Saturday, January 31, 2009

Matte Black

This bike came to me as a nice red and white Univega. I never have been much on before and after photos, but here you go. Shaved down with brand new Powder Coat from 1 Off.
  • Campy Drivetrain 53Tx 17T
  • Miche Primato BB
  • KMC Track chain
  • Track wheelset
  • Continental tires
  • THE saddle
  • Double butted lugged steel construction




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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Raleigh USA Technium
This is new XL build with some American roots. Technium tech allowed bonding of 6061 Aluminum main tubes to lugged steel frame.
Cranks is JIS square taper in white.
Gearing is low for stop and go city traffic.
KMC 1/8" Track Chain in Red.
Custom handbuilt Deep Dish Track wheelset with Fixed/Fixed configuration. Powdercoated cranks and hubs from 1-Off Powder Coating in Gilbert.

Brazen Cycleworks track wheelset

  • Deep Dish Aero rims, super stout and very durable with red powder coating
  • Sapim 14G Leader spokes in silver
  • Sapim Polyax silver brass nipples
  • Custom 2 cross lacing on front and 3 cross lacing on rear
    Fixed/Free Flip Flop Formula rear hub


















Fix it? Is it broken?
If you have checked my work at Brazen Cycleworks you know that classic rides around these parts are rarely spared from the fixed gear conversion center. Well last week I picked up a bike that stopped me in my conversion tracks. It is a 1987 Club Fuji and it was a 61cm, my size. It is scary original, minus the pedals and toe clips, bar plugs. Even the tires are original. Something about the bike reminded me of my cycling roots and would have been a nice first race bike for me as an up and coming racer. I cleaned it up and set it up with my pedals and took a long ride back in time.
Interesting features of the bike had: Aero brake levers, 32 hole rims, 12 speed drivetrain, oval spokes, 19c tires, Nitto bar and stem, oversized quad butted tig and lugged construction.
Modern bike features not included: 1 1/8" steerer, threadless stem, brifters, Outboard BB bearings, 20 or 22 speed drivetrains, dual pivot brakes, carbon fiber everything, ergo handlebars and channelled seats.

Funny thing is the only thing I really missed while enjoying this bike in it's near original state was a wider brake hoods and softer bar wrap. So am I a now a crummudgeon or old school or just nostalgic?

And yes, it is wicked fast for a 22 year old.
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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ghost White

Extra Large lugged and double butted steel frame with a flat crown steel fork that refuses to blend in. White Sugino model crank with 170mm arms and 52T for getting around fast with 17T rear cog. 1/8" White KMC Track chain with 1/8" cog. Brand New build using Mirror White color of environmentally friendly powder coat from 1-Off Powder Coating of Gilbert(frame, fork, crank, stem).

Old School Miche Competition clincher wheelset with Nista rims

  • New white walled tires
  • Re-built, Re-dished, and Re-tensioned








Thursday, January 01, 2009

Winter White

Extra Large Taiwanese double butted and lugged steel frame with flat crown steel fork. White 130 BCD crank with 170mm arms with Shimano 39T Chainring for easy spinning with gearing set at 39x15.

Brazen Cycleworks track wheelset

  • Deep Dish Aero rims, super stout and very durable with red powder coating
  • Sapim 14G Leader spokes in silver
  • Sapim Polyax silver brass nipples
  • Custom 2 cross lacing on front and 3 cross lacing on rear
    Fixed/Free Flip Flop Formula rear hub


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