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Peeking Through the Knothole

I just got a new bike, and it's going to be fun

Grant Petersen

It's been a while since I got a new bike (not that long--I got an Appaloosa about 9 months ago)--but it seemed like longer than that, and I wanted to get a CLEM-L 59 before they were gone, and if we were down to two I'd feel bad for taking one of them and depriving somebody of this bike and Rivendell of they money. We've been talking a little but not a lot about one-speeds. I have a track-dropout one-speed, but it was made in my less enlightened days, so it doesn't have what I want in a one-speed. Will...

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AUG 30, hot here but it's no Houston.

Grant Petersen

AUG 30, hot here but it's no Houston.

Here's something interesting to the intersection of people who care about skin cancer and coral reefs. And here's a "safe" suncreen. The sunscreens in sunscreens can be either chemical (made in a lab, like oxybenzone and some others) or mineral (like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), or a combo (like, some of both). The healthy hippie save the earth way to go is with mineral sunscreens, where the active ingredient is either zinc or titanium or both. These are the whitish ones you have to rub in for about 15 seconds and with vigor, to make the white go away....

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Aug 15--Lots of stuff here. You may find it all a waste of time, and that is not a challenge or reverse psychology

Grant Petersen

The last time I'll bore you with tips on how to make your leather saddle last five times as long. Start with a chunk of compressible but not spongey foam. We may sell blocks of it by Halloween, but in the meantime you're on your own, and you can make do just fine with blue closed cell foam sold as sleeping mats by REI, only 3/8 of an inch thick, in which case you won't be following these directions exactly. first, taper the part that'll go into the skinny part The dotted line shape is fine, but exactness doesn't matter,...

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a word from the milk people

Grant Petersen

This is Scott, who owns Discount Brake & Muffler next door to us, has had it for 24 years, works 12 hour days it seems, comes to our aid a few times a year with recalcitrant metal challenges that have nothing to do with frames, and upcycles used car parts into robots (humanoid and canine) when he's not fixing cars. Here are some phone pix (the one above is a camera pic). This is ours. It's modeled after my Westie (Scoutie), It was $300. These are the originals, outside Scott's place. The Robot and Dog both have solar-powered eyes. Other...

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Jenny twenty

Grant Petersen

Jenny twenty

No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4 packing tape   No.5  blurry alabaster hand   No.6  3:32 pm   No.7   No. 8. She cuts the tape for a neat corner   No.9 unjamming the tape machine   No. 10     No. 11. The boxes aren't automatically the perfect size, so Jenny cuts them down with this good-for-hat tool.   No. 12. I like the tearing pictures. I've got a lot more than you'll see here.   No. 13 with Joe Biden bottle and putting on a be careful label.     No. 14 More Biden bottle   No....

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