Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Weekend with the folks

My folks came into town for a visit this weekend and what did we take them to do? We went for a bike ride of course. My Dad picked up 2 matching antique Schwinns a couple of years ago that he and my Mom ride around town to get ice cream. Did I mention that they are singlespeeds?

Saturday we decided to head over to the Greenbelt, Kingsport's local biking/walking path, that meanders through town. Conveniently it passes right by a Marble Slab so we were able to stop and refuel all of the calories that were burned and then some.

Later that evening we had my sister Beth and her kids over for a cookout and some Tom foolery in the street on the cruiser.

We did manage to make it over to Norris Schwinn to check on Melinda's cruiser project that just keeps dragging on. It is pretty much finished except for a little polishing that needs to be done to the fenders. Once that's done Dave should be able to put it together. Hopefully we can pick it up this week but I'm not getting my hopes up.

I have to admit it does look pretty good even though the paint does not have any yellow in it like Melinda was hoping.

On a more serious note, all of Mary's new shiny parts were delivered to the house by our friendly UPS man.!!!! Yea!!!!!!

After a short hike yesterday with Melinda and the dogs I ate a quick bite and started the process of turning Mary into a sweet singletrack machine. Some of the upgrades consisted of a new Race Face handlebar and stem, some serious braking power complements of Avid Juicy fives, a Thompson seatpost and some complementing blue Salsa accessories. I also got rid of that useless front derailleur and all but the middle ring and installed a shiny new bash guard.

I still have a few modifications to finish up and some brake adjustments to do but I hope to finish it all up this evening. This weekend will be the true test to see how Mary is going to perform under pressure. We head to Dupont State Park for a week of camping and mountain bike riding. I'm having trouble sleeping just thinking about it.


Chad said...

Greg where do you live in Kingsport? I'll be damned if it doesn't look like my brother in laws road to the left of a Sunoco, but can't remember the road name. T

Riding with dogs said...

I live off Fort Henry Dr., my neiborhood sits behind the Woodstone Deli just up from the Dam. Are you talking about the Sunoco in Colonial Heights?

Alan Sparks said...

Mary's looking good !!