Monday, December 29, 2008

Double Yellow

This is new build from Brazen Cycleworks featuring great riding classic lugged steel road bike converted to a fixed gear.

Classic 80s geometry Taiwanese craftsmanship with brazed lugs.

Campagnolo Campy crankset 170mm cranks and adjustable chainline bottom bracket from Miche.

New Color from 1-Off Powder Coating in Gilbert, Dark Blue metallic flake, awesome in the sun.

Frame cleaned of excess braze-ons by 1-Off Powder Coating, super clean.
52x17 gearing you will get around very fast and looks great.

KMC 1/8" Track Chain in Yellow
Straight bars with OURY grips.

New Continental Ultra Sport tires to match the Track wheelset with Fixed/Free configuration with Track nuts all around.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

All things change but some take you back

Here is my personal ride with a yellow makeover. The color reminded me of my first bike I got for a birthday present as a kid, as well as my first BMX bike. Roots we all have them. 20 inch>BMX>MTB>Triathlon>Road> (Fixed>Single Speed MTB>Road)

Flat bar road bikes are not my thing. But I try to have an open mind and accept those who do like them. This is a bike I built with a 1-Off Powder Coat on a Schwinn Le Tour III. Enjoy.

If you are in to keeping tabs on what is happening right now. The check out my Twitter feed- Brazen_Bikes.
I'm still building Fixed Gear Bikes

Below is my latest collaboration with my brother-in-law at 1-Off Powder Coating. We share a similar vision of getting bikes back on the road. It used to be that I would never change the original paint on bikes I built. The negatives were the environmental impact, time, effort and results that could be acheived with paint. Dale at 1-Off Powder Coating changed all of that. Powder Coating is environmentally friendly, can be done quickly for single color jobs, requires blasting prep but yields a hard and durable finish that looks simply amazing. Check out this gallery of just a small portion of his work.

Well this bike is somewhere between Orange Crush and Eddy Merckx Molteni Orange, the power color is called poppy orange.

Large Taiwanese double butted and lugged steel frame and fork
All Aluminum crank, chainring, bar, post and stem
Shimano 130 BCD crank with 170mm arms with Stronglight Chainring
Geared for speed 56x17, equivalent to 49x15 but looks much cooler
Custom Brazen Cycleworks track wheelset
  • Velocity Aero rims, not as tall as Deep Vs with rounded profile, much lighter still plenty durable
  • Sapim 14G Leader spokes in black
  • Sapim Polyax black brass nipples
  • Custom 2 cross lacing on front and 3 cross lacing on rear
  • Fixed/Fixed Formula rear hub


Thursday, August 28, 2008

The year was 1984, the site was the Los Angeles Olympics and the rider was Nelson Vails. That was inspiration for a 14 year old who already loved bikes. I wanted to do what I saw. The speed, the brute force, the strategy and the banking all together equaled pure adrealine and excitement.

Here we are in 2008 and I got my chance. I ventured to the steepest, bumpiest track in the US. I spent two hours riding the banking and having a great time thanks to the Alpenrose Velodrome staff that welcome to riders new to the track.

Turn 4

Standing on apron looking to Turn 1 and the 42 degree banking (steepest in the US).

Looking at the banking from a distance.

Blurry from sprinting looking to Turn 3.

Not even the straight aways are flat.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Busy Bee

Getting a new look and a new life.

Black Sugino Cranks 160mm, so pedal strikes are a thing of the past.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Be careful out there. Yesterday, my goal of riding to work for the remainder of June and all of July almost came to an unfortunate end. I was in a position I shouldn't have been, I had started to pass slowing traffic and was coming up on a white Nissan X-Terra. I started to slow, he slowed more, then he signaled that he intended to turn right to get some $4 gas. I stood up, grabbed a handful of brake.

'Lets take a quick break from this story to talk about setting up a new bike'

Do use a new cable. Do make sure the lever is secure on the bar. Do make sure the cable and housing allow smooth and easy travel. Do make sure contact of the good condition brake pads hit the rim correctly. And finally do make sure the cable is secured adequately to the brake caliper, then double check it.

Usually find out when you have a brake problem it is too late, because you are trying to squeeze out the maximum performance in a single moment.

Back to the story. My brake cable slips and I ride up now even with the rear wheel of the clueless X-Terra owner. Trying to slow, I am banging my bars on the side of the vehicle and making a sudden right turn with my elbow and shoulder firmly pressed on the X-Terra as we do the dance through his right turn.

I left a black plastic skid mark on the X-Terra, and the driver remarked, "I didn't even see you there". He was not concerned about his car and I was embarrassed about my lack of attentiveness, so we called it even and continued about our own trips. I did however take the extra 20 seconds to tighten my brake cable. Then I checked it again. Ride On.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I don't just ride fixed. I also ride offroad with my single speed 29er. Say hello to my little friend. A 4 foot Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. Yes, I did ride by within inches of his head.
Lemon Lime 'Evil Sprite' FG

Time to try some new bars and crank. Mmmm refreshing!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Making Lemonade

This Fuji has found a new life as a road warrior, fly well my 2 wheeled friend.

4130 Chromoly Double Butted Lugged Frame with new Wet Yellow Powdercoat

Will accept front and rear brakes and single waterbottle, no other braze ons, super clean look

Aggressive Straight Blade Track style fork with no spacers for low track bar position

Track wheelset Flip Flop rear Track hub with track lockring and track nuts

Don't email Eric to buy it, it is gone.

Get to work and build a bike to enjoy before it gets too hot.