Tour de Cafe in Plano, TX

At work I've committed to lead a Sunday morning ride out of the shop. It will formally be known as "Tour De Cafe." Our lead tech came up with the idea, and I'm excited to lead it. Pretty much we'll leave the shop at 11am, ride 5-10 miles to a coffee shop, get a cup of joe and ride back. This will be a great ride for beginners! Definitely conversational pace and no-drop. If you're around Plano, TX and want in, just let me know. I'll give you more details.

And while I'm on the subject of coffee and bicyles, gotta give props to this:

Wooden Fenders from Woody

I've been put through the proverbial wringer at work, hence the lack of recent updates. I've been told it's all for a greater good... so I'm trying to keep my head above the water for now. I believe the worst is over, but I haven't quite recovered...

On the homebrewedbikes side of things, I've done a small amount of tinkering while waiting very patiently for Aaron with RevTilton Cycles to finish braze-ons for my frame. I found a sweet bicycle fender shop: Woodys Custom Fenders. His craftsmanship is beautiful. But more than anything else, I like that he sells his scraps for dirt cheap!

I picked up a box like you see above. They'll be great for my current projects because I'll have 20" wheels on my Rockfish and a 16" trailer wheel. About a week ago I got bored and replaced my trailer fender that had seen better days. Now it looks classy. The curve of the fender scrap I used didn't quite match the curve of the 16" wheel, so I boiled it in water for about 30 mins. After boiling it, I then clamped it to the rim to hold it's shape while it dried. Turned out great. I sanded it with 220 grit and put on two coats of polyurethane:

I borrowed all the hardware from the previous fender:

If you've made your own fenders, let me know and send me some pictures. I'll feature them.