So the Other day i got my hands on a brand new MRP G3 carbon chainguide -big ups to wide open for hooking me up-. you know the single ring guide for mountain bikes. After installing it onto the yeti, i noticed the chain was rubbing against the guide in the big cogs -it was already happening with me old chain device E13 LG1+. mainly because i hadn’t added the proper 2.5mm spacer between the frame and the outboard bb drive side (as it is recommended for 73mm Bottom brackets shells.) because i wanted a better chainline.
Anyway, the rubbing was annoying me a tad and after a little brain workout, i thought of pushing the chainguide closer to the frame and the only way to do it was! the Hammerdsmidt facing tool. i remembered a few years back that the hammerdscmidt groupset required a well faced bb+chainguide mount to be as accurately in-line as possible and that truvativ had produced a tool for this issue.
Evidently, it took so much brain power of my own to make a connection of what i needed to happen and the solution. face off metal off the chainguide mounts so the guide would be closer to the frame! boom! it all happened in matters of days. the boys from Sram/truvativ wholesalers would have the tool! they have to!
rode to their workshop, boom! got that Hammerdshmidt facing tool for the price of 16 ice-blocks. but boom i can’t use the tool without the handles and attachments…
Luckily, the guys told me to use the campagnolo BB facing tool to use the arms. This evidently happens -in my opinion and noone else so far- because the truvativ was made to fit the park tool bb facing tool BFS-1. However! i believe that Park tool has copied the campagnolo design for facing tool thus the reason for the coincidental fit.
Once again, with luck, the boys from Truvativ NZ are also the campagnolo distributor. And evidently, they had the mega bucks arsenal of campy tools, but i had to go through the big man in charge, skinny and tall really, THE David Benson himself! luckily he was in a good mood and let me borrow the priceless tooling of the cycling gods.
Knowing i only had 24 hours with the tools, i made sure i used it properly and safely. After rushing back the shop and a quick stop-over at home in the middle of the whole process -i had to pick up the campagnolo grease- i spent the 4 hours in total shaving off1mm from the ISCG05 tabs. I thought that i was supposed to take 2mms off but i got impatient and it turned out that 1mm was perfect.
All i can say is to always double check to make sure everything fits proper and don’t rely on what you think you should cut. measure, measure, measure and install and take apart and install again.
have you noticed the amount of OTB?
welcome to an exclusive little post i have been meaning to post in the past four frecking months.
Last October, i got the opportunity to visit one of the most amazing bicycle wholesaler while Visiting the United States of America with my beloved girlfriend Sarah.
I mention Sarah because while i was doing my little visit i had lost track of time and spent 3 hours taking photos and getting my mind blown away by the sheer amount of cycling history that those dry californian walls are hiding.
Anyway, the whole visit is all thanks to Twhites Bikes and our ‘amazing’ communications skills and professionalism. Actually, we just asked them if i could come check the place out and they said yes.
It took a while to find the place as it was so inconspicuous and bare of any big signage. For all you bike nerds out there, that’s how you recognize quality in the business industry, not via tons of hype and colours and showmanship, except the japanese, they can do whatever they want. i’m talking crap right now.
So! let’s get going with this visit. i’ll keep it short and succinct in order to appreciate the images. they’re not really in good chronological order but bare with me.
their offices are sitting above a chiropractor ( just in case you guys try to look it up on google maps)
that’s their main entrance door. minimalistic to the bone
The man in charge: Dave Lundegard
the view when entering
they still use punch cards, crazy cool!
sweet shwinnn clock (not for sale)
This is the view of one the 3-4 warehouses they have filled with New Old Stock parts. they also have a couple of containers sitting outside packed to the rafters because they needed more space. the amount of stock was acquired sometimes via bike distributor closing down and getting rid of their old stock. EAI would get told and they would just buy it.
the way it works is that the office has a small warehouse with most of the parts. the other warehouses are like ‘back-up pantries’. if the main warehouse run of an item, they just waltz to the other building and re-stock the main one. you wouldn’t believe the quantity i’m talking about.
Hubset especially made for Eddy Merckx when he was destroying the hour record. Dave believes that there are only about 6 or 12 pairs ever made of those and euro-asia has 3 deadstock of them! stilll in box with seals still on. be prepared to pay the right price for those.
Yes people! i did get close to their gold pro chainring. still in production but good things take time. the finish on them is insanity.
