wintertime welterweight

Important work during a Canal Nest Colony meeting in South Slope, Brooklyn.


Last Friday, DLISH and Katie joined Jenn and I to see the Vivian Girls & Les Savy Fav play a great show at BAM’s Opera House, as the opening night of the Sounds Like Brooklyn music festival. As I had heard about/seen photos, the lead singer of Les Savy Fav made sure to bring a high-energy performance, large belly out, only wearing shiny purple leggings the whole night, charging through the crowd with a corded microphone.  The Vivian Girls, on the other hand, didn’t quite know what to do with the large space (compared to their usual dingier Brooklyn haunts), and calmly played a set amidst spectacular stage lighting. After the show we got drinks at Brooklyn Public House before many more drinks in South Slope until after 4am.

Thanks to Pavel for buying my Centurion, enabling me to finally build up the Kogswell P/R frame I bought from Malcolm (via James Stacher, thanks guys!) though I’m still dialing it in a little, and hadn’t yet trimmed/capped off wires as of this shot.

Thus far it rides really comfy around town, and I can’t wait to see how it feels fully loaded. The risers won’t be ideal for long distance, so I may look for an alternative that won’t cut into the cetma’s space too much.

build list:
59cm Kogswell P/R w/ low-trail fork
26″ Mavic M117 to Deore LX hubs w/ 1.4″ Michelin City tires
Bike Planet Hardcore Freddy fenders
Sugino XP triple cranks, currently running as double
Brooks Team Pro saddle
IRD cafam cantilevers (with longer link cables to come)
Cetma 5-rail rack
MKS-GR9 pedals w/ MKS clips
Dia-Compe downtube shifters (having some issues with the installation)
Thomson zero-rise stem
Kalloy risers (to be swapped out for other bars at some point)
Kalloy seatpost
Tektro brake levers
Deore rear derailleur / Deore LX front derailleur
Incredibell brass duet (haha)

And here’s my older bike:

For comparison’s sake, here’s a recent shot of my main fixed-gear commuter.  It does look like a brother of the new bike (as my own brother mentioned), though it certainly the other end of the spectrum.

If you’ve been keeping up with the weeds in Brooklyn, it seems that even the heartiest of the smaller guys are on their last leg (as seen in the light snow this past Thursday).  If you recall, this same red root pigweed was still thriving in late October, and back in September as well.

Speaking of urban weeds, my good friend Brian Davis (of FASLANYC) was telling me about some recent stuff Brett Milligan was writing about recently over at Free Association Design about weeds in urban spaces.  I noticed the use of the term “subnature,” and found out it may have been coined recently by David Gissen in a book of the same name.  Essentially, the core of subnature is the nature & elements that exist within densely urban environments, including (but not limited to): weeds, insects, debris, puddles, etc. (paraphrased from Jason A. King’s recent review). I think the lack of subnature in some American cities (fended off with a systematic sterilization) eliminates beauty.

Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 2008.

2 thoughts on “wintertime welterweight”

  1. haha – thanks, and I agree about the handlebars. I just installed road bars with double brakes, and will be wrapping them with Fizik tape tonight.

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