee 3/4. I've got a pair and they are very nicely made. They come with a liner with chamois which you can use or not. Lots of pockets. Heavy duty double stitching. There's just one problem. When I ride with them, they come up over my knees exposing them to the cold air. I'm not talking about a little riding up, they settle in completely above my knee.

My PBH is 976mm (and that's about the extent of person information, I'll be giving out). Based on the Rivendell method to size a frame, I am hors categorie. Their frame sizing chart goes up to a 950 PBH. Interesting side note, my seat height has been the same for years - 853mm. I've set my road and mountain bikes to this height since I can remember. Based on Rivendell's method to get seat height (PBH x .873), I get 852mm - 1mm difference. Pretty good method to get your seat height.

So, with that inseam, I just can't fit the cycling knickers I want to like. The Swobo and Chrome knickers are longer than the Endura model, but still not long enough. It appears that the tall folks out here are being left out of being hip. There's got to be other tall folks who want something like a large/long size. The Swobo and Chrome versions only need to be 3 to 4 inches longer. The Endura, on the other hand, well, that's got to be a good 9 inches longer.

And in case you think I'm joking, here's the Endura 3/4 Humvee in action. These things are supposed to cover the knee. And because I've got to limit my rides to the morning, they rarely see the sun or they see only the weakest of rays. My SoCal tan lines have all but disappeared. Probably a good thing in the long-run.
(What's playing: Alice in Chains Man in the Box)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

It was a good idea after all...

Way back in April I tried to fix a 9-speed Dura Ace STI shifter. Didn't work as there was a crucial part that was damaged and the cause of the shifting problem. When I was trying to fix that one, I also took apart one of mine to have a side-by-side comparison of just how it worked. Since April, mine has sat in a baggie completely disassembled. Yesterday, I had some down time so I thought I'd put it back together. After refreshing my memory on how it all went together, I finally got it together and, whew, it works like a champ! Who says you can't rebuild Shimano shifters. Well, I guess this was a case of re-assembly, not necessarily rebuilding.

Sorting out the pieces.


Done!
As chance would have it, I had someone come in today with a 9-speed Dura Ace STI shifter that was not functioning. The cable had broken off inside it and in the process of fishing the broken head out, the ratchet barrel (the guts) had gone past the #9 position and had jammed. In addition, the return spring that's located under the front cap wasn't reinstalled correctly. After getting the return spring installed, I tore into the back removing the return shift lever to get at the internals. There is a little knob on the ratchet mechanism that gets bumped by the release lever's movement that releases the cable. This guy was basically stuck. With a machinist's pick, I coaxed it to release and then released it back to ground zero. Got the release lever mounted (which is a PITA because there is a tiny return spring that has to be sprung in place to the lever blade). Finished buttoning up all the other parts and returned this STI lever back into service. Maybe he'll get another 15 years life out of it. Could happen.

(What's playing: Tom Waits In the Colosseum)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Turn off, tune out - part 2...

Instead of lengthy comments on a comment, I figured this could be its own post. Rich Kelly, from Interbike, commented on the previous post. First, thanks for reading, Rich. Second, as I was writing the original post, I was thinking "well, really how different is my blogging from twittering?" I would say it's quite a bit different. I try to only write something that I feel is of interest to someone who is as into bikes as I am. Originally, this was about my opening a bike shop, but it somehow morphed into what it is today - day-to-day bike shop happenings, commentary on bikes and the industry and maybe some neat pictures and humor.

Okay, so on to Rich's comment.

"I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for your nice words about our blog being a helpful source of industry news. As for your thoughts on Twitter and other social media, I get bouts of socialnetworkitis pretty frequently myself and am sometimes challenged to keep up with all the Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace "friends" and updates. Twitter, though, seems to have "stuck" with me. It's a simple and easy way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues in the industry. It's unobtrusive and the short 140 character limit keeps posts quick and to the point.

