Thursday, July 3, 2014

Homemade Bullhorn Handlebars


I saved those old handlebars a little while ago, and always intended to make them into bullhorn handlebars that I could use as an alternative to regular ones. Let's do this.


First, take everything apart, and keep only the bars and the stem.


Clean those with steel wool until they look like new.


Mark the handlebars on both sides with electrical tape where you want to make the cut. Measure to make sure each side is the same. Cut with a pipe cutter or a hacksaw. File the ends.


Put it back together, and add a brake if necessary.


Remount.


Tape.


I didn't know what to expect but those are very comfortable and easy on the wrists. Love 'em!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Safety Brake


Coasties are the best, but what happens if your chain breaks as you're bombing down a steep hill? This scenario has crossed my mind now and then or someone reminded me of it. For vital systems it's better to have a back up... 
I've kept a whole bunch of old cantilever brake parts over the years, and pieced this one together with all recycled materials.



Peace of mind at last!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cool Backlight


 

I found this skull and crossbones rechargeable back light at the Pucker Street Bike Shop in Marcellus, NY.
(3 NORTH ST
 
MARCELLUS, NY, 13108
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Toe-clips

I learned the hard way that pedals without toe-clips can slip, and lead to a fall. It's a nice safety feature.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Truing Stand: had to have it

I've been making wheels without it for a while now, and I must say that they were never perfect. Using a truing stand is the guarantee to making balanced, vibration free wheels, and to having a perfectly smooth ride.


Found on Craig's list.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skull & Cross Bone Disc Wheel




Today I finished my homemade disc wheel.


I first cut a paper pattern to custom fit on the wheel, and then two discs of corrugated plastic.


I joined their seams with duck tape, and drilled holes between each spoke.


I joined the two discs through the spokes with cable ties and used duck tape to finish covering the wheel and valve hole.


I covered the duck tape with foil tape for finish, and tried the wheel on.


Then I spray painted my skull and cross bone stencil on.


Tomorrow, I'll ride it through Syracuse...




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Meanwhile, in France...

This is what my brother Stéphane's been working on this winter:


Do you recall this bike my father had outfitted with a Mosquito motor from Italy? It used to belong to my uncle Bernard. He had it at his country house in Royaucourt, France. I remember riding it as a kid through Picardy's country roads with Stéphane and our cousins Isabelle and Juliette.


Well, Stéphane stripped it, had it sand-blasted and powder-coated:


Then he found the right parts, that fit his style, put it all back together, and gave that ol' Peugeot a second life:



This is how he rolls... You got style brother!


Meanwhile in Syracuse, New York...


(Two last photos taken the same day)




Monday, December 23, 2013

Still riding


Today, December 23, in Syracuse NY is bicycling weather: 40 degrees, no ice or salt on the roads. 


I use these small lights for safety, because it's dark out:

 





Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Morning Single Speed Route

This morning I rode across the city. I used Alltrail for the first time to track my path. Check it out.


I Fixed a Fixie this Weekend

Remember this? A Raleigh Sovereign from the 1980s. Good bones, crappy look... I wanted to see what it felt like to ride a fixie. So I built one.


I stripped all the unnecessary gear, and slapped a fixed cog on the back wheel, which I had found on an old wheel in a trash pile on my street. I redished the wheel, and put some Duro white tires.

 

 

 

I added a brake, because quite frankly, riding a fixie is dangerous without it.


Verdict: I hate it! Who in their right mind would want to eliminate the ability to coast on a down hill? I'm changing the fixed cog for a coaster hub...