New (Used) Bike

Because the right number of bikes is often one more than what you currently have. I wasn’t looking for a new bike but this one seemed to find me. I picked it up for such a low price that I could not turn it down. Luckily my wife is onboard with this. I’m shooting for 3500 miles this year and I find being able to mix it up helps me stay interested and stops me from burning out. 271 miles left to go before the end of the year. Should be a piece of cake but who knows what the weather and the holidays will bring.

I sold this bike on 10/31/2016 as the Lynskey is now my main bike.

 

Sleepwalk

I’ve probably played this song 10,000 times. I’m sure it’s etched into the minds of everyone in this house. I’ve worked out different ways of playing it and I can pretty much play it with my eyes shut *unless* you put me in front of a video camera. So that’s what I spent my time doing tonight while my wife and kids are out at the Hurricanes game. For some reason I freeze up in front of the camera. Anyway….. This take was the best of the bunch tonight. I built the amp, a tweed Fender Deluxe clone and the reverb unit, a clone of a Fender 6G15. The guitar is a Gretsch DuoJet and I run it through a Klon KTR and a tc electronic delay setup as a slapback echo. It’s only a few minutes long and worth watching for the blooper I put in at the end of the video.

Crash!

I had my first bicycle crash in years last Friday. I tried to take a turn on a wet wooden bridge too fast and went down face first. Once I got over the shock and tried to fix what I could on my bike I continued on to ride another 50+ miles.

 

Wake / Johnston County line

Neuse River Greenway

I’ve started riding the Neuse River Greenway in Raleigh, NC, once a week. I’ve been a year-round bicycle commuter in Durham, NC for the last 10+ years, averaging around 2000 miles a year. This year I’ve been trying to step things up a bit, by adding longer rides in the evening and riding the Neuse River Trail once a week.

I came upon the Neuse River Greenway through the Trailfinder App when I started looking for a longer paved trail than the American Tobacco Trail. The ATT is 30 miles round trip on pavement, while the Neuse River Trail is 66 miles round trip. An added bonus is that it only crosses one road for the full 66 miles. As of mid-October I’ve clocked over 2700 miles and hope to hit 3500 before year end. I keep track of the miles because it motivates me to ride, especially on the cold and dark days that will soon be upon us.

 

Got Gretsch?

 

My G6120SSU Brian Setzer Nashville & G6128TCG Duo Jet

My G6120SSU Brian Setzer Nashville & G6128TCG Duo Jet

 

As I’ve gotten older I find myself moving away from the standard Gibson and Fender guitars to Gretsch guitars. I wish I had discovered these years ago, especially the DuoJet. I’ve never played a guitar that felt so right in my hands before. It’s been one of the nicer things about growing older.

Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone


“From Wikipedia: “The Fender Reverb Unit (6G15) was a tube, spring reverb-equipped effects unit made by Fender. The Reverb Unit was originally introduced in 1961. It was discontinued in 1966 and was replaced by a solid-state model, the FR1000.[1] The unit features three controls: Dwell, Mix and Tone and is run by two pre-amp tubes and a power tube. Physically the unit looks like a small amplifier head and since the early ’60s the unit has become synonymous with surf music”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Reverb_Unit”

From Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone. Posted by Robert Weeks on 9/25/2015 (12 items)

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(Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone; 11 photos)

Tweed Deluxe Amp Build


From Tweed Deluxe Amp Build. Posted by Robert Weeks on 8/04/2014 (16 items)

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Champ Amp Build


“Video of the finished amp: https://vimeo.com/100142039”

From Champ Amp Build. Posted by Robert Weeks on 1/26/2013 (15 items)

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