Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No More Procrastinating, and The Enlightened Cyclist

My  fixie with Eighthinch bullhorns
Eighthinch Crankset& bottom bracket
My pseudo-Walmart bike
The Enlightened Cyclist, came in more than half way through.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Parts In, Big Tree

I ordered some parts from various places, one of them Eighthinch, I got the stuff sooner then expected, I ordered bullhorns, bottom bracket(has anybody seen the price on those $18!!) and a crankset.
I will post some pics soon.
The crankset looks beefy although it's pretty light, only time will tell.
I also went with my friend Jon looking for some old mill site, didn't find it, but did find this huge tree, well huge for New York
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Probably by far the biggest tree I have seen, I don't how to put it in perspective but I'm a big guy and this thing dwarfs me.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Spring Bike Trip

I went on a small bike trip yesterday I am too tired for the shortness of  the trip.
My friend and I embarked on this journey to find some old house sites, we never did.
We started in Fort Plain, me with my fresh build
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and Jon with his dept store MTB.

We had some fun and lots of pain!!
The trail is unpaved and similar to pedaling through about 4-6" of snow, it was really soft, and littered with horse tracks which acted as jackhammers to our rear's and other regions.
I also carried every tool needed to tear my whole bike down, about 40lbs. so my shoulders and back are killing me.(Good thing I did, I got a flat)
The trail we took traveled along the old south side tracks (South side of the Mohawk River)
and also the old Erie canal.
Here's a screenshot of the trip on Google Earth.
Along the way we saw a dead spotted salamander, and a medium sized snapping turtle here
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She was probably ready to lay eggs.
We did get refresh at a local spring though, and I refilled my water.
Over I am really sore so I cut out of work half-day, but a good ride, and good company.
Round trip was 18.5mis. according to my comp, 18.3 according to Google Earth.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Fixie

Since the weather has gotten nice I found myself pining for a fixed gear again.
So I hit the old standby... Craigslist
I found a Motobecane  for $25 I made the call and went to the guys' house.
He opened the garage and there was tons of bikes mostly old american cruiser crap.
He showed me the Motobecane and it looked too small, then said he has a really light weight one for the same price, rattle can black and rusty. I hefted it, it was light, and about my size.
I said I would take it.
I got it home and asked myself "What have I got myself into?"
So I started disassembling it, I notice things that I didn't pick up on earlier, 700c alloy rims with the spoke reinforcements, fluted micro-adjust seatpost, S&R crankset, wait a sec, is that a B on the fork crown!
Yes I picked up a Japanese Bianchi for $25.
I stripped it, painted it, and a assembled within 24h.
Here is the result :
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!!!
Remember it's not as dangerous drinking and riding bike as it is drinking and driving
seeing how the only person you are going to kill on a bike is yourself!