Anyway, Simon graciously allowed himself to be pinned down for a long-overdue interview about his Brooks experiences, which you can read in full on our Brooks page.
We are super proud to have the Only Brooks Repair Guy in the Colonies at Bilenky-- and he's back, now wielding an enormous cane which makes everyone a lot more cautious about teasing him.
For those of you who keep asking, no, Simon did not keep his toe bit. But he does keep showing people pictures which make some of us (well, me) run away screaming.
Our NAHBS bike is off to get painted, and it is AWESOME. If I were six inches shorter I would covet it tremendously. As it is, I just covet it. Here are some in-progress pictures, check back for some studio-style shots that Carl took.
Sexy seat tube lug.
Sexy head tube embellishment.
Sexy mini rack being installed.
We really went all-out on this one. I can't wait to see how it looks painted and built up.
It's probably gratuitous to mention how hard it is not to go stir-crazy in this endless winter that never seems to let up. Tune up your summer bike, drink hot toddies, and remember that the days are getting longer, if not warmer. I've been planning epic tours, looking at maps, watching cycling movies, and acquiring new bikes, which is very warming to the soul.
And tomorrow is Groundhog Day, when the Punxsutawney oracle will be dimwitted enough to get out of bed and into the elements, where he will hopefully be hardcore enough to remain.
Here he is!
Wait, no! That's a Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarusloricatobaicalensis! Everyone knows they're wusses.
This is who I mean.
Here's hoping for hardcore woodchucks.