Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I just love mugs.

And by mugs I mean bikes. I got my 3/4 Trek emonda put back together as a killer cross bike. it looks good, rides good and all it cost me was a heap of time and a couple hundred bucks in random parts and carbon bits.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Why stress about bike geometry

Sometimes, it just doesn't even matter.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I found a pomegranate

In the course of bicycle rides over the past years I found a surprising number of things. The first thing I found was a wrench on my way to go skiing in St Paul Minnesota. Over the years I've found, tools, furniture, money, and a surprising number of fruit. Today was a good day, I found a pomegranate. It was sitting nicely in the gutter as I left the city just past City Avenue, a nice fresh, unblemished pomegranate

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Before and After-- Scott Scale

I just did a repair on an odd little crack that may have been precipitated by a rock strike, or just some massive quadriceps, on a Scott Scale. Certainly not a huge break, but one that could have led to a long walk home. 

I'm really pretty happy with how this one turned out.  I was able to vacuum bag just the joint, which requires a lot more sealer tape than I've been using in the past with my 'giant ziploc' approach.  The extra stretchy green vacuum film along with some more stretchy release fabric provides a bit better appearance with fewer wrinkles in the finished product. I basically overbuilt the entire brake area since it's a fairly high-stress zone. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Swing and a miss

So, turns out my shoes were a good try, but not good enough to wear more than half an hour. The arch is hugely supportive, but supportive like a brick, not supportive like a good friend in a time of need.  When I took the cast of my feet, i did so in a fully relaxed position; basically I put on a sock, dunked my foot in liquid plaster of paris and let it set with no pressure on it.  This did create an accurate representation of my foot, but didn't account for how my foot works under pressure.  I've got super flexible arches, so much so that my footprint is basically a ski, rather than the traditional bean shape.

Rather than re-cast my foot wholesale, I decided to do some editorializing with a bit of bondo, lowering the arch, widening the heel, and making a bit more room for my toes.  We'll see how this next one goes.