State of the Quickbeam 3-3-12

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.

The state of the Quickbeam, March 3rd, 2012

Weight as shown (bag, tools, hubs, light, pedal decks, U-lock): 36.5 lbs

Click to emhugen. "Embiggen" just doesn't seem adequate here.

– 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

You can click through for the monster image

“Show Me Yours” NAHBS preview PDX

Winter stainless, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.

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.

metrofiets, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.
Pereira electric-assist, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.
Looks like the Oregon Manifest winner. Nice bike, massive front box and a sound system.
Vendetta NAHBS bike, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.
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.
DiNucci, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.

Another pretty DiNucci. Curtis Odom hubs and cranks. Yow. The new highwater mark in pretty hubs.

Ira Ryan / Trucker trailer. Two perpendicular King headsets make the u-joint for the trailer. Pretty cool.

signal mixte rack, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.

The Signal mixte was maybe the prettiest bike at the show.

ahearne, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.

Monster. The fenders are rubber (inner tube?) over a framework. Racks and cages for days. Flasks galore. Plexi rack tops.

Winter stainless seat cluster, originally uploaded by BikeTinker.
Winter Bicycles’ matte stainless bike. Unusual seat cluster, and the stem has a light mount.
*I called Vendetta “Ventana” like 40 times – Vulture busted me on it. Thanks.

homebrew saddle rail taillight mount

DiNotte Lighting – 300R, originally uploaded by Freeheel Girl.

Extremely cool fabricated mount to attach a DiNotte 300R to the seat rails of a superslick roadified MB-1. Yeah, click through for the pictures!

She has a nice spiral-wrap innovation to run lighting wires along the brake cable, and… shows how to make your own spiral wrap out of tubing.

You would be well advised to check out the whole MB-1 Project Bike set!

17/19 1992 Bridgestone MB-1, originally uploaded by Freeheel Girl.

Christmas Lights Ross

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.

1958 Rene Herse SOLD

Rene Herse for saleRead Patrick’s for sale posting on the RBW group.

See the good pictures – details and overview. lugggzzzz…

My friend Patrick is selling sold* 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
  • Simplex retrofriction downtube levers, simplex derailleurs
  • 14-28 Shimano 5 speed freewheel (looks new, clicks a little)
  • Extra bulbs, 2 extra bottom bracket assemblies,
  • No pedals unless you want rat traps with clips and straps
  • You pay packing and shipping from Albuquerque, NM

See the original horrible inside-the-garage photo

*to someone who saw the it here, I think.

Alfine 11 IGH on a Quickbeam

IMG_0857, originally uploaded by jimcwarren42.

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.

It looks like he’s using Rivendell’s down tube clamp-on cable stops to run the wiring, and then zip-ties on the chainstay.

Cool setup. One could do something similar with the new SimpleOne without too much trouble.

Ross with dynamo hub

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.

ross fixie in front of Red Fox BakeryI 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.

shimano alfine dynamo hub and E6 lightI 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.

low trail ross with large front bag and moustache barsToday 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.

ross, moustache bars and big bag from the frontWhich is what made me realize I need dynamo lights on all my bikes in the first place.

Jeff Jones production spaceframes

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…

I stole this image from

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.

His truss fork can also take a… wait for it… a fatbike front wheel for massive traction and suspensionless suspension. I’d still need a multi-hundred dollar front wheel for the fatbike approach, but I like this idea a lot.

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…

LD stem replicas

LDs, originally uploaded by Joel Greenblatt | Clockwork Bikes.

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.

Inglis Oregon Manifest 2011 bike

Update! This is NOT the Oregon Manifest bike… it’s Curtis’ wife’s town bike. The OM bike was inside the car the whole time! Maybe this is why my career in industrial espionage never took off.

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.