Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
check out the
fully-tricked out vintage-retro-Eames-era photo.
no it's not a real Falcon
like the bikes who sometime shared the use of
phoenix 1027 aerospace tubing
warning: video will induce sea-sickness
but some "random" decals
some "random" owner stuck on some
"random" frame, after they had done a
"randomly" bad, home paint job.
but that was all long enough ago now that even the home paint job is "vintage"
by the way
what makes people put "random" decals on a bike?
well I think I found out
when I asked an easyBay seller-dude why his "Columbus" bike
had a "Reynolds" decal on it.
Well buddy, my brother just put that sticker on from a different bike just to make it look cool.
in light of that statement, am I the only one to be un-reassured about that bike's provenance?
obviously said dude's brother thinks Columbus tubing is some kind of gas pipe.
and note to said dude: don't start your correspondence with the salutation
it sounds like you're about to engage in fisticuffs.
back to the Falcon.
what I liked about it was its lazy angles
its bolt-on seat stays
and its fork ends.
it used to have a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub.
i've replaced that wheel for the day when I have time to get my head around
servicing those things.
now has a cheap alloy rim and coaster brake hub.
otherwise going for the all-steel look.
the bike is not worth it
but I'd love to put a set of these on it.
chater-lea steel crankset
or maybe it's the era of components
but this old Schwinn gets my motor running
did a bit of google-jutsu and found out that the Paramount
unlike 99% of Schwinn's output
was not some
as they say in Nth Mexico
but a handbuilt, top-end frame
guy on easyBay want's $1600 for it
I can't imagine anyone in Oz putting a buyitnow price
on something like this
not unless it was $10,000
check out the shimmy on that seat-tube
all of it
if you've been reading this blog at all
you should know by now what kind of components I'd replace that lot with.
isn't that always the way?
you see something once
then you see it everywhere
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
sometimes fleabay is not worth the trouble
these lovely brake blocks by kool stop
needed old Mafac brake block holders
fleabay said 20 bucks plus shipping from the old world
ask around locally
one pair = free
the other pair = one dollar
it's not long to go now
but it will be nothing like this:
riders stopping off at bistrots to scavenge bottle of beer and wine for the ride
sharing an ice-cream with your team-mate
riders getting off their bikes to refill water-bottles
a short film by the likes of Louis Malle and Georges Delerue
oh and the bikes...
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
lovely simple design
only problem is its extremely hard
actually impossible to get the whole brake pad to contact the rim.
any tips from friendly DC folk out there
would be gratefully received
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
a lovely old codger
in the uno bycling shop said
Jo's tubes were 531 with nervex lugs.
well that's good enough for me
so I went and bought me some fake decals
in French of course.
this post is the fifth-in-a-row with no views.
shooting for ten!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
like a still from Carol Reed's
The Third Man
I waited for Dr K...
shiny components pick up all the light
antithesis of stealth
after a tour of Studley Park
Dr K and his Colnago
he's a mate so he's allowed to ride crabon
that and it has the full
dura ace groupset
the flavour of the sky was
when I made it back to the hood.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
left at 6 this morning
to burble along Bell st
swerved at the Tulla fwy
along Moonee Ponds Ck path
dodging under pylons and overpasses
out to Docklands
which is like the set of the Truman Show
they even have a wall that is the boundary of their world.
beyond this you can see what used to be.
and some tiny signs of life —
a pair of robins resting on a beam
which is more than can be said for the
with the giant screen broadcasting
sanity was restored with coffee under a tree
next to a ramshackle
but sufficiently groovy café in st kilda
where owls guarded my bike.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
what better way to further fetishize
your favourite steel object
than with blogger's new
this one is meant to be like a lomo camera.
I think this blog is about to have
breathed into it.
of course the picture is really bigger than this.
you know what you should do.