Friday, October 29, 2010

Dumpling Transportation and Tiny Miracles

Made this rack a whiles back, a pair of pictures finally found their way to me. Love the Bean Green Crosscheck, year 2 for the CC I believe?

photos by McGet

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Starting Something New

IMG_5972, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

The beginnings a new fixture. Spent a good chunk of time standing over the lathe turning handwheels, pulling levers, and flipping switches.

Monday, October 25, 2010


IMG_5967, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

all it takes is a split second of poor torch/heat control to blow a hole in the tube.

Friday, October 22, 2010

3 water crossings- deal with it

Found this license plate on the road in front of the creek, very appropriate.

Haven't done a water crossing on a motorized cycle in over 15 years, back when I was a young'n riding dirt bikes. This was the 3rd one and the deepest. I have also crossed this one on my bicycle, click here for the video.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

welded platform and a cat on a wood pile

Got a platform all welded up. Kinda sloppy, I definitely want to get a smaller welding nozzle, I think that will help. Didn't blow any holes in the tubing, yet....still have a few more chances for that!

The cat meowed at me just as I snapped the photo. He was laying down on some logs, which looks uncomfortable to you or I, but to a cat its pretty swell.

Going for a stroll.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Moto Rack Part 3

The bike carrier was finished up by its owner, a couple coats of paint, strapping, and some brackets to mount the tray to were added.
We may add some additional bracing, but otherwise it was a success!

Friday, October 15, 2010

axle guards

some time spent with the lathe.
first time machining delrin, it was fun- deep cuts and fast feed rates.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bromke Press Release

US Man's Custom Rack Gets the Nod From UK Folder Fans
by mcget --
LONDON (Oct. 3, 2010) -- Brompton Bicycle Ltd. factory staffer Richard offers a thumbs up to a Rack and Roll folding rack prototype by Dan Niedziocha of the United States. "The brazing's good, innit?" Richard declared, after giving the folding front rack a close inspection. The rack was making an ad hoc debut at the Brompton 100, a cycle ride limited to just 100 fans, Brompton dealers and staffers associated with the iconic British folder's winning of the Queen's Award for Innovation. The ride was staged on Sat. Oct. 2, at the Guard's Parade Ground behind Buckingham Palace, and wound through the scenic Brompton Quarter (where inventor Andrew Ritchie first designed the bike three decades ago in his apartment) to the Brompton factory in Brentford, where the award was presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of London, Sir David Brewer.
Niedziocha is a bicycle mechanic who also runs Rack and Roll, a one-man handcraft operation in a former barn near New Hope PA, creating custom racks of steel tubing for bicycles and motorcycles. The rack was his response to a conversation with Trophy Bikes proprietor Michael McGettigan, who asked for a porteur rack that would be permanently mounted, carry a Domke F-6 camera satchel, and fold to allow the bike to fit in a standard Brompton box or case. Niedziocha finished the rack just in time for the Brompton weekend, despite recently becoming the new father of a baby girl.
Mr. Niedziocha dubbed it the "Bromke" rack and it attracted a fair bit of attention at the ride, and the next day at the Brompton World Championships, held at Blenheim Palace. This novel annual race, which requires business attire and features a Le Mans start, was part of the third annual Bike Blenheim Palace, which also featured a time trial, bicycle polo and stunt bike demonstrations.
A subset of Brompton owners enjoy customizing their folders and braved intermittent rain to check over one another's machines on the expansive grounds surrounding the Palace. Always on the lookout for the unique, many Bromptoneers expressed interest in Niedziocha's rack and disappointment that no price list or ordering information was yet to be had.
Niedziocha hopes to take advantage of the internet to reach such design mavens later on. Brompton's output is now over 25,000 bicycles a year, and while they themselves design and sell scores of practical accessories for their bicycles, a number of smaller cottage industries have sprung up in the UK and Japan making limited edition (and generally pricey!) custom items to fit Bromptons. Mr. Niedziocha's novel, US-made rack may soon be joining that exclusive and quirky queue.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Not a Bicycle, But there are Similarities

So, we got my mother-in-law to watch our Little Lady. This was the first time Laura and I went out together without the little Bean Queen.

Went for a cruise on the motorcycle, Laura's first time riding on the back with me in about 9 years...

Luckily it was close to home, and my buddy who lives even closer to where we flatted bailed us out.

I really need to get some nerd rack action going so I can carry the necessary equipment to avoid being stranded.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not Just Bicycles Anymore

I love my wife, she treated me to a motorcycle. But not just any motorcycle, an extremely cool dual-sport.

BMW G650 X-Country

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That Time of Year

IMG_5872, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

It's wood burning season!!!!