Archive for December, 2012

Trike rebirth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 27, 2012 by mokelley

This year for Christmas I decided I wanted to give my two-year old a tricycle. But rather than buy one that any other girl might have, I wanted it to be unique. So, I took the red Radio Flyer trike that I gave my oldest daughter five years ago and gave it new life.
I started by stripping off most of the parts and then sanding off the original clearcoat and paint. Then I primed all surfaces with gray Valspar primer. Next up was applying pink and black spray paint. Lastly, I put on new clearcoat and then reassembled everything. A few new parts (such as grips and pedals) rounded out the build.  Unfortunately new grips were only available in red, as I really would have preferred pink.
All in all it cost maybe $20, whereas a new trike would have run around $75 or more. And I rather like the murdered out black on pink.

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Travis on a tear

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 10, 2012 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Travis Grappo has been on a major running kick lately….trading in his bikes for his running shoes most days and making the most out of it based on some recent results.

First he did the 3-day, 50-mile inaugural Birmingham Stage Race in September, where he took 1st Place Overall with a cumulative time under 8 hours.  Much of this was on some really tough singletrack that featured a lot of ridiculous climbing.  http://birminghamstagerace.homestead.com/Stage_Race_Results.pdf

Then this past weekend he took 1st Place Overall at the Tashka 50K Trail Race near Tuscaloosa.  His average time for the +31-mile race was 7:31/mile.  http://tashka50k.com/

Well done Travis.