Monday, June 05, 2006

Open Letter to GR

Hey Gr.
why did you take all the paint off the bike? The seat stays and the chain stays are pretty bad. I spent a lot of time yesterday sanding off the rust. It is slow going. Do you think it is bad to breath in rust? At least when it is all done I will have a beautiful bike and aside from just throwing around words like chain stay, people will really think I know something about wheels etc. Did you know there are half priced burgers to be found on any night through out the city? You should come, they are good.

My computer is broken, it won't turn on. So internet and even typing has to be done on borrowed equipment. sucks.



Anonymous gr said...

why did i take the paint off? i've asked myself that very question many times. for one thing, the paint was chipped and cracked, so something needed to be done. for another, i thought that with a little care, bare steel might be manageable. (not the case, so this is not advisable.) i'd meant to paint it several times, but never got around to it.

i guess i also saw something of the sublime in the corrosion, problematizing the notion of 'the bike.' if a bike can be a beautiful thing, can it also be something that interupts beauty?

i'm sorry for having passed on the burden. forgive me. in any case, i'm sure you'll make it look pretty with paint. the rust didn't damage the integrity of the frame, did it? good luck and let me know how it turns out.


4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is nice to see you think of bikes in the same Romantic lit style where using words like "sublime" is appropriate.

Even if we never conceive a child together, at least we will have the 1983 silver/rust trek between us.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous gr said...

a couple things: for a more sleek look, you could file off the derallieur (sp?) hanger; also, i wouldn't remove/paint over the front badge.

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