Oh! that? it’s the office tarantula. no big deal
You want Cinelli lazer? they might have a few NOS frames lying around getting built up.
How about a track Lazer? those were just pristine to the max. drooling material indeed.
couple of panorama shots for the sake of it.
Lunch time in the warehouse.
or maybe a taste of the ultra rare campy -i don’t know what they’re called- chainring. double pitch? skip teeth? i should ask Dave Benson.
EAI were the 1st campagnolo distributor in the USA in the 70s and they have kept a super strong relationship with the italian brand over the years.
Anyway, nothing beats a tequila shot while visiting the warehouses
it’s a fax machine.
If you want to see more mind-blowing stuff click on this link. it’s my flickr.
love the early 2000s!
now way hans rey!
that’s what justin was wearing more or less
but you should click on the link and get impressed
You might have noticed but i was in the affluent and creative city of Melbourne recently. Evidently my inside bike nerd pushed me to check out the cycling landscape and ‘test’ out the different bike shops around whilst riding Rowan’s bike of Pavement Destruction. So here I am at fancy “Saint Cloud” checking paintjobs on Somec and all. Having a Chat with moustachy dude (Rowan knows who i’m talking about) and perving at parts as per usual.
However when it was time for me to leave i thought of going to check out Anchor Bmx. And whilst i proceeded to find the place on the map, a interesting chap on a kmart mountain bike (let’s call him Chris because i can’t remember his name) started to chat with moustachy dude about random stuff (and i mean random, Brian mckay style).
The moment the talk started to get a bit to jazzy for my liking i took it as a cue for me to leave. But that’s the moment Chris thought of taking me to Anchor Bmx. Just my luck! as i thought sarcastically to myself. Anyhow, i had nothing else planned for the day and i could always bolt away if it got a bit awkward. Nonetheless, here we go riding around checking out the side streets for street art and random galleries that Chris wanted to show me.
After about 20mins, he took me on this small street where arty kids were hanging out in an empty lot with a veggie garden. Across the road from the organic children was an industrial building with metal and wood junk lying about. Chris proceeded to knock on the door of 47 Chapel st and a gentleman in a engineer’s overall came out and had a wee chat.
I found out that this Chap in question is Jesse Geisler and has been making bike frames and tools for frame builder for the past 20years! His brand is called ‘Bike Bar’ and from what i have seen he used to lived in Sydney a while back.
Having only a few mins to ask questions and take pictures (chris was rushing me a bit), here is what i got from the amazing workshop.
Apparently Jesse does not use much of the internet medias to get known. He mostly relies on word of mouth and business doesn’t seem to stop for him. However, If you want to talk to him or contact him he does have a website http://www.bikebar.com.au/
So the other day i visited Rowan and Shanelle in Melbourne. Did you know that you have to a plane to go to melbourne? can’t even ride there. Evidently, we decided to squat their apartment for handful of evenings. His pad is Big, and i’m not talking Tom Hanks in ‘Big’, I’m talking Mr. Big from Sex and the City BIG. there is so much space that you can stumble drunk around the whole place without hitting anything. love it. And if you bring some, you can do lines in the bathroom because they have a bench in there, a bench i tell you! Quite Miami if you ask me. But the place has so much flair and style which is not shocking given the people who live there.
Then proceeded to visit Browan at his job and check out the hype. The place is a room tucked away on the ground floor of a 50′s building (i’m guessing it’s from that era, don’t quote me on it). They have a choice as set up, a maître d’hôte (aka mason), a show Colnago kitted out with Dura Ace ax, stuff in a cabinet, barber chairs, a tv cranking sports, toys, a beer fridge (surprisingly full). So they do fades, shaving, conversations and drinking. The Nec plus Ultra is that those son of a guns are sponsored by Rapha! casual
The Maître d’hôte
Obviously i couldn’t turn up in melbourne empty handed. notice how Rowan’s love for camo extends to his bench seat.
Once again, thanks Rowan and Shanelle for putting up with us, especially when Shanelle was a couple of weeks from finishing her semester at school. Sleep well you two.
Also found in the deep deep end of the bird sanctuary of ihumoana island was this little piece of history.
not only the fat chance was discovered but you can spot the only specimen of Sasquatch trying to hunt the green beast to take him for dinner, unfortunately this proud animal that the yeti is did not take his prey home… his hunger will be appeased when a set of AMP forks is found but only for a short amount of time…
after the yeti craze, i got to learn about fat chance with a smile on my face