Here is the Fokker Dr.I 425/17. The triplane of WW1 Ace Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (The Red Baron) which he flew for the last 19 of his 80 kills. Legend status: 100. The Fokker Dr.1 is the namesake for this bike. Lovingly nicknamed The Red Baron. This bike is about style and chill, not being the fastest. The … Read moreThe Red Baron
Porn is an awesome thing. People doing the most incredible things with incredible bodies. Big boobs and cocks going in every direction. Upside down and backwards for hours on end. It is inspiring. It makes folks want to do good deeds. The problem with what we see in porn, and a really big problem for young people … Read morePorn
I’m really excited about this. So is Windy. I’ve been lamenting not having a van for a while. When I was younger, I had a Chevy G20 van (1989?). It’s what I moved away from the Boston Area in. Eventually landing in the bay area after a year in Colorado. It was awesome. After a … Read more$vanlife
I went down for my annual visit to La Tortuga Torteria this weekend. The food there necessitates a pilgrimage. And while I was there I stopped by the Sea Otter Classic. The cycling industry is going a little insane. I don’t think anyone can make any sense of it. Every component manufacturer has 12 colors of … Read more2017 Sea Otter Classic
This is coming together…. I had to think a little bit to make my new fork right for the current BMX Klunker project. Proper dropouts are key for this kind of bike. It also has to be totally modern. Otherwise, it will just look like a lame old singlespeed. Water cut from 0.250 4130 plate. … Read moreBMX TA Front Dropout
I was young once a long time ago. I used to be more driven than I am now. It’s harder these days. I’m not as punk as I used to be. I just try to do my best. Today is a rainy day and a good one to get this old bike fully measured for the … Read moreLooking back: The 1995 Bontrager B29 PRO
I’ve been saying it for a while but yesterday it happened (again)… We were about to start a mountain bike ride on Sunday. My third in as many days and all deep into poaching territory. Thanks Cesar Chavez! (SF Official holiday) The morning turned into an utter train-wreck. I like to be very prepared before rides. … Read moreWhy Internal Routing is a Bad Thing
Fit is something few cyclists pay any real attention to. Dispite all of the chatter. Despite how important it is that a rider be placed well over a bike (and the bike placed well beneath them) very few riders or shops put much effort into the subject. Rarely do I have a conversation that leaves … Read moreFit and the rise handlebar problem
I didn’t come up with the idea of Forward Geometry. Quite a few people have been working this concept for a long time. The two people in the current era that folks may recognize would be Cesar Rojo and Chris Porter. I’m sure if I had a long talk with them, I’d find that they had got … Read moreForward Geometry
2017 NAHBS. March 10-14, 2017. I wasn’t sure about going to NAHBS this year. I’ve had a very busy year building a few new bikes. I got married. It’s been a good ski season. Money has been running a bit thin. I didn’t see that my usual trip, taking nice detail photos (2016, 2014, 2012, … Read moreWho are you and why are you here?
I love metal. It’s solid, it can be cut precisely, it can be welded together. Different metals are good at different things. Building steel bikes is especially nice. You can take a bike right from the welding table, toss some wheels on it and go. Like they say, “Steel is real….easy” If we are going … Read morePlastic
From Voltaire: “Dans ses écrits, d’un sage Italien Dit que le mieux est l’ennemi du bien” “In his writings, a wise Italian says that the best is the enemy of good.” The perfect is really the enemy of the good. The perfect fender is a wonderful thing. Water from the ground gets loaded onto the … Read morePerfect is the enemy of good
Today, we don’t design on paper… I was recently reminded of this topic by a message board thread. A kid wanted advice advice on drawing a frame. Countless people chimed in giving horrible advice. I often find that the less someone knows the more they will pass off their opinion as truth, while lacking any … Read moreWhy we don’t draw on paper
The GEN11. The younger generation won’t get this reference. Way back, when I was very young, the kids loved this car. The wonderful flying car that would save the day and cause everyone to sing. It’s probably the song I heard most sung in grade school. Mary Poppins was big back then as well. The … Read moreGEN11
You gotta love SRAM X-Horizon rear derailleurs. They are the best choice for any rider looking to go to a 1×11 or 1×12 setup on their bike. From the GX level on up, the derailleurs use SRAM X-Sync Pulley Assembly (11.7518.032.000) as spare parts. The MSRP on these is an ungodly $44.00. This is because of … Read moreMaking a dollar out of fifteen cents
In yesterday’s video post from Steven Mathews of Vorsprung Suspension as a part of his Tuesday Tune series (Ep 10) in collaboration with Whistler Performance Lubricants (WPL) mention was made of my old suspension fluid chart. It was nice of them to bring up this topic for folks and they did it justice. A page on the … Read moreSuspension fluids
Waiting around for wireless data to get to my computer is frustrating. We’re all impatient. We want all the data, now! These days we consume data at rates unimaginable just a few years ago. Video downloads, video uploads, gigabyte data hosts, it’s a massive load. It’s one thing if you are using technology properly and … Read moreWhy wait?
