I had more than one reason to hit up BICAS. So I did, and for the hundredth or so time up and down this coast I asked, “Do you have a 1″ threadless riser stem?” And, of course the answer was: “Check the bucket.” I could not believe my caliper reading. A rare rare item.
This was a score. Not only have I been looking for this for years, but it was only $4 and it is a Salsa. While some ‘community’ bike shops out there get shit for free and sell it for bank – BICAS represents and keeps the prices *low* – - the last place you’ll find a new KMC chain for $10. Grips for Guido: $3. Used chain: (a SRAM PC970 with 70% life left) $1. The place is turning more and more pro every year but BICAS is NOT selling out. I love BICAS. Thank you for making my bike fit better and hooking my friend up, too. Sure, I could have long ago plunked down $80 for a Race Face or some other inch-and-eighth utilizing a spacer, but people – not only are you dealing with a real bike purist who must have the one inch – I also heard my dad say long ago, and more than once:
“Good things come to he who waits”
Now onto a sticky issue I’m calling “The monster cross problem”. In Seattle I bought a pair of 45c cross tires and the fork clears; the rear won’t. I need a smaller tire, less than 40c in width. I want monster cross tires on my rig so here’s what I have in mind… someone maybe in Southern AZ has a pair of smaller fold-able cross tires and wants a fatter tire up front. Let’s trade a tire for a tire. Or the pair. I paid $70 for these tires, and they’re new.
By the way, there’s a classic Gilmour on Craigslist in Tucson. I know Andy. He lent me a #1 size brazing tip once. He builds good bikes. If I was without a bike and tall, I’d get this in a second: Matching pump even Andy Gilmour – Tucson’s longest lasting frame builder: Gilmour bicycles.by