Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
I picked up this Trek 610 from the local recycling centre for a cool $5. Lugged Reynolds 531 tubing plus a Shimano 600 gruppo made it a good score. The frame's too small for me but I couldn't resist building it up as a fixed gear so I pulled the wheels, chain, seatpost and saddle off the Motobecane and put it together quick and dirty. I've got the Brooks way back on the post and a 120mm stem out front so the cockpit is OK. They threw in some oddball Manubri Cosmos handlebars with a track shape but road drop and since they fit the stem, on they went. Running 50x20 with the stock crank and a Surly cog out back. Think I'll ride it for a while and then maybe sell it.
Note: I added a new link today > Classic Vintage Bikes
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I have ignored this blog for too long. Hopefully, I'll be posting more often. I photographed my rear wheel in some nice light this afternoon and found a good quote to go with it.
"Transportation by bike means you are riding IN, not driving THROUGH like a car. You are life-EXPERIENCING, not sight-SEEING. You are in it and of it, and the beauty goes so deeply inside you that you could weep, and you just never want to get off the bike again"
From NO IMPACT MAN by Colin Beavan
Original photograph by Victor Anthony, copyright 2010. No unauthorized reproduction please.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I removed the brake, bell and bottle cage for a total of 1.8 pounds which is enough to notice. I'm not a gram counter kinda guy but the bike definitely feels livelier. And I enjoy riding brakeless which I did a lot last year on the Apollo. Of course the bike looks much better stripped down too.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I snapped this photo on Hawthorne Street in Portland. Fixed gear bikes are everywhere in that city but this one caught my eye for a couple of reasons and I'm wondering if any of you have any thoughts on...
1. What do you think about track bars on a road bike conversion?
2. Check the stem (looks like maybe a 130mm) and the height of the seat post. Obviously, this frame is a tad small for it's rider but he/she has made it work by stretching the cockpit. Have any of you taller riders had experience with making a smaller frame fit OK?
I keep looking for a lugged steel track bike or frame in my size (61-62) but I don't find many for sale. Anybody have any suggestions? I can't really afford a custom-built frame and besides I prefer the look of an older bike with some battle scars and patina.