Monthly Archives: March 2018

Coffee Game On

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Its been a busy week. The coffee shop is wide open. 6am mornings. Im pretty tired but its going great. I hope to find some morning help to let me sleep in a bit but thats all ongoing. Opening at 6am is not set in stone either. Will go for a week or so and then adjust if I have to. Basic drinks to start and we will get fancier as we go.

After overdosing on caffeine maybe twice in the last week Im careful now. In fact Im on a few non caffeine drink’s we make. Steamed milk and a shot of caramel monin is pretty damn good. Thats called a Steamer. Its been my go to drink as I lay off the caffeine.

I hope to get my new shifter for the BMC Monday, Tuesday at the latest. But I will not get a ride in before that happenes. Looks like this weekend will be rideless again. Its sale\grand opening weekend so I’ll be busy anyway. I hope to make up for it when the road bike is up and running.

Thats about it for a short post day. Got a bunch of new bikes to build for the weekend so I better get to it. Have a good weekend.

DLD

New Bike. Warm Day.

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Its going to be over 50 degrees today. Sunny too. Then, after today its back in the 30’s with snow possible this weekend. Yesterday I received my BMC road bike for the summer and had made the call for a ride today at noon. But that’s just not going to happen.

First things first. I did get out to my fav park this morn. Its rare now that I get here with the store clear across town. I did get to sit on my fav bench for a while. A thing I used to do almost everyday.

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 Now maybe once a week if I’m lucky. One of the negative things about the new bike\coffee store is not being able to hit up this park as much. But I will try to get there as much as I can.

I think a bike ride to the park now will be maybe 5 miles longer than before. Thats not a bad thing.

Personally I’m not dealing with the coffee shop very well. With my life motto being “nothing in moderation” I need to improve my self-control. The other day I made myself 5 double shot 12oz latte’s and got pretty sick. I guess now I know my limitations. The hot coco is not bad either. I need to lay off the stuff. It’s like an alcoholic owning a corner bar. But I learned my lesson. I know this was going to happen. I will deal with it.

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Backing off now.

On to the bike. I received it yesterday and started on the build. Had big plans to ride it today. I’ll make a long story short. I’ll not mention all the swearing and crying. 

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2018 BMC Roadmachine

You bet your ass I had to put on that million dollar red chain again.. The bike is pretty close to what I had last year but some changes. The Di2 control is in the down tube and off the bottom of the stem. You can see where I plugged it in there. I like that. My first task was to change handlebars and stem. BMC’s 56cm frames come with 110mm stems. I run 100,s so I changed that out. The stem is proprietary so I had to get another from them. All the housing and wires run thru it. Nothing external. Thats pretty cool too.

Looking at the pic you can see nothing there. For now, I’m leaving all the spacers under the stem. I could cut it down a but I’ll wait to ride it a bit. I think all the steertube spacers makes it look kinda weird. But I will wait to change it. With all that internal routing it’s quite the chore to cut down the steer tube.

So why am I not riding it today?

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Waiting for a new shifter.

These bikes come with the handlebar off. Which is fine because then I can switch out to my favorite Easton bar. So after doing all the internal routing I cut the hydro hose to size. In the bag of parts you get a bag with two olives and two barbs to be used to attach the hydro hose to the brake. I’ve done this a million times. So I get thing all cut to size and install the barb, threw on an olive and started tightening it to the brake but it felt funny. Like I was cross threading but I wasnt. Turns out there was a compression olive already in the shifter and I did not know that. Long story short ( I said that already) I squished the extra olive and it was mushed beyond getting it out. I am dead in the water.

Now, I have a lot of bones to pick with Shimano, like why can I buy their stuff online cheaper than they sell their stuff to me. But yesterday I called them after I calmed down and explained what happened. They are sending me a new shifter no charge even tho it was not their fault. And its a new 8070 shifter. Pretty much can’t find them anywhere. They had two to send out for warranty and they are sending me one of those. Thank you Shimano USA. Now… control your damn online sales…

After I found the extra olive in the right shifter I pulled the extra one out of the left shifter and got that brake up and running without issues. So I have the bike all set to go and will take minimal work to get it up and running when the new part gets here early next week. In the meantime I am bikeless having removed the bars from the old cross bike. And the wheels are sold off that old bike too. That ol’ frame will once again get put away until the next time I need a bike.

