Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Transplant surgery....

Jackal removing the old organs....
Bottke's fixie. Yeah, he rides it to work....
Installing the new organs....
Bottke observing the surgery....
I planned go up to the shop tonight after I was done skiing and posting to the blog. About the time that I clicked the mouse over "publish this post" I also decided to take the Surly out for a ride. I put the headlight on it and told Judy that I'd be back in an hour or so. She said "whatever" and mentioned something about keeping my dinner warm in the oven. What a sweetheart! (It's code for "I'm not waiting for you to eat. I'll save what's left for you to eat when[if] you get back") It works for us....
I rolled out of the driveway and headed west toward Cedar Falls. I got up the street a ways and decided that as long as I was out and about I may as well ride to the shop and see what was going on with the rats. Not a whole lot, as it turns out. Jackal and Bottke were working tonight and Russ walked out the back door as I rolled the Surly in the front door. We sat and BS'd about cx racing and bikes for awhile when Jackal walked over with a bunch of "Surly Green" water bottle cages.... Yeah, I had my debit card with me and I had him transplant two of them onto the Surly. The red and yellow cages are gone. Replaced with matching green ones. Jackal mentioned something to Bottke about selling things like that to people who didn't really need them. I think he was saying "watch for the customer with SUCKER written all over his forehead". Ah well, they do look pretty cool.
Speaking of Bottke.... He's still riding to work, which is cool. Keep in mind that there is a lot of ice on the roads around here and that his fixie is running 700x28 road tires. No studs. No knobs. The man is fearless. He qualified his statement regarding "not having gone down" with a big "yet". Smart man. He did mention that he has some 700x40 studs coming. Good on ya, Bottke! A little bit of G-Ted must be rubbing off on ya, eh? I'm pretty sure he'll be riding to work all winter.... :)
I'm thinking about studs for the cx bike. I just can't make up my mind on it. The Surly is great with studs and it doesn't have gears to get all gunked up. We'll see.
Alright, that's really it for today.
Ride safe.
Peace out, yo!


Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

nice grips yo!

8:11 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

yeah, my ergon rep takes really good care of me!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Guitar Ted said...

I think Bottke has got it on me for commuting lately. I've got a wife from El Paso Texas that doesn't like driving on ice or snow, so I get car duties on days like today.

Of course, Bottke may soon have the same deal going on once he's married next winter. ;)

7:24 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I am all about the color coordination on my bikes; good to see you have "fixed" that glaring error on the Surly!
Hey, where can I get a set of those "pea green" ergons? I have the grey-black versions on my SS and really dig them. I want to put the same ones on my Slingshot, but can't find the Team versions.
Let me know!

8:46 AM  
Blogger a.lo said...

he'll be getting some studded tires in two weeks from michigan. i know that doesn't sound nearly as smooth but 'some love from the glove' but i think we all understand why that is.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Blue - those new cages make all the difference in the world! HA!

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope those cages hang onto your bottles, unlike the ones on your road bike!!!!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

Is Bottke putting out the vibe?

7:07 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

g-ted.... marriage changes everything, eh?

brian.... the team grips may be available from your local bike shop in february, though it may be august. i know they are sweet but current availability is nil. sorry :(

a.lo. .... are you coming home for christmas?

chris.... ummmmmm, right! ha! ;)

fat albert.... i hope so too. i can't afford to ruin any more bottles.

kerkove.... bottke is the man!

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Bottke said...

i am incapable of not putting out the vibe.
the fiance and i are sharing one car right now so she is actually the one making me commute and brave the elements :-)

7:56 PM  

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