Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Stumpy is almost fully "modernized," with the most recent change being the Dynamo hub and light. I've only taken it on a few night rides so far, but one of those included a section of trail, and I am amazed. I heard a lot of noise about these hubs for years but the cost of setting one up always scared me off. Even with my cheapie Sanyo hub set up here the light is super bright and feels like I'm opening up a whole new world of night riding.

 the modern stumpy

Above and below my solution to mounting the light. I didn't want to use the tab on the rack because it placed the light too far out over the wheel, and mostly looked goofy.
This is a bracket that was left over from some Italian shelving that I installed for a job. It was threaded M6 in both directions and I figured it would have a bike use one day, and viola! I ended up drilling out the threads in the top bolt so that I could get it tighter to the rack. As you can see here, the wiring is a little funky and those tail light stub outs need to be fixed but I was anxious to try it and threw aesthetics to the wind.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Some times

We got out and bounced around on some trails and then ended up in Canyon for a snack. I never remember to get the action when we are in the dirt, so these sleepy bikes will have to suffice. Even though the short days of winter bum me out I can't deny this kind of seasonal beauty.

Monday, November 19, 2012

quick pic

A buddy was recently in town and we had the chance to head out to Hawk camp for a night in a torrential downpour. It was so windy I was sure the tent poles were going to snap, or at least collapse, but it made it through the crazy night. Anyway, this is the head out the next morning, beauty and a porta potty. Hard to tell here but I'm on my 84 Grizzly with it's new albatross bars that I am growing to love.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Recent things in no specific order.

 Below is a buddy's busted High Sierra fork; the bike was on top of a car and got crashed into a parking garage. Now it is a dancing fork... but the bike survived!
Gnarly lugged fork crown
Speaking of busted, you can see how a pointy braze-on dug in on this Freschi in a crash.
I've had my Nitto post just a tiny bit too high on my Atlantis, but just scored this Paul Tall and Handsome at the Riv garage sale. A little fancy pants for me but the setback thing is no joke.
Phone pic of Diablo from Vollmer peak
Mudballin down
last weekend... Steven's Prairie Breaker is radical. Also I love the early 80's nature-domination themed name, it's not just jumping, hopping, or running, no, it's breaking it.
Tamar gave me these. Killer brushed metal cardboard box. Ancient technology or something.

Chromed plastic
future project with constellation
Bicycle Quarterly did a little spread on generator hubs recently and I've been curious about them forever, so I decided to just give it a go with a cheapie hub to see if I like the light output. Now that we have entered the "dark early" part of the year it seemed like a good time to do it.
More projects to come, including some really interesting problems to solve.......