So with the winter being consumed by my house I was a bit set back with my Ti prototyping. I had intentions to be up and running by this March but that came and went. Anyway with us moving I got right back to it.
Spent a few mornings at work and made a seat post, stem and handlebars to get this bike up and running. It is a 650b geared mtb with a 1x10 set up. The 1x10 is quickly becoming the norm. I am running a 30t front ring with a 11-36 in the rear. The 30t front really does offer an incredible range of gears. The new 2x10 set-ups tend to have 2 gears that I find lack a sweet spot. That sweet spot is a 30. The 30 requires a spiderless crank so I went with a White Industries and a Homebrewed chainring. You could also run a new Specialized carbon crank with a Ti homebrewed chainring.
I am not the tallest person and now 100mm's of travel is the standard for XC 29R bikes. This standard added just enough height to a mtb that I can not run a suspended 29R. Well I have been selling these 650b bikes over the years but never owned one. Now I do and will have an even better opinion of the platform.
Here are some shots of the frame and the complete bike.
I had plans to attend the Phillies game tonight but there is hail in the forecast so we are going to skip it for Jack's sake.
Cheers and everyone locally enjoy the race this weekend,
Since this is my third post this month I feel it is fitting that it is an update more than a post of random thoughts. We (my family) have officially moved into our house so that is one thing that is behind me. In front of me is a list of bikes to make, a third floor to get finished and a bicycle to ride. Hopefully the bicycle does not get sidelined since it is what happened the last 6 months.
I got a wonderful letter in the mail (yes snail mail) from Cassie that made my week. She is excited about her new bike and I hope she loves every ride as much as the ones she has already had. I appreciate all feedback people give but obviously have a bias towards the ones like Cassie's.
This weekend I am building a frameset for Tom who will ride the bike to death (literally since his last one died from the rocks of State College). We are going to give suspension a try this time since rigid single speeds as fun as they are can be hard as your primary bike in State College. We are going oversized everything and giving up on everything that has anything to do with saving weight.
Lastly it was brought to my attention that I did not update the website for the delivery time. It has now been updated but I will repeat that it is over a year and rarely goes below. I usually have a cushion built in to that delivery time but this year I already exhausted that cushion so it is time to get building. With that said there are no photos with this post!
Cheers and hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.
So I might have mentioned my favorite movie of all time is High Fidelity. It is not for its cinematography or its incredible acting (although it is good) but it is for the fact that the movie is like a version of my life. The retail aspect of the movie is incredible and sings to me.
One scene that consistently gets mentioned is how we at the bike shop are snobs. I am not really a snob but I do know more about bicycles than all average folks. Now with the addition of Dan (the newest employee of the bike shop) I feel we have truly become the bike shop version of the record store in the movie. Everyone that works here is what I would consider masters of their trade and we all know incredible amounts about the bicycle. Here is the clip that shows an extremely exaggerated version of how we feel at times:
This Sunday I am officially moving in my house which is an incredible feeling. Long road but I have no intentions of doing it again so it was worth it.
This week I wrapped up Tyler's 29R so here are some shots from the week:
Thanks to everyone for the patience during my house renovation. It was much appreciated and I look forward to getting more time to both work on bicycles and ride them!
I am somewhat of a hypocrite when it comes to technology. On one side I tend to stick with good old trusty stuff like machines from the 40's, vernier or dial calipers, transformer welder over my inverter welder, etc, etc. I admit however that I like newer digital stuff like my Canon G10 and my iPhone. This week marks the end of our old desk top computer and DSL for the interweb. FIOS has arrived and I admit it is a killer change over DSL. It seems rock solid, fast and once the new computer arrives I think it will really shine.
The computer I am typing on is going to the Smithsonian for both being old and the most amazing computer on the planet. It has had a good life but it is now time to rest (well it already seems to rest a lot when I ask it to do things!). I suspect I will gain about 5 minutes per day with the overall speed and consistency of the new system. Those 5 minutes are very welcome since 24 hrs in the day is rarely enough.
Check out this paint job. I think it is killer. The pink and brown might not show up on the screen but trust me it is cool. This bike is a great combo of parts and I hope Tolsun enjoys riding the heck out of it.
I am also wrapping up Beau's bike and then on Monday starting Tyler's single speed. Here are some shots during the week:
Here is to seeing if I can get 2 updates in the month of May.