Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Up and Walking Briskly

Got the lathe setup and powered up.
Cut some metal to help a friend repair his dirt bike.
Some adapters to press crank shaft and countershaft bearings into the case halves.
Still have cleaning/organizing to do but it's a start.

Next up- start to make some fixtures and jigs to make some racks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


well a little more than a year later and we have an update!

finally lit the torch again after many years to help modify a CETMA rack to mount better to a Surly cross check.

My workshop is still not very well equipped but I returned to my roots and did the work with a hacksaw, couple files, and a really cheap crappy 3" chinese vise.

Come late winter/early spring big changes will be happening and I'll keep this place up to date.  Don't know if anyone even reads blogs anymore what with all that social media and facebookery, but I might as well keep on with it.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Okay, since I reduced my hours in the bike shop, that left us a little short handed.  Especially since the shop consists of the owner, and only 2 employees.  The owner is typically building bicycle frames so he doesn't do much in the bike shop, which leaves one person to run the show.  Answering phone calls, walk-ins, bike sales, and service; sometimes it can be a little much for a single person.   Obviously we needed more help, and found someone to work 4-5 days.  I figure that means it's time for me to move on.....  I really liked working at that shop, working with Ed and Drew was fun, but all good things must come to an end.  Ed and I worked really well together, and had a lot of fun.  Really great regular customers also.  I am really going to miss it.

Made a couple phone calls, spoke to some people, and BOOM before we know it, in about 2 weeks we are moving!!!  Holy Crapoly that was fast and sudden.  My good friend Dan has a custom carpentry business, he is happy to let me work for him, and in an odd coincidence, the home we used to live in in Bucks County will be available for us to move into at the end of November.  Weird!!!  We found some temporary housing to stay in until the current tenant moves out and we move in.  Super cool, I will have a place for my workshop again.  Lathe, mill, brazing/welding, fabricating stuff, I'll be able to do it all again.  YAY!   450 acres, barn, ponds, fishing, wood splitting, peace and solitude, and a great place for a 3 year old to run around and have fun.  Oh yeah, and most importantly, a public school system that isn't a total fucking joke.  This is gonna be cool.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Moving On...

Well my lovely wife got a new job.  Since the physical therapy world pays quite a bit better than being a lowly bicycle mechanic I have reduced my time in the bike shop to 3 days a week. The rest of the time I stay home with my 3 year old daughter, which is pretty cool.

Now I leave you with fork seals and busted BB's.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Didn't manage to make a single post for the month of June.

We've had A LOT of rain so far this summer.  Have barely been able to get on the mountain bike!  Been spending a lot of time sweating at Philadelphia's new Paine's Skatepark instead.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Beautiful Bridge

So this was the most beautiful steel bridge of 1960?!

And here's some fun stuff from the bike shop...

It is not common to see the super cheap brake pads worn all the way on a cheap murray MTB from the 80s.  Front AND rear were this worn.

ALSO the new skate park is completed. It is only a couple blocks from my home.  Looks really fun.  Early AM it seems to be pretty chill so old dudes who used to skate can get a chance to goof around.  I am in to it!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

and she's off!

bike ride, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

she will be 3 in a month. can't wait to go on bike rides with her!