Lately, I’ve been in a damn good mood but still finding myself flying off the handle at the dumbest shit. One thing I’ve noticed on this blog forum thingy is when I post a stupid ass drunk rant, most of the negative isn’t that bad and those bad comments are way more lame then the post itself. Kind of funny how that works out; get someone pissed and they make a bigger ass of themselves trying to prove a point. I had a friend tell me a few weeks ago that there is nothing funnier then seeing people get super pissed at the big boy toys (big girl toys too) that all of us worship. It could be bikes, snowboards, golf shit or whatever you have time for in your free time. They really are just toys and are damn fun if you are really into them. If you can somehow make a living around that toy, that’s the shit. I enjoy being around folks that make a living doing what they love. The energy they put off is priceless and I always go home feeling recharged.
This last weekend I went to Portland to pick my Subaru up and while I was on my drive down through a complete shit snow storm, Dirty starts texting me while I am driving on ice doing 80 mph in a Highlander telling me about this Tony guy that’s a frame builder in Portland, I try to respond while driving with my knee saying “yes, i’ll get hold of him”. Dirty sent me the contact info and I realize this is a no bullshit Tony, it’s Tony Pereira one of the best frame builders in Portland, that’s at least what i’ve heard. If you have ever heard of the Oregon Manifest, he’s a big contender there with his bike creations. So last Sunday I went to his frame shop (his garage) to see what he’s all about and I’ll have to say he’s a very cool guy. Tony’s smile is genuine and his bikes are complete works of art. I think that balance of being a true craftsman, getting the projects and then feeling very fortunate with the projects you are handed is the key to keeping the creative / innovative ball rolling- Tony I believe is doing it. I walked away from his shop totally recharged, thanks Tony.
I snapped some shots while he was chatting with me and my little bro, Cave Jr. (Cave Jr. is better composed then I).
He’s not only a frame builder, the guy actually races the bikes he makes- he’s got some race numbers posted up on his wall in his shop and they looked pretty recent.
His bike racks he’s building and making them be part of the bike’s overall design is something that I really liked seeing on his bikes.
I had to pull out his long time commuter bike to take a shot of his stem he had on it. A place for the bell and for his front rack to hook up to- pretty cool detail.
Now, check out this sticker collection.
I’ll have much more to say about Tony soon but until then drink a fucking beer and storm some trails with nastiness.