Monday, August 11, 2008

Bar Tape

In preparation for another Alpine [god] Dam[n I have to get up early to do this shit] ride tomorrow morning I decided to re-tape my bars.

One of the perks of working at a bike shop is "take off" parts. Stuff that comes off of new bikes, heavily if not 100% discounted for employees. We have a box full of bar tape in all lengths, colors and brands. Some of it, like the red Fizik I used, has been taken off a new bike at the whim of a customer who may have wanted a different color or brand. In my bike's case, as you can see, it's a pretty horrendous choice, but I've been meaning to try Fizik as it looks like it feels special.

Starting on the right side.

If working on a bike is zen, then taping your bar is especially so. It's something plenty of people pay bike shops to do, but well worth learning, and with some practice, eminently doable.

Finished. The book on the couch is Icon by C.J. Grindly. I highly recommend it. In fact, I recommend the shit out of it.

Been working a lot. Taking BART to and from. Days blur. As long as I am riding my bike, I will probably not lose it.

Everyday work
Usually I get off here, at West O[akland] and ride the
five miles back to my apartment to stretch my legs.

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