My use of Twitter for the show this year is to have it send out reminders of events ("The Hite-Rite tech clinic starts in 15 minutes in room 201"), updates ("The Lance Armstrong autograph signing has been moved to the LeMond Cycles booth") and any other news that might pop up during the show. It's free, totally opt-in and you can choose to have it send the posts to your cell phone or just check it every now and then on one of the pc's in the online lounge or your laptop if you have one. I'm guessing you won't be bringing an iPhone with you to the show...


Yes, there are inane posts that are all over Twitter. There are also worthless blog posts - does that devalue blogs as a communication tool?


Along with the inaneness there are also great bits of info and insight into what's going on in the community. Just choose the right people to follow. It's also a great way to get feedback or opinions on ideas you may have. Again, it's just another way to stay in touch, meet and communicate with other people."


Yes, I do understand the value of using twitter as a tool. There are situations when someone has pertinent information that others will find useful and possibly save them some time. However, I would venture that that only accounts for a small percentage of twitter posts - and that is a total guess because I've not really seen a twitter post. But I can imagine.

And, yes, there are worthless blog posts. That is, I believe, a lack of focus on what you are trying to convey in your (that's a collective "your") blog. Staying on task with the reason you started a blog in the first place is difficult. There's blogs I read that definitely stray far beyond their marketing boundaries.

The one thing that I have a hard time understanding (and it's probably just me), is where do folks find the time to do all this blogging, twittering, facebooking, myspacing, linkedining... Maybe this is what folks like to do in their spare time. What did these people do with their time before they were bloggers, twitterers, myspacers, linkediners? Surely, they did something with their time. Did they stop doing what they were doing previously, or just fit in all this new stuff with the old? Do they miss doing what they used to do?

All these new types of activities are called social media. I think that's the wrong terminology. Social as a term pertains to interactions between people. Sure, that can be taken many different ways and one of them can be socializing through electronic devices. However, I prefer social as personal, face-to-face interactions between people. As people walk the streets, site at their desk, commute on the train, they may be "socializing," but they are socializing impersonally, looking into a small screen and seeing letters and words. They aren't standing next to a person talking to them.

I'm an observer. I walk through airports (when I used to fly a lot, over a million miles on one airline) and watch people. Other people walk through airports on their phones or frantically forming words on a tiny keypad. I feel they are missing out on the great act of observing humans or watching planes take off and land. When I'm in Las Vegas for Interbike, I'll walk to the show and watch people. When I'm at the show, I'll be waking aisles checking out the vendors.

Sorry, Rich, I don't think I will be opting in to Twitter to get up to the second posts about happenings. I'm sure you would constitute as a "right" person to follow, but I don't want to. I just don't want to make the time to follow you (no offense) or anyone else. You're correct, I don't have an iPhone, let alone a cell phone. I spend enough time on my laptop (which I won't be bringing either) that I don't want to be tethered by an even more portable electronic device.

One thing that I keep thinking about is, in this day, with all these "tools," people are afraid of missing something. Missing out on what's next. For those with tivo players, missing a show. Missing a text message. It's okay to miss a tv show. It's okay to miss the next blog post I make. It's okay to miss seeing someone. The world isn't going to end. And besides, if you don't know you missed it, how do you miss it?

Oh, and thanks for the info on the Hite-Rite tech clinic, I'm giddy with anticipation ;-). And brilliant bit regarding the autograph signing. Took me a minute to "get it," but had a good chuckle! Hope you have a good Interbike. I'm really looking forward to the show after missing it last year.

(What's playing: Journey Wheel in the Sky oh, yeah!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Turn off, tune out, go ride your bike...

As a twist on the famous quote by Timoty Leary, I propose turning off, tuning out, and going for a bike ride. I recently had an e-mail exchange with another bike shop owner in Texas. He had generously sent me some brake cable housing of a color I could not find through any of my distributors. He gave me his cell phone number to contact him while in Las Vegas at Interbike so I could buy him a beer. Unfortunately, I don't have a cell phone. As soon as my service contract expired, I cancelled it. I hadn't turned it on and used it for at least 6 months. I'm either at home, the shop, or out on a ride where I don't want or need to be talking on a phone.