Like many expert mountain bikers, I put my dropper post through it’s paces. I couldn’t count how many times I use it during a ride but it can’t be too far off the amount I use my derailleur. It’s a very dynamic tool on a ride and should be. Because of this, I’ve been surprised … Read moreReverb A2 Remote O-rings
My friend Megan had a silly little get off on her new bike a while back. She tossed her bike off a bridge in China Camp. No real harm to her or the bike other than an issue in her brake lever. Somehow, the lever rod got messed up. Jammed and stripped. Don’t ask me … Read moreLevel Lever Blades. Where are they?
This caught me off guard today. I’m glad I found it it time. I was working on a 170mm Reverb Stealth B1. I set the IFP with the special tool according to the marks it had on it. I had to go upstairs to check the oil height for the valve as my notes were … Read moreNew Reverb Stealth numbers.
Back sometime in the early 2010s, Mary Wragg-Moncorgé (my then girlfriend) and I went out for a nice singletrack ride with our friends Sonny and Roxy. We had just ridden one of the local gems and were doing a small road burn back to town. We were talking amongst ourselves about being sneaky in the … Read moreRun Silent. Run Deep.
Last winter, I bought some modern snowboard gear. New board, bindings, and boots. My old stuff was bordering on antique, 1997 era stuff. Ronen (my friend) wanted to help me enter the modern era and I took him up on that. We got some nice prices on some stuff that was good enough and I was … Read moreFancy Footwork
Here’s an interesting topic: What could you do if you wanted to build a great mountain bike while spending the least amount of money? What would you do if you wanted to build a great mountain bike without wasting money? They are two different concepts. One trims everything back to only what you really need. The … Read moreThe MSRP Challenge
I’m setting up to start taking the play out of some of my RockShox Reverb dropper seatposts. Between break in and wear, a certain amount of play is created in the post. This leads to a saddle that has a bit of a shake to it. My goal is to have just enough room in the … Read moreThe mystery of the Reverb Brass Keys
I’m totally down to spoil my fiancée. She get’s some special attention. She spoils me, how could I not? She’s also a pretty legit rider. She’s ridden across the country East to West and North to South. More than I have. She’s not a shredder but game for almost any ride and she’s pedaling somewhere a … Read moreLight Cycle reboot
It’s funny to post this now as I am currently engaged. Ha. Anyway…. Bicycle ‘mechanics’ are generally very inexperienced riders. They spends their days in workshops talking trash and theorizing about this and that. They wax their beards and go out for beers with their boyfriends after work. Late at night, the gaze into the blue … Read moreThe importance of engagement
A few years ago, I got a Whiskey No. 9 fork to put on a bike. It was one of the few options for that type of fork at the time. It has proven to be a pretty horrible fork. Not only is it stiffer than a girder and painful to ride but the cable … Read moreRe-route
In August this year, I was lucky enough to take a break from work and meet up with my father (he came up from Florida) for a week in Washington, DC. I chose that spot as it was nice to not go to Southern Florida again to spend time with my dad but also to spend … Read moreThe National Air and Space Museum
I like to play rough with my bikes. That’s what I have them for. I want to smash around and have a good time. Whatever it takes got get my thrill. That’s my #1 priority on the bike. I also like to take care of my bikes and have them set up well. This often … Read moreMonsta!