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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by lucky420 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:59 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:Elliot I may bring my own bike by!
I'm so over my head in prep I realized I haven't ever disassembled my Mongoose fat tire bike to grease it.
If I come by, it'll just be for the company, I can do the bike work myself!
All this weekend I will be working to get the Land Yacht final preparations done and get it onto the trailer, gathering what selection of tools I'm bringing, setting up water and fuel tanks, etc.
Ugh. Vacations are too much work. Well, this one is...
Yeah but you love it. You know you do :)
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Re: Taco Tuesday 2015

Post by lucky420 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:28 am

maryanimal wrote:Ok so, I think I'll need some rsvp's so I know how much food to make. I have a plan for X amount of people already! I know some will come late due to other things and that's great!

It's ok if I bring Adam (son)?
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Re: Taco Tuesday 2015

Post by maryanimal » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:42 pm

lucky420 wrote:
maryanimal wrote:Ok so, I think I'll need some rsvp's so I know how much food to make. I have a plan for X amount of people already! I know some will come late due to other things and that's great!

It's ok if I bring Adam (son)?
Fuck yeah jonsi!! It'll be good to see him and you!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by lucky420 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:52 pm

And Sadie Jane!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by maryanimal » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:45 pm

I invited Sadie Jane a long time ago!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:41 pm

Camp was glorious success!
Now stranded in Reno/Sparks/Wadsworth with trailer broken "in half" -- fairly literally in half. (One large half and one small half -- coupling broke off tongue.) But have made contact with the famous Mr.Fixit in Reno.
Still trying to reach Sven (Barb Wire) and Carla here in Sparks.
Using public library computer.
Could use help to transfer load from trailer to rental truck -- maybe today, maybe tomorrow. In Wadsworth Rest Area on I-80. One mile west of Wadsworth.
Also interested in storage -- outdoors is fine -- for a few days.
Cell phone 707-295-5609. This is a "throw-away" phone. It is not on here in the library, but I will turn it on when I leave here. Let it ring a while -- I am not used to having a cell phone.

Begging tolerance of Moderators for my posts related to this.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Patsh » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:23 pm

Elliot, sorry to hear about this mishap... you certainly have a huge pile of stuff-and-bikes! I hope it gets resolved easily and inexpensively and soon for you.

I kept thinking I'd see you driving in the opposite direction as I left Reno yesterday afternoon.

I hope you know how much you and your bicycle service means to so many people. Thank you so much for all you do!!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by ygmir » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:24 pm

responded on the bar thread.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Eric » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:30 pm

Elliot wrote:Begging tolerance of Moderators for my posts related to this.
Not a problem since this is your camp thread, and the bar is a good place to connect to real-life friends.

You can also use the "transportation" forum to put up a post if you need to find help moving things back home.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by ygmir » Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:38 pm

Elliot update:
he asked me to post,that,he has tools and parts and is starting on repairs.
he'll call if he needs anything.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by lucky420 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:03 pm

Ok so he doesn't need off loading help. I'll watch this thread in case that changes
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elderberry » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:49 pm

Sorry I didn't make it to your camp this year, but I did send several people your way!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by DrYes » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:26 pm

I just want to say how grateful I am to Elliot. I shipped my wife's and my bike up with a container going to the Temple build this year. I stayed behind to deal with some logistical stuff, and on arriving two weeks later, our bikes were nowhere to be found (and we never did get them back). For the first two days, I was feeling kind of down. I mean, you don't have to have a bike at Burning Man, but I'd spent a lot of time and energy on the Temple and wanted to be able to make frequent trips to it. Those are pretty painful and time-consuming on foot after awhile. I was still having a good time, but my bikelessness was casting a pall over my burn.

A friend of mine mentioned our plight to Elliot while she was at his camp learning how to repair her bike (love that they teach you how to do it rather than just doing it for you), and Elliot told her to send us down and he'd make sure we had bikes. Down we went and he, in all his naked glory, did indeed sort us out. We even managed to get a friend to donate her bike to them on returning the bikes, so everybody won.

Thank you Elliot!

I can't do anything to help you physically while you're in Reno, but if there's anything in the future I can do to help you out, let me know. You're a two-wheeled saint.

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by BoyScoutGirl » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:45 pm

Aww... such a bummer to hear about the breakdown. I'm very grateful to Elliot and his crew for helping me out for three burns in a row. Glad camp was a success, though!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:06 pm

Safely home. Trailer safely parked in Reno for later retrieval. Exhausted. It was fabulous. More later.

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elderberry » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:48 pm

Dang Elliot, just now had enough time to notice you had a breakdown. Happy to hear things got sorted.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:21 pm

Thanks. Yeah, it was "an adventure". LOL
Later I will describe what happened - there is a lesson to be learned here. In a nut-shell, I was careless, and escaped disaster by a hair. Now sleep -- and worrying about my friends who are affected by the new fire just south of here.

