Journal: Fixed Up Outside

June 26, 2012

in Journal Notes

Seen on my commute | Photo: Rob Vandermark

Monday Location:  Seven     ||     8:05 am – 11:45 pm

  • Project:  Fatigue testing is plugging along.  Bryan H. is pulling everything together for this latest round.  We’ve moved the testing machine – Tessa – to a new spot.  We’re setting up a computer that isn’t from the naughts.  It’s getting to be high-tech.  I think we’ll be fatigue testing the latest frame project tomorrow!
  • Thinking:  Had a conversation today with someone that asked, essentially, why I start projects when nothing is permanent.  That wasn’t a statement about projects failing – at least I hope it wasn’t.  The statement was asking why I work hard on projects that, purely by the odds, won’t be around much after I’m gone.  I’ve thought a lot about this over the years.  Ironically, maybe, it’s one of the reasons I work so much.  Everything comes to an end.  No business lasts forever; this is so true in the bike industry.  I remember looking through a Bicycle Guide Magazine from the mid 80s and counting that well over half the companies that had ads in that issue are no longer in existence.  Anyway, that everything is impermanent is no reason to not do the work.  This issue makes it more pressing for me.  More engaging.  If things just stayed steady once you got the flywheel going, that wouldn’t be very interesting, would it?  It’s a lot more interesting to know that everything is very fragile.  I take that very seriously:  employing people, paying wages.  People rely and expect security.  Do all you can to make your thing permanent.  And know that it won’t be.
  • Project:  In house frame building discussion.  It’s never a dull moment with this project.  Every aspect of it brings a lot of tension within Seven Cycles walls.  That’s one of the ways I know it’s worthwhile.  The only issue is that I’m not able to invest as much as I’d like on it.
  • Project:  Received an invitation to speak at a conference hosted by the Case Western Reserve Materials Science Department and the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials.  They’d like a bike industry engineer to talk about the topic of my choice – a dangerous latitude for me.  It definitely sounds interesting.  Fortunately I have some time to think about it.  This will be a lot different from the talks I’ve done at MIT and Wentworth Institute – two places that I’ve talked about engineering and bicycles before.
  • Project:  Private Label:  G.  This is still private but I’m making some progress.  Waiting to hear back from the client.
  • Challenges:  I’m falling behind on too many project and customer promises again.  I thought I was catching up last week but it’s clear I’m not.  Seven is recruiting and the Ride Studio Cafe is recruiting.  I know that will help.  I’m not spending enough time on work that is pressing and important.  Doing a lot that is important but sometimes missing the pressing part.

Post title:  From Spoon’s “Don’t Let It Get You Down”

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