More of life's sidetracks...sorry it's going slow.
Nothing much has happened all summer as I've had to repair Tempest and Germaine a few times to keep moving, a lot of stressful but necessary things to do about the house, the money isn't going far enough and i had to catch up after the repairs, also an uncle passed away (from leukemia).
Fall has definitely set in and the windy, rainy days make it tough to go out and work on the bikes. I'm concentrating on getting the living room in shape so I can work on them indoors and it kind of puts a kink in trying to strip and repaint a Higgins I want to give to somebody.
So I continue to work on the house and putting things in order again while finishing audiotaping projects and selling or trading audio gear. Germaine is still at the LBS a month later awaiting a pedal stub the sheared at the crank arm thread to be removed...it apparently broke a bit and now I wonder if I have to wait another month or find a used crank. When one bike is down and the other is as well it gets to be a pain doing much, as I don't always walk so well and finiding a ride for larger tasks is hard.
If you're reading, I still miss you, East Hill. I hope you are doing fine. I have always appreciated your guidance and encouragement.
This isn't the thread that never ends...
but nothing is really happening.
I replace tires and tubes, sell a spare part I'll never get around to using on anything now and then...so is it a spat of DOLDRUMS or is the world simply falling apart faster than me, hobbywise, and for all the things I like and which keep me feeling creative and foolishly young that are seemingly slipping away from me locally?
I had to figure out if I would be able to change my Windows and use what I have...now the lone printer cartridge refill guy I have near me has had a heart attack and is planning on retiring soon...
I wonder if I'll have sources for parts for my old cassette and reel to reel recorders or even close access to electronics parts...
I've had three family members (dad, grandma and an uncle) pass away in the last 2 and a half years and mother had back surgery for placing rods to fix her bad discs, my brother in law (of the sister that lives near mom) almost lost an eye and is finally back at his old job...even my other sister's youngest tried to commit suicide (fortunately I think intervention was successful)...
Each spring the entire internet seems to go on an insane campaign to mess up what we are comfortable with and aggravate people to no end.
I'd love to finally get the fairings on my bikes and finish wiring them and even with the scratches call them done...they are me and I am no different.
It's hard dealing with 15 different things at once and just moving forward. I can't do it and it's certainly only a temporary celebration to accomplish one thing or another lately.
I still assert that I'm neither suicidal nor homicidal, so the SOBs are lucky and will just have to put up with me a while...
I've been a late bloomer, a late re-adopter and low on resources if long on innovations.
So I could wrap it up for this thread, but I won't for now. Just remember what I wrote here and forgive my slow pace, if you will.
This is still for East Hill. Margaret, you are an inspiration. Thank you always, Steven
Chapter IV: A New Build...
Chapter I: Tempest (50s twin bar middleweight)
Chapter II: Germaine (1995 Schwinn Classic Cruiser)
Chapter III: Kayleigh (early 1960s Western Flyer)
Here is the new Rollfast twin cantilever frame I bought from a member of The C.A.B.E. and what I am going on as an example, from the web:
The original tank stayed with the seller and I took the Hawthorne 'bugeye' tank he had instead.
For tank lights I bought a pair of Ross or similar tanklights from Bicyclebones.
I may have all the parts except a rear fender and braces lined up now. I also need the rear arm mount and front mount for the chainguard, which is the same of similar to the one on the green web bike.
Chainguard and seat
Frame with front wheel from my other Rollfast
The Hawthorne 'bugeye' tank I took instead of the original, from the same seller
The tank lights
And since I joined the Two-Rollfast Club, I decided I needed the T-SHIRT!