After a week of 90 degree weather... & assorted info.

I’m happy to report that San Diego is back to 65-70 degree weather. The best weather for riding a bike in my opinion. Gone are the sweaty sleepless nights, the unbearable sweaty bike repairs, the 3 liters of water mountain bike rides... Perfect temps. Hey, I’m not rubbing it in.. I’m just extremely excited that I can wear hoodies again. 

Fall, autumn whatever you want to call it.. It’s always been my favorite season. In Kentucky it was the time of the year that the leaves changed color from green to yellows and oranges. There was a scent in the air that was warm and comforting. In San Diego it’s when the locals come out of their hibernation and poke their sunburned faces out to smell fresh air. The beaches aren’t filled with lost Arizonans. I dont know about you but I cant wait to get outside and soak it up on my bike.

Upcoming projects & events 

  • I’m finalizing colors on another run of Castelli jersey’s. These will be part of my “Separates” Collection. Both jersey’s will be Castelli’s latest offering called the “Podio”. It’s a mix of features from the “Team” jersey and the “Aero Race” jersey.  I’ll be offering a light colored jersey and a more subtle design as well. I’ll be rerunning the Navy bibs that were introduced with my first set of jersey’s. 
  • After months and months of putting it off, I’ve decided to leave town for a few days. Visit some friends up north, close the store for 2 days and unplug. I’ve got to do it. Time to take care of Gordon a little. The shop will be closed Monday November 13th & Tuesday November 14th, back open at normal hours on Thursday November 16th. 
  • Planning to organize a couple casual rides starting in late November including my locally-world famous night ride & bike4beers... 

Small Spaces.. (Part 2)

... In September the container landed in Carlsbad Village. A couple days before we smoothed out the gravel for drainage purposes and a makeshift foundation. Everything went pretty smoothly amazing enough. I had my work cuto out for me. Now what? What was the next step? I started searching for a roll up door. Measuring out the space, finding out what sizes were available and pricing. I picked out an 8x8 from Vortex in San Marcos. The daunting thing was the install. My neighbor at Evrbottle was willing to help cut out the opening but installing the actual door was a different story. I couldn't find anyone that would install it for less that $1500.. How hard could it be? Pretty hard actually. My friend Matt J volunteered to help me with the install. I think the hardest part was winding the spring, scary and difficult. Couldn't have done it without Matt's help for sure! The shop was starting to look like a shop and not just a big steel box.

Next on the list was stud's, insulation & wall boards. How exactly do you mount stud's in a steel container? The internet gave me a lot of ideas, nothing was jumping out at me. I started researching construction adhesives. 3M produces a lot of adhesives that work with multiple surfaces. I tried it out on a scrap piece of wood and steel. Tested how long it needed to set, how strong the bond was.. I found a winner! I used 8' 2x3's for studs on the side walls and 8' 2x4's on the back wall. I only went 8' up because I wanted to utilize the hooks in the ceiling for hanging lights and other miscellaneous projects. I used 3M insulation adhesive to mount the R5 insulation boards to the studs then screwed the OSB boards into the studs. Sandwich style. I wanted to put a 3/4" gap around all the OSB boards, adds texture, mimics the boards in Steady State Roasting and I could add some color to the white boards. We painted the side walls white and the back wall light blue (thanks to Sabrina for teaching me her pro painting technique). BTW OSB loves paint... took so many coats.

In the beginning of the project I had this idea that this location was only going to be open on the weekends, more of a social spot.. That didn't last long after I started hanging out at Steady State. I loved the community. Listening to the guys at Campfire talk about their project, Talking to Kylle about the projects he was working on for Carruth Cellars, Baba, our other neighbors. Everyone helping each other out. That's one thing that was missing from the Solana Beach location. It felt like a family. I wanted to be here full time.. So started redesigning the floor space. I found an antique Pollard Bros workbench and moved it into the back corner. Brought in my repair stand, tools and of course the beer fridge. I soon realized I was short on storage. I had the idea of building a bar/island and started sketching it out with storage shelving on the backside. Matt J came to the rescue for this project as well. I gave him some measurements, extra wood, spare OSB from the walls, 4 orange caster wheels and he fabricated it to perfection (well as perfect as a big box made of 2x4's and OSB can be...). I told Matt to hold off on the bar top, I had pipe dreams that I was going to find a cool piece of wood for the top. I soon realized that was going to be a lot of cash. I ironically found a Beech Butcher Block top that was the exact measurements I needed, score! 

Wait a sec... Does anyone know how to install electrical outlets? How am I going to have lighting? Where can I plug in the fridge and my radio? I cant work without music.. That will be in the next installment.

Untill next time, thanks for reading!