Monday, April 28, 2008
After casing the front wheel and bending/possibly cracking the frame of the classic that Bottke and I built. I was forced to move up the build time of the Orbit frame, from now on referred to as Red, the Jackal hooked me up with. I also got a new rim for the front wheel and transfered hub and spokes over from the thrashed one and we were in business.
Red's rear wheel is tucked in more than my previous fixies. Which did make for a challenge on getting proper chain tension but got that dialed after I had to get a new chain. I also got a new bottom bracket, crank, seatpost, headset and stem for this build. I'm taking the risk that the handlebars are fine after the crash.
After a quick spin around the block, Red rides like a dream and I believe I am the first person EVER to ride it, crazy since it's from the early 90's. She has got a longer top tube and stem than what I've run before but put me into a great riding position. I'm a little nervous about the front rim still because I've never laced a rim before and spoke tension seems a bit weak and I've still got a few little hops.
I plan on riding Red into work tomorrow, hopefully every works great and the wheel settles in. I'm assuming I'll have to do some fine tuning to it but she'll do fine.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Geoff is still leading with 1,341.34 miles on the bike and 451.6 miles in the car:I have got 299.64 miles on the bike with a mere 211.59 miles in my car:
Brian, to his defense, has been a bit sick, had a bit of school work to do and also a big move into a newly purchased house. When I say things like that it does serve as a reminder that I am getting older. Brian has 377.89 miles on his bike and 421.88 miles in his car. He did inform me he put in a 50 miler today so he's at least balanced things out for next week...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Seriously though. I'm in a very difficult position right now. I took my wheel into the shop today and it's toast, totally untrueable. It is a sad day, but fortunately I can simply order up a new rim and use the exsisting hub and spokes and re-lace it with a new rim. But fear overcame me once I realized that the wheel was shot. I had yet to fully examine the frame. This is where I need your help... I am need of wisdom from those much smarter than I on the condition of the frame.
Look carefully at the top tube... right at the braze-on... does the top tube seem to be bent upward? I can't tell if it's just my eyes or just an optical illusion. The arrow is pointing to the place where I believe that the bend is. Also the 'A' and 'B' are places where I've noticed that the paint is cracked perpendicular to the tubes... meaning horizontal if seated on the bike looking down. Which is not found anywhere else on the bike and has me nervous.
Anyone? Please any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
And because every cloud DOES have a green lining... there is never a reason to always to leave you on a downer.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
All of which I would be totally ok if it wasn't that quite possibly have totally jacked up the front wheel. It's hard to see from the picture [taken moments afterwards, I'll pat myself on the back for that one, Thank You Very Much!] but there is pretty extreme wobble and I haven't mustered up the courage yet to see how much up and down there is, but I'm willing to bet pretty good.
Now for the rest of my ride... I headed out today and headed over to a near by shop to say hello to a friend and see about lending hand in a little 'impromptu' urban mtb 'gathering' going on this Sunday. Sounds pretty sweet, there will definitely be pictures.
Then headed to help figure out a commuting route for a friend who wants to maybe ride in a day or two to work. In doing so I stumble onto a very new trail that seems to be a ticket...
This was taken after I went around it... If given the 'safer' and 'dryer' choice, which would you choose? Yes, you're correct the right side. Unfortunately, although some thing might look dry it might not actually be...
Yep, the right foot took a dive. Can't tell much from the picture but it's pretty muddy and half of my foot was then wet. A shame. I continued to cruise along and ended up deciding on going over to the cheap theater in town and hit a movie. Went to the Other Boleyn Girl. Sounded mildly interesting, has my favorite actress Natalie Portman in it so that definitely didn't hurt and for $3.50 worth the risk. I ended up cruising around the mall for a bit before hand and must say if you want to get fun looks from people, show up on your bike to a mall, then proceed to walk around your shoes and whatever cycling appropriate garb. I was definitely in the 'urban/hippister' garb today. Lots of double takes. Good times.
After the movie I came out and just sat in the sun for a bit next to the bike... Took a shot of the fixie [pre-curb terror]...
And as I sat there and just soaked it in, I noticed some thing. I had a waterbottle cage but no bottle. I had left the house with one, left it on the bike when I went into the movie/mall. SOMEONE STOLE MY WATERBOTTLE???? WTF? I'm sorry, I'm not really upset about losing it but out of all the things that I left on the bike a person, of high intelligence no doubt, decides to take the USED water bottle? Ok? Let's go through the items which could have been taken without any tools: the head of my Cateye computer and my newly purchased yancopad. Things easily taken with a wretch or alley key: Inform staddle, front wheel, bottle cage.
So if anyone is in the Grand Rapids area and sees someone with a Europa Cycle and Ski water bottle that isn't me, please go up to certain individual and pat them on the back for such a stellar choice.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
But never the less, if you're like me words are mildly boring. Leading me to respond best to colors and/or pictures. So that's what I have for you this evening. a picture or two from one of Geoff and myself ride home last week...
Then a picture of the Orbit... This is my next fixie build, I got this frame from Carl. I wish I would have taken a picture of what it looked like before it was sand-blasted and powder coated, lets just say Wham! and Boy George would have loved it. From what I'm told, this bike although old, might not have yet to see the road as a complete bike. Going from the old Advantage shop to owner to owner until finding it's way to me. We'll see when it will for me but let's just say, it's smooth...
That's right folks, I'm going with the Inform again for this build. It has won me over...
And now for a teaser... the Ferrous. She's not done yet but she's still a sexy machine... The wheels are on loan from Geoff until I can build up mine. Outside of saving up for the King hubs, I'm waiting for one more item...
Yep. That's my phone and my background is from my first ride on it...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Look closely... very closely. It may look kosher but the reality is that some thing just a little off... Cyclingnews.com posted these photos a few days ago, for a closer look go there. Not that this is anything unusual for pro teams to be sponsored by one company and then actually ride a competitor just 'altered', but come on... I really want to like the new SRAM stuff, but lately there has been to many reasons not too, but that's another story for another day.
UPDATED 11:24PM EST 04.09.2008: GEOFF IN HIS INFINITE WISDOM AND SPARE TIME... ORIGINALLY POINTED THIS PICTURE OUT TO ME. So on the rare occasion I do give credit where it is due.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Geoff is still leading with 945.74 miles on the bike and 248.1 miles in the car.
I have 207.13 miles on the bike and 136.23 miles in the car.
Brian has 309.24 miles on bike and 308.57 miles in the car.
Yesterday, I ordered up the ultra sweet 'Til Death poster and so far none of us have driven for trips under 2 miles!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
It is really alarming when you look at what really happens in those short trips, here are two facts from the 1w2w website for 2 miles or less:
_60% of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
_24% of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40% of all trips are made within two miles of the home, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.Although I am speaking for myself on this but there is a quote from a great movie Shawshank Redemption from Brooks when he's writing after he gets out of jail that seems very appropriate and mildly profound... 'Dear Fellows, I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile when I was a kid, but now... they're everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry...' We've gone and gotten ourselves in a big damn hurry haven't we? But maybe the real question is, what are we in such a hurry to get around to doing?
So for this month, Geoff, Brian and myself are slowing down a bit. Although this might be a naive dream but maybe we might see a little bit more of life that we so often fast forward over.