Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cruisin' for a Brewsin': April Installment

It's hard to believe that a month has passed since Cruisin' for a Brewsin' #1 of 2014. But here we are with the 3rd Thursday of the month upon us, which means it's time for CfaB #2. That's right: April's installment of CfaB is tomorrow night. It's looking like the weather might be less than perfect; there's a chance of light rain in the afternoon. But on the other hand, the route is going to be pretty good. As always, we'll be kicking things off at Dugout at 6:30pm. Then we'll take the long way to Ebbet's, followed by Patton Alley, and wrap things things up back at the Dugout.

For those who are interested, I'll be opening the doors to the Tinkery at around 5:30pm for a little CfaB pre-party brewsin'. Give me a call, text, or hit me up on Facebook if you need directions to our place. Hope to see you tomorrow night!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bikes Are Cool. Helmets Are Cool.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a crack forming in my beloved, 6-7ish year old Giro Phase helmet. It was with a degree sadness that I then went on the hunt for a new skid lid. I tried out a couple of helmets. One, which my son chose for me, was universal-size. With my head as narrow as it is, universal-size helmets make me look faintly like a young child wearing his father's helmet. The second was a size small, but was a bit too tight and adjustable-fit hardware dug uncomfortably into my scalp. And that's when I found a 2009 model Giro Phase on Not exactly new and exciting, but it fit just as expected and is a nice low-profile and great-looking lid. In the image above, you can see my old sun-faded Phase on the right, and the shiny new Phase on the left. I'm hoping that the new one lasts at least as long as its predecessor.

Monday, March 31, 2014

George Clooney: Bicycle Advocate?

I'm a John Turturro fan for sure, so I jumped all over this Role Recall article from Yahoo!. But what really stuck with me was this tidbit from Turturro's time with George Clooney on the set of 'O Brother Where Art Thou':
On set, we were always riding bikes. George bought us mountain bikes and I still have mine.
That's awesome. Turns out George Clooney is a pretty rad guy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cruisin' For a Brewsin' Is Back, Baby!

Holy shit! Turnout for the Cruisin' for a Brewsin' Bike Pub Crawl was a little weak by the end of the summer last year, so I had some concerns about whether they'd reboot it for 2014. It's hard to communicate my sheer delight when I got the invitation via Facebook for the kickoff event, which is taking place this coming Thursday, March 20th.

A few notes on the event: 1) The weather is going to be fucking perfect - current forecast calling for a high of 67 with sunny skies. 2) The route is fantastic, and is as follows:

  1. Depart Dugout at 6:30pm
  2. Lindberg's on C-Street
  3. Trolley's on the Square
  4. Back to Dugout
Each stop usually lasts about an hour, which means we'll be back at the Dugout and beginning to disperse by around 9:30pm. And I absolutely love it when Lindberg's is on the agenda - the trip between downtown and Commercial Street never disappoints.

I hope to see you all there, because it's guaranteed to be a great time.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Garage Overhaul: Phase 1

Last month I mentioned that I was beginning work turning our small garage into a functional workshop. I finished what I'm referring to as 'Phase 1," which mostly just included making The Tinkery functional. Future phases will focus on further refining the functionality and improving aesthetics, but this will be a bit more intensive and I'm not sure when I'll have time to get around to it.

For Phase 1, the first step was clearing out the unnecessary junk to maximize space. Once we had a bit more space, the canoe was pulled out of the backyard and hung in the garage. Then I designed and built a new workbench and hung our bikes - minus the tandem - on the south wall.

The garage started out something like what you see above. We basically just piled anything we didn't want in the house into the garage as it came off the moving truck. There was a narrow path through all those piles, allowing us to walk in and out of the house. Our bikes were leaned against one another and all of my tools, spare parts, etc. were packed away in boxes.

Now the garage is much more roomy. The bikes are handy and my tools and supplies are organized on the new workbench. Miscellany has been organized on the shelves in the back of the garage and there are only a few items still sitting on the floor - the tandem and the trailer among them.