Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hard to Post in Warm Weather

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. Between the warm weather and how good beer seems to taste this time of year, posting has been tough. Lot's going on recently. My dad came into town earlier last week, and my right arm Carene, left town late last week. Luckily I'm left handed. While Carene was away, I had a wife for the weekend. I forgot how nice marriage can often be. The Lady Pillow Talk in Chicago and I went to a bike swap, tons of garage sales and Wolff's Flea Market at the Allstate Arena. I never knew how much the lady loved looking for treasures. Below was the haul from Sundays outing.

Having a wife was so much fun, that I didn't even mind the three-hundred stairs we had to tackle afterwards. I would highly recommend a shopping trip with the Lady, but you'll have a hard time over the next few months as I don't want her to shop with anyone else. Isn't she lovely?

In other news, we have been building some hot as hell bikes of late. Kristy and Matt picked up these bikes recently. Kristy's is a vintage Gitane mixte and Matt's is a Vintage Motobecane with Nervex lugs. Both are fine examples of rich French cycling history.

I had one hell of time convincing Lisa, that an old Peugeot frame would make one of the hottest bikes around. She now understands. The photos speak for themselves.

Stay tuned, lot's more hot stuff to come.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

This Week in Bikeville

Some pretty interesting things seem to happen in Bikeville. What's really neat is, all you have to do is keep your eyes open. In her last post Bean forgot to mention just how addicted she is to perfection. Here she is making adjustments to Briannas bike on the street.

Of course, what she really wanted to do was hop on her bike and do a silly trackstand. Don't you love her?

Powdercoating is the Shit. Look at how Brianna's crank turned out.

What is it about chicks who promote booze? Is it me, or?

Maybe it's me. Anyway, chicks with bikes are way more interesting. Look who picked up bikes recently. Below is Laura with an 81' Ross Fixie that Bean built.

Got my finger on the trigger and might start cappin...

Alex stopped by recently. I love chick and bike photos.

The Dawes head badge is wicked hot.

Kate the Baller finally finished her "Sunday Bike". she wouldn't pose with it but here is two thousand words.

Fixedgeargallery ain't got shit on Bikeville.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Matchbox, Cinco De Mayo, and a Mariachi band

On May 5 we headed down to the Matchbox on Chicago ave and Milwaukee ave. Ron and Ryan had already put back a few Beamishes, so Clare, Jesse, and I tried to catch up with some help of Newcastle. While sitting outside, the Matchbox has great bike viewing from riders, commuters, racers, and cruisers. While staring at the street all of a sudden, a Mariachi band came around the corner! Lady Pillowtalk from Chicago was flabbergasted!

They were very excited. And they just kept coming and coming from around the corner! I was thinking maybe there were 3 or 4 members in a Mariachi Band but this one had more than ten!

Synchronized shouting and dancing is a given, but gyration was also included in the performance.

Ryan was enjoying himself. But ladies, beware: He's not actually a vegan. But he does shave his legs (I guess it makes him faster on his bike).

Mike was drinking Heineken and looking cool with shades and a cigarette.

We all had prime, rockstar parking. Right next to our table.
Here is Mike's bicycle..

Jesse found a good spot as well for her Miyata mixte fixy.

But Clare (Lady Pillowtalk) couldn't figure it out... Ryan and I decided it's time for training wheels.

And we found some on craigslist last night... $7 for one but 2 for $10!

Ron was rocking some Elvis sunglasses with a handsome jacket and.... a VERY handsome Cervelo tri-bike.

Ah well, we all had a great time. The Cointreau liquor pushers came around trying to get rid of tshirts and margarita samples. Clare had me stuff a lime squeezer, shaker, and stirrer into my bag.
At the end of the evening we ended up at our usual spot right across the street, D'Agastino's, for more drinks and food.

Written and photographed by, Bean.