Saturday, September 22, 2012

Equinox ride 7:00 am

Apprentice #2

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bicycle Tour of Colorado 2012

Day 1:  Windy Scourge, WY
Paul's Cyclery Mobile One in the foreground.  The horizon is not slanted, I am leaning into the wind and barely able to stand at times.  We are all going slowly mad.

High in the Medicine Bow range, Aid Station 3.

Forest Fire ahead.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Colnago and Mecacycle

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.

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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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