Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's called "aphthous stomatitis"

Well for those of you who don't know what this is, it's canker sores. Seems harmless enough but over the last few years my bouts with them have gotten more and more frequent and severe. Right now this bout is kicking my arse (there's three of them in my mouth now).

Finally broke down and went to an oral surgeon and he gave me some stuff and said it's caused by stress.... great, I'm a stay at home dad and I need to get rid of stress?!?!

Well I've been taking some potent pain pills at night to sleep so nothing is getting done.
Although Cyclomatt did send me an awesome e-mail detailing how he did his home made jig.
Now if I can only come up with some money. Maybe we should have a Steel Stew telethon during this season of giving.....

Monday, December 15, 2008

What's another word for "cycleworks"?

As I've been doing research the last few days, I've seen a lot of builders with the word "Cycleworks" in their name. Well as I ponder things, I don't know if I'm thrilled with name "Cycleworks" anymore.
Maybe "The Steel Stew Bicycle Project"?
Or "The Steel Stew Bicycle Kitchen"?
Just some thing to ponder. Remember, it's all about merchandising.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just checking in real quick.

Well I ran out of gas last night making more pencil holders. Things went much smoother as I really concentrated on keeping the tungsten at the correct angle and slowing down.
I also found the last of my "new" tungsten that had a longer,sharper tip than the ones I've been grinding myself. Much better pools and heat control.
On the bike note, I ran out of derailleur cables so bought some yesterday, but then realized I need some Shimano chain pins...crap, this build this is taking forever. Kinda makes me miss working in a bike shop....
Going to travel out in the 25 degree heat today to get some muffler tubing to practice on, and maybe this weekend put in some serious thought on what to do about a jig.
It's all about the $$$....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas presents?

Well I sat down with some flat scrap and tube scraps and welded away. I forgot how thin bike tubing really is and proceeded to blow some holes. At least I was able to practice my hole patching.
After I was done, I wondered if people would like pencil holders for gifts this year....

Ehhh...maybe not.
Here's a crappy pic of the crappy welds and crappy holes I blew...
I need some camera tips here, sorry.
As you can see, this one ain't pretty. But it was my first one so the others looked better, trust me.

A couple things I have to do/remember.
1) Clean everything! Makes the welds so much nicer, safer and easier.
2) Hold the tungsten perpendicular to the joint. I can control the heat much better.
3) Slow down. I found myself flying around everywhere and I'm not satisfied with the penetration.

On a sadder note, my brand new stool took a hit!
Thank god for duct tape.
Well tonight should be a Yoga night and hopefully get around to finishing the "trainer bike".

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The rumors of my demise have been greatly exagerated...

Or something like that.
I have been very neglectful of alot of things lately. Myself and Steel Stew included.
Just had to install a new attic ladder...what a pain in the ass...
Christmas parties for the kids have also been on tap, too.
Well that's about to change.

I've been very neglectful to my fitness so here's some new friends...

I have Crappy flexibility..

Who needs an extra bedroom?Don't tell Brandt at On One that I'm using a road wheel...I just need to install cables and grips and it's trainer time!

And of course we can't forget about the Stew...

Practice goodness...(thanks for the scraps Walt)

I'll try to get better bead pics next time..

So here goes...the rebirth if you will.. a phoenix rising from the ashes...

Or something like that.