Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Hump day is history!

Over the Hump! Man I cannot wait for this dreary week to be done. It's gotta get better from here on out! Finished up with a major thorn in my side today at work, but wouldn't be surprised if I am reinvolved in the situation tomorrow. Let's just say everyone should back-up their important docs, data, pics, music, addresses...you know, shit you don't want lost..it's worth the $100 usb or fire-wire external drive!

On a positive note - This could be the year packed with 100 mile races. Gotta go with what feels right and 100 miles of dirt feels soo right! Signed up for the Mohican and will roll out June 2nd (four weeks, woo hoo!) to Ohio with Jeff and a few others for some good times on what sounds like an epic loop.

Kinda lost with out a Hardtail...Igleheart frame went to the powder coater Friday and won't be back for 2-3 weeks :( (just in time for Mohican) :) Waking up and ripping an hour loop through local trails is nothing but pure therapy and is a great way to start any day. Just not the same on a 31 pound fully with 6 inches of travel...not that the weather has cooperated this week...yet.
I can't say enough kind words about Christopher Igleheart. He created this custom ride in just a few weeks. I had a few minor issues with the frame..you can see that I used electrical tape to secure the brake hose from tapping on the top tube for 8 hours durring the cohutta..Christopher silver soldered on another hose mount. I also had some chain suck because of rain and mud, he soldered on mounts for a stainless anti-suck device (nice old-school detail). When I returned after the couple new additions to the frame, I noticed had polished all the stainless details, head badge, seat binder, head tube rings. This guy has got big pride in what he loves to do and does it better than anybody I have seen. You probably can't tell this frame is a work of art because it was such a damn mess in this picture.



The rain up here in Boston has put a damper on riding since Monday but is nothing compared to the torrential down-pours that tore up Iowa and subsequently turned roads and trails to quick sand for the poor bastards competing in Trans Iowa. JB had a good write up with links. I Feel for the people that trained for months only to get shit weather for their efforts.

Congrats Mom and Dad on your new purchase..traded in their camp trailer for a bigger and better version. Glad to see you guys enjoy roughing it on the weekends (yeah right!) with the bare essentials. Lesli and I will be up soon to help break it in!

9 comments:

George said...

Re: extra cable 'mount' - Nice! You runnin full-length shifter cable?

Andy said...

nah, running hydrolic brakes with the option of running mechanical brakes with full length housing.

Saw your ride over at his shop...coming out really sweet! That guy knows how to lay a bead.

bwc said...

Does Igleheart have a website? I've been trying to read up on his frames.

jeff said...

no website for igleheart - yet. i needz to get one going for that brother. think i might bring my ifab over for one of those old-school anti-chain suck devices when i go to talk to him about his website...

isn't 3 wks a long time to paint a frame?

Andy said...

Like his frame making techniques the man is old school...no web site yet. His email is iglebike@aol.com but your better off to call him 978.302.0905

the powder coater had a back log two weeks and they had to take special time to clean-up and prep the frame after I rode in a monsoon. no worries...yet.

Jason said...

you need to drive that bad ass camper down for Mohican. Get a keg going in that thing post race! Oh yeah! jm

Andy said...

beers will be flowing, camper or no camper!

Jason said...

word.

jeff said...

on the Mohican website it said all finishers get a beer mug - and access to the keg! that's what i call a post-race bbq. who needs food when you got beer.