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Gentlemen (and ladies if there are any reading this hell hole of a blog).

i present you, without further ado, the bike that cost me everything and nothing.

first thing first though, for this photo series the inspiration was Mr. John Watson and associates. Notice images of the same parts at different distance and also the macro photos that show what parts look like when super close to them and thrown in a foreground/background blur.

this build is the Hill Devouring Creature from the rotting bike industry bowels.

parts were acquired by exchanging beers, services, finding them in my stash and a couple have been bought for prices i would not disclose.

i would like to give my thanks to Gary-max, Diggle, Matt wall and the rest of the universe for letting losers like me build bikes like those.

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265 Days 5 Hours 12mins

It has been that long since i last posted a little somethin’ somethin’ on ol’ trusty SKULL BIKE CLUB.

A lot of life happened and that’s all I will say for the moment. My professional career took a turn for the better recently and i am now in a much more stable and open for opportunities i wouldn’t even comprehend had i not made the move.

However, Don’t you worry avid reader of the SBC, there is a lot of backlog of images and stuff that happened in the past 265 days and 5hours.

Rather than doing a nasty smelly Dump of photos, let’s talk bike projects. something a few might appreciate.

two of the greatest faces of the underground urban assault auckland cycling scene have been extreme mega duper generous and graciously donated frames to Teva’s Mowers and Cycles Fabrication garage late last year.

Evidently, at that time road cycling wasn’t high on my priorities.

Firstly, the fastest male red-haired bicycle courier Gary-Max Hampton was slimming down his collection and decided that i was a potential candidate for building up his 2011 Cannondale Super Six frame -56cm-. This thing is quite the nascar looking machine but we will get back to it tomorrow hopefully.





Secondly, La Piece De Resistance! Lorde Adam J Diggle of the Worralls Inc Kingdom had laid his trust and given me great power in the form of a Ritchey Breakaway frameset in 54cm. Ladies and Gentlemen, this not your Casual Breakaway you often. this little machine is the MOTHER HUCKIN’ TITANIUM VERSION!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, that’s right i am forever in debt to Diggle for his immense generosity and class.

But with great power comes great responsibility, and once again we will come back to it in another post.



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Edinburgh to Glasgow

Heres a few pics from a ride me and asha did a few weeks ago.

We caught the sleeper train from London at midnight and after a few beers and a little kip we woke up in Edinburgh for breakfast.

The trail is 95% traffic free along the union canal and goes past the falkirk wheel which is this crazy rotating canal boat lift.

Its about 65 miles and very flat so doable in a day. I did it on my town bike but would like to take my 29er next time as the trail gets a bit muddy and rough in places.

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Genesis fortitude fail

So heres my stock Genesis after all the mods

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I rebuilt the hubs to Halo Vapour tubeless rims with Cxray spokes and was running racing ralph 2.2 on the rear and Hans Damph 2.4 tubeless on the front.

I drilled the chainring and got a cheap but light kalloy stem. The bars are easton carbon risers cause I found the front end to be way too low.

I used my chris king headset and bb off the surly and got a cheap dropper post off ebay.

I filed the dropouts within an inch of its life in order to get the rear end a full 1cm tighter.

So after all that I decided that I didn’t like the geometry and alfine is rubbish for mountain biking. So its being rebuilt again to sell and I have another 29er on the go which I am totally stoked on.

More on that soon.

Long live compulsive bike building.


Kids bike

As a bike dad it was my duty to trick out this bike.


The stock unit, notice the over all height of the ride.


This is after all the mods. The stance is much nice and you can see how I lowered the front end and shortened the rear end.


Started off at 2kgArloWhitesbikes1

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Lost 4 grams in this fight against weight!  ArloWhitesbikes2 IMG_3666Seat post and headset clamps look pretty ugly now! have to refine my metal work on this.