Bike too cool?
Nothing says 90′s nerd like barends on your commuter. Climb like John Tomac or get aero in your skinsuit.
So after a quick nerdabouthenet I found these bad boys on ebay with bonus integrated tool kit nerdpoints.
Stashmodathon! I thought.
Having already modded my keys and tools into one I wondered what else I could fit in there.
Take that shit apart.
The built in tyre levers are quite good so I got rid of everything else and found some useful stuff to cram in there like glue and patch’s and quick-links and how about a tire boot? Sure why not.
While your at it you might as well grind down your security skewer keys to fit in there too.
Lets hope no thieving bastards are reading this!
Job done! now where’s my helmet mirror?
But wait ! I still have the problem of no spare tube…. and no oversized seattube/steerer/stem to stash it in on this old steel frame.
So this calls for some old school ghetto style stashing.
In the baggy it goes
This ones called the mule.
This ones called border patrol
But in the end I went for the classic up ya bum.
It’s only taken four months and two paint jobs, but I finally got my commuter bike going yesterday.
I picked up a mystery ‘Italian’ frame for a hundy off Tradme a while back. It’s still a mystery frame, but a nice one. All the lugs are Cinelli and it looks to be a mixture of Columbus SL and Genius tubing. ‘R.BOYD’ is stamped on the BB shell, but no one knows who that is.
I had Arcro Powdercoaters on the North Shore do an experimental paint job for me. It turned out nothing like what I asked for, but looks cool anyway. It’s a layer of candy blue clearcoat with silver sprayed on top at the powder stage and the two colours baked together. It’s as sparkly as a disco ball, weirdly textured and slightly translucent — you can see the brazing in places through the paint. Constructivist as.
I wound up getting that fork for it (get it), but I might chuck the original fork back on because it’s a bit steep and twitchy. The stem is a Kelly Bikes cromo one that I had painted to match the frame. The wheels are Chris King and Mavic OP. Alister Worrall sold me his old Sram Rival Wi-Fli climber kit for a bargain, so it’s got heaps of easy gears on the back (11-32! MEGA RANGE). The crankset is a LAF Italian set up from FRM. It’s all scandium and titanium — weight weeeeenies!
The bars are those comfy Humpbert jobs and the brake levers are some Dia Compe numbers with the built in finger grips that Tim gave me.
Completing it all is an old Controltech post (I’ve run on almost every bike I’ve owned in the last 6 years) and a nice new/old flite saddle.
Mods to come: original fork back in, Carradice Camper-C saddle bag, Soma front rack, Skulls Modz steering stabliser, suspension seatpost …
Thanks to Tim White, Teva (for the brakes) and Josca.
Cyclocross bike next.
So I might have rushed into this one a little quick.
I wanted something a bit lighter with bigger tyre clearance than the Dean. I also wanted it ratty and cheapish so I wouldnt have to worry about losing it.
So I bought this Paul Milnes Cyclocross frame on ebay without really checking out the size properly.
Its a great frame, nice and light with loads of tyre clearance but had steeper geo and a shorter top tube than I was expecting. I did a bad job of stripping it with nitromoores for that ratty look and built it up with a cheap 700c hybrid fork originally with a fat 54c tire on the front. It looked sweet but when I rode it I found the toe overlap far too bad and my position too upright. I didn’t want to put drops on and I hate toe overlap (especially when drunk!) so I changed to a longer stem and less swept back bars. The position was better but overlap still annoyed me. Then I realized I had some pace trials forks kicking around doing nothing, so I checked out the AtoC and they were the same as my hybrid forks! So lighter forks and a reverse brake mounts! Only dropping the front by 3-4cm by using a 26×1.95 and giving me 10+cm up front for my big feet.
So heres how it looks now.
cheap town bars and used shifter and free stem thanks to fitzrovia
parts bin seatpost and grips
my VO porteur rack
Magura Racelines off ebay cause Ive always wanted some and they’re cheap good brakes
My sram rival cranks and parts bin chain ring and gaurd
1×8 set up 11 to 34 super range!
Halo supadrive rear hub makes a great sound.
Fluro trials pedals and holdfast to match maguras
shitty dynamo front hub on free rim. not hooked up.
