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The Lounge / Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« on: March 06, 2016, 10:34:00 PM »
Planning a bike trip to Long Point, Ontario from Toronto. Probably going to take the train to Hamilton and bike from there. I was thinking we could just take highway 6 the whole way but I'm not sure. Could be a little dicey. Has anyone on here done any cycling in this area? Any suggestions? We should be able to reach our destination in a day so we won't have to camp along the way.

The Lounge / Woodworking as a job
« on: October 16, 2015, 12:15:20 PM »
I need some advice! I know some of you are into woodworking and carpentry so I hope you can assist me! I recently completed a carpentry/woodworking program at a local college and I totally loved it. With this course that I took, the draw to it was that they said I was guaranteed a spot in the Carpenter's Union (Local 27), which seems like an awesome opportunity.

During the program our classes took place in a woodworking shop and we completed a number of cabinetry, furniture and general woodworking projects. We touched upon basic construction (forming, framing, etc). I knew Local 27 was mainly focused on the construction side of carpentry but I thought there must be some woodworking companies out there that are unionized. However, once I completed the course, got into the union and attended some orientations and union meetings, it became evident that if I wanted to continue woodworking, it would have to be as a hobby. Local 27 told me that if I wanted to work at a woodworking company, my hours wouldn't go towards my apprenticeship and therefor I wouldn't get the benefits of being in the union.

I've worked construction over the past few winters when there is no work at the bike shop. It is definitely a good steady job and the work is not bad at all. However, I don't see it as a career. I can do it, but it isn't for me. I will do it for the time being (although the union has nothing available for at least a year here in Toronto for first year apprentices).

So does anyone know how to get into working in a wood shop? Because the course I took was awesome but misleading. Better yet, does anyone in the GTA know of any places I can apply to or where to go from here?

The Bike Shop / Surly Cross Check Build
« on: May 10, 2015, 05:44:59 PM »
Hey guys!

So I just ordered a cross check frameset through the shop I work at and I'm soooo exited to build it up but I'm just unsure on how I should go about doing that.

The bike is going to be used for general use/exploration/touring so I want this bike to be able to handle everything. I am not a fan of drop bars so that's not going to happen. I'm probably gonna go with some flat bars that have some backsweep to them.

Should I go Shimano or Sram? I was kinda thinking of just goin full xt/xtr.

Any thoughts/suggestions?

The Bike Shop / Surly Cross Check and Front Hub
« on: December 07, 2014, 05:47:32 PM »
So I'm building up a Surly Cross Check (2 x 10 touring/adventure bike) and I have come across a good deal on a front wheel for the build. It's an H plus Sons TB14 laced to a Surly bolt on hub. I know obviously it will work no problem. However, I am new to road bikes or anything with gears basically and all of the Cross Check builds I have seen have quick release hubs. Would it be silly to use this front wheel for my setup?

Canada and Alaska / Complete bike. Sunday Ian Schwartz
« on: November 26, 2014, 03:09:59 PM »

There are no pedals on in the pictures but I will put on a set of new Fitbikeco pc pedals. In the pictures, the bars are macneil silencer bars but I can put on brand new Animal Bob Scerbo Bars. Parts list as follows:

Frame: Sunday Ian Schwartz 20.5 (Brakeless)
Fork: Odyssey Directors
Cranks: Primo Hollowbites
Sprocket: Animal MDS 25t
Pedals: Fitbikeco Black Plastic
Chain: KMC 510
Rear Wheel: Odyssey Hazard Lite laced to Primo Mix hub w/ 9 tooth driver (Primo Spokes)
Rear Tire: WeThePeople Grippin 2.1
Front Wheel: Eclat Rim laced to Eclat Female hub
Front Tire: Fit FAF 2.25
Seat: Federal Graffiti Camo
Stem: Primo Aneyerlator V1
Headset: WTP
Bars: Macneil Silencer OR Animal Bob Scerbo 4 pc bars
Grips: Animal Edwin Grips
Pegs: Animal

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