Sunday, May 20, 2012

Little orange bike

As it says, a little orange bike, in this case a cross bike for an old friend, the great Bridget May. Bridget has always had bikes with small wheels, this is the first 700c bike for her. Nice parts all around, DT240s hubs on Velocity a23 rims, Force drivetrain and the super cool and curvy new Paul Minimoto cross brake. I was fortunate enough to get one during cross season and it is the finest cross stopper I have used. Assembling this bike was neat, I have been out of the bike shop for some years now and haven't put together a bike of all new parts recently. I was struck by the general ease of use. No loose bearings, no fiddly cantilevers. Pretty much ran the cables and that was it. I know this isn't exactly news, nice new stuff is, well, nice, but it is worth reflecting on how little this stuff asks of us as mechanics. Adjust the bb, the hubs. Huh? No need, all done and for that matter, you couldn't if you wanted to. Compare this to say a Super Record bike and the pie chart of what your time goes to looks very different.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sorting it out

OK, I'm not the most tech savvy person so this blog thing is a bit of a challenge. The photo in the previous post is Scott's rootbeer sparkle 29" touring bike, complete with an excellent display of cows in the background.  Supertherm downtube, big beefy PMW low mount drops and Fat City style 3/4" round chainstays. Touring tough

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Friday, May 11, 2012

One Picture

My alignment table, with various tools and bike

Meet Your Maker

Sean Walling of Soulcraft is smart, might not be Stephen Hawking, but, damn, the guy has good ideas.  Check out for details.
Currently in the shop, Marin road bike repair, 29r touring sled for Kathleen