I couldn’t resist.

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Today I went and bought another bike. This time, I drove to Oak Harbor and found out it’s quite a ways out from the Vern. I cannot believe there are people in my class that commute from that far There are actually four students in the class from the same two bridges and 25 miles away and they do not car pool! It just blows my mind, the amount of driving people are comfortable with around here. I saw not one bicycle the whole way there. I did see over two dozen espresso shacks. I have heard they only hire girls to work in them, to work a shift in fumes of idling cars and pickup trucks.

It is the first carbon bike I’ve owned. It’s old, and has 1″ steering, and a steel fork! It was neglected and in disrepair. The dude even drove his car to the end of the driveway to meet me. About 50 yards. Lame.  Another garage queen.  Sweet.

I am told it’s an Aegis but it is obviously painted for a team… but 20 years ago style. A rescue? You bet. She’ll get ridden, after I rebuild it and nicer. I’m quite happy with the size: 57×56.

I already have it stripped. It will get the Dura Ace 9 speed down tube shifters I have had in a box. I’m already looking for a carbon fork and a 1″ threadless head set. And no, I’m not ‘going carbon’ this is going to be a toy, and perpetually on the ‘would sell’ list. My BIKE and MY bike are still both good steel.  This one got done today also, for one Katie so dear:

And I call this bike: "Finest arrow in the quiver"
And I call this bike: "Finest arrow in the quiver"
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About littlejar

5 - Learned to ride in paved alley behind liquor store in Lowell. 16 - Road bike riding alone while peers do soccer practice. 18 - First new road bike bought with winnings from Project Graduation. 20 - Burlington VT. Nuff said. 22 - Joined the Air Force. 23 - Joined team Fair Wheel in Tucson - rode the Shootout. 24 - Rode El Tour in under five. 26 - Toured to Quebec City 28 - Toured Oklahoma to Vermont 30 - Found my dream bike - a 1989 58cm LaBan (#22) 32 - Experienced Minneapolis and saw BIKE CULTURE. 34 - Building my first bicycle frame, with a self made jig. USA

10 Replies to “I couldn’t resist.”

  1. It deserves Campag, what a beauty……..there’s something about restoring old bikes to get them back to doing what they do, very satisfying….Check out EBay for some classic Campag gear going for a song, and the great thing with it, there’s always spare parts out there……

  2. Ain’t one God damned thing wrong with it as is. Damn, I needs me a sporty fixed gear. Got the Crosscheck which ain’t never done me wrong, and I converted the Monocog to fixed gear and mounted studs. Yep, all set for the apocalypse. But somethin’ sporty like that-Now that would be sweet.

  3. Landsharks were all the rage while Golden Brainard was living in Flagstaff in the 90’s. Since then, I’ve not seen but one still around, and I seriously doubt anyone really knows about them in the southern towns. I like them, but I find them a bit strange too. Maybe it’s just the paint?

  4. I alterated the paint on this to cover bare spots. Original yellow/black/red is very striking, but orange softens it greatly. I ride another Landshark myself. They are made by a great master. Katie would sell this bike.

    My LaBan is equipped with the Campagnolo parts that came on this bike. I have spare cassettes and a crankset stashed away: running 8 speed. The Tange Landshark 53cm you see here: I had it built with Sora triple and now she wanted it as a fixie. It is light. I still do not have a scale.

    Sorry, all you Northern Arizonans. Flagstaff does not set the trend for the world of bicycles. There are 5000 Landsharks out there. It’s a big big world.

  5. That’s a genius comment about Flagstaff there Little Jar Jar Binkertons. I should have said that in actuality, there were about 5 of those rolling round here in the 90’s and Golden was one of Land Shark’s fans. Hell, maybe she was their only fan and owned all five. Who knows. I never asked her. Maybe that would have sounded appropriate and relived your sensitivities.

    Your understanding of Flagstaff is limited to its placement on a map.

    Enjoy your Land Shark.

  6. I actually ended up with two of Goldens Landsharks…I loved them. One was a 650cc road bike with a 56 big chain ring. The mountain bike a raced for a few years and finally gave it to a friend. It was sweet. it was painted as if you were looking through the water at the stars… She still has it and gets compliments on it all of the time, she says. I had to get rid of them because i love bikes and just havn’t the room to house all of the bikes I have had over the years. and…they were a bit heavy for me…as i can be a weight weenie. Dr. Jim Marzolf still has one here in flagstaff. The one thing I do miss is the words “smell the bacon” on the frame…does anyone know what the hell this means?

  7. Little jar…you may be right about setting trends in northern az…but I can bet that you would hard pressed to find a city this size with the same amount of national and world champs.

  8. One of the worst days of my life was the day my 15 year old Land Shark broke. Tremendous bicycle, I will own another before too long.