The work weeks have degenerated into waking up in a rage, ready to throw punches, going into the driving job early to fight for drivers as a shop steward, getting harassed by drivers regarding a variety of issues, then actually working the driving job, coming home and fielding phone calls from upset drivers.
Then, I find myself juggling stuff over the weekend, like the art opening last week (yea!!!), the Union meeting the next morning I only had two hours sleep for. I haven’t even had dead time to draw…much.
So, sorry, this has to be a weekend without a big update, but I’ve needed a break. So, I rode over to the Coppercabras Halloween Party and Bike Ride today, then joined my friends from the driving gig for some beer and a pizza while watching the Saints game. I wanted to do the Halloween ride in drag, but with the chaos, that was not meant to be.
The ride itself was fantastic. Think less spandex and more denim, biker vests and whacked out bicycles. It’s a great thrill to ride in a big group of eccentric riders, and yes, it wasn’t all 40 year old virgins. There are actually quite a few women who also like to ride. Hot women in Halloween costumes.
The customizing is reaching new levels. Tallbikes are changing. Now that the OC County Choppers bicycles have been around, they’re getting customized with larger wheels, new paint, stretched frames and ape hanger bars (as it should be). There was a generation of custom bikes a couple years ago where they welded a bmx front to a road bike back end using a second steering set. The front part of the frame would actually pivot side to side depending on where you wanted to go, kind of like a unicycle with adjustable training wheel. These customs were rat-rod style, but I’m now seeing them with fresh paint and cleaner looks.
The high point of my ride came when I asked one guy about his stretched beach cruiser with ape hangers. He let me take it for a test ride, and it was amazingly comfortable to ride with a lot of power (the more you can stretch your legs out, the more power you can get out of your ride). We were talking shop, and I mentioned Downtown Willy, this guy then mentioned he has his own dungeon and turns out he’s a backer of a place I know in the Valley. I gave him a high-five. Not only does he do custom bikes, but he has a machine shop and did some of the furniture for the dungeon. The guy does night rides on bicycles and I’m going to hang out next week if possible.
I did get a sketch started of a Domme on a bicycle, but that will have to wait a little longer before posting. I am going to be at the Geek Munch Monday, October 27th, and there is a bunch of stuff going on in November.