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tight geometry

October 30, 2014

 this is a shifter demo I created last week. Once again inspired by the Community Cycling Center in PDX. Seattle always seems to be trying to  catch up to Portland on transportation issues.


Six months ago Lindsey took a trip to Portland and upon her return talked about CCC and all the cool demos they have for instructional purposes and I said we should do that here. As you know   when I say  we   I mean me  and here is Bike Works and now the other shoe finally dropped            again.  


when you clamp it in the stand this thing lets people wrap their heads around limit screws and cable tension and index shifting and derailleur-shifter compatibility and other little do-hickeys with everything you need and nothing you don’t    all right there at your finger tips.  


the tight geometry allows for an extremely efficient power transfer and the rotating mass of the non existent wheel makes pedaling a breeze and allows you to really stick your nose in it and get all up in there and take a closer look.

 

 

 

I did not destroy this tank-like Bianchi mountain bike just to make a shifter demo. As I was cleaning it in preparation for refurbishing creating another ultimate urban utility bike I discovered a large dent in the chainstay. So I actually saved it from the recycling bin by repurposing it.  



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keep in mind the manual override

October 29, 2014

ultimate urban utility hacksaw

October 26, 2014

 I have a fondness for tubes of steel welded together to make things simple   graceful   useful.


When Elliott Bay Bicycles closed down they made piles of various tid bits, buckets of bolts and boxes and boxes of that really random stuff that collects in the corners of bike shops over 30 years  and they donated it all to Bike Works.


So far this hacksaw is my favorite thing out of the piles.



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horseshit

October 25, 2014

I am without sufficient information

therefore cannot comment on the situation

 

 

but I'm curious  


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a ferrule within a ferrule within a barrel adjuster

October 23, 2014

parallel lines never actually touch they only appear to at that vanishing point your junior high art teacher told you about in addition I’m not really into cars but I can sincerely say Vanishing Point is a cool movie and arbitrary goal setting goals sitting on the horizon are as worthy as anything making it up as we go along because in the end it’s all horseshit or is that the beginning  like wearing short pants everyday for six months because you can because your pants can’t get wet if you’re not wearing any  it’s about following through and doing what you say you’re going to do because I won’t fucking forget what you said and you only have to say it once perception is reality  really until the next morning when you can see straight

 

 

 I’ve been putting some effort into the construction of this bolt circle diameter totem as seen in the photo above. To the untrained eye these are just a bunch of chainrings hanging on nails on a post. But take a closer look. Each chainring is hanging on a 5-bolt or 4-bolt circle corresponding exactly to its bcd. Ideally there is no way to fuck it up. For the employees or volunteers sorting through piles of used bike part shit it’s easy to put the chainring where it belongs and there’s no need to measure and label and guess the bcd (plus or minus 3 hand written on a scrap of masking tape in purple sharpie). just find the bcd pattern that fits and hang it up. And for the customer it’s easy to find what they’re looking for.


Neil showed me photos of a set up like this from the Community Cycling Center in Portland months and months ago and I said we should do that here. When I say we   I mean me   and here is Bike Works. So finally the other shoe dropped and I custom made some bcd display bolts from fender struts cut to length and pounded them into that old growth timber holding up the building.

 

Come by and check it out someday.

 

But don't fuck it up.  




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inertia, moldy pumpkins and almond joy

October 22, 2014

put up this picture for the past 7 consecutive Octobers

can't stop now

traditionally when Halloween falls on a Friday, pumpkin burnout results from attending costume parties 5 weekends in a row. pumkins went on sale last weekend, got to make room for Christmas retail displays.  


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rotator cuff

October 17, 2014

the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons working together with group of bones and ligaments in your shoulders. it's actually pretty amazing that all that shit works itself out kinda like that 5-way intersection at the top of Queen Anne. a bus load of PhDs can only get close to replicating the human shoulder and except when I think of Brett Favre in a Jets uniform, it's not someting I've given much thought to until it started hurting and when I say it I mean my shoulder.

But with a few ibuprofen and some duct tape it should be ok

ok 


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have you seen my hat?

October 16, 2014

I got my custom made Double Darn hat back today... 

