Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New years old years

Here's hoping you have a radical, bodacious, and tubular New Year!

Mark's 85 Goose is looking smart on this cover.
Scott Mathauser brakes

Some Cunningham crazy brakes.

The elusive Campy Rally long cage rear derailleur.

Campy Victory triple crank on an early Bianchi.

Cinelli MTB fork crown

Cook Bros triple

Campy Bullet twist shift? Not sure if this predates grip shift. The same book also had Campy indexed bar-ends.

The European scene

Stay obsessed!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stumpy stuff

In an previous post I mentioned that I bought an old stumpy. Right after I got it I went travelling and didn't have much time to work on it. Now that I've been back for a little while, and since I have found a good buddy that fits the bike, I decided to fix it up a little bit. The bottom bracket was making a horrible sound, so I knew I needed to get in there and replace the bearings. Unfortunately the old specialized cranks use a 15mm crank bolt, which I had only ever encountered with campy cranks. Now, I don't work on many campy parts, so I don't often have to fool with 15mm bolts and thus i don't have the right tool. So I just had to cave and take it in to have the bolts pulled at my favorite shop Pioneer. Anyway, I lucked out and the spindle and cups were in good shape. Here they are all packed up:

Also, in a previous post I measured one of these spindles to find the length, but hadn't removed it from the bike to do so. I was a little worried that my ancient calipers might not be accurate, but lo and behold, stamped on the spindle is 120. These are nice spindles too, they're hollow so they are amazingly light.
Here's a shot of the bottom bracket lug from the drive side. Normally hard to see, so I figured I'd get a shot of it.

I also, did some more research and decided that the bike is an 1985 Stumpjumper, not the the SPORT or the TEAM. The SPORT model is the cheaper little brother the the just Stumpjumper model, and the TEAM model was pink in '85 and had Tange Prestige tubes. So it's the second nicest bike Specialized made that year.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Beer in cans

Since the headline of this blog mentions beer, I thought I should finally mention beer. Bikes and beer go together like coffee and doughnuts, it's just a combo that was meant to be. Until recently you could only get micro brews in bottles, but the can revolution is now in full swing. Even though beer in glass tastes better, cans make sense on bikes since you don't have t carry all the extra weight of a glass bottle. And, although I never plan on wiping out, it's a little reassuring to know that you don't have a broken glass bottle to fall on top of. Our buddy Gabe was stoked to find out that semi recently New Belguim is canning Ranger IPA, which in my humble opinion is one of the finer well balanced IPAs. Check the info here:
See rad pics of vintage cans here: WHOA

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bridgestone MB-3

Just finished Emma's Mb-3. It's a little weird, but with some minor tweaks and a new seat it might be just right. Gotta see how the bullmoose bars work out for her. (yes those are the bars from the Ridgerunner.)

Mark's 85 Goose

I was just cleaning out pics on the desktop of my computer and ran across the images of Mark's rad '85 Mongoose ATB. Thes pics are old now, and Mark has made a few minor changes most notably he mounted those awesome Panaracer Uff Da's, which are the cheaper cousin to the Schawalbe Fat Franks. You can't beat all chrome bikes, it's just plain tuff. The fame is not lugged, but sports a lugged Bi-plane fork crown, has mid fork rack mounts, and is in immaculate condition.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Paris bikes 2

My wife and I just returned from our trip, so here are the rest of my Paris bike pics as well as the few pics I shot at Alex Singer. Enjoy.
Emma with a midget's bike. She looks huge at 5'4" next to that thing.
We went to the Musee des Artes et Metiers as well. It's basically a french museum of technology from the 19th and 20th centuries. I was hoping to see some bikes there and I got my wish near the end of the displays. I didn't take notes and the placards were in french, so I'm not sure what these are, but always fascinating to see these old things so that you can recognize the "new" technology when Shimano reproduces some ancient idea.

We saw this Motobecane locked outside of Pere la Chaise cemetery. At first glance it is nothing special, but we stopped for a coffee and I kept staring at it from the window and noticing the details. I thought it was a killer porteur.

