Yesterday I was on my hands and knees all day working on this painting which was inspired by a trip graham and I took this summer. I was 18 weeks pregnant and we biked for 3 days from Seattle to Portland (which did include a train ride) We had been talking about doing a ride like this forever and decided it was a perfect time before we welcome a little human into our lives. This part of the ride had an incredible downhill that seemed to go on forever, you can swipe to see the actual photo I snapped of Graham right before we descended. We ended up biking 152 miles and they were definitely not easy, but some of the most beautiful and meaningful miles I have ever ridden. We are now at 40 weeks today and the journey is not quite over yet, but I love reflecting on everything that we have done together over the past 40 weeks♥️
2017 Road warrior painted commuter with alternating blue-yellow striping for high visibility on the #SF streets.
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A few days ago a friend of mine had shared an image with me of a disc brake rotor clock that looked very similar to this double disc brake rotor clock we currently have available. While similar in looks, there were a couple of things that caught my eye that I consider poor craftsmanship. One being the use of glue to hold the whole assembly together. That is just asking for trouble! We utilize CNC routed wood backs for all of our clocks, with a recess in the back for the motors to help reduce any strain on the motor shaft itself. Years of experience led us to this design, with product being damaged during transport to shows, high winds at outdoor events, and who knows what else we encounter in the road. Showing up to an event with damaged goods is no good, how can we expect them to handle being shipped to our customers? Durability may not be something you consider with a wall clock, or table lamp for that matter, but one thing I have always been conscious of is producing a product that will last. We are currently running a sale as well, FREE shipping on orders $20 or more!
#Festive500 ’To find what I’ve lost along the way’ ; — “Feeling the wind, the changing colours of the sky, enjoying the smell of rain or sunrays touching my face. Beauty. My little daily adventures.”;
The big city, a demanding job and lack of time made me forget. I couldn’t see what I used to see; I needed to be out there again, to be adventurous.
So, I’d planed a solo 500 km ride. Not knowing what I would find or what difficulties I’d have to face. In search for beauty; —
A gentle breeze blew me into the night. Dunes lit by a bright moon and countless stars. Deer and rabbits as a silent witness. Surrounded by the gentle sound of waves smashing the beach.
A big sun rose slowly over the IJsselmeer. The bright orange light casted a shadow of a lonely cyclist on the dike. I was flying. —
Not long after ‘flying’, dark clouds gathered and strong headwind formed. Rain and snow battered my cold body; after six hours I had enough.
Unfortunately, I was forced to go home. Nevertheless, I felt satisfied. Overwhelmed, by the sheer beauty of the ride. —
Two days later I took the train to Brussels for a 190 km ride home. Finishing the festive on New Year’s Eve.
Riding was simply something to help me remember; my world is still the beautiful place it used to be, I just need time and space to see what’s out there. Play and have fun, like I used to. —
Text and cycling, @erikvenneman
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