Since it was getting tricky keeping up with my son and his mountain bike, I picked up a Trek Marlin 4 last month. It's a nice bike and very reasonably priced. I look forward to some epic summer rides with my main man! I was extremely pleased with the courteous and knowledgeable staff at Calgary Cycle on Bow Trail. I really enjoyed the Hub Cafe next door, as well.
Mike from Ohio writes:
"How do you train your "psyche" to overcome a sense of "giving up". This is hard to put into words, so my apologies. Best I describe what I'm referring to. I don't have your talent, skill and know-how to do what you do...but if magically all of a sudden I did have that capacity, I would get discouraged after spending so many hours/days on a car...I would get severely "bummed out" when I take the car out on the road (in the rain) and my perfectly cleaned/detailed car gets dirty again. Hope that makes sense. I'm afraid that is how I'd feel. You have obviously overcome that "problem". How do you compartmentalize your sense of satisfaction when time after time..car after car...dirt, road grime and pollen spoil what you've just spent an enormous amount of time and energy cleaning? Is there a mental trick to it?"
This is a great question, and I have had to reconcile a few things in my own mind to maintain my dedication to car care. The environment in my city is very challenging. The winters are long and messy, and the rest of the year is dusty with a real mix of weather. There are a few ways I deal with the stress and most of them are visible in the way I have designed my garage. Combating the relentless challenges of maintaining a clean car has been made easier by the fact that my garage is a full-service detail facility. I can pull my car in on any day and everything I need to keep it clean is close at hand. My vacuums are easily accessible and I have a wide array of products that work in all kinds of different seasonal situations. By having all the tools and supplies I need at the ready, it allows me to use my energy efficiently.
Also, I just love the process of returning a dirty car to pristine shape. Yes, it may be dirty within seconds after leaving the garage, but that doesn't negate the fact that I had fun making it look brand new again. It is also rewarding to know that the car is still in excellent condition, free or scratches and defects, under the dirt and grime. I am really paranoid about the salt and salt residue embedding in my paint and causing corrosion, so every time I get the paint clean, it gives me hope that rust and corrosion will never claim my current vehicle liked it claimed a few in my earlier years! So, in conclusion, I can keep going no matter the challenges because I have the proper facility and supplies, I like the process, and I enjoy knowing that my car's condition is still flawless under the dirt, salt, pollen, or whatever other menace the world is throwing at me.
Now, if I had a black truck that I had to park outside like my friend, Bryan...that would be whole other story. He gets all my respect!
Spring is off to an exciting start. The weather has been great and I have been able to complete a few projects already. Recently, I detailed a YouTube viewer's SQ5 and I have performed a number of details on my own SQ5. I think it is going to be a great season and I plan to put more content on my YouTube channel this summer. Here are a few videos I produced in the last little while.
As far as the garage is concerned, I have performed a few minor fixes. I repainted the lower porting of the inner car door since it took a beating from "winter garage hockey" and I sanded the rust off the garage door rail system and repainted. I don't have any big plans for the summer in the garage, just minor tweaks here and there. At some point I want to do something cool with the ceiling. I was thinking of wood, but I have to think about it more. A lot more.
The SQ5 has been brilliant. It is due for its first service in 1300 kms, and it has provided me with non-stop fun. I couldn't be happier with this car and the Daytona Grey paint is amazing to play with. The sun dances off this car's surface. I am very happy with the colour. I plan on doing a coating with CQuartz UK here in the next while, but timing is crucial. When you only have one car, you have to carefully plan these things!
I've been pretty active on Instagram, so be sure to follow for more updates from my garage.