Apr 152010

My first cross bike. I wanted it to combine the supple ride of my touring bike with the nimbleness of my racing bike and the stoutness of my fixed gear, with an all-around navigability akin to my mountain bike. It’s fantastic.

I was in the TIG class in July 2008 taught by Paul Sadoff.

 Posted by at 4:31 pm
Apr 132010

Well, I took my sweet a$$ time, but I finally finished my Ti road bike I went away to school to build (just in time for the snow to fly here in Calgary….). I have attached a few pictures of the final product along with some shots taken during the bikes’ fabrication. I basically copied my existing road bike’s geometry so I knew I would end up with a bike I’d enjoy riding. Although I probably won’t get a good ride in until the spring, the test rides taken while setting up the components proved to be pretty nice. The effort to build & finish this bike was not a solo effort by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve listed below the people who were nice enough (not to mention patient enough…..) to hold my hand & help me along with what ended up as one of the more rewarding experiences I’ve had to date.

Jim Kish – Ti Frame Course Instructor & Independent Frame Builder
Gary & the rest of the crew at United Bicycle Institute
Rob Meesig @ Seven Cyles – kind enough to share some tips on bicycle finishing from the pros
Mandy Stobo – the amazing artistic influence behind the graphics & artwork on my bike
Liz & Spectrum Powder Works – for bringing the artwork to life on my bike – phenomenal job!
John O’Loughlin – bicycle guru & mechanical genius. Without John’s help, I would still be in my basement crying with an unassembled bike.
Natasha – for not killing me over the last few weeks while my sanity was close to leaving as I finished this bike.

 Posted by at 4:47 pm
Apr 132010

Here are two shots of my built up “AcaVengo” Cyclocross bike that I built at the TIG Welding class in July/August, 2008. I raced on it this past Sunday for the first time and while I did not place well, I blame the engine, not the bike.

 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Apr 132010

After waiting for paint and parts, and a brief month of recuperation after a nasty rear tire blow out on my road bike (lots of brand new skin and a hefty copay on an ambulance ride), my 29er is finally together. Paint is by Spectrum Powderworks. The class was incredible and I’ll definitely be back.

 Posted by at 4:24 pm
Apr 132010

It has been a pretty slow process, but I am finally finished. The painting was done by Richard Schwinn, a scion of the family, who makes Waterford bicycles in the old Schwinn Paramount factory (I’m told) near Milwaukee. It cost about $500 and took about 6 weeks. I had spent about 8 or 10 hours filing and sanding and Ron was definitely right in that it is easier to fix a bump than a hole. But Gary’s words also proved useful — it is, after all, just a bicycle. But, what a sweet ride.

 Posted by at 4:04 pm
Apr 132010

Well, it only took me 14-1/2 months to get it done, but with a little help from: the fine folks at UBI, Mr. Jim Kish, the Feds (i.e. my economic stimulus check), Dave & Jeremy @ TiCycles (check that satin finish!), and Sean @ Vertigo Cycles (thanks for the BB re-prep), she’s ready to roll.

The stats: 29er singlespeed mtn bike, Paragon sliding drops, RS Reba 80mm front fork, Chris King headset, WTB SS hubs laced to Salsa Race Disc rims with Wheelsmith stainless butted spokes. Gearing is 32-22 (Surly cogs front & back). Frame weight = 3.7 lbs, bike weight = 24.9 lbs. Super fun to ride – light, flickable, stiff, rolls fast. My first SS & first 29er.

 Posted by at 3:42 pm
Apr 132010


Ciao UBI ragazzi !

How’s life at the dawn of the big global financial economic depression followed by a major oil crisis? My frame made it to Italy a few days ago – yeah, that’s how fast the Italian customs are… and at last I could throw some parts onto it and ride it. I’ve been using it for my everyday commute to and from everywhere and I’m lovin’ ít, I didn’t manage to break it yet, but I’m sure trying :-)

 Posted by at 3:36 pm
Apr 132010

I set out to build a replacement for my current single speed, but his time a 69′r, (26″ rear, 29″ front). The geometry was roughly based on my 1994 Klein Attitude Race, but with a few adjustments to accommodate the rigid 29″ front fork. The end product was just what I was looking for, I can’t wait to ride it.

Frame Specs:
TT: 31.8mm 8-5-8
DT: 35mm 9-6-9
ST: 31.8 straight
-Columbus s-bend seat and chainstays
-Paragon stainless hooded slider dropouts
Painted with Dupont DTM epoxy primer and Dupont Centari Acrylic Enamel topcoat

Fork: Salsa 29″ rigid
HS: Race Face Deus
Wheels: Paul hubs laced to Sun EQ23 rims (26″&29″)
Crank/BB: Truvativ Stylo SS crank 180mm
Post/Stem/Bar: Thomson post & stem, Answer Carbon bar
Brakes: Hayes HFX9 carbon

Full bike weight: 22.8 lbs

 Posted by at 3:33 pm