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WANT: Montague Boston Singlespeed

August 21st, 2010 [print] 2 comments

This Montague Boston singlespeed belongs to a guy named Mark Scott, who decided he couldn’t leave his bike in stock form.  Normally, I wouldn’t give a folding bike a second thought, but Montague seems to know how to do it right, and this particular modified version looks good enough to use as a primary ride.

I may have to look into getting one for myself someday, for use as a travel bike (sure beats shipping it or paying $100 or more to take it on a plane).  Now that I know they can be modified to look pretty sweet, and they fall into a reasonable weight category (24lbs stock), it’s definitely on my list.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I could get one under 20lbs.

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More info on Mark’s bike can be found here, and Montague says the quick-release skewer can be replaced with a lower-profile bolt-on, for those of us who wouldn’t want that metal handle so close to our junk.

Trikes by Sergio Garcia

August 19th, 2010 [print] No comments

"Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated" by Sergio Garcia, currently on display in San Francisco as part of the “From the Street to the Cube" show which runs through August 28th.

 "Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated" - Click for larger image
"Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated"

"And then there were two" - Click for larger image
"And then there were two"

Via LaughingSquid.com

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Friday Links

August 7th, 2010 [print] No comments

Remember when I posted a bunch of links last Friday, and said I’d try to do it every week?  Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.  Not because it’s too much work, but because I’m too lazy to do a tiny bit of work.  You know how it is:  you can go for a 50mi bike ride and it’s not even a thing, but picking up a pair of dirty socks and walking them over to the hamper is the biggest hassle in the world.

So, what I’ve done is made things a lot easier for both of us, but mostly for me.  I’m taking advantage of being able to embed my Friendfeed stream, and every link I share gets posted on this page:

http://gearinches.com/blog/about/friendfeed

Just click on News Links at the top of the page, or Friendfeed Stream in the sidebar; they’ll both take you to the same place.

It’s a never-ending stream of links I find interesting from other sites, but am too lazy to post on my own, and my Flickr photostream.

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Hot Hot Heat

July 30th, 2010 [print] No comments

It seems Missouri is either getting dumped on with ridiculous rain storms, or we’re trying to dry out with triple-digit temps.  The humidity has been a pretty consistent 70% or above for most of July, so even when it’s under 90°, it still feels like it’s well over 100°.  I don’t mind the heat or the humidity, although I wouldn’t complain if it’d cool down for a week or so, but what I do mind is a new thing phenomenon I’ve never dealt with before.

With this being my first summer on a road bike–as opposed to a mountain bike with semi-slick tires–I’ve picked up a new annoyance:  once we hit 100° or more, my Maxxis Re-Fuse tires turn from rubber to glue, and begin picking up tiny pebbles as I roll over them.  The hotter it is, the worse it is, and last Tuesday’s ride was the worst so far.

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That rock is not just sitting on top of the tire, it’s practically glued to it (it’s a little larger than most of them, but it made for a good photo).  Rolling along, I’ll begin to hear a tick-tick-tick noise as my tires conform to the shape of pebbles, and the only way to get them to break loose is to stop and flick them off.  It always happens that the flat side of the rock has enough smooth surface area to become stuck, but I worry they’ll eventually work themselves through the rubber and puncture an innertube.  The tires are left with permanent marks on them at the point of contact, but appear no worse for the wear.

On the positive side, the Maxxis tires are holding up well, and so far, I’ve only had one serious puncture (I lost my rear tire to a screw of some sort in May and had to buy a replacement, but not before patching the tube and doing a century, plus 200 more miles on a tire with a hole in it!).  Next week we’re supposed to have 100+ heat indexes for a few days straight, so it looks like I’m going to be in for a lot of this crap for quite a while still.

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Tato CSSB Commuter Bike

July 21st, 2010 [print] No comments

Upstart Swiss bicycle maker, Tato, has revealed a new commuter bike with a cool solution for carrying your stuff.

Instead of using a messenger bag, backpack or pannier system, they’ve designed a frame with room inside the front triangle that’s large enough for a briefcase, laptop, or anything else that can fit the 15.75" x 12.5" x 3.75" slot.  The top tube is a split design–called Central Storage System for Bikes, or CSSB–allowing you to just slip your cargo into the frame and ride off.