I'm not sure how folks survived without cell phones 10, 15 years ago. Is there no down time any more? Is everything so important that one needs immediate gratification of talking with someone? Is it nothing that can't wait until the person you are trying to reach comes home or you see them next? I read a report that an estimated $588 billion is lost each year due to interruptions at the workplace from non-work related internet use, phone calls, text messages... That's 588 BILLION DOLLARS every year! No wonder American productivity is such that corporations are moving jobs offshore. We've got no one to blame but ourselves.

Now, check this out: in another report from 2003, 2 million jobs and $356 billion were being out sourced offshore. Is it possible that if workers focused on their job while at work, productivitiy would outpace what could be saved by outsourcing?

How does this fit with bikes? I read several bicycle related blogs. I read them in Google Reader so I only have to go to this one location to read them only when something is new. Helpful and time saving. One of them is Interbike Times. It's a good source of industry news. However, in the past couple of days there were a couple of posts that kind of left me scratching my head. One was about companies not embracing "social media." It wasn't the post itself, but how the information for the post was received - "Courtesy of a Basecamp Communications Twitter post this morning..." Twitter post? And then this one: Getting Interbike 2008 New & Updates Via Twitter. There it is again - Twitter?

I don't know about any one else but every time I hear or read that word "twitter," I immediately associtate The Who's Fiddle About, twitter about, twitter about. Not being real clear on exactly what Twitter is, I followed the link in the Interbike Twitter post to Twitter in plain English. Okay, now I really don't get it. So basically, someone "twitters" that they are getting a cup of coffee or some other mundane task and other people follow the posts? Hey, guess what I'm doing right now! Who cares! It's hard enough setting time aside to read a few blogs. Who has the spare time to post bits on twitter and then read other peoples posts. I'm sorry, but that's just sad to feel the need to keep up on this stuff.

I guess one "twitters" via a cell phone. So now you can use a cell phone to twitter, IM, text (I guess there's a difference between an IM and a text message, but I'm not going there), surf the web, and hey, you can even talk to a live person! I'm the first to admit that I'm a dinosaur. Most of these new-fangled devices do nothing to enhance a person's life. They just clutter it.

I had to do a bunch of errands a few days ago. I brought a book to read while I waited at the various stops I had to make. At one place I was sitting on a bench quietly reading when someone talking on a cell phone came and sat next to me yacking on the phone. Pretty much ruined my ability to read as the person's one-sided conversation flooded my ears. At a doctor's office waiting room, I pulled my book out again while next to me a woman frantically punched the keyboard of some miniscule device. Do these people really need to be connected all their waking time? Imagine what the world would look like if you had no idea what a cell phone was. You'd walk down a city street and see all these people aimlessly talking to themselves. Bunch of loonies, you'd think.

Turn off, tune out, go ride your bike (without a cell phone or music plugged into your ears). It really is okay to miss out and not be constantly in touch. Trust me, I'm a bike mechanic.

(What's playing: The Staples Singers Respect Yourself)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What's in the stand...

This super cool old Phoenix came in for a tune-up. This is the kind of bike that just "shows up" for service out here in West Marin. The owner of this bike bid on a tune-up I donated for a charity auction. The Phoenix is likely my all-time favorite riding frame. WTB nailed the design of this frame from the get go and it remained, essentially, unchanged throughout its 6 year production run. I don't know anyone who has one who doesn't rave about it and the few folks who have had one and have sold theirs off still have regrets - right Marty ;-) ?


This one even has a custom stem. The stem cap is integrated into the stem as well. Pretty cool touch.

The brakes on the bike were WTB Speedmaster canti brakes. They have the ubiquitous crack in the pad holder. Too bad these brakes had this problem. They were pretty darn cool.