Mega fender, but the most impressive detail is the reinforcement from the chainstay to the seat stay. I'm supposing that it's for the coaster brake.
Close up of the Radios headlight, fender cutout for the generator lamp, and Mafac cantilever brakes.

A better shot of the rack.

As I mentioned in the last post, I saw a beautiful Jo Routens locked on the street. It was crusty, had goofy bars, and looked abandoned so I almost overlooked it. But closer inspection revealed it to be a true randonneur bike.

The craftsmanship shows through the crust here with the wrap around seat stay tips, pump peg, long point lugs, and almost totally dissolved reynolds 531 sticker.
Vertical dropouts help ID this as a randonner bike as it is intended to be used with fenders.

Mafac racers that have been mounted with studs brazed on the the frame.

Same detail on the front for the brakes. The bike also has what is probably a custom front bag rack that mounts to braze-ons on the fork

Also as I promised my few pics from the visit to Alex Singer. Here's the shop from the street. I believe they have been at the same place since the 30's or 40's which in my opinion makes it one of the most special shops in the world. The place is just heavy with history.

A custom rack on a touring model in the showroom.

The showroom was full of ridiculous eye candy but thankfully Emma speaks some french and she asked the young french guy working the shop if we could take a peek in the back. I had already seen enough in the front to leave satisfied, but the back was the real treat. Bikes and parts covered the ceiling and walls. Many were Singers but there were also other old french bikes. They even had two Rene Hereses.

Another small room in the back was where the magic happens. Although Ernest Csuska died this summer, bikes and frames are still being made. They even use ancient tools to make these old world bikes. There was a rack in progress on the big alignment table and this stem in progress in the vise. I wish now that I had taken more pics in the shop, but I was too absorbed in the moment and I didn't want to freak out our generous host. All in all it was an amazing place.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Paris street bikes

I've been in Paris visiting my new French family for the past week. As a bike junkie, I have been scanning the streets to see what kind of sweet bikes French people ride. As France is one of the places most involved with the development of multigeared modern bikes, you'd think the place would be brimming with sweet bikes, but mostly people seem to be riding some real clunkers with a preference for the mixte. I have however seen a few bikes of note, and found a couple of early MTBs.
This thing is a MBK (I think). Nothing too special, but I've never seen these Cantis before:

You guessed it, French biopace:

I couldn't resist this Vitus 979 Mixte, like I said they love those Mixtes. The frame was unbranded, so it is possible it was actually a ALAN, but to the best of my knowledge they are the same bike.
An early 80's Norco. Lots of low end components but still has bullmoose bars and a Biplane fork crown.

Also, not a MTB, but a rad chainring on a Motobecan.

Some random early 80's lugged mtb.

I've been shooting pics on two cameras and one of those I forgot to bring the cord for. So eventually when I'm back in the Etats Unis I will post some pics of my amazing trip to Cycles Alex Singer, and an incredible Jo Routens randonner bike I saw crusted out locked on the street.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Obsessed dudes report to BJA

I know I'm obsessed, but I can't help myself. I'm gonna turn myself in to Bike Junkies Anonymous, just one more fix...
Just got this sweet thing for a hundred bucks. I almost pissed my jeans when he pulled it out of his garage and I saw that chrome chainstay. As always the picks on craigslist were crap, so I was surprised to see all the details in person. Although the model is Stumpjumper, each year has several other designations as well, like Sport, Pro, Team, and Comp. The frame doesn't say anything, but this is certainly radder than the 85 Sport in the basement. MOMBAT has specs but it's hard to decipher because none of those specs match what I have. Anyway enough yammering, here's the candy:

Chrome chainstay with a little piss on it

Sweet lug

Reinforced brake bridge

Fastback seatstays

Embossed fork crown

Futuristic slingshot stem with Specialized alloy bars

Tomaselli grips and levers, suntour XC shifters

Best guess is 1985 or 86.