Ok, this is a little half-baked and I haven't thought through all of the details (like scheduling), but...
I love to ride my bike. No doubt. See the problem is that I have a hard time picking a direction. It may sound weird, but I hop in the saddle and I'm immediately like, "now what?" In lieu of any kind of inspiration, I usually end up doing a downtown traversal, heading from my hood on the Roxbury/JP line to the harbor and back. The thing is, life's already full of spinning in circles, I don't know why I'd do that on my bike. I enjoy a ride with a destination 100...no, 1000% more.
Meanwhile, I've been toying with the idea of getting an ANT for a bit now, as some of you might have read in another thread. I don't know when this would ever come off, but I've been wanting to roll down to Holliston and chat up Mike just for kicks anyhow. I've also never been to IF and I wouldn't mind seeing Seven, either.
So who would be up for a series of rides to greater Boston-area frame builders? Off hand, I can think of (in no particular order), IF, Peter Mooney, Seven, ANT, Hot Tubes in Worcester. Maybe we could wrap in some historical stuff like the original Columbia Bicycle factory site (now the T's HQ), the old Merlin & Fat City sites... You dig? Short rides could be stretched out with a couple of historic sites before visiting the builder. I don't know, whatever, ya know?
Anyhow, I don't know how the schedule would work out what with me having a regular 9-5 job and other employed people generally enjoying their weekends and evenings for themselves, but maybe it could work. Maybe I could take a few days off to make some of this work. Who'd be interested? Have I missed any builders?