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Midwest Snow Storms

A lot of places have been getting hammered by snow recently. I just found this picture on the web. Somebody has the right idea when it comes to the snow in the midwest. May as well make the best of it: Change your tires, fill your flask and go for a ride. 

Snow Tires & Flask Holster

This image was found in Big.Col's flickr photos


Teaching Frame Building at UBI

This coming Monday, the 31st of January, I will begin teaching another frame building class at UBI. For those of you not familiar with it, the United Bicycle Institute holds all sorts of bicycle related classes: Mechanics certification classes; wheel building classes; and a couple of different types of frame building classes, including TIG welding and brazing. I’ll be the guest lecturer for this next brazing class. The class is two weeks long, and usually has about eight students. Each student will leave the class with a bicycle frame that they have built with their own hands. I’ll be there to demonstrate and to guide people along. This said, I will be checking e-mails and returning phone calls as I can. But if it takes a few days for me to get back to you, please understand that I’m not ignoring you, I’m just occupied. I’ll post news about the class along the way. Photos, words, maybe some video

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Positive Messages


New Directive -- Calm Yourself

No Big Deal

Someone hacked a construction sign on N. Vancouver Way this past weekend and changed the directive. I was heading toward the shop when I saw it. As big as it was I wasn’t really paying attention and didn't see it right away. It alternated between messages: “Calm Yourself” & “No Big Deal.” When I finally realized what it was saying I laughed. The trailer holding the sign was nearly in the bike lane, and the message itself was so large. Simple imperatives; positive messages. I wonder how many people went right past without even noticing? In that case would it be considered a subliminal message, if it never made it into the person's consciousness?

Maybe the city should try putting more signs like this around town, flashing simple positive statements, especially during rush hour & around busy intersections. If only there were a way to measure the impact, see how it affected people. Maybe place a hidden video camera to see if people smile and laugh or shake their heads and scowl. Or if they just keep on staring wall-eyed at the tail lights in front of them. 

We could use more street art here in Portland. Stuff to make people laugh, or make them think. Or both. There are enough creative people around…


Hand Built Wheel Set

Here is a video of Michael building some wheels. He's pretty fast. Plays those spokes like an instrument.

Music by Hot Snakes. 

Hand Building Bicycle Wheels from Joseph Ahearne on Vimeo.

Here's a short video of Mike building a set of bicycle wheels.




Off Road Touring Mixte

“What is this thing?!” This past October at the Oregon Bicycle Builders’ Show, Jonathan Maus of stopped by the booth and was looking at this crazy bike of mine. I tried to sum it up as succinctly as possible: “It’s a mixte off road touring 29er commuter monster truck thing, with a flask cage.” Something like that. The bike was hanging on a stand at the back of my booth. I’d been riding it for a couple of months without paint, and it had a nice patina of rust going. When Jonathan was done taking in all that information the only question he could think to ask was, “Why?” The only proper answer to that is, “Because I can.”

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