Server error last night, oh my gosh! And just when I was about to burst with CCR news. Yesterday was mad crazy awesome. It all started two days ago when I got a text message from Italy, which was followed quickly by a phone call via Skype from Brian Mumford, one of the kids at the H&H. He called to have us deliver coffee to his girlfriend on her birthday. How sweet is that? So yesterday we delivered a bag 0f Guatemala finca Palhu to her door with love from Brian!!! (The night before delivering -10 hours since roasting the coffee – I cupped two batches of finca Palhu of that day to find my favorite. I chose the lighter of the two.)
Later on (still yesterday) I biked downtown on one of our mini bikes to receive the newly built-up cargo bike. It’s so so rad: Phil Wood rear hub (36 hole anodized black with room for a nine speed Sram cassette), disc mounts, mineral oil Shimano hydraulic brake. Ryan of Veloshop put in a ton of work. He gave us one of his brake levers and had to reface and redrill the rear disc tab by at least a millimeter (since it was welded on crooked- C.A.T. we love you). Oh my gosh, and the hub has five bearings inside. It rides like a dream. This set up is heads above the old Shimano Nexus redline internal 8-speed. But when I rode off down Burnside after ending the day at the Half and Half I immediately lost the chain by doing something silly. Then I kept stopping in my highest gear and really had to work to get myself going again. When was the last time I had an externally geared bike? Elementary school-Huffy. Anyway, we’re ecstatic over getting the cargo bike back: THANK YOU RYAN! AND THANK YOU VELOSHOP.