Monday, January 14, 2008

Jetlag, schmetlag...

If it wasn't for caffeine, I think I would cease to exist this week. Thank God for Juan Valdez and his legion of coffee bean carrying mules. If it weren't for the brown brewed gold, I'd be a dead man this week. But I digress...

So I owe you all some more Taiwan follow-up and pictures. I'm also going to try and create a Flickr gallery of images as well. That may take me a little longer though because I want to get a few more podcasts done also and put up more video stuff. There's lots to talk about, so let's get going...

I have a soft spot for the machines that create bikes. Sure it may not be as romantic an idea as some sweaty person toiling away over each and every detail, but in some cases it's even better- thanks to the precision of the work. However, my fascination has always been with the machines that do some of the more mundane things. I always spend a little time around the wheelbuilding machines. They just fascinate me. There are many types and they range from very precise machines to less precise machines. This one is somewhere in the middle- it's truing up a hand laced BMX wheel that will go on to be hand checked;

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It's pretty cool to me at least... but I'm kinda simple like that.

We took the high speed train back and forth between the airport in Taipei and the hotel in Taichung;

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It was cool.

Here we have a very happy Brand Manager standing by a container filled with SoulVille bikes headed off to the Ohio warehouse (so go start placing your orders now if you're on the East coast).

I really was happier than I look... I promise. FYI- The SoulVille is currently the best selling bike in the entire Masi line for this season. I had faith in the bike, but never would have guessed sales would be this good. So, thank you for your support of the bike.

A beautiful sunrise...

A beautiful park in Taichung on the night of a beautiful dinner...

The long awaited and much anticipated SoulVille Mixte step-through frame...

Mood lighting in an incredibly beautiful restaurant on an incredible night...

Two very happy Product Managers soaking up the reward of their efforts...

Incredible beauty...

All mine! (And eventually yours...)


You'll have to wait for more... so keep on coming back.

Tim

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on the wheel building machine - it's neat to see all of the processes and measurements taking place while it spends it's 2+ minutes in the cradle.

- kendamatt

Anonymous said...

Oh and BTW you guys deserve the beers! Your hard work and effort is really shining through as of late!

- kendamatt

AB said...

By Juan Valdez mules do you mean the donkeys or the people that smuggle the white gold? (I am Colombian so I am allowed to make that joke). I wonder who you could be referring to by saying " as romantic an idea as some sweaty person toiling away over each and every detail".....

Michael said...

That last picture of the pantographed bottom bracket shells is hot. I feel a little dirty looking at those naked frames.