Monday, April 27, 2009

Jens Voigt / HTATBL

Originally I was going to send out a link to the Jens Voigt interview below, but How to Avoid the Bummer Life never disappoints and they had another gem posted recently...

I don't find myself with an abundant amount of time to surf so I rely on a few sites to aggregate the relevant minutia for me. For hilarious, bike related, barely work safe content I always head straight to HTATBL.

Jens Voigt interview - Jens is my favorite roadie in the peloton today. Friendly, selfless, and always exciting to watch. His commentary about ignoring the messages your body sends your brain has been helpful the last couple of weeks as I desperately try and find a little form.

Powersliding - Redonkulous.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Friday night at Double Door: The best band ever!

A quick departure from bikes - I want to let everyone know my brother's band, Kinetix, will be rocking the Double Door Friday night. They're a funk rock band and give 110% on stage. If you like fun, dancing, drinking, big hair, or funky music you will thoroughly entertained. Promise.

This Friday April 24
Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Milwaukee & North)

Kinetix goes on about 11pm after two good opening bands.



More fun!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Unoffical COURAGE history

In 2002 I learned how to TIG weld. I needed to build a sitting buck prototype for a new office chair I was working on, complete with FOX coil over shock from my ripped in half Chuck (remember those from back in the day?). After a weekend in the shop I was making strong, reliable welds. They weren't pretty but they did the job. I knew I wanted to build a bike, but without access to proper jigs, cutting tools, or knowledge I was relegated to building dumpster bikes.

Below is a pic of Ruby and I from last weekend riding Courage Choppers bike #2. This bike is part Trek 820 and a no name bike, both found in dumpsters, a stretch Nerve dual crown fork, and about 12 feet of 1.25" straight gauge steel tubing. I also sourced a banana seat, pegs, fresh 24" wheels, and two gold chains from the ultimate cheap part bike site, Lovely Lowriders.

Yep, long before Aaron was building gorgeous, high performance bikes I was making choppers out of found bike parts under the same moniker. The name came from two distinct directions. First was the mockery of tough guy biker gangs. I'm not a tough guy, but the chopper is undoubtedly the tough guys prime transportation choice. The second direction was from Laura. She would get all dolled up to go out with her girlfriends but she'd let me pedal her to the bar on the back of my ridiculous bikes - a sign of true love, and courage.

I moved out of the country and sold one of the bike to my friend at SRAM where it lived on the test track for a few years. The pictured bike ended up in my parents basement. Now the bike comes out for special occasions like birthday parties and Easter egg hunts. I'm way popular with the 5-12 year old crowd.

In it's newest, most appropriate incarnation, COURAGE takes on a new meaning to Aaron and I. Its less about biker gangs and and hot chicks, and more about exploiting the real emotions behind the word. The most courageous guy that lines up at the race is likely to finish dead last - he knew he would but still showed up. Someone who wants to build a bike and circumnavigate the planet is courageous - he's not winning a race, no dollar handups, just wild, risk laden, introspective adventures.

You don't have to be the fastest to be the most courageous.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ruby and the Wright Bros.

Ruby, my 3 year old, has achieved an important milestone. Yesterday she experienced balancing on two wheels over a significant distance. It may have only been 5 or 6 (very small) bike lengths but is was her first spellbinding, giggle inducing, physics reinforced taste of freedom only a bike can provide.

Of course moments later she got all urban shredder on me and went for a huge move that I haven't even tried yet.

The progress is happening quickly. Like the Write brothers first flight of a few hundred feet, I hope this is all Ruby needs to be inspired to ride further.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pro Photo

Aaron has some nice pro photography of the team bikes on the COURAGE flickr site.

Check it.