The $1,500 bike comes with a Shimano Deore drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and your choice of rigid or suspension fork.  Personally, I’d like to see more aggressive road bike geometry and a drop bar (or bullhorns), and rear axle dropouts that allow for a singlespeed set-up.  That aside, it’s a pretty interesting concept, and I wouldn’t be surprised if smaller builders mimicked the split top tube (it can’t possibly be patentable, can it?).

Tato Commuter Bike - http://tato.li/cssb/

Tato Commuter Bike - http://tato.li/cssb/

Link:  http://tato.li/cssb/

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A Beautiful Day for Dehydration

July 11th, 2010 [print] No comments

Sinclair Road, Columbia, MO

With all the rain we’ve been getting in mid-Missouri lately, I’ve been sticking mostly to the road.  Saturday was beautiful–humid, but low-80s and sunny–so I decided I’d do a 50mi ride to make up for all the missed rides (due to rain) throughout the week.

My mistake was heading out the door without enough water.  I had my Camelbak about half full, which meant maybe 40-50oz of water at most, which seemed fine at the time.  As it turned out, the humidity drained me pretty quickly, even though I never seemed to sweat much.

Around the 30mi mark, I noticed my Camelbak was getting pretty light, so I backed off on how much I was drinking in order to preserve what I had left.  My mouth and throat were getting dry, too, but not so much so that it was bothering me too much.  By mile forty-nine, the water ran out.  I was within a few blocks of home, and even passed my street and added a couple extra cool down miles to the ride since I wasn’t going to be leaving the general area again.  I finally got home after 52½ miles, put my bike up and headed to the shower, where my quads began to scream…

You’d think after 12 years of this crap, I’d have learned my lesson by now, but I guess I haven’t.  I weighed myself at 138.6lbs, four pounds less than before I left for the ride.  So, even though I guzzled about 3lbs of water on my ride, I guess I lost 7lbs over the length of it.  Anyway, 1 Gatorade, a large whey protein drink, and a bunch of water (and Dr. Pepper) later, I felt fine, and my quads were no longer burning and cramping.  I lucked out and didn’t get a Charley horse, which I’ve been plagued with more than I’d like lately.

We got more rain today, so I spent the day inside drinking water and Dr. P, and hopefully gaining my water weight back.  For the time being, I’ve re-learning my lesson about taking proper amounts of water with me on a ride, but I have no doubt I’ll screw up again sometime and wind up in the same boat.

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Weird Bikes, pt1

July 10th, 2010 [print] No comments

Photos of weird-ass bikes I’ve stumbled upon over time.

Micro Roadie
Micro Roadie

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Fat Tires & Rim Brakes

July 9th, 2010 [print] No comments

I have no idea what the source of this photo is, but I love the tiny rim brakes set up to grab the car tires.  Trackstands would be a piece of cake, but getting up to a decent pedaling speed must be a pain in the ass.

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Singlespeedster.com

July 7th, 2010 [print] No comments

I’m doing a fairly half-assed job of putting together a resource website dedicated to singlespeed bikes.  It’s mostly going to consist of bookmarked links that people may find helpful, and I doubt I’ll add much content, at least for the time being.

Link:  http://www.singlespeedster.com/

http://www.singlespeedster.com/

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650B Compatibility

July 5th, 2010 [print] No comments

There’s a growing number of mountain bike riders out there who have chosen to keep their 26" bikes, while converting them to the new-to-MTB 650B (or 27.5") wheel size.

The advantage of 650B is that they’re larger and smoother rolling than a 26" wheel, but lighter and more agile than a 29".  This disadvantage is, it’s hard to know what current 26" bikes on the market have room inside their chainstays for the larger wheels.

Fortunately, Cracked Headtube (if that is his real name) over at 650B Palace has put together one hell of a list of 650B-compatible frames, so if you’re looking to upgrade, take a look at his list.

http://650bpalace.blogspot.com/2010/07/creating-offroad-conversion.html

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