Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cargo Front to Back

, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

Picnic supplies up front, tiny people in the back!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rack em Up

Four legs ready to be racked.  Ran out of eyelets so I had make some.  
So much easier to jig up that round eyelets!!!

Platform welded, covered in welding scale.

Shined up

2 pieces of tube become one.

Almost ready to weld the legs.

Monday, July 25, 2011

more up for grabs

EDIT:  This rack is spoken for.  sowwy.  
But, I may list more stuff over the coming weeks.

Have another rack available.  I'm trying to liquidate some things I just don't need that are collecting dust.

Fork crown strap is drilled for a cross-check, but can be re-drilled/re-bent, or replaced altogether with whatever you can cobble up to fit most bikes.

I think it a great size for a front rack.  Not quite a tiny rando style rack, wide enough that you can load it with a case of beer.  Courier bags fit very well.  Sits almost directly over the front axle so the load doesn't make the handling all that wonky.

It has dual upper fender mounts, so you can mount the fender directly to the rack, as seen below.

I used it for a while for commuting to work.

Then Laura used it.

Now YOU can use it!
Hit me up via the contact link in the sidebar.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

up for grabs

IMG_6870, originally uploaded by rackntroll.
will pass this rack along to someone who will load it frequently, for a very fair price (just want to recoup the materials cost basically).

keep in mind this is my first rack that was gas-welded (as opposed to brass brazed), so you will be a bit of a test dummy.

you can contact me via the link in the sidebar if you are interested.

edit:  forgot to mention that it is made to fit a Surly Cross-Check only

edit 2:  got a few quick replies so it should be spoken for

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tiny Fork!

Fresh outta the dunk
Cleaned up a little

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Legs o' Fork

Mmmmmm....delicious fork legs..

Shiny Fluxy Goodness

Post Soak


Using a surface gauge to make sure the dropouts are properly located.

Next up- Building the fork crown.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hanging in There!!!

, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

Tiny hands in my pockets!
Note: we got her to wear the helmet and all was well!!!

Playing in South Jersey Sand

Took a day trip to Hammonton, NJ for a free clinic and trail ride sponsored by RawHyde Adventures and BMW of Manhattan.  We started out in the morning going over a couple basic skills then doing drills.  Even with offroad experience it was really helpful having the 2 coaches from RawHyde to watch you and give you tips and pointers and answer questions to help hone your offroad riding ability.

AM goodbye from Laura

Last minute equipment inspection by the cat

Sixty miles later at the HoJo in Hammonton, NJ.

Doing some drills, very low speed turns around cones, getting pointers from the coaches.

All lined up

After the morning instruction was over, we had a good lunch of hoagie platters.  I LOVE hoagies, for real.  After the delicious hoagies (I love hoagies) we moved onto the trail ride.  South Jersey, even well inland from the coast is sandy, very sandy.   Very steep learning curve.  I've ridden through brief sections of sand before, but not long continuous trails of sand, in some places very deep sand.  The coaches gave a few very brief tips on navigating the deep sand.  Stay ON the gas, bc when you get off the gas the front wheel buries.  Shift your weight back a little, and of course stay standing and let the front wheel do what it wants.

The owner of this motorcycle was leading the trail ride, a local.  The more dirt oriented version of my bike.

This guy was helping out also, KTM 690 Enduro R.  Very cool.

Regrouping.  About half of the people left at this point.

We were doing what is called a "Michigan Shuffle." The ride leader and sweeper stay the same throughout the ride, and the second person in line waits at a turn until the sweeper comes through.  That way each person ends up at some point standing in the baking sun in full gear waiting for the group to come though so no one misses the turn.  Good opportunity to snap some photos.

Dan, former professional racer blasting through a turn on his BMW G450X.

One of the coaches had this prototype winch mounted on his BMW1200GS.  Pretty cool idea.

The day was very fun, and I am no longer hesitant about riding in sand!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New BICYCLE project!!!! WTF!?

HEY WOW its been a while since I fabricated anything bicycle related.

Don't judge me, I'll admit that I've headed to the dark side.... throttle twisters.. I know I know....

Anyhow now that Cate is old enough Laura and I plan to do more family bike riding to get back into it, slowly most likely.  We have both been out of cycling for a while (except for watching the tour of course) but riding together the other day was very pleasant, even though it was probably only like a mile.

AnyHOO, here's a little taste of the new project...theres A LOT more going on behind the scenes.  :-)

Handcut dropouts, 
stepped washers turned from stainless, 
and an oddball dummy axle spaced at 84mm.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cate's First Bike Ride

I want to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to Peter and Eleanor for giving us this great child carrier and helmet for Cate's 1st birthday!

Didn't start out so well, not a fan of the helmet.

Quiet neighborhood road with no traffic.

There's that smile!

Swing by and see a local celebrity.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


IMG_6793, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

calling it a CL174 just doesnt sound right

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Gearing Change

Change the gearing last night, went from a 16T to a 15T.  The difference is night and day.  No more lugging and I get to use 5th a lot more frequently.  Maybe my fuel mileage will go up a little too?

Testing out the new gearing

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Headlight Guard

After the Seven Mountains Dual Sport I realized that if I were to take part in another event like that, I had to have a headlight guard.  


Because for some reason, unknown to me, some people absolutely HAVE to kick up a rooster tail every time they start from a stop on loose ground.  If you happen to be behind this person, you WILL get pelted with debris.  This debris could possibly break your headlight glass leaving you with a costly repair, or stranded until the sun rises if you planned on riding home in the dark.

All stainless steel (except for the side brackets)

The guard does diffuse the light a little bit, and it reflects a little light back at you.... but it removes easily if you happen to be riding at night for an extended period.

The Divider

The divider is one of the handiest tools for bench work fabricating.
A 5" and 3" divider will do a lot for you.

Set it to 3/8" and mark a spot to center punch.

Setting the distance between hole centers, 3".  Using a 5" divider for this action.

Set one end of the divider into the punch spot to mark the second hole location.

Punch the other hole center and use the spots to layout the shape.

Drill, 1/4" and 5/16" holes.

Get busy with some filing.