Well, I'm settling back into a work routine here in Vancouver. I've been back from California 2 days, and I think the NAHBS afterglow is starting to wear off.
I'm not going to pour over details of the show, or discuss all the rad bikes, but I will say this. The overwhelming positive energy, and batshit crazy creativity made it worth my while going there. It is so good to meet and talk with like minded people, all carving away at their own niche in the bicycle world.
There are photos on Urbanvelo.org, as well as Sam's blog. I really didn't take many pictures.
^Sam shot this one of Aran and I doing a quick tour of the show floor on a SyCip Trike on Saturday Morning
The trip back was exhausting. Literally.
We packed up Sam's booth into the van and were out of Sacramento around 6pm. A quick stop to visit Crystle at Applebees for dinner, and we were headed towards Eureka. We pulled in there sometime after Midnight, and picked up Sam's car, and swapped drivers. I then got to drive through the giant redwoods between 2 and 4am in the fog, with only a GPS to tell me which direction the next corner was. Straining through the fog to see was killing my weary eyes, so I swapped out at Grant's Pass, and went to sleep. Another stop in Medford Oregon's Dennys to fuel up, and we were ripping up the I-5. I swear I was hydroplaning the van for an hour straight on the way to Seattle. There we stopped to say farewell to Steve (and the Van), and froze our hands off in the snow trying to load the show bikes onto the back of Sam's Honda. (Which he acquired by trading for a frame)
Bikes worth 10x your car? check.
So the loaded Accord got us through Seattle, before we started hearing random noises. There was a bit of a panic moment as the muffler hit the ground, and we pulled over to rip it off the car before it wrapped around the rear beam.
..and just like that, I was back in Vancouver, on a bus with drunk thugs, while Sam and Aran scrambled to make the 8:15pm Ferry to Vancouver Island. That's how it goes when you are traveling with the fastest man alive.
So.. Now that I'm back with all this inspiration, what am I going to do?
1)I've got a watch model to finish for Halios Watches
2)I've got two people with Rawlands 650B bikes to make racks for
3)I need to work on my cargo bike
4)I'm going to start making some fixtures
5)I have to figure out what sort of bike to put my new Gates belt drive train on..
Yep. I've got my work cut out for me. .. but today I have to go to the bike shop and sip espresso while reflecting.
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