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.