Wednesday, 1 June 2016
The amount of bikes I have is finally getting down to a reasonable number. At this moment I have:
-Pelago San Sebastian v5 (54) built as a nice double-rack fixed gear
-Verenti Indulgence 2015 (Small) fatbike which is quite fun, but it's still a fatbike
-My good old Miyata 312 touring bike that I just promised to sell to a friend
-stolen and found again Rossin Record, probably not seeing any action anytime soon because of insurance stuff
-an old and small Chesini Gran Premio road frame, gonna make it into 650b fixed-gear conversion for my girlfriend just soon
-two other crappy projects that I should just finish and sell
As mentioned earlier, I was dreaming about some fatbike trekking, but after a few rides it doesn't feel like something I'd be doing anytime in the near future. It's awesome to ride it in small and rough paths through forests, but I don't think there's a lot of good paths around here that would be long enough for some good trekking and I have absolutely no intention to use a car to get to those. Most likely I'll just give the bike some platform pedals, take it to my grandparents cottage and forget about it and especially forget about those plans of having a DIY rack or two on it..
Then again, my San Sebastian is feeling great. I finally ditched the rear brake so I'm not too keen of the cable stoppers on the v5 model, but so far it's been an excellent multipurpose tool for just about everything. A while ago I also heard that I could just swap the fork for that of Surly Disc Trucker 700c and after a great deal of rambling about the fork measurements and lots of despair trying to find it in stock somewhere, I'm finally about to have a solution. Both of these forks have 45 mm of rake, but apparently the original fork has 385 mm axle-to-crown whereas Disc Trucker measures 390 mm. I've finally reached the point where it feels stupid to even think about such differences.
What really tickles my nerves is all those possibilities I get with this fork upgrade. Well, mostly just a rack for lowriders and then those disc brakes. I've already decided to go for Tubus Nova rack and Shimano XT hydraulic front brake system which I'm very eager to bleed. After these upgrades the bike is pretty much ready to embrace all the blissful journeys that await us this summer, I'm just going to try and sew some nice panniers to replace the old low-quality ones. Maybe I'll add a bell to keep the right grip in place, it's been moving around restlessly ever since I separated it from it's beloved brake lever. Also, bottle cages and also I think I could cut myself some mud flaps from this old tire of mine
Actually this San Sebastian is already such an awesome ride, maybe I should write a post about it too.
Monday, 22 February 2016
|Verenti Indulgence 2015 15"|
After riding about 7 km so far I'm quite sure this was worth the money, but it's not good enough for serious riding yet. Following changes shall be made:
-Replace the tires with On-One Floaters, preferably go tubeless as well
-M520 for pedals
-29.2 -> 27.2 shim and a 400 mm seatpost because that 340 one doesn't just cut it
- Racks, front and rear
-Mudguards, long ones. Gotta go DIY I guess
Also, the current brakes are quite cheapskate Tektros and I migth replace them too someday, but not before I do something about the drivetrain. Let's face it, the shifter and derailleur are crap and I might want to do something about that 1x8 system too. When the next bargain comes by, I'm getting at least one more gear in the rear and maybe one in the front, too.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Firstly I opted out from sending some of my own clothes to Tampere since that option was for pussies. For the same reason (and some other reasons too) I decided to give Miyata some rest and use San Sebastian for this. Probably the first time I did such a distance on a fixed whip.
|There he is, all loaded up|
That being said, after waking up that Saturday morning I really knew I had to go home and quick. There was this short check for rookie marks on the neck followed by sudden realization that my rear tire is empty. Fortunately, it only leaked the air out slowly, so I could inflate it, ride back home and change it there while also noticing the real bad shape of the rear hub bearings and the bolts that fix it to the frame. Didn't have so much time so I changed the tube and ignored the other flaws
Never have I packed my stuff in such haste, but this time I even managed to take a crappy picture of most of the stuff I took with me so I could think about what was necessary and what I forgot later.
|Crappy picture which I will return to later|
My assumption turned out to be correct. I had the first flat tire after about 25 kilometers, and the second one about 15 km after that. Actually I've never before had to fix a flat tire on the road before so it was pretty much a downer and after the second time I really, really thought I might give up and get back home, also because I was quite certain the tire was seriously flawed and ended up puncturing tubes as I installed them. After a few unreplied "Aw fuck man I can't do this" messages I sent myself a "Man the fuck up, man", installed a brand new tube and decided to give it a go.
