Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Loving the Single Speed

I have now rode my new Rossin Single Speed to work 6 times. Well new to me, it is a conversion of an old Rossin Road Bike frame and fork, with some new and old parts thrown in. I mentioned in a previous post additional details and that I would include pictures: 2nd best ride ever.

This bike is absolutely life changing. I can't stress enough how much fun the Single Speed is. It is light, looks cool and there is no worry about gears.

I spent some time this weekend working on the brakes, adding new grips etc. For the most part the build is done, however I will be adding or changing some minor parts out as I go.

Here it is:

Trav's Rossin Single Speed
Trav's Rossin Single Speed
Do your self a favour and start riding a Single Speed, you'll love it...


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When presenting, if you don’t know the answer, just say so…

Yesterday I attended the LinkedIn event in Toronto for Marketers and Recruiters. It was a great event that was well attended. The key note by Sean Moffitt was excellent and following that the crowd was broken up into groups depending on which track you were there for.

The tracks for the most part were very well done. They were put on by LinkedIn employees and some included panels of customers. The presentation expertise really varied amongst the LinkedIn employees; some did a great job and others, well you could tell they don’t present a lot.

The biggest issue I had though was with one presenter who didn’t know the correct answers to questions that were asked of him; however he decided to answer anyway. This was a big problem in my opinion as it really misled the attendees. When I tried to correct him on one of his mistakes; he stated I was wrong. As a LinkedIn employee he should have known the number maximum number of Connections you are able have – he stated 5,000 (Facebook), the right answer is 30,000. He also should have known that there is a limit of 3,000 invitations that you can send out, again he stated 5,000. And to top it off he wrongly stated that you are only able to have one twitter feed on your profile…wrong again (as you can see from my profile below):

Look 2 Twitter feeds!

My point here is, never answer a question if you are not sure you’re correct. It is much better to say “You know I am not sure about that, but I will find out for you”.
That’s my tip of the day for you. There is no harm in not knowing the answer to a question, but there is harm answering one wrongly.


Monday, May 14, 2012

2nd best ride ever!


Well after a long, painful build process, I got to ride my new Single Speed Rossin custom this morning. What a great ride. It put such a big smile on my face. The only better ride I have ever had was a few years back when I rode a Turner MTB at Buckwallow. This bike is the result of my personal cycling/design style and the custom genius of my good friend Shawn Collison of Collison Custom Cycle (C3). (Also a shout out to the Dudes at Bike Zone Mississauga for their help).

As an old time BMX guy, I have never been comfortable with gears. At the most I was using about 3 of the 21 + gears I have had on various bikes. That is why I love the Single Speed, no gears to mess with and a great looking style to boot. I am currently riding a 42 -16 gear ratio with a 700C x 23 wheel/tire combo . Worked out very well this morning, but I may need to experiment a little bit with the gearing.

I will take some pictures and post tomorrow. The bike is awesome...can't wait to show you.