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  • All good things must come to an end

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 Scott No comments

    When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

    I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike last year, I dug out the gloves and wore them most of the summer. (I got some other gloves that are better when its not quite as hot).

    Imagine my sadness when I looked down and saw this…

    Now – the quest for new gloves (I like) begins. Something with a little more protection might be good.

    #blogit

    All good things must come to an end

    When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

    I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike

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  • Where did 200 miles take me?

    Posted on April 30th, 2016 Scott 1 comment

    When you do a YSC Tour de Pink – one of the many slogans you hear/see is "Where will 200 miles take you?"  The list of places is long … internal and external… it will most DEFINITELY touch your heart.  Having said that – it took me to a bizarre (but friendly) place!

    During my fund raising – I decided to go door to door to solicit contributions.  On my way to earning over $3000 I met many of my neighbors that I had never even spoken to.  That was nice.  I gave them a flyer with my name, email and phone number.  The neighborhood contributed over $500!  Very cool.

    Yesterday, I was driving to the track when my phone rang.  I answered it and t was one of my neighbors.  She remembered that I could fix bicycles and stuff – so she was wondering if I could help her…. fix her oven.  (Of course….)   

    As it turns out, she just needed to have the heating element changed – which is truly and easy job.  

    So yes… 200 miles took me to having my head in the oven… but where exactly was that – it was me, a technically and physically able human helping somebody who needed just a little help.  While the effort (about 5 minutes) was TRULY trivial to me – it meant a TON to my neighbor.  

    That is what the Tour de Pink is to me.  Helping people – people I don't know.  Your donations to my fund raising help me help others.  Each and every dollar I raised for the YSC was important to me, but far more important to an organization helping people!  

    What can you (or we) do today to help somebody?  Remember – what may be small to you may be HUGE to somebody else!

    #blogit

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  • When Websites Lie – they lose my business

    Posted on April 12th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So – I needed a bag for my motorcycle – one that could keep my crap good and dry in a rainstorm – on a trip.  Dad recommended one – I found it for $105 on amazon – but I also found bike bag shop that sold it for $104.99.  Not much of a savings – but they offer an $11 coupon if I simply post their product on my Facebook and/or twitter.  Sure… sounds great.  

    Here is the horse-pucky …. If I buy that bag for $104.99 – I get free shipping.  

    If I use the secret code – I get the bag for $93.99 + $10 shipping. 

    Now … the complete tomfoolery – if I just want the FedEx folks to drop it on my very safe porch I have to pay $3 to get them to check waive signature?   #bullshit  – yeah, I said it.

    Amazon – $105 – free
    Them: $104.99 + $3 
    Them: $93.99 + $10 + 3

    You insult my by offering a great deal that isn't…. Amazon may be the online Walmart, but I used smile.amazon.com and sent some money to charity, not asshattery. 

    BTW… creative folks can find the business by "reading between the lines" and/or eliminating spaces + .com…

    #peaceout  
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  • Sometimes I am SO smart

    Posted on March 18th, 2016 Scott No comments

    About a week or so ago, I wanted a new way to integrate my G+, FB, Twitter and Blog. I researched it an the guy who wrote the Google+ sharing software I use wrote a new version. Wow, great… let me install. Okay, it works ALMOST as good as the old one – and for just $19.95 I can make it work the way I want it to… but I dont want to spend $20 on my blog, I mean only like 2 people look at it and one of them is ME! It would be so nice….

    Well, after a week or dorking and TRYING to make it work I got annoyed and was on the CUSP of paying $20 and then I said … dude…. the old one works exactly like you want it to, why not go back?

    Yeah, it took my brain a week to figure out NOT to fix something that WASN'T broken.

    #sosmart
    #firstworldproblems
    #blogit
    

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  • My Broken Bike – 3 days of de pain

    Posted on March 17th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So – last week was a great week of training, up until the point where I got to Stone Mountain and shifted into the big ring and my shifter crapped the bed. WTF? This is not good. I guess you cannot expect delicate internals, sweat upon my be a sweating freak to last forever? Anyway – I disconnected the cable and rode home (after actually finishing my ride).

    I made plans on sunday to fix my bike. It’s going to rain, right? Nope – no rain, beautiful day to have a broken bike… Le Sigh. After a trip to the shop, I started by pulling off the cables and such, and changing to some NOS 105 levers meant changing to NOS derailleurs. It also uncovered a thing I forgot I “had” … a broken rear derailleur hanger. It was cracked – I broke it all the way off. Another trip to the shop.

