Monday, December 29, 2008

new "rack jig"

slightly tweaked karate monkey fork... compliments of a tree in pennypack park, philadelphia. if i recall correctly the handlebars were also bent, during the historic "3 park ride."
planning to build a couple of karate monkey racks off this.
donated by this guy.

rack update:
this one is gonna be really cool when its done!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

there's no bikin' like snow bikin'

wanted to take advantage of the snow before the rain melted it, so i took a solo night ride at the local state park, ralph stover. solo night riding is eerie. the bulk of the riding was on the road to and from the trails. heres the motionbased GPS thingy if anyone is interested in that sorta thing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

photo updates

still working on racks!
been too cold in the barn lately to take pictures.

transportation meets entertainment
should i be worried about this??
fastest one in the group
flooded delaware river banksflooded canal, no time to stop

rack content:
i surprised myself with the crispness of these shorelines!

you got a problem??!

Friday, December 5, 2008

carradice rack v1.2

almost a duplicate of the first one, but a couple improvements. sits a little lower, to give a tad more space in a carradice for jam-packing it. it is also a little bit longer, to give a little flexibility in strapping things to a carradice or when using the long-flap on a carradice... or maybe if you're not using a carradice but still want to lash a few things down. also changed the mounting point to the brake bridge, didnt necessarily improve it, but made it a little nicer looking. on with the pictures!

all dummied up, final fitting of the copes.

all fluxed up for tacking on the bike, then i finish the brazing off bike.
the carradice mounted up.

the details:

one other thing that it does-- itll hold any std saddlebag quite well (mounted upside-down).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


from a peruvian frame builders photo gallery. a HUGE collection of "failed" frames. wow!

hopefully no one was hurt, but im sure a few were

Marino bikes

Saturday, November 29, 2008

another widget

this piece will attach to the brake bridge on a carradice support, like this rack.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

new goodies

this past weekend was the
we picked up some new goodies

new redesigned brooks saddle raincover. this one actually feels like it will be waterproof (compared to the last mode). ill still be using an insurance plastic bag beneath it though.
rainlegs, for those rainy rides to work.
smartwool socks. now with wool on wool technology.
fancy bits- crane brass bell and gilles-berthoud handlebar bag. gonna need a new rack for that!
camping equip, cookery.
where did i get all this fine-practical-utilitarian-commuter-touring cyclist stuff? TROPHY BIKES!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

bidon cage mounts

ever want to carry more than 2 bottles of water? how about a set of bidon cage mounts on your rack for that 3rd or maybe even 4th bottle!?

Friday, November 14, 2008

NoTubes v Specialized

if you havent heard already--
stans notubes has filed a lawsuit against specialized for patent infringement.

notubes rims are the best thing to happen tubeless since, well, tubeless MTB wheels!
it is a great system, invented and patented by stan, and he deserves all credit and royalties IMO.

if you havent gone tubeless yet, you should. dont be afraid. its not the maintenance nightmare than non-tubeless users claim or think that it is.

lotsa time on little bits

start with a couple holes and a rough idea
finish one, then duplicate. make some other bits...
do you see where this is going?
nice n smooth.... for now this is just a scrap, but it will be part of a rack tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

mr whirly

last week i got the chance to install a surly mr. whirly crankset for the first time.
if you MUST use outboard bearings, i think it is a pretty darn good system. personally, im a square taper kinda guy, but lets not get into that.
things i like about it-
swappable spindle, gives you std mtb chainline, pugsley, or coming soon WI 47.5mm chainline.
uses any shimano MTB compatible outboard bearings (shimano, race face, FSA, chris king, phil wood)
aesthetically pleasing, silver or black, nice laser etched logo.
swappable bolt circle. 110, 94, or 104.
the contour of the arms match the chainstay contour of the karate monkey perfectly (see aesthetically pleasing) ill get a pic of this soon..

Saturday, November 8, 2008

stainless update

this one is nearly done, just waiting for the next tubing order, ran out of stainless tubing. legs are done but not pictured.
this is my first stainless rack, i learned a good bit from it.
see the center tube? thats not optical distortion from the camera, thats heat distortion. to get the nickel silver to "flow" properly i have to get the tubes very hot. 304 stainless is already malleable to start with (compared to 4130), so getting the temp up to 1800+deg F makes it even harder to keep things put.
i think for my next stainless rack i will use 50N silver. much lower temp to wet it out, and easy to build a uniform little fillet. i used that for the eyelets on the platform and the legs. only disavantage of silver is the price. $20+/oz, whereas nickel silver or brass is $20/lbs!!!!

this rack was designed and will be thoroughly loaded and tested by fxdwhl, post 1, post 2. he is still testing a rack from my first batch.

Monday, November 3, 2008

picture update

some things i got goin on

new platform
frt pannier support frames
pannier support frame details
attachment points for the pannier supports, these will go on the rack