Monday, January 26, 2015

Deaf Cyclist Riding Patches

   Let me drop sone knowledge on you: Ever wonder how in what language a deaf person thinks? I came across this great article on the topic that was really interesting, I recommend it. As will happen, I coincidentally came across a post on the bicycling subreddit on Reddit about a guy who got a new patch for his bag:

"Best birthday present ever! Any other d/Deaf riders?"

   Interesting to think about experiencing a bike ride with no sound. A woman in Portland (no surprise) started a campaign and site for these patches. Bonus: The comments section is full of assholes derailing the conversation for cycling safety, car rights etc. 
   Here are some patch examples:

Deaf Cyclist


Deaf

   It's always neat to learn about another part of cycling I was unaware of. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday WTF: Fan Involvement Edition

   Remember last year in the Tour de France when the Orica Green Edge bus got stuck under the finish line banner? 






 This pic says it all:



"Someone kill me."

   That was a real bummer for everyone involved. Here's a overhead infrastructure disaster that gave fans a chance to get involved from the Tour Down Under. The inflatable banner was punctured (by some some fixed gear riders tight pants, probably) but fear not, fans to the rescue. As a fellow tall guy, this would have been my time to shine. 


   "God job, good job guys. Keep it up, nice race. Good Job. Nice job. Keep it up. How many people are in this race? Good job."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'm Back

   The last couple months have been a whirlwind of babies, bikes, and au pairs. Wesley Harrison was born on Nov 27, Thanksgiving, 2014. He is healthy and happy and has a fat little chin. All that means blogging takes a backseat to pretty much everything.

Calvin suspects what is happening

   I have been working on some cool projects, though! Cargo bike boxes and single speed mountain bikes! Try to contain your excitement the updates will start coming regularly.

Party hard

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Moab BLM closes Mountain Bike Trails to E-bikes

   E-Bikes are becoming more and more popular. You will see reviews and ads for them in most mountain bike magazines, and small shops popping up all over. They are used in everything from road bikes to commuters. And that's good, everyone on a bike, right? 

Wrong!

   The Moab Bureau of Land Management recently announced that E-Bikes are not allowed on mountain bike trails. 

Example sign

   This is sure a polarizing decision. The general arguments are as seen below:

Names changed to protect the innocent

   The general arguments are:
  • This is good
    • A bike with a motor is a motorcycle, stay on motorcycle trails
    • E-bikes tear up trails
    • E bikes will create more traffic than the trail can handle
  • This is bad
    • Everyone should have access
    • E-assist bikes are not like motorcycles

   These arguments all make sense, right? A bike that provides a 30% boost for someone with a leg injury can't be all bad?

Simple E-bike

  But this is also an E-bike, and this surely belongs on a motorized trail.

Not simple E-bike

   It will be interesting to see if this ban moves to more trails outside Moab like Fruita in the future. Until then:



Monday, November 24, 2014

Aaffix Rotor

   You might think that BMX bikes haven't got a lot of room to make improvements due to their simplicity. Well, have I got a review for you! This comes from KHE bike parts, and is a new detangler. Here is an typical cable detangler system:

GYRO Detangler

   This system relies on the cable splitting to go around the stem, then reconnecting after the stem. Here is a breakdown of the parts: First is the upper cable. This splits the brake cable into two pieces.

Upper cable

   The heart of the detangler is the rotor itself. This has a bearing and connector that allows the handlebars to spin without interfering with the brakes.

Detangler

   There have been some improvements in the system over the years. Some companies are making sealed bearing rotors like this:

SNAFU sealed detangler

   With the complication and reduced performance, many riders who want to spin their bars are opting to go brakeless. Which is stupid. Enter KHE. They have designed a new detangler system that reduces a lot of the complexity and performance issues:

The Affix rotor

   Here are a bunch of shots of the thing so you can see how it works. It involves a sleeve that sits in the steer tube of the fork, and exits out the side of the head tube of the frame. Here is the hardware, which would be hidden in use:

Affix hardware

Mounted up

second shot

   Some sweet technology form BMX! Nice to see companies still pushing boundaries for us 20" riders.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday WTF: Bike VS Plastic Bag

   Check out this disaster on wheels:

???

ENHANCE

   RIP derailleur hangar. My questions:

1. If you weren't pedaling, how did everything get so mangled up?
2. If you felt things getting mangled, why didn't you lock up the back brake?
3. Where were you riding?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wall Painting Number 2

   With #2 on the way it's about time to start decorating. With the nursery, we painted some nice trees on the wall. I think we'll go ahead and update that with some leaves and additional colors. In the meantime, here is what happened to Calvin's new room. Eventually I predict that both boys will share this room, so I want to put more effort into making it look really nice. 
   Here is the art I picked for the wall:

Original drawing

   First I measured the wall and figured out where the light and corner and stuff would go. I would have to add some height to the tree and round out the top to make it look right. I also added a 12" x 12" grid to make transferring the art to the wall easier. 

Modified drawing

   I reduced the colors down to about 12. I am not real confident in blending colors so this is kind of color by number. I searched for a better name for this but couldn't come up with one. 

Process

   Once I had the colors picked, I went to Home Depot to get the right paint colors. I printed this little color sheet to take with me:

Color Chart

   I bought these little paint samples, which worked fine, but I think in the future I'd try tot get something a little thicker. Some of the lighter colors needed multiple coats to cover the blue. Here's a shot of the trees in progress:

Tree work

   And here is the final product! The tree goes behind that dresser all the way to the ground. 

All done

   Hopefully the boys enjoy it!