No punctures after that, but instead I spent a lot of time wondering if I had one. I dunno if it was the road or my saddle or my sore arse, but while riding, it constantly felt like I had another flat in the rear tire, so I kept stopping to check it only to see it was still inflated.
While I was in Riihimäki area I experienced something I've never experienced before: the cap on my water bottle was frozen shut. Luckily, it didn't need much warming to open. It was music time after Riihimäki, and after a few songs it was rain time. I can't even express the panic I had when the first drops fell, since I didn't have such a good gear with me, mainly a thick woollen shirt, this reliable leather jacket and of course, jeans.
Just prior to Hämeenlinna I joined this group of six other badass cyclists who had the same destination. I had thought about not having a good break until Tampere, but as they headed to a gas station, I followed, which was good because I still had to ride at least 15 km during the last two hours of the event. And it was real nice to chill out a bit while enjoying by bread and chit-chat with other rides. They seemed to like the rain, since it melted away the thin layer of ice that had formed on the roads. I seriously could have dealt with the ice because I was on some serious tires, so the rain didn't cheer me up half as much as them.
We had a great tailwind from Hämeenlinna to Toijala and despite the rain, I was on fire. I guess I was the only fixed rider in the whole event, which was kinda pity since nobody else got to experience the joy of riding down a steep, unlit road at a constantly accelerating speed while wondering if the bottom of the hill becomes visible before the cadence grows too much. I mean, I had two brakes yeah, but they would've just ruined the fun.
I went solo again from Toijala to Tampere in order to do this one stupid joke related to the name of a certain place that was not on the route the other cyclist took. Also, having some own peace and pace gave me the liberty to enjoy the vivid hallucinations caused by low level of blood sugar and staying up so late. That and some paranoia about the rear tire going "pop" again really enhanced the part of the route that begun after passing this sign.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
All the bikes have some different kind of meanings, purposes, and a tought behind them. I'm quite sure about the meaning and the purpose of this one, but the tought seriously escapes me. I was gonna do this "function over fashion" thing and it's been quite succesfull so far, but there's still some little things I need to rethink over and over again, such as the rear brake and the installation of lights, and maybe, just maybe, some kind of an odometer.
Progress so far:
The gear ratio was chosen mostly for the looks. It's 53/22 which makes changing it for winter a bit more difficult task, but I'm thinking about getting a 49t chainring and another re-usable chain connector if needed.
With a 1 mm spacer under the drive-side bottom bracket cup I get a solid 42 mm chainline with those Ultegra FC-6600 cranks and the chainring no longer rubs against the chainstay. This also gives me the thrill of thinking whether the left crank is attached securely or not.
Other than that, it's quite clean and functional build since most of the parts are easily replaced if needed. I didn't think of the colours that much, if I doubted something, I chose the black alternative of course.
Trying to get this done next week.
Monday, 5 October 2015
My bike stuff is going pretty well right now, but I'm doing some reaally tight schedules here so it's difficult to find time for quality posting. I do like shitposting too, tho.
-My beautiful Rossin Record (in the attached picture) got stolen. If you see somebody riding it, please don't rip his/her head off. I wanna do it myself.
-To replace it (the bike, not the head) I'm building a new fixie to a Pelago San Sebastian frameset. It needs to cover some demanding needs indeed.
-My needs are demanding because I decided to work a bit while studying to cover my expenses, so now I'm a bicycle courier working for Foodora in Helsinki. Quite curious about the approaching winter.
-I bought some crazy lights
-I'll most probably buy some other quality equipment too, for work and longer trips.