Time Trial bike build; Old man weather rant; Bike shop moving?
Yesterday my shiny new Time Trial bike arrived! As promised, the bike arrived factory fresh, and still in its original box straight from the manufacturer. Yessssssssssss.
Of course I was eager to begin the build, but I was not looking forward to sweating my ass off in my bike shop (which occupies a section of my 3-car un-air conditioned garage).
Wait? What? Sweating your ass off? On a November evening? Yep.
So far 3 of the 4 days in November have had highs over 90° (F), which smashes a record going all the way back to the 1800s. October, with a couple of very brief (and mild) respites, was not much better.
Look, I’ve been a Floridian for nearly 30 years. I, like most who live in the Sunshine State, have come to accept the long, hot and humid summer season. Our “reward”, if you will, is the absolutely stunning fall weather we typically enjoy in October and November.
It’s just not happening. This heat is like a kick in the face after grudgingly accepting six long months of summer heat and humidity. My raison d’etre is being stolen, and I’m not happy about it.
Disclaimer: Yeah, I know it’s cold where you are. You probably live in a place where it gets cold in the winter, so kindly save the “I’ll trade you” remarks. Bitching about the cold when you live in Manitoba is precisely the same as a Floridan complaining the humidity in August.
Holy shit, I’m getting old. Just look at that: five goddamn paragraphs about the weather. When I started writing this blog I was going to briefly mention the heat as a segue to the actual subject I had planned. I don’t even remember typing any of the above. I think I blacked out.
Getting back to shiny new bikes…
I decided that I wasn’t going to allow the oppressive heat to taint the otherwise awesome experience of building up a brand new bike. I went into the garage, picked up my bike work stand and carried it into my home gym. Feeling emboldened, I returned to the garage, gathered a bunch of bike tools, and returned to my gym with a defiant smirk on my face.
I love working on bikes. I find wrenching relaxing, enjoyable and satisfying. As I worked on my bike in the comfort of my air conditioned home, I realized that my enjoyment was at a whole new level. Even when things didn’t fall into place exactly as expected, I never once felt irritated. Air conditioning rules.
As I turned my wrenches, the gears in my mind also began to turn. I found myself visualizing how my entire bike shop would look in my home gym.
“The work bench would go perfectly there. Hrm, I could remove those three giant mirrors and install my metal peg boards on that wall. Oh, cool–my shelving would fit right over there by the dumbbell rack.”
By the time I was ready to call it a night I’d not only completed the bike build, I’d planned out moving my entire bike shop into my home gym.
I’m still not sure if I’m going to do it or not. It’s a big step, but I’m tempted. I spend a lot of time in my bike shop, and I’m rarely comfortable. I’ll continue to mull it over.
Regardless of whether or not I move the shop, I’ve decided to do a complete overhaul of my bike shop page. While the parts list is 100% up-to-date, the photos and especially the video are horribly dated. My shop has changed a great deal over the years, and so it’s time to do a whole new photo shoot and, perhaps, a new video.
Finally (and quickly), I completed a “rough” stock build of the bike last night, but I still have to tune, adjust, fit (stem, steerer tube, seatpost, etc) and get all the bolts to their proper torque specs. I’ll be doing the full reveal within the next few days, in the meantime here’s a teaser shot that I took in the middle of the build (click to enlarge):