Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Odd Bike


I've really gotten into reading this site lately. The guy does a great job researching this stuff. This story makes me want to start a motorcycle company funded entirely by bank robbers and mobsters to produce the world's most expensive production bike before I vanish into the Darien Gap after 4 examples are produced.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Negative inspiration


Sometimes I'm inspired to try harder when I observe the results of a complete lack of effort, either by myself or someone else.

The following is an example because of BikeExif writing about this bike, the shop building it, and the customer paying for it, all as if it were a legitimate custom motorcycle worth writing about, building, and paying someone else to build.

Reason 1 this sucks:
A friend of mine bought a crashed katana for a few hundred bucks once and slapped a light on it, and it looked remarkably close to this.  It was a brilliantly cheap, fun bike, and he didn't try to pass it off as a professional custom job. This thing is basically a stock katana with the fairing removed and some cosmetic details.

Reason 2 this sucks:
The article says the tires were chosen for looks. Custom bikes and the articles about them these days feel like a budget interior decorating show on TV; “They seemed to really pull the look together.”

Reason 3:
It's a daily commuter with no front fender and no airbox? A shop that builds bikes for people needs to know something about riding them.
They call it's style "urban assault". What are you going to assault with this thing, ice cream stands on sunny days?
When it rains it might run over urban pedestrians because of the stream of water in the rider's face from the front tire--I guess that's urban assault.

Reason 4:
Someone really had to pay a shop for this? I would never put down a bike like this if it were not  a professional effort. Katanas are cheap and very capable bikes with fantastic engines--so what if the frame is heavy and hideous?

But a pro shop built bike?

Monday, April 6, 2015

No idea where I get it from

Some photos of my Dad's Bug, circa 1968

All custom work done by him with "really cheap shit material".  Photo credit to him as well but the last photo may have been taken by the cat.

Here is the sad story of this car's demise:
"That Bug and I were headed out 94 just about to go up the big hill before Brookfield square.  The Bug had brand new tires put on the day before, all around.  I was going 60MPH.  I had a fishing date with a women out on North Lake.  The minnow bucket was full just behind my seat.

Then I was upside down and headed to a railing on the left side of the road. Then I was sliding across the highway to the other side and hit that railing.  Another flip and the smashed Bug rested in the middle of the road.  A car whooshed by as I was climbing out of the Bug.  The car stopped and a man ran to help me get up.  As I looked around I noticed minnows flipping all over the road.  I had received no injuries.  The Bug was totaled.  It was later learned that I had suffered a blowout which caused the car to flip."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I think this could be a fun day for us...

Anyone have one of Kenny's or Barry's old bikes?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1,739 Cubic Inches

1910 Fiat S76
4 Cylinder
4 valve OHC
Fuck tons of torque

Driven for the first time in 100 years, only 2 ever built.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On board camera lapping Donnington on a rotary powered motorcycle...

This is the rotary-engined Norton from the late 80s. Fantastic sound. Good first person track footage. I don't think this guy gets passed ever.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Neat engine.

Put one in a bike and it might hold itself up at stoplights from the gyro effect. And be really awkward to turn.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shut up and ride

Whenever I hear people starting to bitch about bicycle this and that, I always default back to this beautiful write up by Eric from Surly/QBP.

The answer to just about every bike forum post that I've ever read.

If you think your bike looks good, it does.

If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.

You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike.

Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is.

26” wheels or 29” or 650b or 700c or 24” or 20” or whatever – yes, that wheel size is rad and you’ll probably get where you’re going.

Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when they’re working and adjusted.

No paint job makes everyone happy.

Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts.

Steel is a great material for making bike frames - so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium.

You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy.

Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right.

Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop.

Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool.

Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there.

Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist – good job.

Hey, shaved leg skinny as hell super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer – keep it up.

The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked – 29”, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur.

No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok.

Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. They’re trying to stay open.

Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks.

Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less.

Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didn’t see you wave at them.

It sucks to be harassed by assholes in cars while you’re on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind assholes on bikes.

Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool.

Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. That’s just a fact.

Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes.

Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that.

Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea.

Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isn’t ideal, but for most people it’s necessary.

If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved.

That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe it’s not. You should get it looked at.

Touch up paint always looks like shit. Often it looks worse than the scratch.

A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad.

A bike that’s been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too.

Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.

Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die – then it is.

Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.

Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but it’s not a deal breaker not to.

Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make.

32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure.

Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too.

Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? I’d ride it.

Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes.

The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day.

Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group.

Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else.

Stopping can be as much fun as riding.

Lots of people worked their asses off to build whatever trail or road or alley you’re riding on. You should thank them.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

the 'inaugural' Mule. 2015

Really nice morning, great turnout, everyone was mellow and seemed to have some fun.