oh bugger.

On Monday my doc’s assistant gave me a call asking if I could come in.  My last batch of blood-work was a little irregular.  Two liver enzymes were high.  And a cancer marker was elevated.  A cancer marker that was never even elevated when I HAD cancer.  We’re not sure what to make of it.  We’ve re-done the blood work, and now it’s more of that particularly sickening brand of hurry-up-and-wait that we never quite get used to.  It could be that it was a bad test..  or some other sort of anomaly, but I’m having to mentally prepare for the possibility that there’s going to be a fair amount of poking and prodding for the next little while to try and get to the bottom of it.  Naturally it’s hard not to let your mind jump ahead.  I’m tired.  Not sure I’ve got the energy for this.

SO!  yesterday I went out to the shop and made the final push on a new prototype I’ve been working on.  I would like to present NOSE BIKE mk1!!!

Ever since I started making frames, it was my idea that I’d most like to build cargo bikes.  Things kept getting in the way, though.  Orders for single speed townies and rando bikes mostly!  NYC presents an interesting challenge when it comes to cargo bikes.  Theft is bad enough that most people aren’t willing to leave their bikes outside..  And most people don’t have garages!  let alone their very own front door.  I liked the idea of making something with decent cargo capacity that still rode well, and was small/light enough to be able to carry up to your fifth floor walk up! About a week ago I decided to assert myself a little and get this idea out of my head and on to the road.  It’s not a new idea.  Small front wheel.  Frame mounted rack.  Carrying cargo in the front allows you to keep the wheelbase pretty short since you’re not having to avoid your heels as they pedal.  The frame mounted rack all but completely gets rid of the handling problems usually associated with front loads.  The small front wheel gets that weight nice and low so that the bike isn’t top heavy and doesn’t want to fall over sideways quite so badly!

I rode it down to the bike shop last night, and the boys threw a bunch of bike locks on the front.  We calculated that it was between 65 and 75 lbs worth.  The bike got a little noodle-y with that much mass, but really rode just fine.  65 lbs is a LOT of groceries.

It handles much more intuitively than I could have hoped for.  It takes about 1 trip around the block to feel comfortable on it..  Though riding with no hands is a little tricky.

This one is just a prototype.  I think it will go through some subtle changes.  Going to build a few more this coming week. (place your orders at your earliest convenience..  everyone is going to need a nose bike!)

Today I’m exhausted.  It’s been a busy bunch of days in a row in the shop, and a fair bit of anxiety to keep down.  It’s rainy in NYC today, and I keep finding myself back in bed.

31 Replies to “oh bugger.”

  1. “The bike got a little noodle-y”

    The fact that you are riding at all is nothing short of a miracle. I bet that “noodle-y” just feels good.

    Hope the blood test was just some bugger in the lab who drop a bit of Big Mac into the test tube!

  2. Great original design–especially the smaller front wheel part. You rock! I would really love to have a bike of yours (if it was more practical where I live). You make beautiful machines!

    And try not to let your brain do much worrying until you find out something solid. Hopefully it was just a fluke, the test results.

  3. what happens when nose bike goes up against assless bike? SHOWDOWN! i love nose bike completely. i’m going to cheer for them both. but cross my fingers behind my back for nose bike.

    ezra. hang in there. damn doctors and their tests. and pokes and prodding. you’ve done a lot of good shop work in a short amount of time here. wow and yeahhhhhh! lovely stuff. xo

  4. frame-fixed is where it’s at. i’ve meant to ask how the gun-blue treatment holds up over time. is that a clear coat on top of gun blue?

    i know this is a family web site and all but FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK on the scary bloodwork. you deserve a few lifetimes of rest. i admire that you hold to what’s true and important in the time you have, the now. i don’t mean that at all ominously: none of us have nows to waste in the grand scheme: you just help me remember.

  5. FUCK ALL the fucking bloodwork. Fuck it all.

    Cancer marker tests are far from perfect..

    That bike is straight up gorgeous. Keep it up!

  6. love the nose bike!! super solid. jason has been obsessing about cargo bikes, and i may have to nudge him your way.
    ugh. shaking my fists and sending big love to you on those numbers and upcoming tests…

  7. yo ! nice , very nice working bike ! good to see you still pushing it…… hopeing the rest go well. thinking good thoughts always. s

  8. Argh to the sketchy test results. Deep breath and wait for the doc to say “I have no idea what that was but you’re fine. Get out of my office.” I love love LOVE that bike. I badly want a grocery hauler and have been eyeing bakfiets speculatively. That thing is seriously the biz. With an old SA hub so I have a crawler gear for lugging a load up hills I’d be set (although there were rumblings of a new SA 3 speed fixed hub a while ago…I don’t know what came of that). Keep doing what you do.

  9. Love love love DAT BIKE!! I want a FB roadie and one of these please. That other stuff, GO AWAY!!!!!! Doing lovely work, as usual Ez- Im inspired.

  10. First at all do you have plenty of energy to endure anything the live will have for you my friend, thats a fact. You have made it before and you will make it again. And second wow, such a beautiful piece of art is that bike, I want to see the final outcome.

  11. beautiful lines, if the pizza man showed up to my door with my pizza on that bike I would give him an extra large tip… imagine if there were pizza AND beer in it… amazing.

  12. I have absolutely no need for a cargo bike, but this is brilliant! I may have to create a need. I’ve never seen anything like it. Please patent this! And hang in there on the re-tests. I wish I were a fraction as productive as you appear to be when trying to keep down anxiety!

  13. This is an awesome bike. Seriously. Every kid who rides to school needs one of these since their smaller bikes can’t accommodate panniers like adult sized bikes can. Even some of us smaller adults can’t use the rear-mounted luggage systems. Seriously good idea, this is.

  14. as i’ve read your words and admired your photography and bicycles over the last few months, you’ve given me more energy, peace and hope than i can relay. i’m now sending it back.

  15. hurry up wait, yes, I hold my thumbs that all is well, and it s just a little bump in the road/blood

    The bike is gorgeous Ezra, such beautiful proportions. love the thick tires.

  16. okay I just googled gov. shumlin and that’s funny:)
    the shumlin!
    I have no idea if he’s a good governor or not but he’s a life-long resident of Putney and that’s good enough for me:)