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by SquirrelHead » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:46 am

Just about everyday I would say "I really need to take the bike to Elliot today." but everyday something shiny caught my eye the task got pushed to the next day. Luckily the bike survived the week of abuse that it received but sadly I didn't get to see the Bicycle Service & Piano Bar. It's on the list already for next year.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:18 pm

:D
And it will certainly be there next year, with bells on!

(But now... rest.)

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:40 pm

:D
Taking a short break from resting.

Dr. Yes, your kind words are very much appreciated. And it was an honor to assist the Temple Crew, however peripherally.

We recorded 494 bicycles repaired! Plus a number which eluded being recorded in the "front desk" ledger. So over 500.

On that note.... While I was in that rest area, a stranger pulled in and introduced himself. Loren, of Playa Bike Repair, in the 9:00 Plaza. (Loren Geller.) He casually mentioned that they had repaired "thousands" of bikes. So I told him 494. He asked how I had arrived at such a precise number. So I told him about our "appointment book", which our front desk crew invented on the spot (and which served fabulously). He admitted he was only estimating "thousands". :roll:

Camp was marvelously free of MOOP when everybody else had left! I am soooo lucky to have such a fine crew.

So.... Our move to the 4:30 Plaza was an operational success.
Our frontage, however, looked thrown together -- which it was. But we "need" something to improve on for next year.

Secondary activities were also successful.
Maryanimal's Foot Wash & Lotion Service was a smash hit.
Angela's Note To Self operation totaled 50 letters -- to be mailed on the Burnal Equinox.
The piano was popular, and nobody went thirsty.

D-I-Y repair was a big hit. More tools next year.
Battery Charging had a wide variety of customers.
Rick & Marcia's "self-service confessional" was a nice addition.

I could go on, but my "break" from resting is over. :wink:

I will never be able to thank my camp members adequately for all they did, and did so well. Whatta crew!
:!: :D

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by unjonharley » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:57 am

I will be setting my bar a little higher for helping the camp in 2016..
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:25 am

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Yes, we missed you. Looking forward to having you back next year!

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by mooserider » Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:01 pm

And another rounds of thanks to Elliot for the services he provides to the city. Between his crew helping me get a bike basket attached to a mountain bike that was never intended to carry such a basket, plus his Bicycle University (so I can ensure my bike will still function now that it's home from the playa), his service was excellent. And I am so glad you made it through your "incident" unscathed! That was scary! I passed that thread on to my campmates so they'd know why I'd been a weight Nazi while we were loading up for the trip. Best of wishes!

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:36 pm

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:D :D :D
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All the bicycles are finally unloaded and counted:


Bicycles -– painted camp colors -- brought to the Playa: 72

Loaner reservations: 63

Reservations picked up: 52

Loaned to walk-ups: 4

Loaners returned: 56

Bicycles lost out of 56 lent out: ZERO


Cannibalized for parts: 8

Never used: 8


Bicycles -– painted camp colors -– returned to Clearlake: 72




Bikes gifted to camp: 59

Estimated weight of 59 bicycles: Tongue weight of trailer when it broke.



Late in the week a fellow asked to borrow a trike for his girlfriend who had injured a wrist and struggled to ride a bike. I didn’t really have a trike available, and I figured out they would be better served by a two-seat vehicle anyway. So I lent them the RhoadesCar. Retail three grand. I asked him to bring it back Sunday, because we might need it ourselves.

They brought it back Sunday. I didn’t need it, so we agreed they would take it out for one more day.

They brought it back the next day.

I don’t know that fellow from Adam. Never asked his name or where he camped.

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:20 pm

Well now I'm extra glad I found that abandoned Elliot bike and brought it to you, without that the perfect record would be ruined. :)

I hate to say, but Elliot my great friend, I'd be careful about getting too trusting of total strangers on the playa. It's mostly good people out there, but not all. I had some run-ins with some people I could do without. And we had art stolen right off the front of our camp. It's not Utopia.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Popeye » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:18 pm

Eliot, one more time THANK YOU for the loaner this year. Good bike, mechanically sound and no problems. You provide a great service to the community.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:16 am

(I'm talking about handing off the $3000 Rhodes Car to just any random stranger)
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by Elliot » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:37 pm

Lending an expensive item to a total stranger is a deliberate gamble. I accepted, before I offered to lend it, that I might lose the equivalent of a couple grand. But winning that gamble is... as the saying goes... priceless!

(The RhoadesCar cost me nothing. But its utility- and replacement value is still substantial. Of course, I mentioned retail price for effect.)

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by smilemore » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:51 pm

Elliot ... you are, in a nutshell, what made our virgin playa experience in 2014 such an incredible, never to be forgotten experience. Thank you! You were not the only one, but you continue to demonstrate that risky behaviour, done for the right reasons, and under full awareness of said risk, is an experience that is not easily outdone.

I can't wait to see you again in less than a year!!!

Cheers,

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Post by silas thatcher » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:37 pm

Elliot, it was wonderful meeting you !! i felt i needed to stop by and personally say thank you for the bike seat ... (you weren't there when i stopped earlier in the week ) we had a wonderful time and survived just fine !! thanks again !!

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