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Been Awhile

August 5th, 2017

It sure has been awhile since I’ve posted to this site. It took me several minutes to figure out my login too.

What have I been up to! Well I guess you can say I have become bored with web development, which probably has a lot to do with my lack of updates to this site. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on any graphic design or scripting. All my time and fun working with flash and as2 is pretty much worthless too since Flash isn’t even supported anymore.

 

2012 was the year of my last post here. So naturally I’ve been up to a lot since. The short version is ‘just living the American dream’. You know, keeping customers happy, raising a family, taking care of your home and trips to Florida. That alone takes up much of the time!

 

I’m still getting in some bike riding. Still have too many bikes! I have a itch to start creating some music again also, it’s been a while for that. I use to know over a hundred songs to play over my acoustic but can probably only remember a handful today.

 

I’ve returned to tabletop gaming several years ago as well. With the additon of several scratch built classic games under my belt. I have also started collecting classic Citadel miniatures again, mainly to go with my Advanced Heroquest games. Pretty much collecting all the old metal I wanted back in the day. As of 2017, tabletop gaming has become a huge industry again. Which is awesome because there are so many great new games being created! It’s pretty amazing how many new game companies have started up!

Unfortunately my gaming is limited to winter months. Between work, riding, gardening, camping and other summertime activities, I simply don’t have the time or ambition to get into tabletop gaming. So winter time is my gaming season.

 

In 2016 I got rid of my pop-up camper and purchased a new travel trailer for camping and have been going hard since. I try to go camping every other weekend at least. 2016 was a good year for camping with at least a dozen camping trips under my belt. We purchased a small bunk house style travel trailer that slept my family of five comfortably but was a little crowded for hanging out inside on rainy days. So the following summer we traided in our new camper for a newer camper with slide out and more interior room and I’m loving it.

 

Well, ta ta for now.

 

 

1995 Parkpre SceptorCOMP

September 22nd, 2012

Being a Parkpre enthusiast I naturally wanted my wife to have a Parkpre also. The kids too someday?  The problem is that its really hard to find 15″ Parkpre mountain bikes. I am always on the scout for Parkpre’s and especially 15″ frames. In 2011 I happened to spot a 15″ SceptorCOMP in awesome shape (female owner) on craigslist in Arizona for sale. For me being in Michigan poses a problem but after several emails I was able to convince her to have it professionally packed and shipped to me. She was such a cool person and I will always be very grateful! The bike arrived in near perfect condition along with the decals being near perfect. We did remove the top tube decals though for that cleaner look. We decided to leave it original with the exception of the fork and modern seat, skewers, tires & pedals.

 

2012 Birthday Cake

September 22nd, 2012

 I guess it has been a while since I posted anything here. A lot of stuff going on, new jobs, new bikes, new adventures and another birthday too. Here is the latest KISS birthday cake my wife had created for me.

 

 

 

New Steed

November 13th, 2011

The 1995 Kona Kula. This is one of the bikes I wanted back in the day when I was first into mountain biking but could not afford. The brand KONA appealed to me for obvious reasons back then but also this model ” Kula” because that was my beloved cats name. I seen this bike in a magazine ad in 95′ and wished I could own it. The Marzocchi shock I was also a huge fan of from the MTB magazine ads.

So recently I was scrolling Ebay and I came across this near mint 1995 Kona Kula for a ridiculously low BIN price and so I snatch it up and when I received it I found that is was in near NOS condition, Amazing! All original with the exception of the pedals and front tire.

I have yet to take any of my own photos of the bike but below is pics from the Ebay listing.

Another Ride in the Stable

September 3rd, 2011

I have a love for vintage Parkpre mountain bikes from 1993 to 1996, the years when they used the Tange Ultimate Ultralight Prestige tubing and the titanium brush plating. Simply gorgeous frames with that ti-plating and low profile geometry. I also love the polished aluminum and the titanium frames from those years. So naturally I am always on the look out for these Parkpre models to add to my collection. I currently own my original 1993 Parkpre Team 925 with the Prestige tubing, Titanium plating and the hot pink decals. Also a polished aluminum 1994 Parkpre Al.U.Max with the purple decals.
Today I made another addition to my stable, a 1995 Parkpre Team 925 SS. This is basically the same frame as my 93′ with titanium plating but they switched from the purple decals to the blue decals. This was a ebay find and the frame is in beautiful shape. It is a complete bike that is converted into a single speed which is one of the reasons I chose to acquire a second Team 925. It comes with some descent parts so there won’t be much I’ll want to change on it. Probably the addition of some blue anodized parts and maybe switch out the red fork and rim and remove those aftermarket stickers.

A few of the parts:

•Cane Creek headset
•Thompson Stem
•Riser bars
•Tru-vativ crank
•Oddessy pedals
•Specialized seat
•Easton seatpost
•Surly 1×1 hubs
•Sedona tires
•Sunrim OLITE front rim
•Matrix GURU rear rim
•Cane Creek brake levers
•Shimano V-brakes
•Coolstop brakepads