Today is “March Forth,” which pleases me. Good day to leave on a trip, but we’re just going to Mount Hood. Yesterday I started my March project of documenting my bikes, so I can check back on them next year.
– Red Sturmey Archer S3X 3-speed fixed gear hub – shifter mounted on the seat stay
– Black SON dynamo hub
– Shimano 600 cranks, single 42t “rocket ring”
– Nitto M12 with Wald basket (with green sign)
– Carradice Cadet on the front
– Single E6 light, upside-down on a spacer tube
– Eggbeater Candies, large-size skate deck pedals
– Green Brooks B17
– Green-painted Salsa stem
– Original WTB Nitto Dirt Drops
– Green Newbaum’s bar tape
– Stock Tiagra levers. One missing gray plastic bit.
– Front Tektro CR720 cantilever, red Yokozuna road pads
– Rear stock brakes, red Koolstops
– Green-painted Velo-Orange ‘Zeppelin’ Fenders – double nuts
– Mud flaps made from green leather shoe tongues
The Oregon builders going to NAHBS staged a preview of their bikes in Portland at the Ace Hotel. They’ll have a block of booths at NAHBS, which is a good idea for regional builders.
More on the Flickr, and Bike Portland has nice daylight shots.
I talked to Conor of Vendetta about cameras. He noticed the Biotar on the Nex (which really takes far superior images compared to the Nex lens). And also about the Vendetta* bike – lots of detail, cool chainguard, and the light mount is shaved to fit exactly where it goes.
Whaaat? Those look amazing. I can’t wait to see them in person. Spoke Sniffer says that DiNucci will show these cranks on a bike at NAHBS, and MAP and DinNucci will both have bikes with his Airlitesque hubs.
After Kung Fu on Tuesday I stopped to take some pictures of the Christmas lights, and had to inclue the bike I’ve been riding exclusively, ever since I built the Alfine dynamo wheel.
With the big front bag I can easily carry my uniform and shoes, and the Nex fits perfectly in the side pocket, even with the adapter and 58mm Biotar. Man, I like this bike! It was my first fixie, inspired by Sheldon Brown, now more by Jan Heine.
The low trail geometry (steep headtube, long fork rake) really does handle better with the bag up front. Without it, it seems a little light, especially coming off the Quickbeam. This is an American copy of a French touring bike, I think, and I’ve gone with that. Even the saddle is French, an Ideale 2000.
I didn’t realize that girl was wandering through every photo. I think she might have been a little loaded.
My friend Patrick is sellingsold* his 1958 Rene Herse bicycle. Classic (legendary) French constructeur bike in a daily-rider incarnation. All set for a randonneur around 6 feet tall who likes blue. If I had the money, I’d buy it and just stoop a little. The top tube is only one cm shorter than my Ross…
The salient points:
61cm c-c Seat Tube, 57cm c-c Top Tube
Old Phil/Mavic wheels
Fresh blue powdercoat
Lefol hammered aluminum fenders
Classic canvas and leather luggage set included
Racks and TA bottle cages included (they’re also blue)
Sanyo BB dynamo, IQ fly headlight, Soubitez taillight
Jim installed an Alfine 11 internal gear hub on his green Quickbeam. He had a shop spread the rear triangle to 135mm, and he’s running a thumbshifter on Rivendell Bullmoose bars. He says when (and if) a dropbar shifter for this hub becomes available, he’ll switch to drops.
I built up a budget dynamo wheel for the gravel roadster, but chickened out on putting Big Apple balloon tires on the narrow Cold Fusion rim. Instead I pulled the low trail Ross touring bike out of the dark corner of the garage and fitted it out with the new wheel.
I hung an E6 from the front rack with a simple P-clamp, and used a modified lens that mounts correctly on an inverted light. It’s the bike I’ve been riding to work this week, and I really like it.
I also put a giant sized Schwinn (Karrimor-made?) saddlebag on the front rack. I like that, too. It’s like a trunk. I’m going to attach it more firmly to the rack this weekend, either with grommets and zip ties, or with mini-P clamps and little bolts. Right now it’s strapped tightly with a toe strap, and hangs from the moustache bars with two more toe straps, because the saddlebag mounting straps weren’t long enough.
Today I took a couple of pictures of the bike, and ended up chatting with Matt, who works at Red Fox and according to his workmate, “Loves bikes. And cameras.” Hey, me too! Matt’s moving to Whitefish Montana, and is excited to ride the Divide, since it’s right there! I told him to check out Kent’s blog. Matt has my friend Nathaniel’s old Karate Monkey, and the Suzue Pro-max track wheels I traded for Nathaniel’s SON dyno wheel and lights.
Which is what made me realize I need dynamo lights on all my bikes in the first place.
I’ve been a fan of the Jones spaceframe for several years now. Go look at it. If you don’t like it, I don’t know what I can say to you…
With the introduction of steel production models from Taiwan, Jeff Jones has suddenly put Spaceframe ownership into the realm of possibility, with a sub-$2000 outlay to get rolling with the full Jones package: space frame, truss fork, loop bar and 135mm front hub.
You can get a Jones diamond-frame and fat unicrown fork for only $750, but the downside of of the Jones approach for me is… I want the whole package! Spaceframe, truss fork, loop bar, special front hub for stiffness, custom 6-speed cassette on 22/32 rings (plenty range, dishless wheel)… it just seems like Jeff Jones has thought through all these innovations and details so thoroughly.
To bankroll the Full Experience, I’d need to cannibalize the Gravel Roadster, and sell my prized but undervalued-in-the-marketplace bikes. Even then, I’d probably come up short. Bontragers are holding steady at $350 on Craigslist, and I’d get like $1100 for the Quickbeam. (The Bontrager is still a $1000 bike, dammit!) A couple hundred dollars for a couple other bikes and weird wheels, and I could probably get a 29er setup on the trail. A better option, though, would be to win it in The Dirt Rag sweepstake! Oops, I wasn’t going to share that strategy…
You know… to work. And… with the dog. Still, the silence of the chain and bottom bracket, and the smooth shiftability of the bike, the gripness of the bars, and the pure attractiveness of the cleaner more colorful bike make me really happy.
Ibis LD stem replicas! From Clockwork Bikes… $200, with a choice of clamp size and style (2-bolt or 1-bolt), color, etc. These look great, and if you click through to Joel’s photostream (click the pictures) you can get his contact info and see the stems being made.
This was parked across the street from my work today. Pretty sure it’s the Inglis entry for the Oregon Manifest Challenge. Internal 8 speed, dyno/drumbrake front hub with a clever ‘slot’ for the reaction arm to make it simple to remove the front wheel.
Seeing this made my day! I brought Ari and Mitch over separately to be amazed. They were.