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[24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on Fairdale Parser Express | ]
Fairdale Parser Express

After over a year of lusting after Taj’s Fairdale bikes, I finally broke down and got one. I went for the red frame as I’ve been riding a black Paké frame for almost four years.

The geometry of the Fairdale frame is little more forgiving than the Paké, and this build feels more agile to boot. Aside from it being a fixed-gear, I ride it like a giant BMX bike, so that’s good.

As with all of my bikes, this one is BMX-inspired. I put BMX cruiser bars and Odyssey Aaron Ross …

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[12 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on Lily’s new Masi Speciale | ]
Lily’s new Masi Speciale

This is the finished version of a four-day project that included one trip to a local residence and half a dozen trips to four different bike shops. I got it all together and color-coordinated before Lily got back from visiting family though, so it was a success.

This is the beginning. I picked up this Masi frame and forks with wheels, stem, bars, and seat post with my own Grocery Bike. This set-up was the basis for this build (Thanks, Jimmy!).
Next I put on a short, BMX-style Origin-8 stem, trimmed-down Origin-8 …

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[21 Sep 2009 | Comments Off on The Standard x SE Bikes PK Ripper Fixed-Gear | ]
The Standard x SE Bikes PK Ripper Fixed-Gear

Another great find by Chris Mullins. Check this thing out:

The PK Ripper Fixed Gear is the 3rd installment in a series of limited edition bike projects from DC and SE Racing. Within this run of 1,000 (in the US), The Standard has micro customized twenty of these PK Rippers to reflect the New York hotel’s signature black and gold style. Fifteen bikes will be available for complimentary use by The Standard New York hotel guests while five are available for purchase now at The Standard’s online shop for $1,250 USD.
Details …

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[2 Aug 2009 | Comments Off on Bicycles and Inevitable Technology | ]
Bicycles and Inevitable Technology

In the early 90s, AT&T ran a series of commercials that posed some futuristic, technologically enabled task (e.g., “Have you ever borrowed a book from thousands of miles away?”), and then answered it emphatically (”You will.”), claiming they’d be the company to technologically enable such a task. I believe they’ve all come to pass except one. As Stewart Brand once said, “Technology marches on, over you or through you, take your pick.”

I can’t help but think that many of the technological advances we debate and marvel about were downright inevitable. …

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[2 Aug 2009 | Comments Off on Chewbika T-Shirt | ]
Chewbika T-Shirt

Mullins sent along a link to this one:

We like it.

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[10 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on The Finished Paké | ]
The Finished Paké

Here’s the finished version of the Paké frame and forks I bought last December.

Many thanks to Taj, Sandy, and the guys at Clown Dog and The Peddler for helping me get this thing together. See you on the road.

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[8 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Parts Pile | ]
Parts Pile

Some of the recent pile of parts I’ve collected. Time to build.

So, let me get BMX-geeky for a minute here.
Those chrome forks leaning against the front of that Dyno frame and forks are special. In the early 90s, BMX frames slowly started switching from 1″ threaded headsets to 1 1/8″ threadless ones or “Aheadsets.”
Around the same time, Dia-Compe 990s (and other “U-brakes”) became standard. These brakes require mounting posts welded onto frames (on chain or seat stays) and forks as opposed to just a hole drilled in the middle.
Also around …

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[9 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Curved Fixed-Gear Wall Rides | ]
Curved Fixed-Gear Wall Rides

So, while I was in San Diego doing construction and selling cured meats at farmer’s markets (see my previous post), two of my bike friends back in Austin, Sandy Carson and Taj Mihelich, went up to Superdrome Velodrome in Frisco, Texas for some real wall-riding action… on their fixed-gears.
Apparently, the Superdrome is one of the steeper tracks in the country. Below are a couple of pictures. Check out Taj’s blog for the full story.

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[8 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Brand New Love | ]
Brand New Love

I am in love with this bike:
[I ordered the frame and forks as a birthday present for myself.]