Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer-Weight Motobecane

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.

Friday, June 26, 2009

1964 Frejus

This beautiful machine belongs to a lucky fellow named Dan and was posted to the Fixed Gear Gallery today. More photos here

Friday, June 19, 2009

2010 Bianchi Pista Via Brera

Not lugged steel but not bad. I'm looking forward to seeing this bike in person. It's a crying shame Bianchi didn't go all the way and spec it with a nice flat crown fork. The unicrown fork pictured is a glaring eyesore on an otherwise very attractive machine. Imagine it with drop bars (Nitto 123s) and a chrome Soma fork...