Saturday, March 31, 2007

Black is the new black.
"Yo! Yeah you! Oh, you think you are too good to talk to me?" "Just because your replaceable carbon fiber derailleur hanger retails for $300, doesn't mean you are better than me. How about a quick sprint through the park there 'Coasty', what your 20 speed drivetrain and your carbon fiber brake levers too fragile?" "Oh, you don't hop over curbs? What can you do?" "Oh great, wow you are 15.4 lbs. I have rear tires heavier than you." Where is the heart, where is your soul? Well I gotta roll my master is grinning and you know what that means...oh, you don't. Well let me explain it, the only carbon on my rides is the breath of my master, and I will have him gasping in no time."
  • Black Schwinn World with gold highlighted lugs
  • Taiwan made 72/72 parallel geometry, 62cm
  • Simple fun with no attitude, other than the 'Brazen' one

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cavemen are people too.

It must be the week of giant Bianchi conversions. This blue boy is chromed out and living extra large. Bike is so fun to ride even a caveman could do it. This is nice lugged Japanese created Bianchi, maybe not as nice of steel as the Red Ghost Bianchi, but definately double butted as the frame and fork are pretty light for a bike so huge. This bike won't last long, get it now.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Red Ghost Bianchi

Well this bike is a last of sorts. Spring has sprung and weather is too good to not be riding, so I'm backing off bike building volume to a trickle. This beauty just snook out of the shop. The original decals had deteriorated so I removed them to reveal a beautiful feature of UV radiation and the Ghost Bianchi was born. This giant bike(63cmX57cm) is a bit of an enigma, imagined in the minds of Italian grandparents, born from Japanese craftsmen, and raised in the United States. I took the bike to a new place and I hope Edoardo would be proud.

  • Spade cutouts on headtube lugs and seat lugs
  • Ishiwata double butted tubes, stays and forks. domo ari gato!
  • Piaggio decals, this noted on the top tube as a 'Special' edition ride
  • Pantographed flat crown Bianchi fork
  • New Performance GT tires and commuter friendly tubes
  • Sakae Post, Bar and Crank with 42T ring
  • Araya rims with SUZUE 36H hubs
  • Italian Hertitage with true Japanese build
  • Shimano front brake with trackie style bar wrap
  • Don't miss the signature Bianchi dropouts and Bianchi detailed headset

Can you see it? It is there. Or is it?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Is a well balanced bike a sign of an unbalanced mind?
This is an incredible build from a local rider and bike builder, Constantine. He stopped by to pick up some fixie frames for the Fixed Gear Challenge.
Reminder: Complete your ride by Sunday April 1st(slightly extended) with pictures and short description submitted to

This bike inspired his friends to attach the Mermaid decor to the front wheel when the bike left SF. Check out the suspended "floating hub" and the dual drivetrain. Just don't ask why, just say "cool". This Bianchi Pista is a rocking ride with very trackie bars and electrical tape attitude to spare. Thanks for the inspiring ride, Constantine.