Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bike Syracuse

Bike Syracuse is an association that "provides a sense of belonging while working with the whole child building physical fitness, academic achievement, and self-discipline while having fun. Our program includes tutoring, excursions to parks, museums and races, participation in community and cultural events and breakfast and lunch on Saturdays. The bicycle is a tool that we use to encourage children to race after all kinds of dreams. It draws out the children's strength and courage, and challenges their fear". 



You can contact Bike Syracuse there: Contact

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meanwhile in France...

Let's see what my brother Stéphane is doing across the Atlantic:





Oh! Snap! He's got his own thing going! He's good!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zebrakenko Upgrade



Got that old Japanese Zebrakenko lightweight 10 speeds classic road bike. Tires are busted, there's some rust, some dirt, handlebar tape is worn and faded:


First I removed all the derailleurs, brakes, cables, as well as the small chainwheel. Then I rebuilt the back wheel, changing the classic five cogs hub for a 120mm Velosteel one speed coaster hub from the Czech Republic:


The new hub came with an 18t sprocket, which was too small for the big 52t front chainwheel. So I changed it for a 21t Surly sprocket.


The new sprocket has the right threading, but is a 1/16" too thick, so I filed it down with a belt sander until it was exactly 1/4".


New rim strip:


A good cleaning:


Then I flipped the handlebar and cut it into bulhorns. Put new tubes and tires, wrapped the bulhorn in handlebar tape, changed the chain for a thicker one, tying everything in red color: 




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fenders!

When I restored this Raleigh Sport and customized it, I had removed the fenders, which were bent and a bit rusty. Yet I saved them, and now that winter has come, it is time to reattach them.




This bike is sweet!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pinces à vélo

In the winter, those pants clips come in handy. They prevent your pants from getting caught in the chain wheel.



Everyone in France had those when I grew up.

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.