Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wheelbuilding class, November 12

The wheelbuilding class has been surprisingly popular this Fall. The two October classes filled - the second one wasn't even advertised! Let's have another one on November 12. Building and riding your own wheels can be a satisfying experience on its own, provides a valuable home-mechanic skill (truing), and usually results in excellent quality wheels.


I will hold the class at the shop Saturday, November 12, 8am-Noon. The registration fee is $60, which is required to reserve your spot on a first-come, first served basis. We will provide step-by-step instruction and a workspace equipped with a truing stand and spoke wrench for you to use during the class. Most people are able to build one wheel during the class, but others try to build a pair of wheels (I can help if you run out of time). You can supply your own rim(s), hub(s), and/or spokes, or you can get those items from HC for a discounted price with class registration. If you don't know which wheel components suit your needs, tastes, and budget, we will help with that, too. Space is limited, so call 612-727-2565 or stop in to register and discuss options for your new wheels.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bon Voyage to The Weasel!

Our customer-turned-friend-turned-hero, Sean - aka "The Weasel" - rolled out today.

Sean decided that spending his days in a cubicle re-engineering low-bid spaghetti software codes was not how he wanted to use the prime years of his life. With no small amount of deliberation, he finally made the decision to follow his dream of embarking on an open-ended bike tour. He had an "ideal" plan in place, which would have had him touring with financial independence in the company of some attractive and/or agreeable female, but decided that waiting for all the planets to align was simply too risky. He finally said, and I'm paraphrasing from my imagination here, "fuck it, what's the worst that can happen?" Bike touring and life are fraught with uncertainty, but fortunately, in hindsight, we see that it's the things we didn't control that were some of our best times. Anyway, a couple weeks ago, Sean quit a well-paying job, and disposed of most of his worldly possessions that didn't fit on his Long Haul Trucker. This afternoon, after brunching with those of us lucky enough to be his friends, he pedaled off in a southerly direction, with the goal of outrunning Minnesota winter. He's aiming for New Orleans by following the Mississippi River at a leisurely pace, but unlike a guy on a limited vacation, he can change plans on a whim, and has no itinerary but his own.

I'm going to miss my friend. We did many short and long rides together, spent many evenings at Hard Times Cafe drinking mud and yukking it up, and I always hoped he'd swing by the shop on his way home from work. At the same time, I am exceedingly happy to see him tear up the life-script and follow a more unorthodox path. Starting today, The Weasel is living the freedom that most of us would prefer, but for the courage.

Keep up with him through his blog. He's a good man, and thorough.