Last week a rider came by the Hatchet store, having ridden this-his-only-bike from a pretty good distance—40 miles or so, hilly and hot—and was familiar with RBW, etc, and I happened to look at his bike, which he was neither flaunting nor hiding. You never know what you’re going to find, at least I don’t, so without further anything…
Dang, I should have had a full-bike shot. Listen, it was a late-70s Trek 27-inch tire road bike, originally. He converted to 650B, and look how how flexible and clever and accommodating he was. The “neck” below the normal headset cup is an upper headset cone (another part of the headset) fitted onto the fork crown race. Sorry to bore you non-mechanics out there, but this must be the first time in the 3.5 billion year history of life that this has ever happened. He did it to “lift” the front end up after going from the big 27-wheel to the smallish 650B (don’t be confused that is is often referred to as a 27.5. The radius of a 27 x 1 1/4” wheel is typically about 350mm, and the radius of his 650B’er was about 330mm).
Doing that meant pulling the whole steer tube down, so now—not enough room for the locknut. He locktit the upper bearing cup in place, and it’s held for several months and many hundreds of miles, so…there. The knurled cup and zigzagged teeth were intended, many decades ago, to allow take-apart-by-hand, to make train-traveling easier in countries like Japan where yes you can take your bike, but you have to take it apart. There are other advantages. Bstone made its own headsets like this. Lots of French bikes had them—there was a Stronglight headset model called the V4 made this way. I rode one for 8 years on a Ritchey, maybe the only Ritchey to have a V4.
He made his own brake-drop fitting, so the pads would reach.
This bike wouldn’t stop most passersby or tresspassers W (first pm to nail that references wins $25 credit; second wins nothing), but it was sure fun to see how he did it. He got the bike from the dump.
Did I already post this? Maybe. The Albastache bar with assorted bar tapes, shellacked amber, clear, and not at all. Twined wherever. I like this look. I don’t see why it’s not more popular, seriously.
This one too—old news? I start BLUG posts and don’t finish, then forget, and anyway, the final Clem badge will look similar but way better. The foundation is there, but the execution and two details will be better.
At a gift shop in the airport in Taipei I fell in love with this, measuring about 17-inches wide and now on display at BikeBookHatchet. I’m not a bones-and-teeth person by nature, but I liked the title: Fish and Reptile Fossils From the Phosphate Mines of Morrocco. I didn’t know there were phosphate mines in Morrocco.
This is old-school bodybuilding stuff, found in a book in a used bookstore in Locke, California, for $0.50. The title is “Beef It,” which is funny enough, but it’s full of bodybuilding stories and photos like this, which I, like most of you, think are weird and disgusting—no need to say more about that—but like the tooth display, it’s the caption that makes the whole deal. The book is full of captions of this kind, but one’s enough for here. Find “Beef It” on Amazon used for a penny + $3.99 shipping, and see for yourself.