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NAHBS ’08

The North American Handmade Bike Show is this weekend in Portland Oregon.

This has become THE show for handmade framebuilders and although it’s obviously oriented towards builders on the other side of the pond, there’s a few European folks exhibiting.

I’ll probably post quite a few pics over the next few days of what I like from the show so stay tuned.

Oh, that kinda reads like I’m there. I’m not but I’d like to be.

There’s a number of sites with lots of images from NAHBS so I’ll post full links when I come across them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland

http://www.clockworkbikes.com

http://www.urbanvelo.org/

http://gallery.mtbr.com






posted by steven - February 10th, 2008

arghh what a mess!

I hate this shit weather.

So last week we had some crazy mad weather, wind and rain like I’ve never seen before. Upshot was the workshop got flooded. Water got in through the roof and through one of the ill fitting windows. Also managed to pool up on the outside of one of the brick walls which then seemed to crumble away at the base letting the water come in. Water all over the fecking place.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it managed to get into the electrical conduits and bork my power.

So I’ve spent way too long on the roof making repairs, rewiring the whole shop, installing a new ceiling and taking the opportunity to add some funky new insulation. My workshop has a mix of some wooden sheet and brick internal walls. I’ve decided to erect some proper stud walls to give me a bit more insulation and generally clean the place up a bit.

All this is taking way too long and everything else I had going on has had to come to halt for a little while. I was also hoping to do something with my very uneven, cold dirty concrete floor but I think that might have to wait.

Here’s a pic of why no framebuilding is getting done!

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Currently playing in iTunes: I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You by Kelly Hogan

posted by steven - February 5th, 2008

Sheldon Brown R.I.P.

Apparently Sheldon Brown had a massive heart attack yesterday and sadly passed away. Although he’s been suffering with MS recently, I’m led to believe this was unexpected.

A sad day indeed.

posted by steven - February 4th, 2008