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.
Black and White

It is cut and dried, this is my favorite build. Granted I built it for myself so I did it the way I like it. Most of all I really enjoyed the high contrast look with Tange Prestige Ultralight frame and CF fork ride quality.