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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The bike is done (almost)!

Well, five months have come and gone, and my Long Haul is pretty much done. It's just waiting on some springs and M10 washers to attach the kickstand. Other than that, it's totally ready to roll. I took a few gleeful trips on it today in the rain. We brewed 5 gallons of winter ale tonight, and celebrated with some absurdly good burgers (local organic ground goat meat, avocado, foraged hedgehog mushrooms, medium cheddar).

I spent about 70 hours in the shop between last Thursday morning and last night. Yesterday alone was a 15-hour slog punctuated with amazing vegan pizza from the aptly named Pizza Research Institute and tinkering with a DIY XtraCycle-esque rig. I learned some things along the way that I've been dying to know, like how to ream and face tubes, press headsets, install disc brakes, and true disc rotors. I also bought myself a parting gift of a Park Tool TS2-2 truing stand, spoke tensiometer, and dish gauge so I can do some serious work on wheels at home.

Oh! As a final touch, I sewed a scrap of orange waxed canvas into a protective sleeve to go around the chain that's locking my saddle to the frame. (Not that that's really thief-proof in Oakland. If I wanted to really be safe I'd have to JB weld the saddle to the seatpost, locked it to the frame with a huge chain, and for good measure destroy the socket heads on all the hardware. Which I don't want to do.)

Here are some crappy photos of my Long Haul for now. Better ones soon!

My Long Haul
My Long Haul
My Long Haul

And specs, for the bike dorks out there:
Frame: TIG-welded chromoly
Shifters: Deore M610 (10 speed)
Derailleurs: Deore M610
Chain: Shimano HG95
Cassette: Deore 11-34
Crankset: Deore M610 24-32-42 170mm
Brake levers: Avid Single Digit
Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
Front headset: Cane Creek 40 1-1/8"
Steere headset: Cane Creek 40 1"
Bars: Dimension Trekking alloy 25.4
Stem: Dimension 110mm 6-degree rise
Front wheel: Deore hub laced 36h tri-cross to Sun CR18
Rear wheel: Deore XT laced 36h tri-cross to Sun CR18
Seatpost: Origin8 29.2mm
Saddle: Terry Liberator Y
Fenders: Planet Bike Hardcore
Front rack: Custom TIG-welded aluminum
Rear rack: Axiom Journey MK-3
Pedals: Origin8 Flat/Single-Entry SPD
Paint: Purple Mirage + Clearcoat

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I made a thing!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Finally -- more photos!

 working on the pneumatic tube bender

96 new photos are up at my Flickr!

More to come soon. We're making a lot of progress on our bikes!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More photos are up!

Like this one!

Check out more at my Flickr.