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Riding Update

by Bryn — last modified Oct 09, 2007 09:43 PM

Been too busy lately to write much... At least I've gotten some miles in on the bikes!

Shin EatersFireworks 3Well let's see here... Last time I wrote I'd just finished up swapping in the Torpedo hub on the Kustom Kruiser... Gotta say I love it! The brake needs a good kick to bite hard but it's smooth, and the overall rideability kicks ass. The Kustom Kruiser has ended up being my favorite bike now! I've snagged a couple more similar hubs, probably going to swap out my Hampton when/if the original hub bites it... I think if I add a drum brake on the KK it'll be PERFECT - probably another SRAM like on my Manhattan, then it'll be an all-Sachs roller!

Other things while I think of them... I FINALLY nabbed the pictures out of my camera - oy, apparently I've been a little lax in getting images uploaded! Well, I've got the 2007 Symphony of Fire pics here, plus a couple of videos up here and here. Better late than never! Also have some pics up of our little Kelowna adventure...

ANYHOW....

Nirve Badass 26So I was looking for a Nirve Badass 26" Whitewall a while back... Never did find one. Seems none of the local bike shops like Nirve these days... Well THAT'S kinda interesting unto itself and kinda tells you there's something going on behind the scenes there... I'll leave it to you to figure out what, but suffice to say you can't get Nirve bikes or parts at pretty much any local bike shop.

Well, without a new tire my Manhattan has been sitting idle for quite a few months now. The deal is the tire was separating along the bead - not good. Once I noticed it I stopped riding it, but I just HAD to get out for one more ride. It'll be fine, right? Well, ignoring the somewhat non-roundness of the tire I figured I'd give it a shot. Rolled out for a ride with Danu, Nina, Michael and Neil around the park, everything was going fine until....

BANG!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww crap....

Badass BlowoutWell, I DO carry a spare tube with me, and with Michael's assistance we got into things to see what we could do. Oh, look at that, a lovely 4" tear up the bead. Hmmmm... Well, inner tube I've got, spare tire not so much. But hey, you can't give up just because the solution isn't obvious, right?

Michael found an old sunglasses case in his pocket, and I had some business cards in my wallet, so we put two and two together and made a little bit of sidewall reinforcement to hold the tube in there... Went pretty well for the first couple km but then things started shifting a bit and getting dodgy. Well, in true cheapskate style I had kept the old tube (for the rubber - never know what you're going to need some rubber for!)... Cut it into strips and did a nice little wheel wrap. Bingo, we have a solution!

This crazy bandaid got me all the way home, a little bumpy, not the fastest I've ever ridden but hey, it worked! That's a hell of a lot better than walking it!


On The Road Repair

The "band aid" had slipped down a bit by the time I got home so this isn't exactly it in its "Ideal" situation but that's how it looked after taking me from about Prospect Point all the way back along the SeaWall, along False Creek and up the hill back to my place.  Oh, and I STILL have a nice big strip of rubber!  Ach!

Well, what next... While I was shooting the pics of our patch job above I snapped a couple of my bike room, just in case anyone's curious... This is where the "magic" happens!


Stables  Work Table  Tool & Parts Storage

Excuse the mess!  Yes, that's carpet... There's cardboard down over most of it but there's a few grease stains here and there.  D'oh...

Anyone else out there want to share some pictures of their shops?  We'd love to see!


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