 

 

 

 

...i could tell you a story and maybe i will soon but it would be over 114 characters and beyond the attention span of the average internet consumer. in any case I'm glad to have my hat back

 

Double Darn caps are hand made in Portland by Misia Pitkin  


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retweeted zero times

October 16, 2014

pumpkins are great     when they're 80% of your body weight 


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we're all within 3 degrees of Jonny Sundt

October 13, 2014

ran into this guy in Greenwood on Friday

he hasn't changed a bit in the 7 years since this photo


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Free bike repair today. Free beer tomorrow

October 10, 2014

 Bike Works is teaming up with New Belgium Brewery to give local cyclists free tune-ups at local bars in the area. These bicycle happy hours will feature the Bike Works roving BikeMobile bike repair truck. Come visit us at one of the following happy hours and we will tune-up your bike for FREE! Stop by, grab a New Belgium beer, kick back and let the us take care of your bike!

Dates and Locations:

Time (for all locations): 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: FREE (but donations are accepted)

Free Bike Tune-Up consists of:

Free Safety Tune: (Check tightness of all fasteners on bike, adjust brakes and shifting, lube chain, and inflate tires)

Free Individual Services:

  • Tube Installation

  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)

  • Derailleur Adjustment

  • Hub Adjustment

  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment

  • Headset Adjustment

  • Quick Wheel True

  • Chain Installation

 

 

 

 

 


this was totally cut & paste-poached from the Bike Works site because it’s for real   really.

 

I’ll be there and there and there and there too.



 


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on Ten-Nine Eight-Seven is Four-Oh

October 9, 2014

it's 10-9 Day and 87 is 40 fucking years old

Happy Birthday Justin

in the 17 years we've known each other  you haven't aged a bit 


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can't you smell that Lane Powell mailroom smell

October 8, 2014

on Tuesday Craig Etheridge sent this proof of him having his cake and photographing it too on his way out of Lane Powell.

Craig assures me it's the same as it ever was which is comforting in it's own weird warped whacked where am I way that is the alternate reality of the Lane Powell mail room.    

 

 

I visited a lot of large law firms back in the day mostly in their mail rooms which were kind of like the bottom bracket of the bike...  dirty gritty rusty and not too glamorous but the place where shit gets done and I identify with that but Lane Powell's mail room was always just a bit off for some hard to put a finger on reason.  


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unwinding unfolding unpacking

October 7, 2014

 pilderwasser HQ

unwinding unfolding unpacking

taking shape


elements of continuity

elements of distinction


checking things off the to-do list

but there’s always more to do


if it’s not one thing

it’s another


it’s a conveyor belt with a twist in it

so both sides wear evenly     endlessly


it’s a real live mobius strip

semi subterranean with dust bunnies


bigger and better than ever

featuring an actual toilet facility

higher ceilings

more square footage

more peg boards than ever before


all this and more

because there are so many digits in the address

  


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hard telling not knowing

October 6, 2014

smells like October

October 1, 2014

today I wore knee warmers
not because it was that much colder
but because the calendar said October


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I see a philtrum and I want it painted black

September 30, 2014

from the wiki:

 "The human philtrum, bordered by ridges, is also known as the infranasal depression, but has no apparent function. That may be because most higher primates rely more on vision than on smell and so no longer need a wet nose pad or a philtrum to keep the nose pad wet."

" In Jewish mythology, Lailah, the Angel of Conception, lightly taps the infant's upper lip before birth, whereupon the infant forgets the Torah she has taught it. Some people speculate that this is the cause of the philtrum, but it does not have a basis in traditional Jewish texts."


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backseat drivers & parallax error

September 29, 2014

it puts the lotion on its skin


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lightning strikes - - - - - AGAIN

September 28, 2014

 

you may recall, back in December I got my hands on an old KLEIN and made a couple cheater bars out of it as seen in the S.Neil Larsen photo above

and then    and then    lightning struck again    in almost exactly the same place    yesterday I got my hands on a KLEIN Quantum digitized below and made a cheater bar from the down tube and mounted it on the wall like an overpriced pink-fade-to-purple tubular trophy.


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what day is it?

September 25, 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                 AM
    12:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
yesterday I rode an ultimate urban utility bike to the train station and took the train into the 98101 arriving before the sun came up and well before my appointment I had some time to kill so I went to a little coffee shop near 5th & Pike and drank an Americano while rain soaked through my shirt in key places and dripped off the brim of my hat I felt my wet socks and got the thousand mile stare of a messenger standing by not cold just wet the passers by step into my office half expecting to be asked for spare change and it could have been any year any day any time in Seattle when you can't tell if it's coming or going because the sun really isn't there to give you a sign standing in that exact spot standing-by drinking 10,000 cups of coffee and 10,001 tall cans of beer getting that queasy back to school end of summer feeling and the first big rain of fall and asking myself if I can do another winter in Seattle.
 
 

 
 

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