    Great – all that is going well… I decide it is a good time to pull the cranks and get everything all super clean. Oh, this is gonna be nice.

    After getting all the cables on, including the internal ones, I go to put ferrules on my cables. Since I worked on bikes a lot and now – they changed things and Shitmano has gone ferrule-less. The cables I had came with them, but they didn’t fit. To the shop I go to complain – but came home understanding. Joy.

    Get the bike ALL put together and realize SRAM and Shimano need different length chains. I completely mis-judged this, need chain pins because that’s how things go now days. Back to the shop …. great, 4 trips in one day?

    I finalize everything and ride it and feel a clunk. UGH… I re-seat the bottom bracket again – and again. I bug Barman – he says do it again. I do and it gets worse. I suck.

    I decide my problem is ALL my seating tools or lack there of. I fashion a bearing press out of parts from Home Depot and it works very well.

    Clunk… Clunk… WTF?

    I decide Ghetto-Press v 1.0 isn’t good enough, so I head back to Home Depot and get stuff to make v 2. MUCH improved, but you guessed it…

    Clunk… Clunk…

    I dork with it a lot longer and break a bearing – don’t ask – I’m not ready to discuss that yet. Finally I say “this is driving me crazy” and Barman says “Let somebody else fix it.” I take it to Snyder Cycles – which if you are near Tucker is about the only shop you need to deal with – period. David works on it for a while and installs a new bottom bracket and it clunks.

    We try about a dozen things and it gets better, but I can still feel it, but I need to ride. I go home and try to ride and within a mile its making enough noise to make me want to beat oncoming traffic. I go home and think what else changed – maybe the cassette and chain are mad at each other…. try another wheel

    clunk…clunk…

    The bike shop hinted it was my frame – the aluminum shell falling out or some such shit I just didn’t want to hear. I stared at my bike, about to go bike shopping and said “The only thing I havent changed is the frame and the crankset – I don’t have a frame… I have a crankset.”

    Let me cut this short …. HOLY CRAP – it fixed it!

    So … lets recap …

    5 trips to the bike shop, 2 trips to Home Depot

    + 105 Shifters
    + 105 Front Brake
    + 105 Derailleurs
    + New (old) Zipp carpet fiber bars
    + New tape
    + New Chain
    + New derailleur hanger
    + All new cables
    + Two new bottom brackets
    + Temporarily new crankset
    + White seat because I am vane and got it for $20 (Fizik Alliante)

    All that and my bike still isn’t happy – because I’m anal and my legs cant stand 175 circles, they can only stand 170 mm circles. Not 167.5… not 172.5… 170. That is all they like. Well, I do have hopes of warrantying my crankset – it should NOT bend like that, probably something way wrong with it – so I don’t want to spend $200+ on a crankset. I need something that isn’t ghetto…. cuz I aint ghetto (unless you are talking about my bottom bracket bearing press). I search and search – and my main man Stratton from Starlite Bikes comes through with a take-off for $50 delivered. By Saturday – my bicycle should be at one with the universe.

    I did take it out for a 36 mile ride last night, and outside of the cranks feeling funky from being long, she’s working better than ever. I routed my cables very meticulously this time and I am much happier with her. I’m glad…. I don’t have another bike search in me!

  • Credit where Credit is DUE!

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    When riding a motorcycle, you need to wear boots for protections.   Your feet are hanging down and out in the open, so a good pair of boots is critical.  You also, on occasion get caught in the rain and keeping your little piggies dry is quite important.  Having feet that are really weird shaped makes buying boots tricky.  I needed some boots and found the "Velocitor Waterproof".  Great, lets try them.  

    I loved these boots!  $150, waterproof and ULTRA comfortable.  I don't find that often.  A string of events brought me to the the Bates website.  I read the reviews of my favorite boots, but they weren't good reviews.  I was actually – oddly – sad.  But my boots were good… until about two weeks ago.  I found the sole ripping.  Well, for every bad review – there was a reply "Please call our toll free number and see if we can help."  Well, rather than post, wait for them to reply, I just called!

