$3000 for this bike, built this way, shipped to your (continental American) door.
Phil hubs and bottom bracket, Tubus racks, Nitto bits, Brooks saddle. Fancy fenders.
Über-duty tourer or tough mountain bike, depending on the tire choice.
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A reader pointed me to some cool bikes built up by a screenprinter as artworks. I really like that approach to bikes, and I really like the bikes themselves. I was a screenprinter* for 8 years, so I have an affinity there, too.
My favorite of Jason’s bikes is the Thief of Bagdad bike, which picks up the colors and feeling of the great poster from the movie.
It’s the gold one on the left, with the pale blue rims. I like the blend of fixed gear and BMX going on here, and I think it’s cool he makes them happen.
There are more images here, and a fuller story: Inker Gallery
I got distracted reading about the Thief of Bagdad on wikipedia while stealing this poster image… the original 1924 version stars Douglas Fairbanks, and sounds awesome; the 1940s version stars Sabu, who I’d only ever heard of from the John Prine song. Reading the synopsis of the movie made me think “Wow. Sounds like Aladdin.”
And by the way… oh fuck.
There was roll of film in one of the cameras I sold last week, and there were some amazing pictures from 2002.
This is Max in the Bobike front child seat on the Steyr. He grew up in that seat.
This was before we put in recycled French doors instead of the busted-ass garage door.
Jinxed had a great story of trading his frame straight across for this All-Rounder. It looks so good with the fat knobbies! Super-nice XO-style monstercross. I have some envy. It makes me happy Schwalbe is sending me a new 60mm Big Apple for the Gravel Roadster!
Blue 1970s Sears department store bike, made in Austria by Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Steel rims, steel cranks, matching vinyl seat. The red Steyr was like this before it got aluminum cranks, a square-taper BB, and aluminum rims.
Sachs 3-speed hub cleaned and oiled (at least)
Fenders bent back into shape
It’s actually not in bad shape; I just haven’t gotten an afternoon to clean it up.
This bike is for sale – $125. Portland to Corvallis area. No shipping.
Cranks, pedals and seat from Trek Belleville.
Front Wald basket, rear Blackburn Mt rack from about 1987
Aluminum CR18 590 rims, stainless spokes, 1972 AW hub from a Schwinn Breeze, front WTB grease-guard hub. The original Sachs Dreigang wheels went on the Breeze, which went to a friend.
Minoura fork-mounted battery light, and a Superflash-style blinkie.
SOLD. Light. Fast. Good condition. We got it new when The Kid was about 5 1/2, and he rode it for five years. He raced it twice and came in second. This bike is light, at about 15 lbs, and fast. These BMX race bikes are about the only quality bike you can get for a small kid. My plan was to pimp it out with recumbent fenders and drop bars, but the child loved it just like this. If you just want to race it, that’s fine, too.
Extra front brake is a Shimano 600 sidepull I added
Rear brake is a mini-V.
471 Tire size (1 3/8 tires)
One more hour ’til Pi Day.
I like that. Nerd holiday. Crafty bake-y nerd holiday. I don’t do anything to celebrate, or eat pie, I just enjoy the fact of it. It tickles my OCD number-thing neuron, and also my idiotic-pun neuron. Their dendritic spines are reaching out towards each other…
Okay, the freaky over-sharing is over. Let the freaky over-sharing begin! Next bike:
200…4? …6? Gary Fisher Utopia
Gigantic Schwalbe Big Apple Front, Schwalbe 47mm Marathon in back. Sad Face.
Pink Cascadia Fenders. Front on the rear, rear on the front. DIY mounts.
Kona P2 fork, Salsa Woodchipper bars (42mm?), Dia Compe 287v levers.
Two rings, two cogs, no tensioner. Only works in the ‘big’ gear.
Lots and lots of ugly stickers. The best comment I ever got on this bike was from a Rivendell Owners Bunch friend.
I think it was more of an “oh my” “wow” than an all-caps “WOW THAT BIKE IS FREAKIN’ AWESOME” “wow.” Which it is.
Very likely this stem will go back on the Bontrager to support a Titec or Jones bar. I have a prettier silver stem that should work. I like the Kona fork. A 26″ version would work with this setup (my “no money-back” guarantee), but would change the head angle.
I really like the fat fat fat tires. I’m not that into this bike since the rear tire’s bead broke.
The pedals are tiny MKS GR9s with (some) skateboard grip tape to make them useable for my size 13 feet. Really? 13? I used to be an 11.5 narrow. Did you know feet, ears, and noses never stop growing? That’s a Tom Waits “Grab Bag” fun fact that might not actually be true.
Mostly Stock 1999 Bontrager Privateer
Steel OX Platinum, wishbone seatstays, special Bontrager-specific black-crown SID fork
Bontrager “by Chris King” hubs; replacement rear rim (Ritchey Girder)
Geax Blade on the front, Panaracer Fire XC Pro on the back
9 speed cassette, XTR derailleur, XT front derailleur, Suntour bar-end shifters
On-One Midge bars – flared offroad drops; Newbaum’s cloth tape in blue and orange
Ugly stem, spray-painted blue
63.5mm (25″) Ross Super Grand Tour
Double-fixed setup – Surly Dingle 17/21 and Shimano 600 40t/44t rings
Moustache bars with one lever and one ‘stub’
Old “Jim Blackburn” front rack, with “Schwinn Approved” saddlebag mounted
E6 halogen light mounted to the rack.
Front Shimano 600 sidepull brake
Shimano 600 25mm seatpost, Ideale 2000 saddle
Black Shimano Alfine Dynamo hub, black spokes and Cold Fusion rim from IRO Cycles
Kogswell fixed/fixed hub, silver spokes, black CR-18 rim
Surly Dingle 17/21 and Dura-Ace 15t cogs
V-O fluted metal fenders
I plan to put two fender-stay drawbolts on each fender, and mount them closer to the ends. Not as low as on the Quickbeam, but more out of foot-range. I think the aesthetics will be better on the front, too, if the stays attach to the fender about 3.5″ from the end.
All around a lovely bike, built around the fenders… I love how the dropouts have the same flaring swoop as the wide skirts.
I like the clean Singer-like joinery of the main tubes fillet-brazed to the head-lugs, and the seatstays wrapped over the top tube are beautiful.