Field Observations


Field Observations

At this stage of any project, the first walk-through is always filled with excitement – and trepidation – at what might be found.

Obviously there are interesting artifacts that get uncovered like original chevron, herringbone, and basket weave flooring. Heating and plumbing risers with no shutoffs, areas with no subflooring, and years of various “design” decisions hidden by patch repair jobs and years without maintenance.

The part I like best is that when you strip away all of the vestiges of the arrangement and aesthetic from the previous version of the apartment, the vision we had in our heads for what the apartment could be starts to become clear and tangible.

Field Observations

Field Observations

Field Observations

Field Observations

A New Steed for the Stable


It all started with a ’65 Raleigh Deluxe I found in my building’s basement. A summer of tinkering around with the Raleigh led to four years of commuting on a Gary Fisher Simple City 3, and then the gateway drug of owning a vintage Motebecane road bike. Now I find myself owning a new steed for the stable – a 2012 Raleigh Grand Prix.

Raleigh Grand Prix 2012

 

Ever since that first Raleigh, I’ve appreciated the brand and its “everyman” heritage, and let’s face it, lines and materials matter. I’m a bit obsessed with the classic look and ride of steel, and luckily enough, this Raleigh is even constructed with a luged frame. Steel rides better (in my opinion), lasts longer, and ages more gracefully. You don’t see vintage aluminum or carbon fiber bikes being used. Granted, those frames are lighter and better suited for road racing, but I’m not trying to shave weight off of my bike to win. In fact, I probably need to push a few extra pounds around just for the exercise.

Right now, my rides revolve around coffee, cityscape commutes, and long riverside rides. I’m hoping that turns into miles marked by switchbacks and stone walls. I’m looking forward to a long spring and summer atop the Grand Prix’s lugged steel frame and my Brooks Cambium Saddle. About the only thing I’m missing is some Rapha kit. What is it they say? 1. Socks match the kit, match the bike, match the wheels. 2. Glasses over helmet straps. 3. Flip the lid.

It is the Only Truth


I came across this quote by Kristin Reiter of Nike and I appreciate the focus and complete ownership of responsibility that is expressed.

“I am not a guru and should never be positioned as such. The only truth I can claim with any certainty is that I myself am the designer of my life and I myself am responsible for the entirety of it. The world that I live in is a product of my perception. I freely admit that I don’t have the answers to anything else in life. It is the only truth.”

– Kristin Reiter