Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Deli bike and one of those @!*& moments...

In the category of @!*&, this is what happens when you don't triple check to make sure all the parts that came off a bike being packed into a travel case make it in said case. Luckily I triple checked before the customer picked up the case.

With the new-fangled carbon bikes with integrated seat masts, the cranks need to be removed to fit them into a travel case.

Hey, I'm supposed to be in that black case over yonder...
And in the category of "I probably should have taken notes and pictures of the bike before disassembling it to be powder coated," is this Pashley Deli Bike belonging to the Bear Valley Inn. Bunch of parts that need to be assembled to the frame laid out after powder coating. The rest of the parts are in the ginormous wicker basket.

With a little trial and not much error, it went together nicely. The owner discovers the odd sensation of not being able to see the front wheel as the bars are turned and the basket stays straight.
And finally she gets it - or at least I think that's the "I get it" expression.
(What's playing: The Byrds Time Between)

What's in the stand...

As a follow up to this post, here's the completed 1990 Potts CCR. Turned out really nice. It's also destined to be a rider as well instead of a top shelf queen. The parts are nice Suntour XC Pro/Comp with Dia-Compe 986 brakes. It sure is nice that Dia-Compe still makes those straddle cables.

I think the pink turned out really nice. Gets me thinking that I might want a pink bike sometime in the future. But, ya gotta be fast to be pedalin' a pink bike and I ain't that fast no more. I could get it back, though.

From What's in the Stand

Gotta get that shim lined up just so to the stem gap.
From What's in the Stand

One thing I learned oh so long ago from Chuck at Pacific Coast Cycles is how to "dial in" a bike and this CCR is dialed in.
From What's in the Stand

From What's in the Stand


Also had a quick shifter lube to a big man-sized Merlin Newsboy that was in not too long ago for a front wheel build around a custom Charlie Cunningham/Hi-E 118mm front hub.
From What's in the Stand


(What's playing: Tex Williams Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Black Mountain Cycles bottles in the wild...

The latest installment of Black Mountain Cycles bottles in the wild, Minnesota style, comes from Jason of Salsa Cycles. Jason's a great guy who absolutely loves riding his bike. I'm personally embarrassed that I don't spend nearly half as much time in the saddle as he does.

Check out Jason's bike with the new Salsa Enabler fork as well as his other riding and photo stories on his blog here: Gnat Likes Bikes.
Photo credit: Jason Boucher

(What's playing: KWMR Eyes Wide Open)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ortlieb bags and Tubus racks now available...

Finally got around to bringing in Ortlieb bags and Tubus racks. I've got a small selection of Ortlieb and Tubus that will be a continuously stocked. One more step in narrowing my focus on the touring, cyclocross, adventure riding arena.

The Bruce Gordon BLT with USA made Gordon racks is the perfect complement to a set of Ortlieb BikePacker bags.
From Bikes & Things in the Shop

From Bikes & Things in the Shop

The Tubus racks, like the Gordon racks, are nice in their simplicity.
From Bikes & Things in the Shop


(What's playing: John Doe and the Sadies Quiet Desperation)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What's in the stand...

Time for a "what's in the stand post." This time around it's an early 90's Potts CCR (Cross Country Racer) that has a fresh coat of 'Yeti Pink' from Spectrum Powder Works. The owner jut happened to also have a Type II w/ canti bosses that fit nicely instead of the original Ritchey Logic fork, which is a pretty nice fork on its own. A Salsa stem was also coated to match to complete the pepto ensemble.
From What's in the Stand

The bike was originally made for the WTB Grease Guard bottom bracket (see the two small holes in the bb shell). Unfortunately, GG bearings are long gone but the shell is machined to accept any 6003 bearing - the original oversized, pressed in bearing that showed up on mountain bikes way before this current crop of direct fit bearings in these new-fangled plastic bikes.
From What's in the Stand

I'm not sure how the previous owner made the combination of Suntour XC Pro Micro-Drive crank and 122.5 bottom bracket axle work since it produced a chainline of 54mm. When I was taking the bike apart to send for powder coat, I didn't check the original chainline and only noted the dimensions of the axle and how much was exposed on the left and right side so when time can to reinstall, I matched the original position. This would have worked fine - if the axle was the correct length in the first place. But it wasn't correct. The crank needs a 113mm length axle and after receiving a Phil Wood ti axle, got it all together. It's so nice when it all goes together perfectly on the first shot. Needless to say, the crank/bb position is so dialed, I couldn't imagine it going any better.
From What's in the Stand


More later as the build gets further along.

(What's playing: 77 El Deora (Ain't I A) Handsome Fool)


Saturday, December 5, 2009

What does it say about the auto industry when...

... it's reported that the sweetest ride at the L.A. Auto Show is a bicycle. Not just any bike but a really dialed Rawland Ravn single-speed. Check out the story here: The Sweetest Ride at the L.A. Auto Show.

(What's playing: Fresh Air interview w/ Gogol Bordello)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What's in the stand...

Here's a quick "what's in the stand." Later generation WTB ti Phoenix in a big 19.5" size. Bonus feature - S&S couplings that allow the frame to be taken apart and loaded in a case for airplane travel. At the time, this would have simply been luggage and no extra charge would have been incurred. Now with all the extra fees, who knows...

The bike also has two sets of bars that can be changed within minutes.
From Repair Bikes

From Repair Bikes

From Repair Bikes

From Repair Bikes

This answers the question, why not?
From Repair Bikes

From Repair Bikes

(What's playing: Led Zeppelin Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreaux)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Black Mountain Cycles bottles in the wild...

Here's another from Chris taken at Neshaminy Creek in Bensalem, PA, which he says is 45 seconds from his house - lucky bastard. It appears he has chosen colors for his bike that make it easy to spot in a crowded bike rack ;)

(What's playing: The Knitters Love Shack)