Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 A few forks done today: A 24" (that I decided to keep) and Doug's 22".

Monday, March 23, 2015

 I had never heard of them, but Profile made these heavier duty "DJ" cranks for 19mm spindles. They're pretty similar looking to the Column cranks_ same diameter arms. I have never had 180mm cranks before (because a shorter length is always stronger) but these have the beef to compensate for the added torque.
 Swamp bike's new seat. Not a significant improvement in comfort but at least it aint bright orange.

The frame is a few weeks off but I was asked if it were possible to do a Texas monostay cap.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The local route for headtubes would cost three times as much as the bike parts manufacturers (Solid or Paragon). But the few that I had done were made very quickly and at higher tolerances. 

This time of the year I have to either powdercoat with a bunch of pollen contamination or wait for the rain to drown the pollen. The powder came out of the gun very differently, almost as if it were paint.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 I'll be trying out a machine shop down the street for a new headtube shape. I have plenty of 5.1"s but my 4.6"s are going to run out in a few months.

Monday, March 9, 2015

sand bikes

The Euro BB and Profile spindle kept the water out of my bottom bracket through six water crossings (BB fully submerged). The cranks were a different story. I'll have to do some water proofing in the pedal boss with yellow foam.

The cheap, neon orange Charge Spoon saddle looks bad and feels worse after a whole day's riding. I'll be looking for something with more support and tan/brownish. I'll probably give in and just get a Brooks Cambium, but I'm huff-and-puffing over the price- four times what I'd normally throw down for a seat.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Nova 12/142mm drops

Aside from the vestigial rack mounts, these 12mm thru axle dropouts look pretty decent. They come in three different thread options: Shimano, RS and DT Swiss. If I were to use these for a MTB, I'd probably shave the mounts off and strip the black off with some Greased  Lightning.

"I want a bookrack on my All-Mountain bike" or "I want a 12mm thru axle on my commuter" said no-one ever.