BTW, how cook this?

All this shiny campagnolo stuff came in the mail for me recently (not that surprising, actually.  I ordered it all).  I’ve been working on the design for a touring bike for ME.  To match Hill’s.  It’s going to be hard to go touring with her if I don’t have a bike for it.  Also, after about 6 months of not really thinking much about the shop, and not even being really clear that building bikes was a sane thing to try to keep doing, I’m ITCHING to be back at work.  (I guess that’s what a slightly lowered dose of chemo will do for you!  I’ve been on fire the last couple of days..  For those of you who are following along, my 5 mile walk turned out to be a little longer even, and right on pace to do the 15k in 2:18, which will bring me in right under the wire.  We’re up to nearly $3700!)

Those of you who don’t speak bike, or particularly care about bikes (should have your heads examined), may want to tune out for the next paragraph..  you can start reading again where it says my hands (in red for your convenience..)

I had a bit of a design dilemma with this one.  Or maybe it was more that I was stuck between two bikes that I’d like to build.  My initial thought was to build a sort of thunderfucker inspired touring rig.  An adventure touring bike.  Something with disk brakes and room for 2+ inch cross country tires..  you know.. just in case.  But I was also pretty tempted by the campy athena group, which for a modern group is awfully nice looking.  Especially after Campy caught on and started to offer it with silver brake lever shifters (originally only available in black, I believe, which left us scratching our heads a bit about the concerted effort they made to make the rest of the components silver!!).  BUT campy 11 speed isn’t really compatible with any rear disk hubs that I could think of, and the whole thing got a little muddled.  Also, if the point was to go touring with Hill..  why would I need a bike that could go places hers couldn’t.  Hmm..  In the end, I’ve decided to use the last remaining set of paramount lugs to build a classy feeling touring rig with 26″ wheels like Hill’s, and a very classic looking but modern set of components.  If you are still reading this, you are a bonafide geek.

My hands aren’t really what I’m used to them being.  A little numb all the time.  They’ve lost some dexterity for sure.  It’s a bit frightening for me, but I’ve been through it before, and they DID come back after treatment ended.  The numbness gets pretty severe if my hands get cold.  The shop is not warm.  So we’ll see how it goes.  I’ve got 4 good days left before another round of treatment, and on balance, I’m feeling pretty well.  I’m going to see if I can make the most of it.

We also don’t really know how long it’ll be before I’m allowed to ride a bike with a seat.  Or how it will feel!  There have been some major changes in the region of my whatsis, and I’m really not sure what sitting in the saddle will feel like.  It is our goal, however, to try and find a way to do a little bike touring at the end of the summer.

Finally, thanks so much to all of you who have donated money to this cancer walk/run deal.  It’s honestly pretty moving to watch the dollars pile up, and to know that they’ll go to helping people catch this stuff early, and treat it effectively.

Big love.

0 Replies to “BTW, how cook this?”

  1. Sounds terrific – if I ever make the big bucks, I’ll hire you to build one for me. Sorry to hear about the hand issue, I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be, never mind not being able to cycle. Good luck in the 15k.

  2. Do not hesitate to order me up for any labor in which I may assist. You know, like bringing coffee down or foaming milk. Maybe making tea to warm the hands. YOu beens HOarding the Paramounts!!!!! Haaahahahaaa! That’s gonna be so GNARR! Haaahahaha. This gets me psyched, mi General! Some snot just flew on my screen. Seriously.

  3. Look forward to seeing the bike come together. Many of us without neuropathy in our hands have clumsy little hands anyway. May your hands be steady and your bike fast.

  4. 26″ tourer with paramount lugs? I’m assuming you’ll include some of your stifling custom racks, too. And with those white industry hubs?! It’s gonna be a beauty. I’d be surprised if anybody could get on it and NOT ride their ass off.

  5. New bike parts are the adult version of new school supplies. (Certified geek here.) 🙂 The new bike sounds beautiful – can’t wait to it and then see you and Hill out riding together again!

  6. Ezra,

    Awesome – I love bike touring – I would love to hear about you taking a bike tour.

    I tour myself. Went from Raleigh, NC to Jamestown, CO in 32 days, then went from Penobscot, Maine to Arlington, VA in 17 days. (Two separate trips). And lots of smaller two day trips. It is a great way to see the world, sometimes scary, sometimes exhilarating, at times physically taxing.

    So good to hear about y’all doing the fundraiser walk and all your support. Glad you are feeling good.

  7. Oh man bike geek here. Someday I’ll have a reason to get Campy components.

    Shiny indeed.

    My boyfriend has done a bike tour, I have not. We plan on doing a small one this summer. I’m excited!

  8. Geek here too! Glad to hear you will be getting into the shop a little bit, I can’t wait to see some updates of frame building. In my continuing descent into bike-obsession, I have become enamored with the French constructeur style of bikes (besides the old Raleighs, path racers, et al.) Might I suggest you build a low-trail touring bike in the Toei/Grand Bois style?

    See here:

    All the best!

  9. Bike geek here! Solo toured southwestern France and can’t wait to do it again. You and Hill will love touring together and you deserve to have a fantastic experience. Good looking gruppo, too. Campy is so lovely. The disc brakes are a godsend when you’re fully loaded coming down a hill and the road’s wet. Can’t wait to see this when it’s finished!

  10. Ez, beautiful photo – but are you really going to be able to tour with only a road double and a race range cassette? Aren’t you going to need something smaller for heavy loads and big hills?

  11. Also forgot to mention: certifiable geek here. I read through the componentry bit, and even commented on it. I should get a geek star for that.

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