Black and Blue
 
Fiber Optic Street Bicycle

Check out this great old Giant Cadex 3 frame.  The tubes have a variety of weave patterns. Detailed engineering for a new path; carbon fiber was very new and exotic. Then I sought and found a Specialized Future Shock FSX carbon fiber fork. This one is from 1994 with titanium hardware. It is a great [more...]

 
Grocery Getter cargo bicycle

Excellent variety of grocery stores around here. However, they are all a little too far to walk. So I built a grocery getter. The first bike turned out to be too flexible under load. I upgraded to a stronger framed Rockhopper. The folding rear baskets allow me to get the bike into the overcrowded bike [more...]

 
Street Klein bicycle

1992 Klein Rascal Handlebars / Stem: Mission Control bar stem combination, with Ourys Fork / Headset: 1992 Manitou 1 on Shimano XTR headset Front Wheel / Hub / Rim / Tire:   Coda with Primo Comet 26 x 1.5   Rear Wheel / Hub / Rim / Tire: Coda with Primo Comet 26 x 1.0 [more...]

 
Super Bike

  Super Street Machine. Maybe Supabike.  

 
Manitou 1 fork rebuild with springs

How to rebuild a Manitou suspension fork, replacing the elastomers with springs.   The early Manitou forks are well designed, light, simple, and work well. They don’t have as much travel as offroad  forks of today, but they are very good for street riding. Their springs (elastomers) often decay over time, but can be repaired. [more...]

 
The New Roadster

The face of the new roadster. High power and Sharp handling A resurrected classic design for urban exploration I have wanted to build a classic Roadster for quite a while. This twitchy criterium frame may not have been the best choice, but the hyper-active handling matches my environment well. One big advantage of this frame [more...]

 
Mis-tuning Air Forks for Street Performance

Which has less mass, steel or air? On most planets, an air bladder is much lighter than a steel spring. There are other performance parameters, but air springs are light. A suspended air fork for a bicycle can often be almost the same weight as a dead rigid steel fork. Another great advantage of the [more...]

 
How to make your own High Performance Street Machine

  This project is to get a bicycle for riding the city streets. This will be a bicycle optimized for big city, not-always-even pavement, super quick lateral maneuvers, maximum acceleration, and emergency braking. This bike will not handle well off-road, it won’t squeeze into a peloton, it is not very good for doing tricks, but [more...]

 
Gigantic Park Bike

 

 
Hot Rod Girl Bicycle

nnnnnn     Hot Rod Girl A ride for New York artist Simonetta Moro She is sly with her color and camouflage. The magenta letters and pink wheels go nicely with the dark purple metallic paint.     Plus the drivetrain is super hot. Those top of the line racing Dura Ace hubs are so [more...]

 
SupaGT Street Rider, Urban Blast Bicycle

Seriously modified 2006 GT aluminum mtb.   Very solid for fast riding in the city. Excellent traction, remarkable brakes, outstanding acceleration. Can handle high speeds safely. Literally every component has been upgraded from the original bike. Wide rear rim Rhyno Lite XL Ritchey Slicks Dura Ace titanium cassette XTR and XT Deore  Shimano components Gold [more...]

 
Baddass Cruiser Bicycle

From my experience of building a high handlebar chopper, I learned the value of giant rear tire / skinny front tire. The problem, I discovered, is that the eye perceives the skinny tire as having a smaller diameter, compared to the fat tire. Optical illusion, and not the way I want it. I could visualize [more...]

Nov 042014
 
Memorial

Ladies and Gentlemen: My good friend and former roommate, the musician Wayne Static has died. Please think condolences. Thank you https://madmimi.com/p/56cc75/preview.html

 
Swapping a Rim to Improve Bicycle Performance

The rim of a bicycle wheel can be exchanged for a new one. This can be done for maintenance, to replace a worn rim, or a rim can be replaced with a wider, narrower, or lighter rim to improve bicycle performance.   The accepted literature on the subject of wheels, by Brandt, explains in detail [more...]

 
How to lock a bicycle outside #54

Here is a well locked cool bike. Note the axle locks keeping the wheels secure, which then allow the fork to be secure when the front wheel is locked to the frame.

 
Dirt ride august 2012

1) The late summer weather for our trip to exotic Michigan was outstanding. Sunny, clear, not humid, not debilitatingly hot. It had strangely rained in early August, so the grass was green and lush and the trees were happy. One significant climatological difference this summer was that there were very few nuisance insects. Something about [more...]

 

Yes, I have ridden by smashed houses, splintered trees, and cars lined for miles to get gas. http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/locals-embrace-biking-in-hurricane-sandy%E2%80%99s-aftermath/

 

So has a reporter for the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/with-transportation-snarled-in-brooklyn-bicycles-roam-free.html?_r=0

 
Ah yes, another proper journalist says that Bikes are not Cars.

New York Times opinion piece detailing riding freely that goes outside of motor vehicle laws, and how the rider balances that with Kant philosophy. With a fundamental realization that bicycles are not cars and should not be regulated so. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/if-kant-were-a-new-york-cyclist.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

 
Sand Dragster bicycle

Sand Dragster bicycle – Beach Cruiser by Brian Miller A class of riding improved through rigorous testing at the beach. With some friends and people I didn’t know, I had rented a island beach house for the summer. I wanted more than just the everyday beach frolic, drugs, and sex; so I started a project. [more...]

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