Saturday, April 21, 2007

Casseroll in the oven

I picked up all the pieces parts to create the new bike. I started assembling it last night and resumed bright and early this morning. Things were going okay until I stripped the front derailleur clamp. I have to see if they have another one at the bike shop tomorrow. Failing that I'll have to order one. I was having a terrible time trying to set up and adjust the front derailleur. I guess I must have moved and retightened it one too many times. The only other problem I'm having is trying to figure out how to position the bars and the control levers. I think I have them pretty well sorted out but I want to check again in the daylight before I wrap the bar. I don't know why I'm stressing out about it. I guess the worst case scenario would be having to remove the tape, move the control levers and replace the bar tape. Even if I need new tape it's only $20. Anyhow, once I have things together I'll post a photo. I would have taken photos during the assembly but the resident digital camera is on vacation in Las Vegas (hope you're having fun out there Jenn).

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Science and the Akashic Field

I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble after reading mention of it in the latest issue of Namarupa. It was recommended in an article written by Robert Svoboda. I haven't gotten very far with it yet but I'm really happy to be reading it. It makes me wonder how I've gone so many years without thinking much about physics and astronomy. It's fascinating stuff, especially since we're having trouble figuring out how to explain so many of these strange phenomena that are showing up in scientific research. I expect that this book is going to give me a lot to think about.

Friday, April 13, 2007

A new bike is in the works

I spent a crapload of money on a new bike today. And that was just the down payment. Anyhow, I'm building up a Salsa Casseroll. Component highlights include a Campagnolo Centaur drivetrain, and... well that's really the only highlight. Everything else is pretty standard. This photo is from Salsa's website. I guess mine will look more or less like this except I'll be using a Fi'zi:k Arione saddle instead of the Brooks they have pictured here. This will be my first real road bike, at least my first with more than one gear.