I was talking with a like minded cyclist/mechanic tonight and it reminded me about a component that I really like. Paul machines his Thumbies to use bar end shifters as thumbshifters. Using new Dura-Ace shifters you can have simple 9 or 10 speed shifters and the option of friction shifting if anything ever gets messed up while away from home. These are great for commuter bikes and other bikes that have flat (non drop) handlebars.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It must be Spring. New bikes are popping up everywhere! Even though we still have snow all over the place, there are cargo bikes on order from Oregon being shipped here in a week and a half. A big shout of thanks to Joe Bike in Portland OR for bikes. Shipping these things is a challenge because they are larger then your average bike. Lots of pictures will be posted when I get these out of the box and built up.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I've got the frame building knowledge, brazing torch and tips. Now I need to get the rest of the gear to begin building bikes. The quest for the Jig begins!
Of course, there's also the TIG welder that I want...and the media blasting cabinet, the powdercoat setup and an oven for curing the paint. How far down this rabbit hole do I want to go? All the way!
Posted by NEAT Mike at 11:40 AM
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is putting on their Great Maine Bike Swap again this year. It will be held at the University of Maine's Student Recreation and Fitness Center in Orono on April 19 and at the University of Southern Maine's Sullivan Gym on the Portland Campus on April 26th. Lots of great bikes for sale, and vendors have a decent selection of parts available as well. So go and buy or sell a bike and help out BCM. Details at www.bikemaine.org
Posted by NEAT Mike at 3:34 PM