Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Look closely, this isn't something you are likely to see every day. Touch the picture to get a closeup. TWO twin-tube bike frames in the same picture, a Colnago (Italian) from late 90's and a Mecacycle (French) from mid-80's. The Colnago is glued carbon with aluminum lugs, fancy and classy and probably rides great. All those glued joints, though are showing their age. The Mecacycle is handmade fillet-brazed steel (Vitus probably) which from a distance looks like just another old black beater, but up close shows the work of a master welder.
An internal clamp like a quill stem holds the seatpost in place. The brake housing is routed inside the top tube.
at 7:27 AM
Monday, February 20, 2012
One of the things I like:
Two Fine Bicycles in the Park double workstand. Handmade frames built thirty years apart, both lugged steel, at about the highest-possible level.
The Waterford has oversized tubing and a threadless headset, matched new components carefully selected for the intended use, not a scratch anywhere, and I predict will be a great bike. The Gordon has standard tubing and a threaded headset, mismatched scrounged parts carefully selected for the intended use, scratches and dents everywhere, and IS a great bike.
Here's another comparison:
Two brand-new 2011 model Masi bicycles. The black one is a product of selective breeding, having been built in the traditional steel-with-lugs style but in the more modern format of oversized tubing. The white carbon one is the result of punctuated equilibrium, springing from the sea-change of Carbon Fiber Mass Production. Again, both very good bicycles, but illustrating a dramatic branching of the evolutionary thread.
at 10:24 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ride responsibly and respectfully, follow the rules of the road, and support organizations that defend your rights.
at 9:38 AM