Friday, December 30, 2011

Nights on the MTB

been getting out there once a week on the dark, twisty, loggy trails of "the plateau."
late 80s geometry isn't all that bad, and neither are 26" wheels.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

dual sport

hey there, i dont usually re-post things i see elsewhere, but this is pretty funny.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

i dunno

, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

there was this piece of chain on my bench, then tom gave me a tangerine. for some reason i was compelled to put them together.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aluminum Chainring bolts and Singlespeeds

Untitled, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

They just don't mix!
Heard some creaky creaky from the bike, gave it a little inspection....
They didn't completely fall apart on the bike, that happened during the removal of them. But they were cracked, it was only a matter of time before they did fall apart on a ride though!

Monday, December 12, 2011

This Weeks iPhotos

A lot of pictures this week--

Starting off with this interesting Trek MTB, early aluminum.  Most of the tube intersections are bonded (haha lets just say glued).  It also uses some bolts and rivets along with glue to hold it together.

Right now I only have 2 of my bikes with me.  A Surly Cross-Check and an 87 Specialized Stumpjumper.  The ol' Stumpy has been my number one lately.  Its set up as a singlespeed geared 2:1, so I can MTB on it in addition to commuting.  It rides pretty dang well for MTBing and it handles great with a baby seat on the back.

One other thing-
It's not high tech, it's not low's MIDTEK.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

haulin art stuff

, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

passed one of my personal racks along to a coworker who does more hauling than i do.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This Weeks Shots from the Shop

Well since my workshop is currently 40 miles away, I can't readily fabricate things and post on the blog.
So I will attempt to document the interesting things that come through Philadelphia's number one commuter's bike shop.

This first one is pretty awesome.  I worked in suburban shops for a few years, and frankly it was boring.  Rarely do you get to see crazy failures like this.

Here are a couple pictures from a minty cannondale touring bike from the very early 1980's.  SR Apex triple cranks, with an uncommon 86mm BCD, but still common enough to be marked on the Park CDG-1!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

My New View

IMG_7206, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

looking out the window

Monday, November 21, 2011

the past 3 days

a timeline, old to new, of the past three days:

slick mud

rolling sushi

multi modal commuting

snuggle snuggles

bike part failures

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Essentials

New Porteur Rack, originally uploaded by SSSasky.

One of the limited edition O/A welded rack n rolls.
Take note of the nifty bell mounting on the frame.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Full Circle

IMG_0293, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

Moving back into the little big city of Philadelphia after having left her a few years ago. Mixed feelings about it, definitely the most difficult decision of our lives.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Connection Points

Turned a couple more bits for the travel rack

Monday, October 31, 2011

as of lately

Power out for 2 days

Day one of power outage-

Peter and Eleanor's wedding.  This was an amazing time, and absolutely appropriate because Peter and Eleanor are 2 of the most amazing people I know.  Laura and I were so happy to be there to witness 2 people so perfect for each other get hitched. It warms my heart.  Hey you two, we love you!

Day 2 of power outage-

Philly Bike Expo, year 2.  Good time bumping into people I miss seeing on a regular basis.  Cate had a blast as well!

Day 3,  power returns-

Go to boot up the computer, discover the circuit breaker has tripped.  After a little troubleshooting discover that the power outage or power return has shorted the computer, regardless of the presence of a surge protector.  Now I am stuck using Laura's MacBook.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Platform is done, legs are ready, time to stick em together

Sunday, October 23, 2011


My wonderful wife, Laura, unfortunately lost her job.  Well technically she didn't lose it since she was freelance writing for, but the work dried up (thanks a lot, economy).  So if you know of any work for a very competent exercise physiologist, lemme know!

Have some stuff up on Ebay right now.  If you are interested it should be pretty easy to search out--
keywords: Ibis Ti, Suntour Vx

Monday, October 10, 2011

Preparatory Work

Lately the first step of making a bicycle rack (or motorcycle rack) involves machining a bunch of fiddly bits.  This next rack is no different-- some slightly more complex fiddly little bits to make a travel rack for a Surly Travelers Check.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Made in Austria

By chance I have come to acquire two big ticket items made in Austria, 
both of which are known for their long term durability.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Moving On

BMW is back together, and with the new plugs runs as smooth as a 650cc single is going to run.
Need to re-work the racks a little but that's another story.

So, now I am moving onto the 72 Honda CL175.  Had some troubles with it a while back and she's been sitting ever since, but now I am determined to make her purr again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Still Going

Decided to go ahead and pull the swing arm.  If left neglected the bearing pins WILL seize.  Got to mine in time.  They came right out with no prying, banging, hammering.  There was a few drops of water in the one bearing.

Anyone who has worked as a bicycle mechanic for any length of time knows how gratifying it is to scrape the gunk off of a derailleur pulley.  This is no different.

I took an entire day to sand the coating off the sidewalls of my rim to expose the bare aluminum.  Looks much better than a bunch of scratches from mounting tires.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Parts Come Off

mud and dirt is everywhere.  if you dont do this now and again bolts will seize up.  actually one already was, and the riv-nut was spinning in the subframe.

things didnt feel right on the way home last weekend, and im pretty sure i discovered why:

cracked spark plug. dont really know how this happened, the guys at hermy's BMW have seen it happen, but  infrequently.  the plugs (2 plugs for one cylinder, awesome!) are only about 2000 miles old.  this is the secondary plug, so the bike ran rough. i wonder how it would have run if the primary failed?