My bike’s been in the wars a bit recently. I snapped my fork a couple of months back and the other day I got a glass flat in my tubular Gipiemme wheel.
I ride my bike to work most days, so I really need something fast and comfortable. And, while my BMX cruisers are fun, they become less so after 10km or so of riding.
I’ve been looking for a fork for ages now, partly because I’m suddenly really precious about good quality forks.
I finally found one, which is on its way, so in the meantime I’ve been running the tange fork from one of my Laguna cruisers in my track bike. Unfortunately the only stem that’ll fit it is a BMX one, so I bunged an old school GT one in that I had lying around.
Altogether I thought it looked OK, but still not the nicest set up for commuting. Fun for messing around with tricks though.
If there is one thing from working at Adventure Cycles I will never forget its the top secret lubricant Bruce would make called DW-500. Its ingredients were unknown but when applied liberally good results we often the case. Even after years of searching the back rooms I never did quite find the rumored barrel of DW-500. We have carried on the tradition and formulated what we call Motion Lotion. Don’t ask whats in the bottle just know its certified.
Teva’s done the report, all I can say is I had heaps of fun, even with a hangover and a flat tyre.
Bob and Rob
A cool Rivendell
Josca and his ratrod
Cool little tike going for it
Me. Extremely seedy and cursing broken glass.
Me, about to have a blast on Rob’s Kos kruiser and Tim White.
With out a doubt I do miss the Nishiki, even though it was ‘A shitty conversion’.. I love the fact it looked like Skittles and Candy…. I love all this ANO.
I’m pretty sure the frame is still kicking around AKL somewhere, but I suspect the wheels are somewhere lurking in mudflats of Auckland Harbour.
Here is a few photos from a rad little shop I visted in Hong Kong called RODAFIXA.. a fixed project from 2008-2010. Its a small shop and is only open from 4pm and usually by appointment only. The owner Brian is a super nice guy and basically from what I can tell set up the shop to help, support an grow the fixed gear community in HK… which is awesome.
Check out Brian’s Handbuilt Courage Cyclocross Bike, so rad!
The amazing Juliet Elliott from charge bikes and hellyeah projects has used one of my designs for her new tees.
I drew this hunkered down in my fortress of solitude (and mame) deep in the bowls of londons brutal winter. Well its brutal compared to the sunny shores east auckland. Now its summer(ish) up here so here’s a nice white tee to express the enduring suffering inside.
I also found out juliet not only enjoys cycling and suffering but also is a fan of horribly brutal music. Her friend runs a super rad record label called AURORA BOREALIS. If you like stonymetaldoomnoise and other terrifying and trippy types of music check them out. There’s heaps of great stuff on there, but I can definitely recommend the WORMSBLOOD LP and REVENGE Victory, Intolerance, Mastery. Oh and GNAW THEIR TONGUES ‘An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood’ and OM ‘Pilgrimage’ is super awesome badass too.
Party on dudes.
To be updated. Until then, I’ve been jonesing on this Ocean frame a lot since I snapped the fork on my Bosomworth.
And what’s not to like: It’s made in the same factory as Vivalo, it’s got a paint job that boldly goes where no man has gone before, has bar spin potential without looking retarded, has a cool shaped seat tube for extra rear wheel slamage, has rad graphics and it comes with some NJS certified goodies.
With winter coming into affect its time to get bundled up in warm gear and keep riding your beloved bike. This is were the Starter jacket come in. Not very warm extremly ugly and very visible. When a cars head lights strike the jacket its almost like the high viz vest seen around town on other cyclist Be Safe out there in bad style.
Finally managed to cobble together a BB for my raleigh bomber. The weather was nice and I was out of mi goreng so I took for a test ride to china town.
Heres the specs on this bad boy
Raleigh Bomber frame stripped back to chrome, originally had 26″ 3 speed wheels
700c deep v 36h coaster hub rear, 32h stripped rear suzue track hub front
continental 32c touring tyres
trash front brake
trashing basket with innertube fasteners
brooks B67 chained with old tenspeed chain
original lever, bars, seatpost, headset
BBB pedals (might add some home made power grips for increased acceleration out of the starting gate)
Stocked up on noodles it was time to head to the fixed magazine launch at shop 14 for some free beers and the screening of Council of Doom. I took a couple of pics
nice bikes everywhere
Saw this big wheeler
saw some foot down
Drunk all the beers then it was burritto time but I didnt take any pics of that.
The pdf of the magazine should be up soon over here