Saturday, January 31, 2009

done, more or less

right outta the soak tank...
construction wise its done, but a bit of finish work to do.
need to wrap up the fork crown strap, then it will be mount-able.
was made for a surly LHT, but will also fit a cross check.
also because the fork crown widget bolts to the rack, it can fit any number of bikes with a different fork crown piece.
dual HL mounts and dual WB mounts.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

fun in the snow

have been waiting for the approriate snow all winter. a good wet heavy snow, perfect for building dirt jumps, but outta snow. heres a little double i built.


after a couple weeks of sub 20F degree weather, 30+ feels downright warm. i like it. makes me more productive.

Friday, January 23, 2009

a trip to the PO

my friend petey who manages the trophy bike garage dropped off this kona ute for me to build a mega-rear-rack for. since ive got it here, might as well use it, right?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

squirrel nuts

this isnt the first time ive found a nut hidden by a squirrel in the barn, or even found a squirrel in the barn (probably hiding nuts!)
im gonna leave it, to see if comrad squirrel comes back for it. ill let you know if and when that happens.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

fork crown doojiggy

this is for a rack that will fit a 700c cross bike, and 26" mtb, so it has to be a little bit modular.
that is why the fork crown connection needs to be removable.
using a strip of steel is easy, but is just so boring, so i did this:

fender eyelet

Saturday, January 17, 2009

recent trends in rack building

this is what fork crown attachments are looking like these days, who knows what the next ones will look like...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

moving on...

heres the next rack-
sits 14.5" high, a little low for a surly cross check with fenders because of the long axle-to-crown of that fork. will work fine without a fender, or if you perform an easy modification to get your fender to sit a tad lower... something like this. will work quite well with other fendered-cross-type bikes that dont have super long a-c measurements, like a soma double-cross, etc etc.
has braze-ons for dual headlight mounts, and is a little adjustable via the fork crown strap.

back from the powdercoater

3 racks, 5 headlight mounts. they look great!
done by bonehead performance in warminster, PA.
they have a huge selection of colors and finishes. want a rack to match your unmachined deep-v's? yes, it can happen...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

it is cold

yes it is very cold, cold enough that i have to thaw my flux in a warm water bath to get things started.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

all geared up

some pics of the latest completed rack loaded up. looks a little mad max-ish.
i spent about 15 min mounting the lights and trying to figure out the best way to strap the batteries down, then after i finished and snapped a few pics i thought "hey, i can just throw the batteries in a bag!" that seems to be the much easier method.

a snowy ride into work. crossing into jersey.
just a dusting at this point, the fixed with 28mm tires is sufficient. rear brake clearance is a little tight though.
got a new sotto voce king headset in at work. black on black...i like it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

another cross check rack

surly cross check rack
dual water bottle mounts
dual headlight mounts
semi-lugged construction
typical bicycle iconography

time to go make the headlight mount thingies

Sunday, January 4, 2009

my christmas present

a gift from my lovely wife :-)
a bringheli frame and fork alignment table.
very very cool, time to build a couple of framesets! (will still be building racks mostly)