Sable (Simba ) has an infection in his mouth. One side of his face is swollen. Of course it’s July 4th so can’t take him to vet today. He’ll be going first thing in the morning. For those who know and love our 60th Avenue mascot I will update after he visits the vet.
UPDATE July 6th
He is ok! Like most older animals he has some pretty bad dental problems. They drained some of the infection and he is on antibiotics and pain meds. He is already looking and feeling much better.
In a couple weeks he will have to go back for a consultation with the pet dentist. Dental work isn’t cheap and we will probably need to “pass the hat” around for donations towards his health.
We will see how it goes.
If you want to come say hello he is sitting on the shop counter right now making it difficult for me to type by rubbing on my hands…
Tomorrow is that last day of pedalpalooza ;( while this makes us sad, the MCBF is a great way to celebrate another awesome year of pedalpalooza.
The fair will be at SE Alder Street between 12th and 14th (the southern end of the Washington High School lot. We at Meticon will be riding down early to catch all the fun events: stuff like unicycle jousting, foot-down derbys, and much more), good food, “kickass entertainment” (lots of bands) and all manner of vendors selling bike-related goods.
we hope to see you there!
Veer the local movie about four prominent members of local bike culture has officially come out on DVD. We have copies in stock.
(had a little technical trouble this post was supposed to be up on Monday… oops.)
Went to the Joustdown. Here’s a video of the trophies we made.Good natured carnage! A brief appearance by the Sunny Nekkid Ride. It was hard to not stare in an impolite fashion! Had to get back to the shop and didn’t get to see who won.
Sunday I did the Zoobomb Century. Since I was a sponsor for the race I wasn’t officially competing but I did my full 100 miles! Exhausting but exhilarating.
Had a blast at the Foster ride Thursday night. A small but fun group of neighborhood folks crashed through several local bars. Good times I’ll be sure to make next years as well.
Today at 2pm is bike jousting down at Col. Sumners park. Meticon has the honor of providing the trophies for the event. We’ll be there to witness the carnage.
Tomorrow is the grueling Zoobomb Century ride. I did it last year but didn’t actually track my mileage (I definitely quit before the full 100). This year I’ll see if I can do a proper 100 miles. Meticon is providing some sweet prizes for the winners and some swag for all the racers. We might be able to provide a ride to the park and or a loaner bike and helmet for any last minute folks who want to pit themselves against the slog….
It’s here! The official kickoff ride is tonight. I can’t make that ride myself. Gotta work… but I will be attending the later Foster bar cruise! If you like bikes and bars come on down to Smokey’s at 10pm. Mayhem may ensue!
Local artist Frost brought in a selection of his work today. Made mostly from recycled tubes and tires they range from notebook covers to belts, wallets, and more… I think I’ll have to grab one of those sweet notepad covers for myself! I’m already using one of his excellent cell phone packs.
We are about half way through at the bike fix it fair. The morning started pretty gloomy but mother nature couldn’t run us out with her rainy day. A ton of people have been showing up and its great to see kids excited about their fixed bikes. There are constant Raffles for lights, locks and helmuts.
Saturday the bike fix it fair mentioned below is happening, rain or shine! There will be plenty of canopies and if it’s really nasty I believe there is a back up indoor location of some sort. Maybe at the nearby school? As long as you dress accordingly it’ll be fun!
See you tomorrow!
I was just looking over the Shift2bikes.org Pedalpalooza calender and noticed amongst all the many fun events planned a “3rd annual Foster Road Night Ride Tavern Tour” I had no idea such a thing has been going on!
I was actually thinking of doing some sort of similar thing myself…
Instead I’ll just help promote this existing event! First night of Pedalpaooza (Thursday, June 10th) at 10pm meeting at 56th and Foster in Smokey’s Bar.
This Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Harrison Park there will be a free bike fix it fair! Organized by the Marshall SUN Center with several shops including Meticon and CCC and other volunteers providing parts, tools, expertise, and more. Focused mainly on kids of all ages, it’s about making sure their rides are in good repair so they can utilize those bikes for health and transportation. Also lots of helmets, locks, and lights will be given away so come on down!
Today is our three year anniversary!
I won’t get too sappy but we’ve been beaten the small business failure odds, while even in the midst of a terrible economy! How?
I’ll tell ya:
The support of you the customer! You’ve come out and spent your money here, you’ve been patient as we have learned and grown, and just in general made it pleasant and fulfilling to be your local bike shop!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I was down at 14th and Alder helping load bikes into the container. A lot of nice people donated their old bikes, but unfortunately by the end of the day we only had around one hundred bikes. The shipping container can hold up to 400! So an emergency second pickup is now scheduled for tomorrow. Same place from 1pm to 4pm. Shipping a large container like this costs a lot of money. Sending it over 2/3 empty is a huge waste!!
Spread the word!!
If it still isn’t full after tomorrow there may be another pickup on Monday but that would blow the planned schedule so clean out the garage and bring in your extra bikes this Sunday. Even small kids bikes are needed, anything with a fat tire! Even just bike parts, tubes, tires, etc.
A little note from Jenny who is organizing the Bicycles for Humanity collection:
Bike collection for South African schoolchildren at Washington High School TOMORROW 10AM! Look for the pretty blue shipping container on SE 14th and Alder. Pass the word along!
more info at blog.travelwithbread.com
I’ll be there as well helping load or whatever is needed. Come down say hello and bring an unwanted bike to donate!
Manning the register is Simba (aka Sable aka Simble ) . Actually he is more the neighborhood mascot but he does spend a lot of time in the shop just hanging out.
Just a reminder that this weekend is the big bicycle collection event for the Portland chapter of Bicycles for Humanity.
Saturday, April 24 at the old Washington-Monroe High School on SE 14th and SE Alder from 10am-4pm. Do a little spring cleaning and bring down that old clunker you don’t ride anymore! Check the above link and the blog for details!
This actually is the first retro-direct bike I built. Some folks have been quite interested in these builds so I posted a video of this one as well on youtube
Checked out the event. Very well done. If you’re into bikes it is well worth the $7. Might go back tomorrow to see some of Sundays Dual Stunt event at noon.
Today and tomorrow is the Pedal Nation event down at the convention center. Looks like all sorts of stuff is going to be on display. Numerous events and vendors local and non-local. If I can I’ll be sneaking away from the shop later to check it out!
A couple weeks back Chrome (the makers of the bags) announced that to promote their new line of shoes if you sent them a an old pair of crappy shoes they would send you a free pair of their’s. It was for two days only and after looking at the specs and seeing that they were specifically designed for city riding and using toe clips and straps, I sent an old pair off just before the deadline. Apparently they were overwhelmed getting many thousands of pairs sent to them instead of the few hundred the expected so I’m still waiting to receive mine.
I’m awaiting them eagerly as I very much dislike clipless pedal and shoe systems for daily use. These are the first non-clipless bicycle kicks I’ve seen in ages that are affordable. I’ll post a review when I get them.
Here is a fun little project we put together last week. Two speeds, no shifter, no internal gears.
You can check out a video of it here