Squirrel Seam Master

WALLETS, FRAME BAGS AND RACK BAGS

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I’ve been getting to grips with our new sewing machine recently… (All those tedious secondary school lessons making shit oven gloves, given by the crazed angry spoon bashing teacher are finally paying off)

It’s early days, but something could come of it if I dial my skills… especially in these quieter winter months… (A word of warning… Albeit loosely connected to this post… Fair weather cyclists can get screwed if they think they’re entitled to ask for discounts throughout the summer… We work fucking hard to keep our shop running 365 days a year and winter ain’t easy!)

I’ve managed to make 3 wallets, a frame bag and a rack bag so far… They’re all a bit rough around the edges and my straight stitch lines have something to be desired, but I’m getting there…

WALLETS
First I made three wallets (only two of them pictured)

-Mine is the simple camo one – note pouch the the back, 2 card holders on the right and a coin pouch on the left.
-The one for Mark I got a bit more tech with the lay out and added key chain loops and velcro closing flap… The difficulty mainly came in how many layers were travelling under the foot in one pass. The machine struggles if there are too many.

Both wallets have a zipperless key pocket on (a simple overlapping flap removes the need for zips also saving your cards etc from damage)

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ZIPPER-LESS FRAME BAG

Pretty straight forward bag. Big sack to put stuff in… 50mm webbing holds the sides from bulging too much and the roll top section means there are no zips that will break and it’ll be versatile enough to fit a few diff frame sizes (within reason)
-I think the next frame bag I make will have zips and dividers and be made for a bigger frame (A 16″ On One doesn’t give you much space for your loot!)

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PORTEUR RACK BAG
This is my first attempt at a roll-top rack bag. I made it for Marks Velo Orange Porteur Rack. It turned out pretty sweet! Few things need improvement but I’m pretty happy with it…
-Creased seams to give the bag shape.
-I used some 5mm brake cable outer inside the top seam to give it some rigidity and make rolling the top easier.
-Easy access pockets on the riders side so you can have a few small items or snacks to hand whilst riding
-Added female buckles on the side with no pockets so you can use the rack straps from the underside along with extra shoulder straps and turn it in to a crude backpack if you need to… (needs improvement)
-I sewed in a piece of 6mm yoga matt in to the base to stop your belongings bouncing around or rattling on the rack beneath

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Imagine how many Burritos you could fit in that Fucker!

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Some parts are a little wonky in places, but it just adds to the hand made vibes… Or something…

Check out the Burger Bell and Cateye Computer Stem on Marks Ridiculous GT Commuter…

Watch this space for more Squirrel Seam Master updates…

Bleds Stratos

Bleds njs Stratos

Sorry for the shit pics.

San morco concor saddle
Nitto S65 seatpost
Nitto Jaguar stem
Nitto risers and strong x grips
Hatta Swan headset
Sugino 75 cranks and ring
Eai cog
Mks GR9 pedals with Mks Clips and Cadence double straps
Suzue carbon Promax hubs laced to Campag omega V rims
Soma everwear tyres

Bleds is also selling a mint rainbow sparkle Vivalo which Ill post some pics of on the shop blog.

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BOBBY IS A SICK FUCK

Bobby has a disease. It causes crippling and compulsive purchasing of amazing bicycles and parts… Even when you think it’s finished he comes up with some way to pimp it even more… He dropped by the shop with his SURLY PUGSLEY the other day, to replace his Thomson Masterpiece Post, Elite Stem and Alloy Jeff Jones Loop Bars for ENVE Post and Stem and some Carbon Loop Bars!!! He took some great photos for us so we could smash it up here…

Oh yeah… as far as I know, he is the only person insane enough to get his Surly chromed by a South London motorbike chroming workshop!

BEHOLD…

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Shimano XT Brakes

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Surly Large Marge Fat Rims

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Jeff Jones Carbon Loop Bars – Much better width than the alloy version (a good few inches wider)

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Alpine Saddle with Sprung Rails

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ENVE Stem and King Headset with Carbon Fat Fork

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Cheeky little beer bottle cap bar ends… mix it up daily…

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ENVE Seat Post

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Phil Wood 175mm Snow Hub

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Dutty Rohloff Vibes

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FFF Fatties Fit Fine

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Middleburn Cranks

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New Speedplay Flats – Lighter than the old version but still heavy

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Tan Wall radness – Surly Black Floyd 3.8″ wide

unnamed (23)Repping only the important stickers… Surly 4130 and SBC Cycles!