47c rear conti cityride
So basically its too small and rides like crap. The geo is too steep for a load in the front so its already been stripped down and parts re-appropriated.
Im still on the look out for old cannondale CX frame 56cm if anyone sees a cheap one.
Ah well you cant win em all.
More builds to come.
finally remembered to take pictures of my winter bike that took me a while to build because i was busy spending money on pretty strong carbon (more on that later…). so i had the opportunity of getting a amazing sillgey last year in october (read ‘free’! thanks to DADDY Too White!)
that’s the frame before i got it pimped up
anyway, after a few months of having it just lying there collecting dust i finally got it painted by procoat and got the classy treatment (which i have been patiently waiting to get it done) and got a gloss black with gold flakes.
after getting the frame re-couloured, i had my good mate Baxter to fabricate me some ultra rare-pretty much one of a kind- stickers for the bike and voila! magic!
after that part i started to go awol with my budget and decided i needed to put the whole bike as swiftly as possible. so i wanted to have two words in a certain particular font that this japanese company made plastered all over the bike because i thought it could be nice.
here is the result.
are those ultra rare vintage xtr brake levers that only use to come in a lever/shifter combo?!
of course not! nothing a bit of steady hand and dremel won’t create adventure times.
duramarmite (dad’s jokes are lame)double dura ace! all the way!
yup carbon braided saddle
you might have notice i’m running 2 different model of dura ace brakes for extra dura points
octalink to 55teeth of heavy grinding
22 tooth of 72 engagement point
allegance to metal
please support your L.B.C.
This is my L&S Creations cruiser. These frames and parts are being reproduced by Boss BMX founder Carlo Lucia to the exact specs from back in the day. Carlo started out making frames for Patterson and Panda before going on to start Boss. After Boss folded, Carlo set up L&S Creations.
People either seem to love or hate the paint, which is cool. Rather than trying to buy a patina, I was going for something I’d seen at the Old School BMXhibition I put on a few years back. Andy White had picked up this rad Titan BMX with this crazy textured paint job just like the mini in the pic below. Hutch also did a run of frames in the same colour/finish which they called Futuristic Black. They were super rare and freaky looking.
I just really liked the texture of the paint, which Josca aptly described as looking like it had been pulled out of a tar pit. I reckon it has a kind of 80s sci-fi feel, like Bladerunner meets Robocop. Tim at Procoat knew exactly what I was after and nailed it first time.
T.Whites Bikes sorted me out with all the profile bits, including an awesome looking set of blood red mini hubs.
Tim White, the choice dude that he is, gave me a brand new set of Jive Tentacle grips complete with Jive nuts. Rad!
The rest of the bits were mid-school parts that I had picked up from here and there, including a new Odyssey Svelte saddle, chrome GT layback seat post (Adventure Cycles find), Odyssey Pozi-stop seatpost clamp and an Odyssey pitbull brake.
For my new build.
Not what you might think…
anyone has any 90′s anodized part they would like to donate for the ‘poor yeti pro fro conglomerate of awesome international foundation for the cure of monochromatic 90′s diseases’?
so after listening to tim constantly going at it with the drills at the shop i started wondering what the whole dealio all about.
randomly i had to re-use one of my old chainguide i had in the basement as i had to use my current one on the ‘new’ yeti.
being into weight saving and all i started drilling the heck of this all piece of crap below.
here are the results after a few beers and cutting oil later.
chainring was already drilled. renthal rocks
This thing is pure snob bait seriously hard to look at. Heres the parts list.
56cm Nigel Dean Cadet, Renyolds 500 tubing
Cook Brothers cranks, oddesey triple trap pedals and power grips
nos Deore DX mechs
old Diacompe 55s levers
purple canti brakes cant remember the brand. peace sign hanger up front, fuck you fingers on the back.
xact town bar, cork grips and tape
JD suspension stem
xlite suspension seatpost
selle italia turbo gel saddle
wheels are pulstar straight pull hubs laced to Velocity chukkers with panaracer pasala tyres 35 front 32 rear
Bottle opener quick releases!!
Velo orange fenders and porteur rack and Satan sticker
While this thing is all set for a English winter beating a new ultimate irie rider build has already begun….
Me and mitch got drunk last night and started my new project, blurple retro nightmare tourer.
This thing might even top the softride.