I guess I'm probably not the only one crunched for time these days. Not much time available to spend here, dumping random thoughts outta my head. Which is a shame, because there's so much clutter bumping into itself inside my oblong cranium that not a whole lotta space is left for actual constructive or productive thought. I need to spend some time writing, here, in order to save some time everywhere else.
Much/most of my non-work time the last week has revolved around this:
(yes, that IS indeed a braze-on compact cage XT front der. You wanna talk rare? Beat that.)
The most astute observers will note that it is still nothing more (in the pics) than a rolling chassis. I honestly and literally haven't had a minute available to take pics of the completed bike yet. I've been out on it for a total of 6 hours and have the fit 99% fine tuned. Much, much, agonizingly much more time will be needed to figure out the gear storage and weight distribution.
Re-reading that, I realize that I just made it sound like tedious monotony. In the wrong mindset, it *can* be that way. I need to clear the mental plate a bit over the next few days so that I can approach this as the hoo-boy once-in-a-lifetime science project-slash-opportunity that it is.
I love projects and this one has taken years of thinkering to get to this point. Two short months to savor the rest of the preparatory process (read: cramming!), then it's exam time.
I can't wait--for tomorrow. February can worry about itself for now.
Snowing lightly outside at the moment. Gonna be a good weekend.