Friday night, a friend who has way more experience building bikes was trying to talk me out of painting the Vista. He went through all the pluses of getting a pro powder coat: Only $150. Hassle-free. Strip, sandblast it for you. Super-durable. etc., etc.
I know he is wise, experienced and 100% right.
It was crowded and noisy where we were. I tried to explain why I have to do this by myself. Maybe I didn’t explain well enough, but what I tried to say is that this is not about being perfect. Far from that. I already weighed the options.
Instead, I know that I might fail. So many things can go wrong painting a bike. Even the humidity can have an effect, and I live in one of the most humid cities in the U.S. I won’t get into details, but a poor home paint job can look sloppy.
So, I know this might be bad or good. I have no idea. I have been reading up on paint, and I will do my best to make it look great.
Nevertheless, I will share the outcome.
To me, the unknown is the thrill.
The Vista frame was ready for sanding. I had the sandpaper in hand. But as I was starting, I looked around and realized my garage was a crowded, junked up mess.
I mean, like, Sanford and Son home bad. My garage might have qualified for an episode of Hoarders, or at least one of those TV shows where a mouthy celebrity berates you, and then comes in with a crew and fixes your mess for you for benevolent reasons. Then you come home, blindfolded, and act shocked, shocked! on camera when you realize someone did all the stuff for you that you should have done a long time ago.
I am taking a few days to clean the garage so I can get my work space cleaned up. It’s almost ready. Lots of progress yesterday. I’ll be back on the bike sometime this week.
I always let records play through instead of shuffling songs on my ipod.
But a few weeks ago I learned the joy of shuffle mode. I did it again when I rode out to get the old Triumph bicycle. I let the ipod ramble and ramble, and I found some previously loved and forgotten tunes. It was serendipity.
Here are a few songs from the drive to Smyrna to pick up the Triumph. The hyperlinks are to YouTube videos.
- Golden Smog - Without a Struggle
- Lali Puna - Faking the Books
- The Blow - Babay (Eat a Critter, Feel its Wrath)
- Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
- CEO - White Magic
- Consolation Prizes - Phoenix
- Glory Box - Portishead - from Roseland NYC Live
- Big Star - I’m in Love With a Girl
- The Books - Motherless Bastard
- Robert Plant - Monkey - a Low cover, from Band of Joy