I can’t say much about this bike… I just stop and stare every time I see it… Never gets old! The photos say it all… Needless to say…

BOBBY IS A SICK FUCK… Stay tuned for more of bobby’s bonkers bikes soon…

BLEDS CHINESE CARBON

A while ago Bleddyn asked me to build him a 29er and being so hyped on my own chinese carbon I spec’d him up one on google docs with prices and weights and we went about ordering parts in and hunting around for some deals. I think it came out pretty sick and was a bit jealous really.

Here’s the breakdown

FM 056 frame
Fox float talas fork
sram x1 group
sram guide r brakes
ks lev dropper
raceface turbine stem
easton haven carbon bars
fizik aliante saddle
superstar switch hubs to superstar tactic rims
xpedo pedals
Schwalbe racing ralph and hans damph tyres setup tubeless
and a dirtnap fender to top it off

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Since hes got this bike hes always down to ride, have a beer and escort me to the emergency room. Even today he was texting me why aren’t we out in the forest? I dunno Bleds why aren’t we?

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Project Cannondale Track

I have been wanting to do another project here on SBC for a while now after completing Project Kastan.. so I introduce to you a new project, Project Cannondale Track. It won’t be quite as exciting as Project Kastan but still cool nonetheless. To get things started some back story on the frame..

I’m not sure the full NZ history on this frame, I suspect it was imported into New Zealand in the 90’s by the NZ Cannondale dealer Worrals Distribution. I picked the frame up in Christchurch about 6 years ago from one of the local fixed gear riders down there. He got the frame from Spin City Cycles in Mosgiel, Dunedin. Mosgiel having a huge outdoor velodrome Spin City Cycles stoked a lot of track bikes and apparently this frame lived there for many years.

Mosgiel outdoor Velodrome, Dunedin, NZ

Mosgiel outdoor Velodrome, Dunedin, NZ

When I first got the frame I never got around to building it up as I had a lot going on.. getting married, selling my house, moving overseas and all that jazz. So I decided to sell it to Pepe. Pepe got it built asap and rode it a bunch around Auckland as a daily.

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Pepe’s build

After moving back to NZ and Pepe having now owned the bike for a few years he decided to sell in on.. and being the nice guy Pepe is he sold it back to me for the price I sold it to him.. good dude, very good dude seen as they go for a pretty swell price on ebay these days! I was rad to have the frame back as the Cannondale Track has always been a favourite frame of mine.

After I got the frame back from Pepe

After I got the frame back from Pepe

So why has the Cannondale Track always been a favourite of mine.. good question, and it’s not just because it’s super hype ride that all kids want. First of all it’s simply a Cannondale, and I like Cannondales a lot. Old Cannondales are kooky and rad, just look at those dropouts, why did they do that? Secondly the colour, that glacier blue is one of kind, not only is it a pretty colour, the paints a bit shit really, it wears super easy revealing the gross greeny grey undercoat.. but is that apart of the attraction, that natural patina you can’t fake that is so unique to Cannondale tracks? And lastly.. its American made, not that that’s an assurance of quality by any means, there’s just something cool about the American made bikes and their industry, especially during the 90’s.

Heavy patina!

Heavy patina!

I built it and rode it for a while.. commuted on it for a couple of months, got coffee, took it to the beach.. the usual fixed gear stuff. But with other projects on the go that needed completing I decided to split it up and sell of a bunch of its parts. Since then It has been tucked away in the corner of my garage, leaving me to think what should be done with it..

Built for the SBC show'n'shine

Built for the SBC show’n’shine

Having never really restored a bike back to its original factory spec I thought the Cannondale could be a cool project to do this with…

Original spec Cannondale Track

Original spec Cannondale Track

But, Maybe this is a dumb idea.. I have never really been a fan of restoring bikes and it’s not really the nature of the Skull Bike Club. But I’ve been wanting to do another build post here on Skull for a while after finishing Project Kastan. So I thought piecing the Cannondale back to its original glory would be rad thing to do?

This is where you the step in.. help me decide, restoration? or a kick ass build with assorted trick bits? Go here to share your thoughts:
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Before you vote keep in mind this wont be a full on restoration job as such, there will be no polishing and refurbing parts, or hunting ebay for NOS components (I may be a bike nerd, but I’m not that kinda bike nerd). I was thinking more of restoring it to its original spec using parts that are nicely worn, show their age and history.

Thanks for contributing!