Friday, April 11, 2014

Opp-shop Pegoretti


an opp shop is also known in some countries as a thrift shop
when I say Pegoretti, I mean "Pegoretti"

before...






after...





why "Pegoretti"?
well if Dario can doodle on his frames so can I.
rides beautifully
although those turbo saddles are bloody uncomfortable

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dunno what I'll call this post until I pick a photo


there you go
wilson's prom ride
from january this year
loveliness
photo is extra bloody big just for you

Bike shed glamour twins

can you tell the quality of teaching in a school by the quality of the builds in the teachers' bike shed?
the answer to that rhetorical question is of course 
yes.
the step through is a locally-made, vintage NOS frame and fork set, still with crisp, hand-done box-lining.
the repco MTB has the amazing red fat franks, 62mm wide from memory.
massively heavy on steel rims but massively handsome.

digital filter fuckup courtesy the picasa-tool free app.
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day tripper


two different days, same bike


pic doesn't really covey how deep that crack is


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Built not Bought


last week saw this bike in north melbourne
and I thought the decal under the seat summed up an important attitude


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Folding Panaracers

cleaned up Victor's wheels and gave him new brake blocks
and new tyres
the folding panaracer 27s that had been sitting waiting for a while
while they look spiffing, it's hard to tell if they're better
they're certainly as good as steel-beaded Panaracers
and when I rode my 650b rando this morning I was not overwhelmed by how much better those tyres rolled
so that probably means they're good.

these babies are waiting for the Sport.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Moto!


a friend's pristine vintage moto-velo
Speedwell frame with 
Dutch? Italian? British? two-stroke engine. 
a clutch lowers the engine's rubber jockey wheel onto the front tyre.
what looks like a thumb-shifter is actually the throttle
just amazingly lovely





Monday, February 10, 2014

Current Victor


while Supa Sport and Jo are out of action
I've been back on Victor a lot.
replace the very lightweight and original alloy riser bars with
the Nitto Doves
visions of the bars snapping off whilst riding...
the flipped Doves have allowed me to consistently go down a cog at the back
the more aggressive position means I engage bigger muscles
and so a higher gear is as easy as a lower gear was in the more upright position with the old bars.
atrocious, free instagrammy filter.
sorry.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dura Ace dropouts!


the final, final touch to the supa-sport
finally she will have proper DA dropouts with axle-adjusters
soon... ish

Spacemaster: triple load


handlebar basket
pletscher 'mouse-trap' rack, 
plus extra shopping basket hanging by its handle

surprisingly stable arrangement

still minimal by third-world standards.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Trip to Japan - street bikes part 1

lots of step-through bikes
dynamo hubs
and/or bottle dynamos
with lights
drum brakes
proper mudguards
electric assist
child portage
baskets
skirt-guards
chain-guards and chain cases
and mini velos

very little crabon