Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Here's picture of the finished product from the rear, showing the Cycles Noir Bantam. He symbolizes strength, toughness, and speed. This frame is now being prep'd for shipping back to me.

Speaking of speed, I don't have much lately. I sold a home over the weekend - and I've been busy with details related to that. A good problem, but hard to explain to Sarah now that her new bike has enough substance to seem tangible.

One thing that becomes clear with building experience is that there's no such thing as perfection, only the chase to achieve it. Out on the list, Richard Sachs and Darrell McCulloch have made this point numerous times. But intellectual knowledge is one thing, working the process provides a visceral knowledge that feels much more powerful.

This could sound like some sort of carping about the difficulties of the work, if so it's not capturing my thoughts. Rather, at each point in the process, one does ones best. Over time and with experience, one thinks of ways to improve the process or aesthetics. Sometimes its a matter of developing more accurate means to measure or cut. Sometimes its a matter of living with a style for a while - and deciding it needs improvement.

The later is the case with the current Cycles Noir decals. They're fine as is. But, living with them makes clear that something else would be more pleasing to my eye. Over the last two months, I've been working on a new design - retaining the current typeface. Slowly this evolved and the other day and idea evolved for what might be called the capstone. With it, the new design is complete. It will eventually be available in several color schemes - but for now there will be only one. A JPEG of the new decal is included in this post.

That's all for now - see ya next time.

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