Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Got It Wednesday: A Singlespeed and a Tattoo

"More often than not singlespeeders have tattoos, carry whiskey flasks on rides and are proficient with the use of foul language."

Today is not so much a "Want It Wednesday", as a "Got It Wednesday", since I have made not one, but two exciting purchases in the last couple of days. I hadn't planned on both things coming together back-to-back, but I'm glad it worked out that way, because they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Er, um, like avocado and bacon for Paleo folks.

What are these things? A singlespeed and a new, much more visible tattoo.

My new blue baby
The first is the Surly Karate Monkey that I did a Want It Wednesday on back in January. I finally got the money together right in time for mountain bike season to start, and it arrived on Monday.

Facing the wolf at my door.
The second is tattoo #2. After I got over the fear of the first one, I came to terms with the fact that I really wanted one on my arm that I could see while wearing regular clothes. I guess I'd been held back by fears of having a tattoo that showed in my work clothes, but then I realized that it wasn't that big of a deal. I will probably never become president of the university now, but I probably wasn't going to, anyway.

So once the decision was made that the arm tattoo was happening, I had to decide on content. I spent a lot of time looking on Pinterest and for ideas. I quickly came to the conclusion that there was no way it was going to be a bird, bow, or a peacock feather, and eventually narrowed it down to a "paper cut" design. Then I looked for actual paper cut art on Etsy and found this shop with lots of designs that I liked. For some reason the Little Red Riding Hood spoke to me the most, although I don't have any particular attachment to the story. Something about the little girl and the wolf conveyed a sense of bravery, though. So I had Colin at SKINQUAKE draw up a simpler version that would fit on my arm, and yesterday I got it done. I'm still getting used to how big and obvious it is, but that's what I wanted, and I work itself is beautiful.

A bandage messed up the most poser Instagram ever.
I took Monday and Tuesday off of work for some additional chill-out time after training camp, so once the tattoo was complete, I took my burrito-wrapped arm and headed out for the Karate Monkey's maiden voyage at BCSP. I've been making jokes about how it will be my dumpster bike, because it's inexpensive and a rigid steel singlespeed is all that I can afford right now. Well, the mechanical brakes aren't that awesome, but otherwise, I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS BIKE.

Singlespeeding is so much fun, and the rigid fork is not nearly as rough as I imagined it would be. Yeah, I noticed a difference, but it wasn't too bad. It was definitely an asset when I needed to stand and climb, though, which happened a lot with the 32x17 gearing that came on the bike. I think I need a 32x19, but I didn't have time to change it before the first ride. I still survived a lap of North Tower and Green Valley without having to get off, though. It was harder than bopping around at easy pace on a geared bike, but it was also faster and allowed me to keep up better flow, so it was still a very good time. I'm definitely looking forward to the Monkey and I spending much more time together this summer.

Now I just need a name for him...


Jez Andrews said...

You are now officially awesome!

Not shaggy dog then ;)

Lindsay Rodkey said...

Not Shaggy Dog. :)

Jez Andrews said...

It's a good looking bike and I'm glad you are enjoying riding it. So will you be putting all that extra fitness to the test and try racing SS category?

Lindsay Rodkey said...

Yeah, that's why I got it. They are offering a women's singlespeed division for the new 6 hour series that's starting this summer, so I'm going to pursue that title. I will probably stick to geared for XC racing, though, as there is no SS category in our XC series.

David Adams said...

Like your style Lindsay, Cool bike and a wicked tattoo...