Its going to snow again this weekend anyway.

DLD

 

 

New Bike and Coffee

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And there you have it. The install went smooth Friday. I have made countless espresso drinks, took a sip, threw it away and made another. Now I have to deal with all the little things. Cups, mugs and all the things that go with this operation. I have to decide what hours to be open. I need to hire help. As expected, it’s going to be early morns for me for a while. At least until I get a person I can trust to open alone. Right now I’m thinking 6am.

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Yikes.

The dude from Colectivo said I prepped very well for the install. It took maybe three hours to get up and running.

I was pretty nervous about operating the equipment but after two solid days I’m feeling better. It does take a bit of a “knack” to steam the milk correctly for different types of drinks but once you got it down its good to go.

Today, like Saturday I’ll brew two air pots of both light and dark roast and leave it out for anyone to try. I would like to try to be able to sell coffee Wednesday, with my first advertised open day Friday. I still need to get a lot before then.

On the bike ride front, I batted a zero this weekend. Saturday I just had too much to do and once agin I did bring a bike home for Sunday and as usual, ended up coming in to the store to work and to bring it back. As things ramp up with both coffee and bikes my ride times will switch from mornings to afternoons anyway.

Also on the bike front I made an executive decision on what road bike to ride. Once again I will be on a BMC Roadmachine One. But this year I’m not going to build it, just get a boxed bike. With all the coffee stuff and building other people’s bikes I just don’t have the time. The bike will be here this week. All I’m going to do is switch seat, bars and wheels. I might change out rotors too and try for a 140mm on the front. It comes with a 160. Im also trying to afford some Zipp 404 MSW’s. Not sure if even I can affords those. Wheel prices are all over the board lately. I’ll talk about that more later too. The MSW’s retail for $3200. Thats nuts.

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The bike is the exact same color as the one I had last year. Also Ultegra Di2 again too. A neat feature of the 2018 over the 2017 I had last year is the Di2 control box is mounted inside the down tube and off the bottom of the stem. No wires, cables or brake housing visible up from. Suck a cool look. So once I get this guy up and running its on to the MTB for the summer. I already know what I’m getting. But more on that later.

Better go brew some coffee.

DLD

Its Go Time Soon

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Waiting for $8300 of coffee making stuff.

Its been a busy week. So many little odds and ends to get done still. Tomorrow the coffee equipment gets here and hooked up. The counter is ready to go with both water and electric set up. I sent one employee to Colectivo coffee school on Tuesday and Im going next Tuesday. Then I have a week to get completely up and running. I was hoping for two weeks but thats how this stuff go’s. My grand opening of the new store will be Friday and Saturday the 30th and 31st. Then its game on. Im pretty nervous about that. I still dont have a real set plan for the early morns so Im pretty sure that will be me. Im interviewing now for a morning person.

I cant believe I’ve been in this place for a month already. Thats nuts. Time is moving pretty fast now. The store is waking up for the spring. I put storage wax on all the rental ski’s yesterday and brought them to storage. Winter is officially over (and it might snow Friday nite). Good riddance to the worst (lack of) winter in store history.

I would ride in the morn yet but its been unseasonably cold. It was 19 this morn. Thats just way too cold to road ride. Next week the store opens at 10am and morning riding will be hard to do. But soon I will have enough help here to be able to leave for a nooner or two a week. I hope to resurrect Long Ride Wednesday (LRW) this spring. God knows I need the miles.

After the coffee is up and running I will start to work on outside signage. Thats a crazy expense. $5k or more. I would like to go with a lighted sign but that just may not be in the cards. That could be closer to $10k. Cripes.

Thats about it for today. Most likely the last post this week with the coffee machines installing tomorrow. I hope to have a pot brewed for me Saturday morn after the ride. It will be another abbreviated ride again. Just too much going on. And if its in the 20’s for temp I just might ditch it completely. Sunday looks much better for riding and I can wait till late morning to let it warm up a bit.

Have a good weekend and next time we talk I will be sipping some fresh brewed Colectivo coffee.

DLD