Sunday, January 31, 2010


I had to wait for the Burnside Bridge yesterday. I've lived in Portland 7 years and I can still count the number of times I've had to wait for a bridge to go up and down on my hands. I figured rather than sit there and be pissed about being inconvenienced, I would take the opportunity to get some pictures. The first bridge is the Morrison Bridge, the last one is the Steel Bridge. I am slow at taking pictures so I missed the opportunity to snap a pic of the barge and tugboat as it passed under the Burnside Bridge. Yes, I'm still using the "easy" setting.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bike Central

A few days ago, I went into town to pick up a seat from my friend NeRf. While we hung out and shot the shit his tire went flat. He had skidded thru it and had it patched with a Knog glueless patch and the tire with a dollar bill, which held for about 20 minutes. So we walked to the nearest bike shop, and talked about his random meeting with Motoyan. It's kinda weird how this fixed gear thing is worldwide, which is old news for bike messengers, but even though it's so big, you can still end up meeting people from halfway around the world doing the same thing, just by chance.

We walked down to Bike Central, which always has some cool shit. That's a Cinelli, and a Bareknuckle with gold Thomson parts. And look they are set up as track bikes.

The case is full of crazy weird shit, both track and tarck. Bike Central also has a bunch of Keirin memorabilia, although I don't think the posters are for sale.

I could do without the space shoes but the titanuim coated teeth on the EAI cogs are calling out to me. Note the Barcons, and the Vintage Campagnolo stuff in the front.

There seems to be a lot of hate lately for NJS. Most of it stems from ignorance, expecting loose-ball hubs, headsets and bottom brackets to not require any maintenence or adjusting, which leads them to conclude that modern sealed bearing parts are "better". Not better, just different. Some of us don't mind paying some attention to a machine and getting our hands dirty. Some of us appreciate Keirin bikes the same way you would appreciate a vintage Norton Cafe Racer. Yeah, a GSXR will walk all over it, but so what it's plastic.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bike Check: My Premium Deathtrap

Frame: Premium Deathtrap 21" top tube Heat-treated 4130 CrMo
Fork: Hoffman 4130 CrMo
Headset: Sputnik integrated
Crank: mid-school GT
Sprocket: Animal 33t
Pedals: Primo meat tenderizer
Bars: Mosh Street Bars
Stem: XS toploader
Grips: Revenge Industries "Da Kine"
Chain: KMC
Seat: S&M Bike Thin Rail
Seatpost: cut in half
Front Wheel: 36h Mongoose cheapie Tire: Primo Dirt Monster 2.2
Rear Wheel: 48h Taska FreeCoaster Alex rim Tire: Cheng Shit 1.95

Check out integrated seatpost clamp patented by and licensed from Strawberry Cyclesport Inc. in Portland, OR. Andy Newlands is the innovator behind this. It has removable brake mounts and gyro tabs, too.

It's the best riding BMX I've ever swung a leg over. The only modern BMX I can compare it to is a Sunday 2nd wave though.

BITD I had:

Huffy Thunder Road
Huffy Pro Thunder 3
Schwinn Scrambler
Schwinn Predator
SE Racing LOOPTAIL "P.K.Ripper"
Torker Expert
Torker ProX
Haro Sport (original American made)
Haro Master 3rd gen.(standing platforms)
SE Racing "P.K.Ripper" 2nd gen.
Haro FST
CW Stunt Vessel Ceppie Mayes model
Boss Freestyle Dave Van Der Spek model

Pretty much it's like the Boss or the later P.K. except it fits. Despite the head angle being so much steeper, it's less twitchy because the bars aren't straight up and down, they are in line with the fork. The top tube is 1" longer @ 21" but feels about the same for that reason. I love the shorter back end. I stopped BMXing before threadless took over, so to me this the the single-most important innovation to BMX, period. Nobody would be able to go big like they do without the bigger threadless headset, larger diameter steerer tube, and clamp-on stem. And integrated is even better. When a build my track frame and fork it will definitely be integrated/threadless.

I feel very confident on this bike. It's partly the way it rides, but it's also that I know I can toss this bike and not worry about trashing it.

Thanks to Shad @ Goods BMX for having cool shit like this at his shop. Support your LBS, Portland BMXers!

Jim Jarmusch riding a Schwinn Fastback.

He's one of my favorite director's (Mystery Train, Down By Law, Dead man...) and if that's his Coppertone Schwinn Fastback I like him even more.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"As Built"

This is an old, long MTB stem that I decided to cut up and make into track drop stem. I used to have a 100mm Nitto NJS 65 degree CrMo stem and I liked it except it was a little low. I did this one at 70 degrees which kicks it down 4 degrees from level, just enough to be noticeable. I also made it 90mm long. My Aerotrack is 52cm ST x 54.5cm TT, and it is a little bit long for me, no matter how much I raised the stem I always felt a little stretched out. Hopefully this will solve that problem.

I did the drawing first to map out where I needed to make the cuts, and I just scaled it off the drawing. If you can't tell, it fits on top of the drawing perfectly.

Just need to get it welded up.