I’m sitting in bed, sick with something, feeling sorry for myself so I’ve had some time to peruse the world of bicycles today on the internet (or interwebz if you’re 13). Interbike is coming up, and that seems to be making news everywhere. Seems that the wet and weird world of Cyclocross is really coming on full steam as well. Other than that, I have some projects and interviews and stuff lined up but those will be coming in the next few weeks. Let me just reconnect my intravenous orange juice feed and get my fingers going.
Soma has some interesting stuff coming up that you can read about here. The new fenders sound pretty cool, and the new Old Gold color is probably going to be awesome, but the big news in my mind is the KVA Stainless Steel frames they’re working on. What really bumps up the fanciness quotient for me is the fact that they’re seriously considering doing them fillet-brazed. Will they be as nice as a Tom Ritchey fillet-brazing job? We can only hope.
Speaking of Tom Ritchey, here’s a beautifully done video of the man himself doing a little reminiscing. If you care even the littlest bit about bicycles, it’s a must-see. The moustachio’d maestro will go down as one of the great innovators of the sporting side of bicycling, that’s for sure. He can still fillet-braze like a mad rat as well.
Want to hear about even fancier frame building methods? I talked to Bruce Gordon on the phone a while ago, and he’s not going to be making any more of his B.L.T. (Basic Loaded Touring) frames. Back to custom orders only he says. The B.L.T. is made in Taiwan and is a super deal for a hardcore around the world bike. Get them before they’re gone if you want one. Also, don’t dare call him unless you’ve already read his sizing info on the site or he’ll make you feel bad. Also-also don’t mention any other racks that you might have, or you run the risk of him telling you they’re pieces of shit. I have first-hand knowledge that he doesn’t think Surly racks are very nice.
I don’t know much about Interbike, but hearing about it again this year made me look around for interesting builders and designers. I’m pretty jaded when it comes to bicycle frames because it seems like there’s less emphasis these days on putting the time in and really mastering the craft. I don’t know, maybe it’s not the case but I wouldn’t want anyone who hasn’t built at least a thousand or so frames making one for me. I certainly wouldn’t want to pay top dollar for someone’s 7th frame ever. Anyway, I found Black Mountain Cycles in my looking, and they’ve got a couple really interesting (production) frames they do. One’s a road frame but it will allow 33.3mm tires (like Jack Browns), the other is a monstercross bike that can fit 45mm knobbies, which might get me over my obsession of someday owning a fatbike. Man, big tires are the coolest. It’s true.
Since cyclocross is such a hot ticket right now, I’m going to interview either some of the guys or the sponsors or friends of or something of the 2020 Fuel Cyclocross Team. They look like a fun bunch, and they get the kids involved. All good stuff. Might have to buy a cow bell. No idea where to get one though.
My co-worker’s craigslist find, a maybe 1984 Nishiki Olympic, is going to get restored to lovely working order by yours truly. It’s something like a 68cm frame. Whatever it is, it’s the biggest Nishiki I’ve ever seen. Work should be starting in the next couple weeks or so.
I’ve also got an interview lined up with Colin from Haulin’ Colin, who’s a super nice and well-respected guy in the world of Seattle bicyclists. I think he keeps sort of weird hours, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
That’s it for now. I didn’t even ride my bike this weekend because of being sick. I even dusted off my old XBOX 360 and tried to play some video games for the first time in like a year or two. It didn’t really work because I have no idea what I’m doing with games, but I gave it a sporting effort. There are worse things than being off the bike for a few days, but there’s not much worse than forcing yourself to ride when you don’t want to. I think so at least. It’s a quick way to take away joy from something that’s got so much inherent fun built in. In the wise words of someone who’s actually pretty wise (not me), “ride like a kid”.
Thanks for reading.