I’m getting old. Fuck. A simple intercept ride to do a photo shoot. We were going to cut through Tamarancho, ride Split Rock, hike up Repack, and meet Ronen at Happersberger. We did that but the heat of the day and my fitness crushed me. I had no spunk and was in no mood to … Read moreThe Happy photo shoot.
Ron Andrews is a bike industry legend. He’s been around longer than almost anybody. From the early days of Fat City Cycles to Yeti, and today, he’s the man behind King Cage, pretty much the nicest water bottle cages and accessories you can get. Besides his tooling prowess he’s a fun guy to be around … Read moreThe King of Durango
Currently, the next big thing in mountain bike marketing. High trail MTB. Specialized, Transition, and White have already begun marketing 29er bikes with 42mm offset forks, thus, higer trail than the 51mm forks produce. I’m sure many more marketing departments will be pushing this soon as well. This is another topic that Chris Porter has … Read moreHigh Trail MTB
Singlespeed bikes suck. I say that on every ride that I’m riding one. They suck especially when they are singlespeed mountain bikes. They hurt and make me feel dumb. I try to chase down enduro bros and I run out of gearing. spun out, I watch them pull away…helplessly. That sucks the worst. It always … Read moreSeven Samurai
This is a cool little tool. It’s often a simple task to swap out remotes on RS Reverb systems without a full bleed. I’ve done it many times. If you’re careful, you really wont spoil the bleed. It works. One thing that helps considerably is a fully bled remote going into the process. This isn’t … Read moreSpecial Reverb Remote Bleeder
The Red Baron is a hell of a bike. Even without a front brake it is a far more capable beast than I initially figured. It goes so fast and in control that it’s tempting to go too fast. Faster than I can steer around the next tree. No sudden stops will be made without … Read moreThe PVD 29+ Rigid Fork and Baron Update
The voting for new inductees to the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame has begun for 2017. Several very qualified parties have been nominated including the great frame designer Brent Foes and legendary racer Steve Peat. This is a year with some strong contenders. Among them, Mark Norstad. To many, his name may not come to mind. … Read moreMark Norstad for MBHoF
♬It seems I gotta start the explaining, bust it♬ For the Red Baron project, I’ve been working with some custom steel forks. It’s been a while but forks are fun little projects that don’t involve the same investment of time or money that a full frame does. For high performance, carbon is the way to … Read morePVD StepDown Standard – Front
Riding the Red Baron is an exercise in pure terror. When I’m not in fear for my life, I’m in dire agony. This bike is for stripped down, hardcore, black leather riding. Kill or be killed. Wartime. I’ve had the chance to do three laps around Tamarancho and a run up Loma Alta (1,600 ft) and down Solstice. Basic … Read moreBaron Review – Offroad
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. Sure, I’d been working on improving how my bikes worked and getting them to a modern state. Still, other folks lead the particular charge. Quite a few people have been working this concept for a long time. The two people in the current era that folks may … 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.