Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Awesome Canny

Lots of noise in this picture, but at the front is the Cannondale SuperSix Evo. It's an 11.75 pound, $11,000.00 road bike at U bikes in Boulder. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. 

Too bad it's not my size!

Carbon EVERYTHING... wheels, stem, crank... the air in the tires is carbon infused! This thing is so light that if you want to race it in UCI, they provide a seat post with removable weights on it so you meet the required minimum weight of 15 pounds. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Delicious mixed pack review: Chimay

One of my financier's favorite beers is Chimay White. Whenever it's on tap, we get a pint. The local liquor store has this slick 3 pack so we could taste them all and see what the other flavors were like. This pack came with a glass even, so the experience is complete!

Max, for scale

Making his prediction

It's a delicious tie!

In my opinion, the Red was the best, had a more hoppy and smooth taste, the white was more like a hefeweizen or a wheat, and the blue was just kind of bland. You can see by the color how the red is a little darker ad the white is lighter. That's indicative of the taste. My mighty vote goes for the Red, while Natalie chose the White. If Max had only chosen the blue, we could have all been happy. But he's a whiskey drinker.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Daily WTF

I hate stoping as much as the next guy, but this tiny ass rotor on a 29" wheel is just silly!

AAAAAAAH! See you guys later

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Funny Fixie gif of the day

I can't stop watching this gif. To add insult to injury the guy has to replace his fork AND took a face full of ramp.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Macneil completed!

Today I picked up the Macneil from the bike shop and had a chance to put it together. It has a press in bottom bracket that needs a special tool that the bike shop had. 

Frame, crank and bottom bracket (and Max)

The posts for the brakes are on the bottom of the seat stays, shown below. They're removable in case you wanted to run brakeless and have it look clean.

Brake posts

In order to get the most rise out of the controls, the stem is mounted upside down. This gives another inch or so

The headset

The bike went together pretty well. Some notes:
- I replaced the loose FSA headset bearings with some sealed T.H.E. bearings I had laying around. 
- The brakes had the springs reversed for some reason and after installing them I realized that they needed swapping.
- I'm running a 3/8" axle front wheel on a fork set up for a 14mm axle, so I have a adaptor in there to make up for the extra space. 
- Getting the tire off of the old wheel and onto the new Odyssey wheel took like 10 minutes! It was worse than a downhill tire! 

The complete bike! (minus pedals)

This frame is larger than either of my other 20" frames, and it's noticeable! It feels really comfortable to cruise around on. Now all we need is some sunshine to melt off the snow so the jumps will be rideable!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Daily WTF

Saw this franken-bike after a 5k on campus... lots going on here!

The seat post clamp is backwards
Front brake lever goes to no front brake
The chain is super rusty and has a ton of slack for a fixie...

It's the triple threat!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crazy bike round up

   I often find myself surfing eBay or Craigslist for bike parts and come across some weird ones. Here is a little round up of the silliest parts and bikes: 
   Monocoque bikes are nothing new...

Vintage monocoque frame 

Haro Monocoque

I have one of these Haro frames and after picking up a modern frame, this thing feels heavy as hell! The frame also came chromed, which was a very slick mirror finish on the sides. 

Modern monocoque BMX frame

Cannondale could have it's own whole post for all the stuff they've made over the years, I'll stick to two of the weirdest:

This was called the 'Magic Bike' for reasons unknown...

Rollerblade wheels?

Biopace is a crazy technology that is making somewhat of a resurgence. I had Biopace on my first bike without realizing how weird it was until someone pointed it out.

Vintage Biopace

Newer systems

Last one is called a Buddy Bike, and my parents rode one forever ago and my dad told me about it. Check out the crazy crank arms.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Delicious beer review: Web Based Wheat

My handsome friend Dave brews his own beer, and has been for a while now. He makes beer for all occasions... parties, game day, Hanukkah. He even printed a label for his latest beer: Web Based Wheat. Had a chance to try some on Super Bowl Sunday and it was delicious!

Slick custom label

 One of Dave's Co Workers apparently answers the phone, "It's a great day at CampMinder, Javier speaking.", and that inspired this part of the label fun label...

Cameo by Javier, Loyal CampMinder employee

But enough about the label! How is the beer? Well, it's very tasty. It's a wheat with a lot of flavor. It has a pleasant aroma and seems like a great candidate for a  slice of orange, even if putting fruit in your beer is sacrilege to some. It's  laterally stiff yet vertically compliant, and you'd be able to drink several of them without getting sick of the flavor. So, hit up Dave for a taste of this beer while it's around! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sexy BMX plate round up

With the prospect of BMX racing in the air, the first thing to resolve is what number plate should bear a mighty number???

Some kind of an American theme...

Anime / PlayBoy bunny thing going on here...

Devil theme.. and, uh, discretion, apparently. 

People run these things! Well, the important thing to remember that no one should be looking at your number plate except the finish line judge. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

1000 pageviews!

Just this week this blog passed 1000 views! Thanks, you crazy viewers you!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Macneil activate!

The Macneil frame showed up the other day, and boy was the box beat up! It was shipped USPS, which has to be the worst tracking system.  

USPS 1/27/2012 - your package has been shipped
(1/29/2012 - package arrives)
USPS 1/30/2012 - your package has been shipped

thanks for nothing, USPS.

Looks like something poked holes in the box.

Maybe that...

Fortunately for the frame, the seller packed this thing very carefully. 

Packaging counts

Mock up of final build

Got a bunch of parts on the way - should be ready to ride by about the time this snow melts!