collecting a bunch of cool junk,
and building things I can't afford to keep.
It's like running over the fire pit to get the current holey grail,
then realizing your standing there with burnt clothes,
naked with the holey grail.
when that realization really bit me in the arse.
oil up the rust and throw scratched up era parts on it.
Out came the wd-40 and sandpaper
and the little Dremel tool wire wheel.
Wow this cleaned up quick!
The early lugs were plain bitchin.
instead out came the rattlecan.
followed by a scratch with 000 steel wool,
and a hand massage with rubbing compound.
I figured it could always be media-blasted in the future,
but why risk hurting the thin Reynolds 531tubing.
exactly how I had envisioned.
I had dove down the rabbit hole,
a head first swan dive.
8.3 8.6 8.4
During the night I was a cellphone monster,
researching unaffordable 50's road bike components,
and scouring eBay for the right parts.
The 70's stuff a bit more in my make believe budget.
the cost of scratched campagnolo equipment is a fraction of NOS.
I thought I had a handle on the situation...
finding stuff to trade into bike parts,
anything to feed the paypal machine.
however the prize my eyes were glued on were these wheels.
Second rated Gran Sport hubs,
these had that early high flange look with the round holes.
Top rated nuovo record has oval holes.
These would make the bike.
It felt like I was gambling.
If you start with $50,
then lose it all...
Did you just lose $50 or $300?
I couldn't wait to spin these!
A misrepresentation in the deal had me asking questions,
innocently asking my wife for a suggestion,
All hell let loose - Holey Chit!
Run for cover!!
"But...but...I was trading junk on our wall..."
"You have so much stuff!!"
I slept on the couch that night.
my addiction got the best of me,
and it was marginally out of control.
That's how these projects get done!
The whaler, the hot rods, the stereos...
it's all flip and return.
But..who else would let me keep bike projects in the kitchen...
Here's to wives that keep us in check!