30 September 2008

ridin' fixie

Now that Don and the bike are fully recovered, I thought I would post about said bike. Don inherited this 70's-ish KHS bike from my Dad when we moved to Chicago. First, he bought new wheels, including a flip-flop back hub (for single or fixed gear option). He stripped off the 12 gears so he was left with a single-gear bike. He was riding it a lot after this conversion. Then he crashed. Which led to the rebuilding of the front wheel, new crank and pedals (to prevent repeat crashing), and new leather grips to replace the old foam ones. I bought him the lovely Brooks leather saddle for his birthday. Then he bought a new chain, replaced the brake cables, and flipped that back wheel over. And now he rides fixie (with brakes) like all those hipsters.

I wanted to do a simultaneous post about my bike, but the ol' Jetfire is in need of further repair before she's completely decked out. Although she's lookin' much better than when I purchased her on Craigslist.

15 September 2008

lucky me

i always enter free give aways on a number of blogs that i frequent. and i never win them. until today! i just found out that i won this.

07 September 2008

louis kahn was right...

...the brick really does like an arch
*the southwest corner of division and damen streets, chicago [click to enlarge and fully experience the splendor that is chicago's victorian brick-work]

And if you think of Brick, for instance,
and you say to Brick,
"What do you want Brick?"
And Brick says to you
"I like an Arch."
And if you say to Brick
"Look, arches are expensive,
and I can use a concrete lentil over you.
What do you think of that?"
Brick says:
"... I like an Arch"”