Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

back to the grind!

took a new jorb working at a local bike shop...posting may slow down a bit for a little as i get back into the swing of things. in the next couple weeks im planning on ordering a bunch more rack tubing, and the necessary frame-bits for my next frameset.

broken steel bike

dropped off this rack at its new home
white industries VBC road crankset.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

road biking in reading

so if seƱor fxdwhl ever asks you to go road biking in reading, be prepared.

the bulk of our ride took place on non-paved roads. a quick ride out of his neighborhood then it was offroad from there, a nice dose of climbing, then blast back down through scenic reading, PA back to his home. after that some very tasty mediterranean food.

he gives a nice description of our ride on his blog post dirt testing.

bike felt good, position feels good, especially when im in the saddle doing some serious work on drawn out rocky uphill.

im gonna have a nice "road" ride cooked up for him when he brings the bike out my way..hehe...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

5 of 5

got the call today, finally!









Tuesday, July 14, 2009

first ride(s) report


got out on the new bike a bit. took 2 10 mile rides yesterday, and a 25mile ride today. todays ride i hit some big dirt road uphills and dirt road downhills for the real handling tests. i am pumped! this thing handles so well, exactly what i wanted out of it, and it fits oh so perfectly.

my comparisons come from having ridden a surly crosscheck for the past 7 years, maybe 8. this bike handles high speed descents and carves turns very well. on the CC taking turns downhill it always felt like i had to fight the bike to lean over and seemed like it tended to under-turn, not at all with the new ride. it just seems to "know" the turns. when going in a straight line it tracks perfectly, rides wonderfully with no hands, but is still ready to make a quick turn at a moments notice yet isnt twitchy. when climbing out of the saddle at lower speeds it really locks in and doesnt wander, just goes in a straight line or wherever it is being pointed.

ride-quality-wise it feels nearly identical to the CC. doesnt seem any stiffer or softer, and doesnt seem to absorb any more or less road shocks/vibrations than the CC. the fork seems to move a little bit more when applying downward pressure, but i havent noticed any differences while riding. im using the same wheels and tires from the CC so that sorta levels the playing field removing additional variables.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

paint booth

prepped
primed
finished

Saturday, July 11, 2009

el forko


little closer

primed fork
reaming
honing

currently looking for one an 'under the BB cable guide' so i can drill and tap the BB shell. among all my bike part junk i cant find one???

Thursday, July 9, 2009

the home stretch

all brazing operations for my frameset have been completed. i am soaking the flux off my frame now. need to do some finishing work, paint it, then assemble it. just gonna do a simple rattle-can job for this one.


internal wiring for dynohub, a nut also threads onto it for use as a rack mount.
brass plate around the headlight wire entry hole

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

forkin' great

fork alignment tools

Monday, July 6, 2009

still waiting

racks still at powdercoat...they were packed to the gills when i dropped them off. saw a few bike frames, some artists' pieces, always a bunch of car rims and motorcycle frames, and a various assortment of odds and ends. these guys are BUSY! i should be getting the call soon though.

the past 2 weeks laura and i took some mini vacations. you can check out the details if you are interested here.

i am also very close to finishing my fork. the flux is soaking off now.

mocking it up

accumulating more heat

super secret