Monday, August 30, 2010

Shift Change

IMG_5642, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

Just Cate and I. Laura's maternity leave is over, she is back at work. I'm here with the little one during the day. When Laura gets home from work I will be going into the bike shop for an evening/night shift to do the next days repairs.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


IMG_5691, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

but not a fork

Sunday, August 22, 2010

same difference

front loading vs rear loading

last week i rode to work with the load up front, this week i used my carradice nelson longflap saddle bag.

both felt okay to me, different, but not all that different.

out of the saddle climbing with the load up front seems to be a little easier, the bike does not sway side to side as much.

the carradice is super convenient, its like the trunk of a car...just chuck it in and go.

as far as handling goes they both do okay, but not as sweet as my XO-2 all loaded up, that bikes handling with a load is superb!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

the cookie knows

cookie fortune, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

my coworker left a fortune cookie on my workbench, QBP sent them out in recent orders.

it is now taped onto the top tube of my cross check.

Friday, August 13, 2010

fort niedz

fort niedz, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

yes as a matter of fact i did build a fort around my work area out of thule boxes

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

more fittings

i made these pieces on the lathe from a piece of mystery metal, so i made and extra one and test brazed it to make sure everything went as it should, and it did.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

pieces of a rack

here is a fun sequence of pictures

color in some steel with sharpie marker, scribe a couple lines, prick punch the hole center

scribe some circley dealies with a small divider

wow awesome circles

center punch the prick punched mark then drill

nice straight hack saw cut, a breeze to clean up with the file

file the radius for a clean looking tab

okay i left a few steps out-- filing notches in the tubes and shaping the end of the tab that fits into the tube, and brazing them in.

here is the frontside and backside

fun stuff, eh?

Friday, August 6, 2010

small steps

completed the brompton luggage block
some rack attachment points

Monday, August 2, 2010

bits n pieces

IMG_5534, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

fiddly little bits

Sunday, August 1, 2010


IMG_5521, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

turning some 303 stainless fittings for an interference fit into a 5/16" hole in aluminum.