thanks to the awesome employees @ the bike coop, i was able to recover one of my 2 stolen bikes. according to the officer who worked out all the details, the guy who had the bike brought in (by a friend of mine?) bought it on the side of the road.
this one is still out there with a yellow, ti railed lemond saddle that was taken from the bike i got back. it also has a different fork than the pic…a sid race fork the same blue as the rims with a carbon crown. and blue grips.
this saturday’s exciting poker ride will feature thrilling stops such as; a storage unit…under a bridge…on a bridge…the interstate. with a possible post ride feast brought to you by the money in your pocket, and cesar’s greek and mexican. don’t know what all this means? meet at jubilations just before 9pm, stock up on frosty beverages, head to hidden park (also known as mcduffie park) shortly after 9pm. we ride around 930ishesque.
coming down the hill from behind the walmart, things look nice. the prerusted, artistic fencing…the incredible view as you round the bend and start accelerating towards the river….
and then you get to the last .2 miles of the trail before the bridge coming down from the westside, and hit the roughest piece of sidewalk known to man. it’s like they poured the slab, let it harden, and then flipped it over. i wonder if it’s some type of frictional speed control thing, or maybe they were low on cash and couldn’t afford a concrete finisher so they got a guy with a putty knife.
i spent a few years doing commercial concrete work. there are tricks to making smooth sidewalks, like using a screed to properly level the ‘mud’, and then using what they call a bull float (a 48″ wide magnesium trowel of sorts used for leveling concrete, not a frosty drink made with cola and bull ice cream) to make a smooth, slick surface. usually after that, a broom is used to give it a brushed, nonslick surface. as you bounce and rattle your way to the bridge, look down, and see if that looks smoothe.
don’t get me wrong…the bike bridge is a great, beautiful, brilliantly executed plan. but the details are important. it’s like buying a house with doors that don’t close, or a car with no paint on the roof, or a bike without handlebars (i don’t care if you can ride it or not)…etc.
the bridge is good, other than the fact that they figured out how to make it suck in both directions (westbound…horrible climb for the meek. eastbound and down…tooth jarring descent).