(What's playing: The Who Pinball Wizard)

Friday, September 5, 2008

New in the shop: Redline Monocog Flight 29er...

To accompany the Redline Mono 9 bikes I have, I got in a few single-speed Monocog Flight 29 bikes. Very nicely appointed single-speed 29" wheel bike.

The line-up.

Monocog Flight 29

Reinforced head tube and bomber down tube gusset that clears suspension fork knobs.

Good tire clearance for the fattest 29" tires.

Sliding dropouts. The frame also has full cable stops/guides so it can be turned into a geared bike with the appropriate slider.

Clean design on the seat stay bridge. Slot for the seat post faces forward to keep crud out of the seat tube.

Time to get your 29er on.

(What's playing: KWMR)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How much does it weigh?...

Maybe the most asked question by customers in a bike shop, after “how much does it cost?” is “how much does it weigh?” It doesn’t matter if the bike in question is a $300 comfort bike or a $3000 road bike. “How much does it weigh?” Weight, within reason, is irrelevant. The more appropriate question should be “how does it ride?” I mean, that’s what makes riding bikes so great – the ride of the bike.

However, the question about weight is much easier to answer. It is a definitive, easy to arrive at, answer. Hang the bike on a scale, look at the readout, and that’s the answer. “How does it ride?” requires an answer that is subjective and must be arrived at by actually riding the bike in question and forming an opinion of its ride. This is where the challenge is. Every rider has a different need to be extracted out of the ride of a bike so their answers to “how does it ride?” will be different. I also have a very tough time with this question.

Some bikes should be very easy to formulate an appropriate response. And appropriate is a key word. For the person asking how that $300 comfort bike rides, the reply should be easy, based on the riding position, and the ease of propelling the bike forward. It would be difficult to extract tiny nuances out of how a $300 any bike rides. But for a $300, or $400, or $500 bike, the answer should something that explains how easy the bike is to ride and that translates into fun.

But for a “performance” type bike, the question is much more difficult to answer. It’s a question I have a very difficult time answering even about my own bikes. It’s not something I really think about when I ride. After all, all of my bikes that I currently put the most time on are pretty much custom. When I created bikes for my previous employer, the largest size I designed was basically a custom bike for me. Pretty sweet deal, eh? I’ve got my position on the bike pretty dialed so I am in my comfort zone. Maybe that’s where the answer lies. A bike that is “just right” doesn’t make you think about how it’s riding. The bike simply disappears underneath you. It’s so neutral in its ride that all you are left thinking about is how fun it is to ride.

I think when you don’t have anything negative to say about how a bike rides (handles, performs…) and it’s difficult to come up with a few positives, that’s when you know that a bike is a great riding bike. When it does just what you want without you having to think about much else except pedaling, that’s when a bike rides great. When you feel like you could pedal forever, that’s when you know a bike rides great. There is greatness in total and complete neutrality. I think my 29” wheel bikes exhibit this. The WTB Phoenix exhibits this. My Bridgestone RB-1 is a great example. My cross bikes, road bikes…

It is always interesting when I read a review of a bike and the reviewer goes into such detail about the ride of the bike. I kind of feel sorry for the journalists whose main task is writing reviews. These test editors have to be thinking about every detail when they ride a bike that they lose sight of the bike ride. So focused on how the suspension soaks up different size bumps that they miss the hawk circling off to their left. So in tune with how the bike takes the switchback at speed that they miss the vista off to the left of the turn. But, unlike me, they do know how to extract that information and put it into words. Guess someone has to do it.

It’s similar with food critics. They can write about subtle nuances in the flavor of food and drink. I’ve tried to put into words/thoughts what it is about a certain food or beer and why I like it. I can’t. It just comes down to, “well, it tastes good and I enjoyed it.”

And I have no idea how much any of my bikes weighs. If I ever weighed one of them at some time in the past, I’ve forgotten. Why? Because it’s not important. Each bike rides … well, fun.

How does your bike ride?

(What's playing: The Specials Concrete Jungle)