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

Posted on August 30 2017

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.

Canadian scientists believe even titanium dioxide might be a carcinogen

 But if you read the story, it's about dust and mice. This whole topic can get you going, but "reef safe" sunscreens is now a category like "gluten free," and I hope all "reef-killing" sunscreen makers--which is most of them---are reformulating.


Houston. It's supposed to be 108 here Friday, but we can't complain. Houston!



We (meaning Mark, mostly) bend a lot of rack stays around here. Sometimes you need to, usually not, but on one particular bike he did, so last week he made a form to help the bending, and it went something like this. (Photos aren't that good, sometimes the focus is on the wrong thing, but..whatever):

 At this point I didn't know what Mark was doing (except sawing).


 Drilling, right?

 He's making a wooden form for bending aluminum rack stays.


There are a few like this. Good composition and exposure, but some focus problems, minor, I don't care.

This one's fine, him blurry, action part sharp. He's laying into it.

There's a bent rod and the form.

 There's the result. Nifty!







  • brian savercool: October 10, 2017

    we do some lifestyle riding in eastern pa also. and we tinker and create and find the longest rides with no cars in the hills in dales of the river valleys. you see many people on singletrack on a hybrid mixte or a singlespeed on the road. it is just, we are so busy working to pay the man we do not write about it all that much. i even know people who are car free or car light as you have coined it yourself. thank you Grant Peterson i am a fan

  • superfreak: September 07, 2017

    beautiful photos, mark’s an amazing mechanic. the bend on that rack strut is gorgeous!
    thx superfreak

  • Crazy Uncle Joe: September 03, 2017

    Images formed with ones and zeros going from nowhere to nowhere? Not the way I was raised, or Grant either. Photons striking silver halide crystals, revealing the world in all its glory as God intended.

  • Jim Dinneen: September 03, 2017

    I like the pictures but you might want to try digital.

  • Gary: September 03, 2017

    Nice work! Gotta believe his hands were saying Enough! after that forming…

  • Gary: September 03, 2017

    Nice work! Gotta believe his hands were saying Enough! after that forming…

  • Mozzie: September 01, 2017

    More research based info on nano particle sunscreens. It’s an issue here in Aus, too, with lots of commentary from paleo diet boosters, a union, and some lobby groups.

  • Mark: August 31, 2017

    Wonderful set, like a miniature fork bending form I saw somewhere.Mark built my Homeŕ
    He is the master!

  • Mark FIgueroa: August 31, 2017

    Grant, now you are really sounding like a film maker! Don’t let speed be the enemy of success. But I have to admit, your frame picture is much better than mine. ;)


  • John: August 31, 2017

    So, why that particular article about the events in Houston?

  • Bill: August 31, 2017

    Houston here. 4-5’ of water in the house. My Cheviot is clamped in a wall mount repair clip. Could be worse. For many it is.

  • grant petersen: August 31, 2017

    It matters a ton to me! (focus). I was just bummed when the film came back and I’d seen my screw-ups. I was shooting too fast. See you today, Mark!

  • George: August 31, 2017

    Cool. I was in Riv central that day, ordering a wheel from Rich. I was curious, but didn’t want to intrude. Nice to read here what was happening.

  • Richard Shannon: August 31, 2017

    A labor of love. Nice work Mark!

    Grant, please keep posting the behind the scenes workings at Riv.

    Many thanks,

  • Mark Figueroa : August 30, 2017

    Come on Grant, as focus puller on many hit shows, I disagree with your assertion that focus doesn’t matter!! Haha! I’m going to try and go by the shop and see you tomorrow,Thursday. Loving my Sammy!

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