Spring is here. Bike racing is in full swing. I have been checking Cyclingnews.com and reading the live report of all the spring classics. I love the spring classics, more than the tour. To me, they seem like the races where true character is shown. They are still highly unpredictable and you have to be a great rider to win. You can't be escorted by your teammates and win the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix. It just won't happen.
With Spring here, it means more time to squeeze in rides. I have been lucky enough to squeeze in a good five days of riding a week. I have to get out and ride, if I don't ride, I go crazy. Everything seems to flow better when you have a good amount of riding in your legs.
The torch seems to be flowing really well. I moved up to a #1 tip. I still only use blue gasflux and gasflux 1/16 rod. I have been reading all kinds of stuff on different types of brass, not sure how I feel about it, or if it really makes a difference. I took a lot of Chemistry in college so I understand some of the jargon. Some of it is pure marketing hype, some actually makes sense. Sometimes I wish I would have spent more time in metallurgy classes and less time studying Organic Chemistry. I also talked to a few people at NAHBS that had different products that were better for 'x' and 'x' reason. Again, not too sure, but it never hurts to try I suppose. This seems to be working really well, just need to really perfect my heat control. Its a holy grail thing I'm sure. Especially now that I have thrown TIG into the mix, its a constant wanting to be better, but I think that's a good thing.
For those of you that don't know, I'm giving 10% off complete orders! This was only going to be for people that showed up to NAHBS, but since I won the Best New Builder Award, we decided to extend that offer to everyone! That's right 10% OFF COMPLETE ORDERS! You have to get your deposit in by 4/30/12. After that, the offer is no longer available. I'm really hoping people take advantage of this, its an amazing offer and one I may not be able to give out again. If you are interested please email me Aaron@stinnerframeoworks.com or give me a call (805)895-2304 and lets chat. My wait time is around 2 months right now, but I for see that going out to about 4 months soon. So get in while the wait is short! (Wait list updated!)
Now that I have switched painters, you will probably see one new frame in the next week or so, and then you won't see a new photos for a while, as they will be a paint in CO, it doesn't mean I am not busy building though.
Alright, off to the shop to polish some brass.
Here is a real good one from back in the day. I really started listening to the music in the late 90's, which meant lots of punk music. I listened to all kinds of stuff. Stuff all over the board. Coachella is right around the corner and I am not going! I have been the last 4 years, but I'm kind of over the whole scene that Coachella has turned into. Maybe that or I'm getting to old. I digress. Here is one band that I would have loved to see there. Refused always seemed to find there way on my warm up play lists before bike races too.