So I set out to make the craziest looking chopper wheel I could imagine. I had a bunch of parts laying around and decided to try and make them work together.
- Alex MX22 single walled 20" rim, 48H, black
- Old Shimano Freewheel hub, low flange, 36H
- 36x 184mm Wheelsmith stainless spokes,
- 36x 14g nipples
- 12x punk rock spikes
Since I was attempting to lace a 36H hub to a 48H rim, I needed to skip some holes in the rim.
To make it really stand out, I determined that a 3Leading/3Trailing configuration would go well with the missing holes.
I know its already in your calendar, but just thought I would throw up a post about the upcoming Bicycle Bee workshops.
Things are shaping up quite well at the moment, we've got plenty of volunteers and the spaces to make this go off. If you've ever wanted to learn more about making life on two wheels easier now's your chance.
Schedule of events:
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I had a pretty interesting Friday, running myself thin around work, pretending to be a vacationing coworker as well as myself. Thankfully my boss cancelled a meeting at the end of the day, and I was able to leave a little early.
I hopped on my bike and sprinted across the production floor and out the loading bay doors.
A few weeks back, I had killed my sealed bearing Wellgo's after 1000 km. Not wanting to wait to ride, I ran out and purchased the Shimano M540s.
These pedals felt great.
The 'sprung float' feeling was perfect for me, in that they auto centre the foot. So once I had the cleat dialed, my ankles felt great. After 400km, the right pedal started clicking. I thought I was imagining things.
I haven't posted here in a while, so I figured I would bring you cats up to speed.
I've finally retired the ill fitting, pasta tubed, steel wheeled, mismatched spoked, suicide hubbed, cottered crank deathtrap of an Apollo.Â (I gave it to a friend.. don't worry he rides BMX as well so he's no stranger to falling)
In December I tried emailing the city of Vancouver's engineering services to inquire about three areas of the city's extensive bike routes that didn't quite make sense to me. I didn't hear a response right away, so I tried forwarding it every month or so, when I remembered.
Just yesterday I got a response back from Peter Stary (bicycle program coordinator), who had been forwarded the email from a colleague. He took the time to write detailed responses to each of my questions. I feel the answers might be of interest to you folk reading this blog, so here they are:
Hi there =]
I'm Lyle and I hadn't made a new post until now. I figured I would make it good and desribe my wipeout in traffic today.
Going South downhill on Thurlow, towards Pacific. I had merged into the left lane, and was trying to scrub off enough speed to make it around the corner. The road surface towards that intersection is oily with a few cracks. I'm guessing that the pads grabbed after cleaning the rim enough, shooting the front end out from under me.
Internally I sighed, as I watched my bar end grind the pavement.