One Other Thing

As is visible from my puffed up chest, I’m quite and entirely satisfied with myself in that the only parts I had to purchase in frankenshtein’ing El Naranja together was a set of crank bolts (and, yeah, that fantastically fantastic headset press tool I DIY’d if you wanna be picky). And the only reason I had to shell out money for the bolts is because I couldn’t remember where I’d stored the spares I know I have around here somewhere.

The one thing I didn’t buy despite a desperate need for it was handlebar tape, but I figured I’d make the excessively ratty and rapidly decomposing existing wrap work out for as long as I could.

Turns out there was a subconscious reason why I didn’t buy any either: I already had some. See, whilst making a an after-the-fact twelfth meaningless and futile rifle through the completely unorganized Box O’ Bike Stuff, where I could swear the crankbolts are supposed to be in (but still aren’t), I instead found something better: what’s easily a 4-year-old brand new package of bar tape purchased three bikes ago when The Phoenix still roamed this earth.

How do I know the completely forgotten wrap was for The Phoenix, and not Le Noir or 8Ball? Because of its color — coincidentally an absolutely ideal choice for El Naranja:

What hangs around goes around!

PS. I’m still on the hunt for those crankbolts, dammit!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."