Monday, June 18, 2007

 

Sold!

The Quickbeam has been sold, thanks to everyone for your interest.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

 

Quickbeam Frameset For Sale



I've come to the conclusion that I'm really burned out on the Rivendell thing - the Koolaid just isn't as tasty as it used to be. So, in order to become Riv-free, I'm selling the QB frame/fork/headset for $425. Frame size is 58cm and the bike has seen approximately 2000 miles of use. Pictures of the complete bike are for reference (complete bike IS NOT for sale, just the frame, fork and headset).

Friday, February 09, 2007

 

Time Flies

Wow, I've really been burning up the blog-world. Almost 4 months since my last post.
Good thing I'm not depending on this to pay the bills. Oh well, I started this blog to
document bikey stuff - there are enough ranting and raving blogs, I don't need to add
to the mix.

The big change in bikes has been with the Trek. Since I got the Quickbeam
(1500 miles and counting)the Trek just hung in the garage. Since I have other bikes
that I enjoyed riding more (not that there was anything wrong with the Trek), I decided
to sell it to someone who would use it properly. I can happily say that it found a good
home back east, here's some shots of the initial build:

http://hiddenfortress.org/bikes/trek500-2/

Alan did a great job and I hope the bike gets a lot of riding in the coming years.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 

Quickbeam at 600 Miles


The Quickbeam has quickly taken over the commuting duties. In a little over 5 weeks I've put on 600 miles - the rest of the fleet is literally gathering dust. There's something about singlespeeding that, for me, makes it perfect for commuting. Just get on and ride....

In stock form the QB is almost perfect. Of course, I have a need (compulsion) to tinker and modify my bikes so I pilfered the Carradice, Honjos and dynohub/light from the Trek and added the lugged stem from the (since sold) Atlantis. Kool Stop salmon pads improved the braking performance and a orange bell lets me alert trail users.

I was initially going to remove the freewheel and fixticate it with a track cog but I've found that I really enjoy the gearing as is. I'm also a little nervous about no lock ring provision on the stock hubs and a relatively low bottom bracket - I don't like losing the chain or heel strike - those things tend to put a crimp on the ride.

All in all the first 600 miles have been absolutely great - even in this evening's pouring rain. My rain cape, well, that's another story.....
 

Mark 1, Mod 1

I've put in just under 500 miles on the Trek and, while it's a very nice bike, it just didn't feel "right". A little rearraingement of the set up was in order. Off came the Midges, on went a set of Albatross bars and a really cool set of Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires in creme. Now it feels "right" - and looks stylie too. The A-bars are a perfect fit for this bike, perfect for a weekend ride to the coffee shop with my bride.


Sunday, September 24, 2006

 

A Stem for the Miyata

I finally got around to finishing a stem that has been in work for about 15 or so years. Actually I've only had it for about six months, it sat in a box in Bryan's shop for 15 years before I got it. The story is that Bryan was helping out a local builder by brazing on the binder bolts and doing the finish work after Sherwood G. tig-welded the stem. From what Bryan tells me, the batch that this stem came from was the last they did together - quill stems went the way of the dodo when threadless stems came on the market. So this stem was tigged by Sherwood, binder bolt brazed by Bryan and the cable guide and finish work was completed by yours truly. The powder coat was done by a small shop here in Folsom when Bryan took his porteur rack in for a coat of black.




Much nicer than the clunky Nashbar "comfort" stem that was on the Miyata.
 

Another Orange Bike

Last Thursday afternoon this beauty showed up on my door step:


The Quickbeam is my latest Rivendell purchase, the saddle and saddle bag were the first two things I purchased from Riv way back in '98 or '99.

I'll post more photos and my thoughts about the QB towards the end of the week, I can't take the 28.8 dial up any more, cable is on the way.
 

True Goo Tire Sealant

I recently discovered that the Stelvio's on the Rambouillet are not quite as flat resistant as the other Schwalbe tires I'm currently using - my flat magnet was back. At least Bryan B. was able to give me a large ration of fecal matter when I flatted on our last ride, he'd get bored if I didn't give him something to rib me about.

I really like the ride of the Stelvio's so I thought I'd try a bottle of my friend Glenn True's sealant, True Goo. I had used True Goo when I was in Colorado and riding mostly off-road - it worked well at keeping the goat-head thorn induced flats at bay. I had kind of forgotten about it since I haven't seen it locally (sorry Glenn). When I used it previously the biggest problem was getting it into presta valve tubes. It's a matter of removing the small nut on the presta stem and holding the tube so the core doesn't fall in - not exactly easy. Schwalbe, my favoritest tire company, makes their presta valves with a removable core, it's as easy as removing the valve core from a schraeader valve tube:


Did I mention how much I dig Schwalbe? Anyhoo, two or so ounces of sealant in a road tire works really well, four ounces takes care of a mtn bike tube. I used the same tube that flatted without bothering to find the puncture(s). 100 psi and a good spin to distribute the sealant and it was good as new, the pressure was still at 100 this morning when I checked it.

My previous experience with True Goo is that it will seal punctures that the Brand-X stuff won't, holes up to 1/8 in diameter. Another plus is that, unlike that green stuff sold in most bike shops, True Goo won't clog the valve stem. Clogged valve stems are the single biggest reason I stopped recommending Brand-X years ago.

True Goo is available online in bottles, quarts, gallons and pre-filled tubes. The prices and shipping rates are very reasonable, check 'em out and, if you order, tell Glenn I said hi.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 

Why I love my Carradice

Lunch box, work clothes, shoe box (a petite pair of mens 12.5 touring shoes), ditty bag, sunglasses and a wind breaker (not shown). There was still room for some small stuffables on the inside corners of the bag. The longflap feature on the Camper comes in handy when you have to haul more than you thought you needed to.
 

The Zavitz at 98%

Cousin Steve and I spent a recent Saturday morning building the Zavits - I did my best to stay out of the way and only give help when it was truly needed. Steve's first complete build came out great. We'll need to complete the final touches once the remainder of the parts get in - the stays for the Honjos were inadvertently lost and it was decided that the bike must receive a Brooks mud flap and a Brooks saddle bag (black, 'natch). Here's a shot as she is currently configured, more (and better) when it's complete:



Thursday, September 07, 2006

 

My Orange Bike

My addition to the BOB list orange bike thread:




Recent changes include the handlebars having been replaced with Jitensha randonneur bars (44cm), the tires are now Schwalbe Stelivos and Honjos are residing on the Trek. Hiroshi's new handle bar is great, I actually like it better than the 48cm Noodles they replaced. Since this bike doesn't see commuting duties I didn't mind giving up the fenders - at least until I looked at this picture. There may be a trip to Jitensha in my future....

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