    I was greeted by and "on-shore" employee who was extremely helpful.  (Please note – the easy to speak to on-shore employees added great value to this process!) We worked out a plan to get me some moderately upgraded boots and get them quickly.  SWEET!  

    Unfortunately, the pair that I picked had a composite toe – something I just don't need and that makes my hard to fit feet very uncomfortable.  Crap – what have I done?!?!

    I contacted Bates – again and they were a little reluctant as re-returns goes against their policy, but they did issue me a new RA and about 3 days later, my new boots arrived!  The new ones are Gore-Tex lined and seem like a MUCH better boot – AND …. They fit GREAT!

    Thanks to the support folks at Bates Footwear.  It's great to have good support – something that seems to be going away in this day and age!

    #blogit

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    GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX®
    GORE-TEX® performance footwear is durably waterproof and breathable for all seasons. …More Less

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  • Credit where Credit is DUE!

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    When riding a motorcycle, you need to wear boots for protections. Your feet are hanging down and out in the open, so a good pair of boots is critical. You also, on occasion get caught in the rain and keeping your little piggies dry is quite important. Having feet that are really weird shaped makes buying boots tricky. I needed some boots and found the "Velocitor Waterproof". Great, lets try them.

    I loved these boots! $150, waterproof and ULTRA comfortable. I don't find that often. A string of events brought me to the the Bates website. I read the reviews of my favorite boots, but they weren't good reviews. I was actually – oddly – sad. But my boots were good… until about two weeks ago. I found the sole ripping. Well, for every bad review – there was a reply "Please call our toll free number and see if we can help." Well, rather than post, wait for them to reply, I just called!

    I was greeted by and "on-shore" employee who was extremely helpful. (Please note – the easy to speak to on-shore employees added great value to this process!) We worked out a plan to get me some moderately upgraded boots and get them quickly. SWEET!

    Unfortunately, the pair that I picked had a composite toe – something I just don't need and that makes my hard to fit feet very uncomfortable. Crap – what have I done?!?!

    I contacted Bates – again and they were a little reluctant as re-returns goes against their policy, but they did issue me a new RA and about 3 days later, my new boots arrived! The new ones are Gore-Tex lined and seem like a MUCH better boot – AND …. They fit GREAT!

    Thanks to the support folks at Bates Footwear. It's great to have good support – something that seems to be going away in this day and age!

    #blogit

    GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX®
    GORE-TEX® performance footwear is durably waterproof and breathable for all seasons. …More Less

  • stolen from the internet

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    stolen from the internet…. but summarizes my childhood well (and looks like me)

     
  • My son is raising money for his school by running

    Posted on March 9th, 2016 Scott No comments

    My son is raising money for his school by running. got any spare change? https://funrun.com/sponsor/1567f5cb8919f3b8b9c3e3644ef2bf5ce7b70f10 help if you can!

  • Quick Wash – yeah right

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So my motorcycle really was dirty so I decided to give it a quick wash.  So warm, so nice – let's do this!  Well, I did wash the whole bike and she looks really good – but I noticed something.  My exhaust seemed 'loose'.  I take a look and realize the joint between my "slip-on" and the bike is loose.  I try to snug it up and break the bolt.  So much for a quick wash, eh?

    I head over to AutoZone see what I can patch the bike together with.  I then think … Hey, maybe MSP is still open.  They are.  Awesome – maybe the MOTORCYCLE shop has MOTORCYCLE parts.  

    I show him my broken pipe clamp and say "do you have something like this".  He says nothing … walks out, walks back in and says "This is like that".  Hands me a "gently used" part.  He says "you can have it".  Wow… cool!  

    I need some advice on making it a bit tighter…. fancy asbestos tape? silicone? Nah – he says go have a beer and use the can to shim it out!  Well, not being a drinker – I grabbed a can of diet coke on the way home and my motorcycle is better than when I started!  

    I love that shop – great prices! INCREDIBLE service, willing to help and not try to get rich of something small like this!  If you are in the #ATL  – you should DEFINITELY check them out!

    #blogit

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    MSP Cycles | Metro Atlanta’s longest running motorcycle repair shop. Est 2004.
    Welcome to MSP Cycle! We are the only full service shop I.T.P. (Inside the Perimeter) run by professionals with over 60 years combined experience in the motorcycle industry and are ready to handle all of your maintenance and tuning needs. High performance sportbike setup is our specialty but we …

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