Tonight while I was in one of my classes for massage therapy school, I checked my email on a break and received this picture from Andy.
What's going on with "Big Red," you ask? This bike started out life as a diamond-frame mountain bike about twenty years ago, and although Andy "xtracycled" it, gave it a few new items like cables, chain, and brake pads, good 'ol Big Red still needed a little TLC, and while we're at it, a little sprucing up. High on Andy's wish list after the tax refund arrived was a paint job for this bike that would allow it to really live up to its name. A trip out to Clackamas County to an industrial powdercoating garage later, Big Red looks brand-new. Andy hung a heavy-duty hook from our garage ceiling to act as a makeshift bike stand, and has been spending weekend mornings and occasional afternoons adding a new bottom bracket, re-installing the handlebars and saddle, and today adding the wheels.