New York City

On mothers day and youth lacrosse

So, I closed the shop down this weekend. The reasons were important
family events. I actually caught a little flack from potential clients for this but:

1. My family comes first, everything else is a distant second
2. The reason I don't have a storefront at this point is I like the 
flexibility my "appointment only" setup affords me.
3. This closure was booked weeks in advance, it's not like people 
signed up and were bumped.

The resultant of all this is I am booked out the wazoo the next month, 
which is good also.

So, what was so important the weekend?

On Saturday, I took my sons 3/4 grade lacrosse team (which I coach) to 
leafy Maplewood NJ for their 1st away/travel game. 

(my son, being chased by 3 defenders)

(now 4)

(now 5...needless to say, this didn't end good)

No offense to my 
rabid biker client base, but there's nothing more important than my 
Saturday. Sure, we got lost on the way, but these 26 little guys (and 
parents) look to me for leadership and attention. Our program (The 
Brooklyn Crescents...check out the website, I designed it) has been 
around for 4 years, and this is the first year they've expanded to 
include a 3/4 grade boys team. As we are 1 of only 2 lacrosse programs 
in NYC, we play slot of suburban teams. I have played lacrosse for 
many years and through college, so I know the experiences these guys 
are having will last a lifetime.

(Brooklyn's own)

Sunday was a trip to my patents for mothers day. I won't elaborate on 
this event too much, as it's family significance should be obvious.

So, there's my weekend, and I'm beat. On my way to work, writing this 
on the R train, pretty exhausted, but very fulfilled.
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Museum of Art and Design Exhibition

A few days ago, I received an email from someone at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) here in NY. They have asked me, in conjunction with this show, to put on an exhibition/demonstration of wheel building and bike building.

Now, I am no exotic frame builder (yet), so I am a little nervous and in awe of the company I have been asked to stand near.

(above, the work of Sacha White)

My nights will be July 22, 29 and August 5, 12 from 5-9.  Thursdyas are the nights the Museum is free and open to the public.

So, I am thinking of 2 routes..demonstrate how to build up a vintage frame or get a nice painted Mission Valencia and do a more modern bike.

I am also thinking I have to get a little more academic in my approach to wheel building.  Currently, I have mashed together the methods of 4 masters (Sheldon Brown, Gerd Schraener, Jobst Brandt and Roger Musson) in developing my technique.

I wonder if this exhibit will start me down the path of frame building. I never thought I'd build my own wheels, and here I am demonstrating how to build them. Similarly, I never envision building my own frames...but, things may change very shortly.

I will keep this post updated as I get prepared over the summer.
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